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Senate Proceeding on Dec 8th, 2009 :: 0:59:30 to 1:04:45
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Tom Udall

0:59:26 to 0:59:46( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: estimated $10 million and countless health problems were avoided for our seniors. this amendment takes this successful north carolina model and implements it nationally, permitting pharmacies and other health care providers to spend considerable time and resources evaluating a person's drug routine and educating them on

Tom Udall

0:59:30 to 1:04:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

0:59:47 to 1:00:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: proper usage. madam president, i urge passage of this freshmen amendment ckage which will further reduce health care costs for american thank you. a senator: madam president, i seek recognition. the presiding officer: the

Tom Udall

1:00:10 to 1:00:32( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: senator from new mexico. thank you very much. this package today is the result of collaboration that began pont months ago when the senate -- that began months ago when the senate's freshmen class joined together for health care reform, when we united in the belief that the status quo is not an option. the health care status quo doesn't work for americans, and

Tom Udall

1:00:33 to 1:00:56( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: iit doesn't work for america either. if we fail to act, every person, every institution, every small business in this countryill pay the price. achieving true reform means making insurance available and affordable to all americans. it also means reining in out-of-control spending.

Tom Udall

1:00:57 to 1:01:18( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: for some, those two goals seem diametrically opposed. they ask, how can you contain costs when you're expanding access to millions of additional people? one of our country's great economic thinkers, paul krugman, recently challenged this hypothesis. first, he said, the majority of americans uninsured are young and healthy. covering them wouldn't i

Tom Udall

1:01:19 to 1:01:41( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: costs very much. second, noted that this reform links coverage expansion to serious cost control measures. these goals are two sides of the same coin. without one, we can't have the other. as mr. krugman said, "the path

Tom Udall

1:01:42 to 1:02:02( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: to cost control runs through universality, and we can only tackle out-of-coal cos costs as part -- tackle out-of-control costs as part of a deal that guaranteed health care." we take additional steps to transform our delivery system,

Tom Udall

1:02:03 to 1:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: to contain cost costs. with these amendments we encourage a faster transition to a 21st century system that is more efficient costs less, and holds providers and insurers accountable. i am proud to sign on to all of the amendments in this package. but there is one proposal that is particularly important to the

Tom Udall

1:02:25 to 1:02:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: people of new mexico. in my state, 30 of 33 counties are classified as medically underserved. residents of these highly rural counties are more likely to be uninsured. they're more likely to have higher rates of disease. and because of a shortagen health care providers, they're often forced to travel long

Tom Udall

1:02:46 to 1:03:06( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: distances for care. this amendment would help us take the first steps towards alleviating the growing shortage of primary care physicians in new mexico and across the country. by 2025, there will be a shortage of at least 35,000 primary care physicians in the

Tom Udall

1:03:07 to 1:03:27( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: united states. and as this shortage grows, our rural areas will be hardest hit. in this amendment we call for expert recommendations on how to encourage providers to choose primary care and to establish their practices in medically underserved areas.

Tom Udall

1:03:28 to 1:03:49( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: these experts would analyze things like compensation and work environment. they would recommend ways to increase interest in primary care as a career. madam president, we are closer than ever to providing all americans with access to quality, affordable health care. i'm proud to be a part of a

Tom Udall

1:03:50 to 1:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: group of freshmen who refuse to sit on the back bench and watch this reform develop f sidelines. i'm proud to be part of a group that from the beginning refused to accept the status quo as an option. and i want to thank the staff of all these fine senators and thank personally my staff

Tom Udall

1:04:13 to 1:04:37( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: members fern goodhard and benet thanson, and i look forward to continuing the work this outstanding group as we debate a bill that will improve our health care system for generations to come. madam president, i yield the floor. mr. burris: madam president the presiding officer: the

Tom Udall

1:04:39 to 1:04:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: senator from l i wil mr. burris: it is my privilege to stand with these senators and give recognition to those distinguished senators who have

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