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Senate Proceeding on Nov 19th, 2009 :: 0:27:50 to 0:29:50
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Tom Udall

0:27:50 to 0:28:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: that they're with mr. udall: senator merkley, i want to ask you about those circumstances because you know more of the details here. but really when you have insurance companies, these for-profit insurance companies that we've been talking about, that are making incredible profits, wheyou

Tom Udall

0:27:50 to 0:29:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

0:28:11 to 0:28:31( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: companies denying these claims, which is what you just alluded to, what people need to realize is what they've done is they've created an entire administrative bureaucracy within the insurance industry, and it's flowed over into our medical providers, where doctors now tell me what

Tom Udall

0:28:32 to 0:28:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: they have to do is have people that are insurance company to push these -- reverse these denials. and so they've created a whole system which tamps down the ability of people to get care. and so really what we're talking about in the public option,

Tom Udall

0:28:54 to 0:29:14( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: isn't it, is you stand up a nonprofit. they're not in the business of making a profit. they're going to be in the business of providing health care, of doing the very they can provide health care. and why it will make the market competitive is they won't have all this administrative runaround. they won't have this going on. is that your understanding? and so they will look at the

Tom Udall

0:29:15 to 0:29:36( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: situation that you have right there, that you've described, and they're going to say, oh, well it's clear this gentleman needs an m.r.i., because we need to find out what's going on. and so they'll do the m.r.i., and then they'll move quickly to the care. to me, that's the difference between what you describe, where insurance companies are trying

Tom Udall

0:29:37 to 0:29:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: to find a way to not pay out to meet their raise their profits, whereas a public just the opposite. focusing on the health care, focusing on the future needs, focusing on providing the kinds of things that people need in

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