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Senate Proceeding on Dec 12th, 2007 :: 5:41:13 to 5:44:45
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John Sununu

5:34:32 to 5:41:13( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Sununu

John Sununu

5:41:02 to 5:41:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Sununu: mr. president. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mr. corker: mr. president, i rise to support this amendment sponsored by senator gregg. it is amading a state like

Bob Corker

5:41:13 to 5:41:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: -- amazing a state like new hampshire could not be more different than tennessee and we have a similar problem. i commend his the efforts on this agriculture bill that affects so much of rural america

Bob Corker

5:41:13 to 5:44:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bob Corker

Bob Corker

5:41:28 to 5:41:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: to, in a very surgical and thought will way deal with the issue of access to care. mr. president, as you might imagine, i spend an inordinate amount of time in the two years broir to being here

Bob Corker

5:41:49 to 5:42:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: in all 95 counties in my state. what was most stunning was to see the statistics and to talk to young women relating to their access to obstetric care. we have 91 of 95 counties in our state considered

Bob Corker

5:42:10 to 5:42:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: to be rural counties. the number of ob-gyn's in those rural counties from 1997 to the year 2003 dropped from 179 ob-gyn's to 103 during that period of time. in our state, more than 30 of our 95 counties

Bob Corker

5:42:27 to 5:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: have very unadequate access to obstetrics and in 15 counties we have no access. i know that the senator from vermont, the senior senator, talked a little bit about the insurance companies and the

Bob Corker

5:42:43 to 5:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: role they have played in this. i respect greatly his views and certainly his built on this -- his knowledge on this subject but i have found we have young mothers-to-be in our state that lack the ability to

Bob Corker

5:42:57 to 5:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: access o.b. care because of the fact that malpractice insurance costs so much in that particular field of care and, therefore, they've been driven out of the rural counties that exist in the state of

Bob Corker

5:43:11 to 5:43:30( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: tennessee. the fact is this amendment only focuses on rural counties. it only focuses on o.b. care. it does not in any way affect those state whose have chosen to address this issue themselves. and i

Bob Corker

5:43:30 to 5:43:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: want to applaud him in being so thoughtful and so surgical in his approach to this very pressing issue that really, if you will, it pits young mothers-to-be against those who are against malpractice

Bob Corker

5:43:47 to 5:44:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: caps. the fact is that this only addresses noneconomic damages and does not in any way affect economic damages. it does not keep families from getting the not complete care necessary if something bad were

Bob Corker

5:44:05 to 5:44:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Corker: to happen. i fully support this. i want to thank senator gregg for offering this amendment. i urge my colleagues to expert it, also -- to support it, also. thank you, mr. president. i yield the floor.

Tom Harkin

5:44:45 to 5:45:06( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Harkin: as i was leaving the chamber i notice an absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: does the senator withhold? mr. harkin: how much time is remaining on this amendment? the presiding officer: the

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