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Senate Proceeding on Nov 2nd, 2007 :: 0:07:42 to 0:20:17
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Sherrod Brown

0:07:28 to 0:07:42( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to support this very important legislation. i think the present version is, again, commendable and a version that we should support. i commend particularly leader reid and chairman baucus and senator

Jack Reed

0:07:42 to 0:07:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: rockefeller for their efforts. the bill provides an additional $35 billion to preserve coverage for all 6.6 million children currently enrolled, but it goes beyo that. it expands coverage to an additional

Jack Reed

0:07:42 to 0:20:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jack Reed

Jack Reed

0:07:54 to 0:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: four million children. the president and the house republicans have already denied these children access to health care once by first vetoing the legislation and then sustaining the veto in the house

Jack Reed

0:08:08 to 0:08:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: of representatives. and i hope that this version can pass without a veto. and if its vetoed, i hope that veto -- and if it's vetoed, i hope that veto can be overridden. the president's proposal, rather

Jack Reed

0:08:18 to 0:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: than expanding coverage, would, in fact, dramatically restrict coverage, dropping 1.4 million children and pregnant women. and that's according to the congressional budget office. so this is a very stark choice

Jack Reed

0:08:31 to 0:08:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: between a -- a vision that wants to restrict coverage for children and one embodied in this legislation that would maintain and indeed expand that coverage to at least 10 million children in the united

Jack Reed

0:08:43 to 0:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: states. with respect to my home state of rhode island, this bill puts an additional $75 million in federal funds on the table for rhode island. we understand it has to be matched, but this would

Jack Reed

0:08:56 to 0:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: allow the state of rhode island to continue on a regular basis to maintain their programs of health care for children. it would prevent shortfall s which have periodically cropped up where the state has

Jack Reed

0:09:09 to 0:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: found itself expending all its funds and hoping that there would be a redistribution of funds from other states that have not used their funds. last year and again early this year, i fought for $56

Jack Reed

0:09:23 to 0:09:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: million in federal funds to cover rhode island's shortfalls, but these 11th-hour stopgap measures are not sustainable. the legislation that we passed yesterday would prevent my state from being inhe

Jack Reed

0:09:37 to 0:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: constant situation of shortfalls, hoping that other states have excess funds and then depending upon individuals in our delegation to get those funds for the state of rhode island. if president bush

Jack Reed

0:09:52 to 0:10:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and the house republicans fail to enact this bill, if they engage in a veto and sustain that veto, 21 states will be at risk of shortfalls totaling $1.6 billion. rhode island would have a shortfall of $44.1

Jack Reed

0:10:06 to 0:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: million beginning next march. we can predict that, unfortunately, today. and i don't know where my state would get that $44 million. they are in a severe budget crisis. state leaders are talking about

Jack Reed

0:10:18 to 0:10:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: trying to find over $100 million to $200 million in cuts, which in our budget is a significant amount of money. and so the idea that they would have to come up with $44 million on top of that

Jack Reed

0:10:30 to 0:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: is something that would be a very difficult task and challenge for the state of rhode island. if republicans do not enact this bill, we must fully fund an extension that covers these shortfalls. we'll

Jack Reed

0:10:46 to 0:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: be right back here next spring scrambling around to find money just to keep these programs functioning. but i hope we can prevail at this juncture, create the program and the funding that would be

Jack Reed

0:10:57 to 0:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: sustainable, predictable and supportive of efforts in my state and in many states across the country to reach out and ensure children for their health care needs. now, the president's opposition to

Jack Reed

0:11:11 to 0:11:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: the children's health care program seems to me not based on facts or common sense. indeed, i would even argue common decency. it seems to be based on ideology. he says that families which switch from

Jack Reed

0:11:24 to 0:11:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: private insurance to government-run health care. but the number of uninsured is rising because private insurers just charge too much money. in rhode island, the average family premium for a year

Jack Reed

0:11:35 to 0:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: is $11,24. and if you're looking -- $11,924. and if you're looking at a typical family in rhode island, working family, who's struggling now to pay a mortgage -- and we've all seen what's happening in

Jack Reed

0:11:48 to 0:12:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: the mortgage market -- many of these families in order to get into a home signed up for what is termed exotic mortgages. in my home state of rhode island, foreclosures are at record high levels. people

Jack Reed

0:12:00 to 0:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: are finding they can't keep up with their mortgage payments. then you ask them in that dilemma, where wages have essentially been flat over the last five to six years, where mortgage payments are

Jack Reed

0:12:12 to 0:12:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: going occupy, where gasoline is -- going up, where gasoline is now reaching significant heights, where heating oil this summer -- this winter, rather, will be 20% more expensive than last winter. you

Jack Reed

0:12:27 to 0:12:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: -- you tell them that, oh, justo out and buy pvate health insurance for $11,000 a year. it makes no sense to working families in my home state of rhode island. they are -- they are struggling just

Jack Reed

0:12:41 to 0:12:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: to keep their homes, literally to keep the lights on and keep it a little bit warm during the wintertime. so for many of these, health insurance, private health insurance at $11,000 a year is way beyond

Jack Reed

0:12:55 to 0:13:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: their reach. and to sit there and seriously insist that this is a real choice for families, the choice of getting into a public program or buying their private insurance, is -- verges on the ridiculous,

