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Senate Proceeding on Apr 14th, 2011 :: 3:31:25 to 3:40:25
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Richard Burr

3:31:23 to 3:31:45( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. blumenthal: thank you, madam president. i rise near the end of this very, very important and profoundly significant debate to make some points about dollars

Richard Burr

3:31:25 to 3:40:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

3:31:46 to 3:32:09( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and cents in health care, but also the impacts of health care on human beings and particularly the threats to cut back health care in the name of an ideological war on women's health care. our nation is in the midst of a

Richard Burr

3:32:10 to 3:32:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: fiscal crisis and we need to recognize that there is a very immediate and important imperative to cut the costs of health care in this country, the cost of cost of health care are spiraling out of control at a rate five times the rate of inflation.

Richard Burr

3:32:34 to 3:32:56( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and the president, commendly is talking about the needs for serious measures and sensible conversations about what can be done to control and reduce the cost of health care and he has initiated partnership for patients which is another step in his continuing effort and i

Richard Burr

3:32:57 to 3:33:18( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: believe this body's continuing effort to reduce needless costs where they can be prevented. for example, reducing the incidents of readmissions to hospitals and providing for better out-patient treatment after people are out of a hospital.

Richard Burr

3:33:19 to 3:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: to reduce infection that's are caused by wounds, to reduce the cost of drugs when they are overprescribed and misprescribed. these kinds of costs are preventible and we have an obligation to reduce those costs of health care when they are preventible.

Richard Burr

3:33:41 to 3:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: higher quality at lower costs has to be our objective. and lowering costs also means preventive care for women when they can't afford it. that is what planned parenthood does. the threat of house resolution 36 is to that profoundly

Richard Burr

3:34:03 to 3:34:23( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: important goal, higher quality of health care at lower costs that we can achieve as a nation if we invest in preventive care. the threat of house resolution 36 is, therefore, not only to the 1.4 million patients across

Richard Burr

3:34:24 to 3:34:46( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the country who would be deprived of that preventive care, and not only to the 65,000 women in connecticut who are at risk, but to all of us, to our families, to our fiscal health because we know that planned

Richard Burr

3:34:47 to 3:35:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: parenthood saves $4 for every dollar invested in family planning and in screening and testing, the pap smears, ma'am mammograms, others to save money and increase the quality of health care in the united states.

Richard Burr

3:35:08 to 3:35:28( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: but this debate is about more than costs. it is about human beings. it is about opportunity for those women who need that preventive care for their futures and their family's futures and eventually for their children's future. every woman across our nation, including 1.4 million medicaid

Richard Burr

3:35:29 to 3:35:49( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: patients that consider planned parenthood their primary source for preventive health deserves to visit a health care provider that she trusts, a health care provider that many of us have in this body. whether we are men or women.

Richard Burr

3:35:50 to 3:36:10( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: and i'm talking about women like rebecca in mariton, connecticut. rebecca's parents' health coverage didn't extend to her and she made too much money to qualify for connecticut's husky program, too much money by $10

Richard Burr

3:36:11 to 3:36:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: an hour, a total of $10,000 a year, too much money to qualify for husky, but she depended on planned parenthood for regular health screening and contraceptive care. and as she said in her own words, planned parenthood was my saving grace for my reproductive health.

Richard Burr

3:36:34 to 3:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: women like mia, a 23-year-old, uninsured, waitress part time, she went to planned parenthood for her routine pap smear and the results showed abnormal cells that required a biopsy and an operation to have the

Richard Burr

3:36:55 to 3:37:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: precancerous cells removed. that procedure could have been lifesaving. so could other procedures, other testing and screening for countless women across the kund and in connecticut and all of these procedures take place day in and day out around connecticut in bridgeport for a

Richard Burr

3:37:16 to 3:37:37( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: price that they can afor. these stories from rebecca and mia are heard around our nation an at least 60,000 strong in connecticut alone. one of the presidents of our health care centers, mark maselli, the president of

Richard Burr

3:37:38 to 3:37:59( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: community health care in middle town recently said and i quote -- "defunding planned parenthood would be the moral equivalent of turning off the electricity and a whole segment of health care would go dark. " that is what house resolution

Richard Burr

3:38:00 to 3:38:20( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: 36 means in human terms. in dollars and cents preventive health care, the kind of work done by st. vincent in bridgeport and hartford hospitals and countless others in the state of connecticut and around this country because our hospitals and our health care providers are responding

Richard Burr

3:38:21 to 3:38:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: responsibly to the need for lower costs and higher quality. but we must preserve the momentum to move forward and to make sure that the promise as well as the obligation, the opportunity as well as the

Richard Burr

3:38:42 to 3:39:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: mandate is fulfilled. so i call for my senate colleagues to stand together for women like rebecca and mia and for clinics and hospitals and providers across the nation that depend on planned parenthood and to reject this resolution, to reject the effort to turn back the clock and to settle this

Richard Burr

3:39:04 to 3:39:25( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: debate once and for all to end the ideological war which has itself nothing to do with saving money. in fact, will cost more than it saves. and enable us to turn our attention as we should and we must to people who want us to

Richard Burr

3:39:26 to 3:39:47( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: put america back to work to create jobs, to foster economic growth, to fulfill the mandate that was articulated and expressed so eloquently by the people of this country in this last election which was not wage war on women's health. it was put connecticut and put

Richard Burr

3:39:48 to 3:40:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: america back to work, create jobs and continue our fragile thank you, mr. president, and i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the clerk

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