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Senate Proceeding on Dec 7th, 2009 :: 1:11:05 to 1:17:25
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Amy Klobuchar

1:11:01 to 1:11:23( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: to make changes down the road. so i commend senator pryor for offering the amendment of i urge my colleagues to support it. with that, yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: i ask unanimous consent to speak as if in morning business for up to seven minutes. the

Amy Klobuchar

1:11:05 to 1:17:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Amy Klobuchar

1:11:24 to 1:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: there objection? no objection is the senator can smeek for up to seven minutes. ms. klobuchar: i rise today in support of the amendment offered by senator pry that calls for an enrollee satisfaction survey for health care plans offered through the exchange. as you know, mr. president, the

Amy Klobuchar

1:11:45 to 1:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: exchange will be a series of different policies that can choose from. what i love about this side for my small businesses and self-employed that are paying 20% more than people that work for big businesses right now because leverage their numbers. it is hard for hem to get good rates because they're out there on their own. this exchange where they can choose a lot of the different kinds of policies like members

Amy Klobuchar

1:12:08 to 1:12:28( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: of congress can choose from, whether it's blue cross or whether it's a number of other choices, they can pick a policy on the exchange. i serve with senator pryor on the consumer public protectio subcommittee. this improves resources for individual whose buy insurance.

Amy Klobuchar

1:12:29 to 1:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: a satisfaction survey will be a tool to help consumers navigate through the complicated process of purchasing health insurance. the survey results will allow individuals and small businesses to make well-informed health care decisions by comparing current enrollee satisfaction levels between the plans offered through the exchange.

Amy Klobuchar

1:12:50 to 1:13:10( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this survey also provides, as senator harkin has pointed out, an oversight tool for congress so we can monitor the progress of the exchange and present information to patients in open, transparent manner. mr. president, as i have said many time, i come from minnesota, often kno as a medical mecca. we're home to the mayo clinic,

Amy Klobuchar

1:13:11 to 1:13:32( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: home to the universality of minnesota. and countless innovative bunesses that contribute to groundbreaking medical research that is bettering the patients. now the key to this minnesota model whe we have some of the highest-quality care in the country at some of the lowest cost has been putting the patient in the driver's seat. i have been at the mayo clinic.

Amy Klobuchar

1:13:33 to 1:13:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: i have seen what happens there. it's integrated care with one primary doctor with a group of doctors at work with them, like a quarterback on a football team. they also focus on the patient with satisfaction surveys and knowing -- and keeping the team accountable for how they're doing. i always say to my colleagues, it is

Amy Klobuchar

1:13:54 to 1:14:15( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: if you go it a hotel, you pay more money, you often get the best room with a view. that's not true in health care. you can pay more money and get in thi no accountability. that is why these patient surveys andsllowing consumers to really look at these plans and figure out which one is better for them is the way to

Amy Klobuchar

1:14:16 to 1:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: go. in my state we have 92% of our state covered by some form of health insurance, and we have done that by learning the importance of transparency providing quality information to consumers. in 2004, a minneapolis-based nonprofit called minnesota community measurement, developed

Amy Klobuchar

1:14:37 to 1:14:58( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: a consumer resources called "developed health scores." health scores is based on information submitted by more than 300 clinics statewide and is available to consumers on an easy accessible web site. health scores is used by medical groups and clinics to improve patient care and by employers and patients to provide access toritical information about

Amy Klobuchar

1:14:59 to 1:15:20( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the quality of health care services. researchers at the university of oregon studied public reporting efforts and found that public reporting motivates health care providers and insurers to work harder on improving care largely because of the concern about their reputation. this is how the private market should work, mr. president. you can't just have insurance policies that have a name and

Amy Klobuchar

1:15:21 to 1:15:41( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: not understand what they mean for the csumer. by having these surveys, we are going to be able to understand so a survey -- a consumer can navigate through and figure out which policy's good, what it offers, what is best for their family. as we continue our debate on health care, we must remain focused on solutions with outcomes.

Amy Klobuchar

1:15:42 to 1:16:02( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: public reporting works. senator pryor's amendment ensures that customers are able to voice their approval or disapproval of plans offered by insurance companies, and that information will be available to small businesses and individuals to make well-informed decisions about their health care. how can they make a well-informed decision without knowing what plans are good,

Amy Klobuchar

1:16:03 to 1:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: what plans are bad, what plans offer? that's why we need this if we want to make this private market solution work for consumers. as the experience in minnesota has shown, public reporting also has the ability to improve quality as well. health scores in minnesota has forced health plans, medical groups and employers to focus on a common set of goals.

Amy Klobuchar

1:16:25 to 1:16:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: through this pro serbgs patient outcomes -- process, patient outcomes produced dramatic improves for conditions like diabetes. we know already that small businesses are p up to 18% more than large businesses, often forcing small businesss to lay off employees or cut back on their coverage. and we all know from the letters we've gotten in our offices what

Amy Klobuchar

1:16:47 to 1:17:08( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: the average american families are facing with skyrocketing premiums. we must provide these patients and these consumers with tools to make informed health care decisions, the consumers and put them in the driver's seat so they can make the decision, we also have an effect on the entire market. because if insurance companies think that no one's watching

Amy Klobuchar

1:17:09 to 1:17:25( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: them and consumers really can't figure out, maybe something has a great name so they go buy it, they're never going to be able to get that kind of accountability and cost reductions we want. the shown that providing consumers with information about their health care has the ability to

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