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Senate Proceeding on Mar 23rd, 2010 :: 5:45:25 to 5:56:10
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Barbara Boxer

5:45:25 to 5:45:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: off the bill. the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer: mr. president, in 1912, a republican president named teddy roosevelt ran for the presidency on a platform that promised national health care reform. today, i had the privilege of

Barbara Boxer

5:45:25 to 5:56:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

5:45:49 to 5:46:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: watching president per ram obama si -- president barack obama sign a landmark bill that is being perfected today in the legislation now before the senate. it was quite a moment. the senate healt care reform bill that the president signed today gives small businesses tax credits to help them purchase

Barbara Boxer

5:46:10 to 5:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: insurance for themselves and their employees. and in my state of california, mr. president, that's 400,000 businesses that will have access to tax credits. the new law is very important to those early retirees because it will ensure lower insurance rates, and we will see a

Barbara Boxer

5:46:31 to 5:46:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: high-risk pool so that in my state and all states, adults who can't get insurance because of a preexisting condition will be able to do so. the bill the president signed prohibits preexisting condition exclusions for children, so if you have insurance but your child has asthma or diabetes or

Barbara Boxer

5:46:53 to 5:47:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: something else and they can't get covered, that discrimination is over. it ended today. the new law will cover preventive services, such as mammograms and vaccinations, at little or no cost. this bill is so important. i should say this law because it's now the law, is so

Barbara Boxer

5:47:14 to 5:47:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: imrtant for our people. it will create new community health care centers throughout our states and we will see primary care doctors serving in those community health care centers and nurses. it will require 80% of premium

Barbara Boxer

5:47:37 to 5:47:59( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: income to be spent on our health care, not on outrageous bonuses for the c.e.o.'s. they cannot say that overall they've spent 50% on us, the policyholders, and 50% on themselves. that is called medical loss ratio and we have fixed it in

Barbara Boxer

5:48:00 to 5:48:20( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: this law. medicare -- seniors on medicare will get free preventive care, and we have a new voluntary long-term care insurance program that people can buy into starting in 2011. in 2014,, even more things are

Barbara Boxer

5:48:21 to 5:48:41( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: added to this extremely important list of benefits. health insurance exchanges will open so that there's a marketplace for businesses to go and families and individuals. it's going to help us make better choices and have more choices. it provides tax credits to help individuals and families with

Barbara Boxer

5:48:42 to 5:49:06( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: incomes below $88,000 to purchase insurance through the exchange. so this has a lot of benefits for our working families and our middle-class families. and $88,000, we go up to $8,000 for a family -- $88,000 for a family of four. it expands medicaid for families

Barbara Boxer

5:49:07 to 5:49:30( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: earning up to $49,000. now it's a much lower level. so these are very good things, and the bill before the senate now, this is our unfinished business, mr. president. we need to make a good bill better, and that's what we're doing today. how do we do it? the bill before us entirely closes the gap in medicare drug coverage.

Barbara Boxer

5:49:31 to 5:49:51( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: it starts with the $250 rebate to those senior citizens who are in that doughnut hole, that payment gap. in my state, it's about 800,000 senior citizens -- imagine, 800,000 senior citizens in my state, when we pass this bill will, get $250, each one of them, if they have fallen into

Barbara Boxer

5:49:52 to 5:50:12( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the coverage gap. it allows young people to stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26. and that happens this year. mr. president, how many stories have we heard about young people who may have -- i use asthma as an example -- who get off their parents' health care -- they have to -- an insurance company

Barbara Boxer

5:50:13 to 5:50:35( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: says we're not going to insure you, and they are in deep, deep trouble. and the bill before us today says to an insurance company, no more resciions, no me -- that's a cancellation of a policy. you cannot do that anymore. and no more lifetime limits on your plans, because a lot of times people get sick, they

Barbara Boxer

5:50:36 to 5:50:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: didn't read the fine print, they find out they're up against the limit if they have a serious condition, such as cancer, they may reach that limit. and what happens is, they have to in many cases sell their homes, sell their possessions and they declare bankruptcy. no more. insurance companies can't do