Jack Reed

0:13:09 to 0:13:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: frankly. without the schip program, thousands of families in my state and across the country, hundreds of thousands -- millions of children particularly will not have health care. there is no

Jack Reed

0:13:22 to 0:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: choice. and there also is the argument the president says that, well, this is just socialized medicine. and that's just, i believe, a gross misrepresentation. in rhode island, children are enrolled

Jack Reed

0:13:38 to 0:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: in private plans and enrollees can choose their doctor. in fact, there's another program like this. it's called medicare. and i don't see the president raleighing against medicare, how it's a socialized

Jack Reed

0:13:50 to 0:14:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: medicine. in fact, i can recall that he proposed and this congress supported one of the largest expansions of medicare in the future by adopting a pharmaceutical benefit. billions of dollars of cost

Jack Reed

0:14:01 to 0:14:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: to the federal government. and there was no discussion about how this is going to inhibit the private market, et cetera. these arguments are, in my view, baseless. and he says that the bill costs too much.

Jack Reed

0:14:16 to 0:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: well, in fact, this bill is fully paid for. it's one of the few things that has been done in the last six to seven years that is fully paid for. it's paid for by a cigarette tax. and it's in sharp

Jack Reed

0:14:32 to 0:14:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: contrast to the president's repeated requests for money for iraq and afghanistan which is unpaid for. he's talking about $12 billion a month. and of that money, over the last several years in iraq,

Jack Reed

0:14:45 to 0:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: we have invested in things like building iraqi health care clinics and providing health care for iraqis iraqis. and in the concept of that operation of trying to reestablish stability in that country,

Jack Reed

0:15:00 to 0:15:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: that's an obvious goal. because you know, overseas the president recognizes that to have a decent, well-ordered society, you have to have access to health care for citizens. the problem is he doesn't

Jack Reed

0:15:17 to 0:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: seem to recognize that here as much.p so i believe we have to support this legislation. now -- the president also says it doesn't target low-income children. in fact, 80% of newly insured children would

Jack Reed

0:15:34 to 0:15:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: be for families 200% of poverty; 80% of from families at 200% below poverty. and he talks of the bill expanding to families who make $80,000 a year. that was always a misrepresentation but we make

Jack Reed

0:15:55 to 0:16:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: it clear in this bill that eligible -- eligibility is capped at $62,000 a year. that sounds a lot but if you are in a major urban area with rents costing $1,000 to $1,500 to $1,800 a in no a fairly-i

Jack Reed

0:16:13 to 0:16:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: emphasize fairly decent two-bedroom apartment for your family, when you do the math, these people aren't -- they aren't in a situation of excess wealth by any means at all. in rhode island, 10,000 children

Jack Reed

0:16:30 to 0:16:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: remain uninsured. we can do much better. now, rhode island program provides family-based health insurance. and rhode island does enroll parents in this health care program. they found it helps when the

Jack Reed

0:16:44 to 0:17:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: whole family is part of the delivery system. it enhances ability to recruit children in the system. it it is enhanced the health outcomes because now you have a family engaged rather than an individual

Jack Reed

0:17:12 to 0:17:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: child. and also, i think, it's appropriate in rhode island that we have such a forward-thinking and progressive approach because the bake the basic schip was started by senator chafee and succeed

Jack Reed

0:17:23 to 0:17:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: by his john in this chamber. he was a hard-nosed republican but whose values were to provide opportunity to all citizens of the nation, understood that if we could deliver effective health care

Jack Reed

0:17:39 to 0:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: to children in this country, we would go a long way to give them the physical tools to be successful in school, to succeed in the workplace, and, ultimately, to be citizens of this great country.

Jack Reed

0:17:54 to 0:18:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: and he fought hard for this program. he didn't do it on an ideological basis. it did it on a pragmatic, practical basis and his success has been demonstrated for the last 10 years. because we have enincluded

Jack Reed

0:18:09 to 0:18:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: more children included morechildren in health care. there will be countless stories forever unknown to us but they will be decisive in the lives of children because this program has made a difference

Jack Reed

0:18:23 to 0:18:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: this their lives. where they would have suffered with an undiagnosed disease that would have impaired their ability to thrive in school and work but because they got simple preventive health care early

Jack Reed

0:18:41 to 0:18:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: on they will be successful in school and they will be successful in life. because families have been relebanesed from one of relieved of what of their fears if their child gets siblg sick and they

Jack Reed

0:18:50 to 0:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: have no health care. the gnawing fear at night, you have no way to protect your child because you can note get them health care. that fear is relieved. there is a preponderance particular commercial

Jack Reed

0:19:03 to 0:19:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: from am credit card companies, such and such item $10; such and such an item $9, et cetera. and having the ability to do this on on priceless. for families, having the confidence that they have

Jack Reed

0:19:23 to 0:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: health care is priceless. and this bill has helped that. so, i hope that the president will sign this bill. if he doesn't, if he continues to roam through the i'd logical warehouse and pick out different

Jack Reed

0:19:37 to 0:20:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: odds and ends to justify this veto, i hope the house republicans will stand up and do what's right for the children of america, not what is convenient for the president. i yield the floor. and i note

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