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Senate Proceeding on Mar 24th, 2010 :: 1:14:30 to 1:20:00
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Tom Udall

1:14:27 to 1:14:47( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: senator udall. mr. udall: mr. president, and thank you, senator warner. thank you for leading us so much and pulling us together in this freshmen effort. it's been a pleasure to work with all my fellow freshmen senators here on the floor again and to join them right now. last fall we gathered regularly

Tom Udall

1:14:30 to 1:20:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

1:14:48 to 1:15:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: in this chamber to fight for health care reform. as a group, we helped lead the charge to make quality, affordable health care accessible to all americans. yesterday the change we have been fighting for became a reality with president obama's signature, health care reform is now the law of the land.

Tom Udall

1:15:10 to 1:15:30( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: this moment has been a long time coming. teddy roosevelt first called for health care reform nearly a century ago. his banner was taken up by a long and distinguished list of man and change. for too many years new nextians, like americans -- new mexicans,

Tom Udall

1:15:31 to 1:15:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: like americans across the country, have struggled to find health insurance. they struggled to hang on to policies to get more expensive and restrictive every day. with this reform all of that begins to change. no longer will insurance companies be able to discriminate based on preexisting conditions.

Tom Udall

1:15:52 to 1:16:13( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: no longer will they be able to dramatically increase rates without public scrutiny. no longer will 32 million americans worry every day about what would happen to their families if they get sick or are in an accident. i'm proud to have fought for and voted in favor of this historic legislation.

Tom Udall

1:16:14 to 1:16:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: yesterday we began taking back control of our own health care. today the journey continues. and i pledge to continue fighting every day to ensure new mexico families and small businesses have the security and stability that comes with access to quality, affordable health care. the reason i fought so hard for reform is simple.

Tom Udall

1:16:36 to 1:16:56( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: for my constituents, the status quo is not an option. so it's the people of new mexico i'd like to talk about today. they are the reason i stand up every day and fight for comprehensive reform. people like katherine. katherine lives in clayton, new mexico. we met last year when we

Tom Udall

1:16:57 to 1:17:18( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: attended one of my health care town halls. katherine worked hard all of her life. she had affordable insurance through her employer, but since she retired, katherine's health insurance premiums have risen dramatically from $110 a month when she was working to more than $800 a month today. katherine's insurer recently

Tom Udall

1:17:19 to 1:17:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: denied a claim for a treatment she received. now on the top of skyrocketing monthly premiums, she also owes about $4,000 in medical bills. that's more money than she receives from five months of pension payments. as katherine, herself said, it's

Tom Udall

1:17:40 to 1:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: unsustaina i'm not the only one. i'm just looking for some relief not just for me, but for all those people coming behind me. to folks like katheryn, i say relief is coming. this reform will make health insurance more affordable by placing caps on out-of-pocket

Tom Udall

1:18:01 to 1:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: medical expenses. it would make it more affordable by providing premium assistance through tax credits for low and moderate income families. i'm fighting for new mexicans like kathryn, and i'm also fighting for new mexico small business and for erepreneur like arvind.

Tom Udall

1:18:22 to 1:18:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: arvind has owned a small business in albuquerque for more than a decade. as a boss, he made a priority to provide his employees with good benefits. for years he paid 100% of his employees' health care premiums. but he's not sure how much longer he'll be able to do that and stay afloat.

Tom Udall

1:18:43 to 1:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: you see, for the past few years arvind's insurer has increased his company's health care premiums by between 30% and 40% every year. and there's nothing arvind can do about it. as arvind said, we've got no bargaining power. we've got no leverage. i'm insuring maybe a dozen people at my company here.

Tom Udall

1:19:04 to 1:19:24( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: it's very hard. the insurance companies give you a 30% or 40% increase and that's what you get. it's too big a bite. to small business owners like arvind and their employees, i say relief is coming. this reform will help small businesses by making it more

Tom Udall

1:19:25 to 1:19:47( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: affordable for them to offer coverage for their employees. we do this by providi tax credits for up to 50% of premiums and by creating small business health exchanges to build a larger employee pool. in new mico the vast majority of our insured are employed, but

Tom Udall

1:19:48 to 1:20:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: th and their employers can't afford coverage. these new tax credits will help our small businesses provide insurance for their employees at a cost that they can afford. and with that, i would ask

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