Video archive of the US Congress

Senate Proceeding on Oct 1st, 2009 :: 0:41:00 to 0:44:25
Total video length: 11 hours 30 minutes Stream Tools: Stream Overview | Edit Time

Note: MetaVid video transcripts may contain inaccuracies, help us build a more perfect archive

Download OptionsEmbed Video

Views:135 Duration: 0:03:25 Discussion

Previous speech: Next speech:

Tom Udall

0:40:56 to 0:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: reform an inefficient delivery system. i turn now t new mexico. as a member of the house of representatives, senator udall was a champion of preventive health care initiatives, including legislation to encourage employers to offer wellness programs to their workers. i yield four minutes to the

Tom Udall

0:41:00 to 0:44:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

0:41:17 to 0:41:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: senator from new mexico. mr. udall: madam president? madam president, if you want to do something about runaway health care costs, the way to control runaway health care costs is to institute prevention and make prevention a major part we are in danger.

Tom Udall

0:41:40 to 0:42:01( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: we are in danger of atically neglecting prevention. and thaoeubl if -- and i believe we can get control of the cost curve. prevention can services like mammograms and colonoscopies and cholesterol screenings.

Tom Udall

0:42:02 to 0:42:23( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: the good news is that most of the bills being considere make these services much more accessible and affordable. but successful reform also means addressing another aspect of prevention. i'm talking about primary prevention, the kind that keeps people from getting sick in the first place. evidence suggests that primary prevention shouldocus on three

Tom Udall

0:42:24 to 0:42:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: behaviors: physical activity, nutrition, and smo but the reality is whether through personal choice or lack of are struggling. today two-thirds of americans are overweight or obese and often more than things are even worse for minorities who often suffer the

Tom Udall

0:42:46 to 0:43:07( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: most from the lack of preventive care. in my state we epidemic among native americans and hispanics. we're inhis crisis today because we've neglected prevention for years. of the more than $2 trillion we spend on health care each year, only four cen

Tom Udall

0:43:08 to 0:43:28( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: is invested in prevention. it just doesn't make sense. studies have shown that primary prevention will not only save lives, it will also save money. in new mexico, a $10-per-person investment in community-based prevention programs

Tom Udall

0:43:29 to 0:43:49( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: $88 million nationally that translates to more than $16 billion ann that's a return of every $1 invested. we have solid evidence that we can spend less on health care while saving more lives.

Tom Udall

0:43:50 to 0:44:11( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: so what should we do? experts say effective prevention must address three levels: the individual, the institution, and the environmental. individual prevention is about americans making the right choices for themselves. this means choosing n foods, maintaining an active lifestyle, avoiding excess weight, avoiding smoking, drug

Tom Udall

0:44:12 to 0:44:26( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: abuse and excessive drinking. institutional and environmental prevention help individuals stay on the path to a healthy lifestyle. this could mean incentives for physical activity, disincentives for smoking and nutritional labeling on menus.

Personal tools

MetaVid is a non-profit project of UC Santa Cruz and the Sunlight Foundation. Learn more About MetaVid

The C-SPAN logo and other servicemarks that may be found in video content are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Metavid