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Senate Proceeding on Oct 8th, 2009 :: 0:53:40 to 0:57:30
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Amy Klobuchar

0:53:37 to 0:53:57( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: ms. mikulski: i yield the gentlelady you may proceed at will. ms. klobuchar: thank you very much. mr. president, mr. president, i rise today to talk about the importance of health care reform to the women of this country. now, let me tell you how i interested in this issue. it is when my daughter wasorn.

Amy Klobuchar

0:53:40 to 0:57:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Amy Klobuchar

0:53:58 to 0:54:19( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: when she was born, she was very sick, and she couldn't swallow. she was in intensive care. they thought she had a it was a horrendous moment for our family. i was up all night in labor, up all day trying to figure out what was wrong with her, and they literally kicked me out of the hospital. my husband wheeled me out in a wheelchair after 24 hours, because at that point in our

Amy Klobuchar

0:54:20 to 0:54:40( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: country's history, they had a rule. it was called drive-by births. that when a mom gave birth, she had to get kicked out of the hospital in 24 hours. well, i went to the legislature, mr. president, with a number of other moms, and we said enough is enough here. we got one of the first laws passed in the country in the state of minnesota guaranteeing new moms and their babies a

Amy Klobuchar

0:54:41 to 0:55:01( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: 48-hour hospital stay. and my favorite moment of this, mr. president, was at the conference committee when there we were trying to get the implementation of this bill delayed so it wouldn't take effect. so i went there and brought six pregnant friends of mine. when the legislators said well, when should this bill take effect? the pregnant women all raised their hand and said now, and that's what happened.

Amy Klobuchar

0:55:02 to 0:55:22( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: well, mr. president, that's what the women of america are saying today. they're saying now. they cannot keep having these escalating health care costs that's making it harder and harder for them to afford health care. i was telling the people in my state, rember three numbers -- 6, 12, and 24. about 10 y family was their health insurance.

Amy Klobuchar

0:55:23 to 0:55:43( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: now they are paying something like $12,000. 10 years from now, they will be paying $24,000 if we don't do something to b curve. medicare will go in t red by 2017. one of the things that really bothers me about the current condition, mr. president, is this pre-existing conditions. what i found out last week i couldn't believe, that in nine

Amy Klobuchar

0:55:44 to 0:56:04( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: states and the district of columbia, women who are victims of domestic abuse, who have been victims of domestic abuse can be denied health care coverage because domestic abuse can be considered a pre-existing condition. so they get abused and then they can't even get the health care coverage to help them. maternity, being pregnant.

Amy Klobuchar

0:56:05 to 0:56:26( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: these things can all be pre-existing conditions, and that's something that we need to stop, and that's what i'm so glad one of the major, major proposals in this reform is to do something about pre-existing conditions. we also need to make sure preventative care, so important to women, things like mammograms, are covered by our health care and then finally, one of the

Amy Klobuchar

0:56:27 to 0:56:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: things that i know the senator from maryland has been such a leader on is aging parents. people like me, we have kids of our own, and then we also have aging parents. we're caught in what they call the sandwich generation. taking care of our own kids and making sure our parents get care at the same time. predominantly, a lot of women are in this situation, mr. president. that's why the class act that senator kennedy proposed that's

Amy Klobuchar

0:56:49 to 0:57:09( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: in one of the health care proposals which allow americans to use pretax dollars to pay for their health insurance and their long-term care insurance is so important. so i'm glad for the american women that we are moving forward on this health care reform. thank you very much, mr. president. ms. mikulski: i thank the

Amy Klobuchar

0:57:10 to 0:57:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: gentlelady for her advocacy to end this other punitive practices in her role. i now yield three minutes to the gentlelady from north carolina. mrs. hagan: thank you, senator mikulski. mr. president, i am joining my colleagues on the floor today to talk about how health care reform will improve women's

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