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Senate Proceeding on Dec 14th, 2009 :: 5:43:00 to 5:48:10
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Tom Udall

5:42:57 to 5:43:18( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: importance that i will find need to speak future. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. udall: mr. president, i seek recognition. the presiding officer: the senator from new mexico. mr. udall: thank you, mr. president. this effort to reform our nation's health care system is finding ways to make quality health coverage affordable and

Tom Udall

5:43:00 to 5:48:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

5:43:19 to 5:43:41( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: accessible to all americans, and i believe the bill we're considering in this chamber as it currently stands goes a long way towards making that vision a reality. but even with this solid legislation, there is still a large group of americans who continue to be left behind. i'm talking about our country's

Tom Udall

5:43:42 to 5:44:02( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: first americans, the 1.9 million american indian and alaska natives who are suffering because the federal government isn't living up to its promises. the law that provides the framework under which the health care programs for native americans are delivered hasn't been re-authorized for more than ten years.

Tom Udall

5:44:03 to 5:44:24( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: this means that the indian health services delivery system is chronically underfunded, and gin the rapid advance of health care technology, outdated. as a result, too many native americans are struggling to receive quality, timely health care. this agency is supposed to be

Tom Udall

5:44:25 to 5:44:45( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: the principal health car provider and health advocate for indian people, yet every day because we fail to act, the health care situation in indian country grows more urgent. native americans are diagnosed with diabetes at almost three times the rate of any other

Tom Udall

5:44:46 to 5:45:07( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: ethnic group. they often don't have access to preventive care american youth are attempting and committing suicide at devastating and alarming rates. just two months ago in my home state of new mexico, a 14-year-old girl from the meskalara apache reservation became the fourth young person

Tom Udall

5:45:08 to 5:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: from that tribe to take her own life in a little more than one month. four young people in one month on one reservation. tell me this doesn't cry out for action. the senate indian affairs committee has reported the reauthorization bill.

Tom Udall

5:45:30 to 5:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: the house has put in its health care package the same kind of reauthorization bill. both of these bills would bring us much-needed reforms to indian health care system. this legislation, the senate must act upon it.

Tom Udall

5:45:52 to 5:46:14( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: we can no longer delay fo. for the past several years, grs congress h failed to get this legislation across the finish line. it has passed both bodies in the last several years. th senate at one point, but it is still not law. now is the time to put this in the health care bill and get the

Tom Udall

5:46:15 to 5:46:36( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: job done. i know my colleagues on both sides of the aisle aren agreement that our nat health care system needs reform. we know health care reform is need now. we know the status quo is unacceptable. but what is missing is the same

Tom Udall

5:46:37 to 5:46:59( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: sense of urgency for our native american communities. this despite the alarming statistics from the civil rights commission several years ago that the u.s. spends more than twice the amoun on a federal prisoner's health care than that of a native american man, woman or child. that's $3,800 per year per

Tom Udall

5:47:00 to 5:47:20( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: federal inmate versus $1,900 per year per native american. that's right, our inmates have betterealth care than the population with whom we sign treaties and made a promise to provide health services. american indian and alaskan natives are three times as likely as whites to be uninsured uninsured.

Tom Udall

5:47:21 to 5:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: and almost half of our low-income american indians and alaska natives lack health coverage. the longer we wait, the more native americans suffer needlessly.?? the longere wait, the more native americans go without shipping with chronic conditions

Tom Udall

5:47:43 to 5:48:05( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: like diabetes and heart disease. the longer we wait, the more native american teens who may take their own lives because they're not getting the help they need. america has an obligation to provide quality, accessible health care for our country's first americans. so i say again, it's time to act

Tom Udall

5:48:06 to 5:48:12( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: on this important piece of legislation. it's time to reform the indian health care

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