Barbara Boxer

5:50:59 to 5:51:20( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: that once we pass this bil tonight. and once it is signed. so there are many good things in the bill that the psident sign today, things that are very important to our families and very good things to make that bill better in the bill before us. and i hope we're not going to see the kind of tactics that

Barbara Boxer

5:51:21 to 5:51:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: some on the other side have said they're going to use by offering amendments that have really nothing to do with anything except killing this very important bill. now, i want to say, there's so many improvements in this bill. for example, medicaid. my state will be able to put

Barbara Boxer

5:51:44 to 5:52:04( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: millions of people on to medicaid. 1.7, to be act, 1.7 million people. and -- 1.7, to be exact, 1.7 million people. and my state will get 100% reimbursement for tt in the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. and we're going to see 32 million more people in our

Barbara Boxer

5:52:05 to 5:52:26( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: nation have access to health insurance, and the medicare trust fund will be extended by nine years. my state benefits greatly. there are many ways that i've already discussed. but i want to just lay this out. by 2014, up to 7 million

Barbara Boxer

5:52:27 to 5:52:47( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: californians will finally have health insurance, and it will reverse a horrible trend year after year people not able to do it. now, i want to spend a moment to address republican concerns that the process was partisan. i think it's important to note

Barbara Boxer

5:52:48 to 5:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: over and over again that the bill that was signed by the president today that's going to help so many of our people contains 147 republican amendments. let me repeat that. the bill the president signed today contains 147 amendments. for example, an amendment by a

Barbara Boxer

5:53:10 to 5:53:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: republican colleague that all members of congress and their staff have to enroll in the exchanges. that's in the law. an amendment by another republican senator to allow premium rates to vary by tobacco use. that was accepted and is now law. and an amendment to ensure that the voluntary long-term

Barbara Boxer

5:53:32 to 5:53:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: insurance program, the "class act" remains solvent over 75 years. we have taken those amendments. they are now law. now my republican friends saying they want to repeal the bill. this is going out all across the airwaves, they want to repeal the bill. and they say that if a lot of us lose and they get more votes here, they're going to repeal

Barbara Boxer

5:53:53 to 5:54:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the bill. so i wanted to ask a few rhetorical questions. which of the protections in the bill do they want to repeal? do they want repeal the end of gender rating, where women have to pay much more than men? do they want to repeal the protections for our children, who will now have coverage even

Barbara Boxer

5:54:14 to 5:54:37( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: if they have a preexisting condition? do they want to repeal free prevention services, such as vaccinations or mammograms? do they want to repeal the prohibition on lifetime caps on insurance policies? or maybe they want to repeal the $250 rebate for prescription

Barbara Boxer

5:54:38 to 5:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: drug costs to seniors. well, do they want to repeal other things? you know, there's a law now that says you can't get kicked out of your insurance plan when you get sick. that's the one i described before -- no rescissions. do they want to repeal that? or maybe they want to repeal generous tax credits for small businesses?

Barbara Boxer

5:54:59 to 5:55:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: i guess they want to repeal all of these things, because, mr. president, they said they want to repeal the entire law. but i would urge them to stand up and tell their constituents exactly which of these provisions they want to repeal. and i just want to put it on the record that i look forward to that battle, because i can tell

Barbara Boxer

5:55:20 to 5:55:41( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: you that the letters to my office are saying please, please protect us. we feel vulnerable. so i would like to state at this time that this bill reduces the deficit in addition to doing all these other things. and i think, in closing -- and

Barbara Boxer

5:55:42 to 5:56:03( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: i'd ask how much time i have? the presiding officer: 30 seconds. mrs. boxer: okay. i would just say in closing that a lot of fear has been injected into this debate and you're going to get a barrel of it coming up. there is one thing to fear and that's doing nothing. it's unsustainable 100 -- how many people lose their health insurance every day? 14,000 people lose their health

Barbara Boxer

5:56:04 to 5:56:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: insurance every day. 1,400 in my state. 66% of bankruptcies linked to a health care csis.

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