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Senate Proceeding on Dec 7th, 2009 :: 8:00:25 to 8:06:10
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Kirsten Gillibrand

8:00:06 to 8:00:28( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: amendment is simply a vote for equity. but a vote against the amendment deals that put the interest of a handful of floridians above 10 million seniors across the country, so i urge my colleagues for the mccain amendment.

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:00:25 to 8:06:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:00:29 to 8:00:49( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: i yield the floor. mrs. gypped: madam mr. president? i rise to offer an amendment to the amendment offered by my distinguished colleague from nebraska. there has been a lot of misinformation about what the health care bill we are debating would mean for women. the legislatio

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:00:50 to 8:01:13( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: maintains a historic compromise that we have had this country by barring the years of federal funds for the full range of reproductive services except for in the cases of rape, incest, and to save a woman's life. that is the current law of the land and the senate bill goes to great lengths to maintain current federal law. the legislation would segregate public

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:01:14 to 8:01:35( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: so that only people's personal private money will contribute for their reproductive coverage. th gimmick as some critics have falsely charged. in fact, this kind of arrangement is often used when public funds are given religious institutions to maintain the separation of church and state. the senate version would also require that at least one plan within the health insurance

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:01:36 to 8:01:57( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: exchange wou covers r one that does not, and it would authorize the secretary of the department o services to audit any and all plans to make absolutely certain that abortion is not being paid for with federal dollars. this arrangement is squarely in line with the historic compromise that we have had in this country for 30 years that keeps federal funds from being

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:01:58 to 8:02:19( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: used to pay for abortions. as we debate the solution to the deepening health care crisis that has affected every citizen, business, and community in the country, this is not the time nor the place to instigate a new battle over and reproductive freedoms. families and businesses who are getting buried under the weight of the current cost of health

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:02:20 to 8:02:41( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: care deserve much better. proponents of the stupak-pitts am continuation of current federal law, but that is simply false. this proposal goes far beyond federal law and will, in fact, bring about s and dramatic new limitations on repowf access in this country. it establishes for the very

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:02:42 to 8:03:03( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: first time restriction people who pay for their very own private health insurance. this is not partisan spin. this is fact. a new study boy geo washington university of public health services concluded the treatment inclusions required under the stupak-pitts amendment will have a industry-wide effect, eliminating coverage for medically indicated abortions

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:03:04 to 8:03:24( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: over time for all women. not only those whose coverage i derived through a health insurance exchange. this is government personal lives of americans and it puts the health of women and young girls at grave risk. mrs. gillibrand: opponents are actually correct in this bill.

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:03:25 to 8:03:45( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: this would truly limit the access to medical care by giving the government the medical decisions, not the patient or the doctor. we all aee that it is important to r this country, and i will continue to work on manyays to reduce unintended and to promote adoption.

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:03:46 to 8:04:07( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: prohibits the public plan as well as the private plans offered through the exchange if they accept any subsidized customers from covering any abortion services. this effectively bans full reproductive coverage in all health insurance plans in the new system public or private. creating a system into which women are forced to purchase a

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:04:08 to 8:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: separate abortion rider is not only discriminatory ridiculous. it would require women to essentially plan for an event that occurs in the most unplanned of often in critical emergency situations. there are currently five states that require a separate rider for abortion coverage and in these five states it's nearly impossible to find such a

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:04:29 to 8:04:50( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: private insurance policy that covers full reproductive care. in one state, one insurance company holds 91% of the state's health insurance market and refuse toss even offer such a rider. there is no doubt a lack of access to full reproductive health care puts the lives of women and girls at grave risk.

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:04:51 to 8:05:11( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: the stupak measure greater restriction on low-income women and those who are more likely to receive some kind of subsidy and less likely to be able to aord a supplemental insurance policy. denying low-income women reproductive coverage in this way is not only discriminatory but it is dangerous. will be forced to postpone care

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:05:12 to 8:05:32( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: while attempting to find the money that they need to pay for it. such a delay can lead to increased costs and graver health for -- particularly for younger girls or these women will be forced to return to dangerous, back alley type providers women and girls in america deserve better. i'm optimistic that we can

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:05:33 to 8:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: defeat this kind of radical change to federal law, pass a health care bill in the senate that respects current law, and strip the d measure during the conference process. as i said before, i think there has been a lot of misinformation about what does and a level of danger that this kind of sweeping change

Kirsten Gillibrand

8:05:54 to 8:06:11( Edit History Discussion )

Kirsten Gillibrand: could pose to women and girls. madam care package must move us forward toward quality health care for every single american. i ask my colleagues to oppos the nelson amendment and any similar measure and i ask that we work together to preserve current law and respect the

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