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Senate Proceeding on Dec 20th, 2009 :: 7:30:45 to 7:42:40
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Carl Levin

7:30:29 to 7:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: mr. lemieux: at the end of the day, i have 15 seconds left. i will be back to the floor to speak about this again, but this is not a good bill for america. that's why my colleagues on this side of the aisle have been debating and showing our objections so that t american i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the republican block of time has the senator from massachusetts. mr. kirk: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, let me

Carl Levin

7:30:45 to 7:42:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Carl Levin

Carl Levin

7:30:51 to 7:31:12( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: acknowledge first the leadership of our state of iowa, senator tom harkin, who he have worked tirelessly to bring us to this point in our legislative process. i also want to commend my distinguished colleague, majority leader harry reid of nevada, senator ben nelson of

Carl Levin

7:31:13 to 7:31:33( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: nebraska, barbara boxer of california, bob casey of pennsylvania, and chuck schumer of new york. for the printed and practical compromise they reached on the difficult issue of abortion. their work allows the united states senate to now march with our forward edge of history and the

Carl Levin

7:31:34 to 7:31:55( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: enactment of the patient protection and affordable care act that important contribution. mr. president, i would also like to commend my colleague, the assistant majority leader, dick durbin, of illinois for bringing to the senate's attention during yesterday's debate an op-ed that appeared in "the washington

Carl Levin

7:31:56 to 7:32:18( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: post" this morning, our dear friend victori reggie kennedy. it was entitled "the moment ted kennedy would not want to lose." vicki kennedy was senator kennedy's partner in all things, including his final efforts to move health reform forward, even

Carl Levin

7:32:19 to 7:32:39( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: as he valiantly fought his own battle with cancer. in more than 17 years of marriage, ted and vicki were inseparable, bonded by the love of friends, family, and most obviously by their lov for one another. we rember vicki displayed inspirational grace in leang us all in our grief and in the

Carl Levin

7:32:40 to 7:33:00( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: memorial celebration of his life on the occasion of senator kennedy's death, and today she continues as his partner, paying tribute to ted's legacy by respectfully urging his colleagues to move forward on the health reform he would have wanted. i feel certain that vicki's voice and his will make us more

Carl Levin

7:33:01 to 7:33:23( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: dete ted's work for the american people, and we thank you, vicki. mr. president, i would now like to respond to an argument made in another op-ed in thursday's "washington post" and in an interview on "meet the press" this morning by my friend, a former democratic party chairman howard dean.

Carl Levin

7:33:24 to 7:33:45( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: chairman dean said in his opinion piece, -- "if i were a senator, i would not vote for the current health care bill because it does not bring real reform." with all due respect, before anyone swallows howard's faulty prescription, as they say in the field of health care, it's time for a second opinion.

Carl Levin

7:33:46 to 7:34:06( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: as a former national chairman of the democratic party myself, i'll take my equal time to offer my opinion and say i am a united states senator and i will vote for the current health care bill pro sighslyecause it does bring real now, is it all the reform for

Carl Levin

7:34:07 to 7:34:29( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: which our friend and colleague ted kennedy, the father of modern health care reform, fought so valiantly and tirelessly throughout his legislative career? no. is it all the reform for which i and many colleagues advocated so passionately here on the floor of this chamber throughout this intense debate?

Carl Levin

7:34:30 to 7:34:50( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: no. but is it a quantum leap forward that will bring real broken, discriminatory, bankrupting deficit-busting health care system that will only get worse without immediate action and passage of this legislation? the answer, mr. president, is

Carl Levin

7:34:51 to 7:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: clearly yes. one of the reasons history will record that ted kennedy was the greatest legislator of our time was that he respected the need and the art of compromise, and he would argue that a choice between a solid, sound, significant and long overdue

Carl Levin

7:35:12 to 7:35:32( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: start at real reform health care system and the choice of leaving america's families to continue to fall behind because we refused to seize the historic moment before us is the easiest choice and perhaps the most historic vote we may ever cast as united states senators. does anyone in this chamber or

Carl Levin

7:35:33 to 7:35:54( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: in massachusetts or anywhere else, for that kennedy's commitment legitimate, credible, real reform of our system in order to make affordable, quaty health care accessible to the greatest number of americans? the answer is clearly no. is this a bill of rea that ted kennedy would champion

Carl Levin

7:35:55 to 7:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: and vote for? absolutely yes. ted kennedy knew real reform when he saw it, and so do i. mr. president, here are the real health care reform measures of this senator kennedy himself helped to craft. think about this.

Carl Levin

7:36:17 to 7:36:39( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: it will save money and save lives, expand coverage and bring over 30 million uninsured americans into the community of the uninsured. it will control costs and lower premiums, stimulate choices so consumers can choose the best policy at the affordable price, relieve the costly health care burden on the

Carl Levin

7:36:40 to 7:37:01( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: small businesses of through tax credits, provide a discount to countless seniors like my own sister maude who was squeezed by the cost of prescription drugs under medicare d's so-called doughnut hole. the real reforms in this bill will strengthen medicare and medicaid, reduce the deficit by

Carl Levin

7:37:02 to 7:37:22( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: hundreds of billions of dollars, attack wte, fraud, and eliminate lifetime limits on need care, reward wellness and preventative practices, increase transparency and insurance company accountability, promote flexibility, innovation, and

Carl Levin

7:37:23 to 7:37:43( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: best business practices, reward the quality and the value of care instead of the quantity and volume of procedures. this bill will eliminate unjust discrimination against women or those afflicted with pre-existing conditions. it will provide t elderly and

Carl Levin

7:37:44 to 7:38:04( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: the disabled a voluntary choice to self-fund a plan that will provide financial security to purchase long-term services when they are needed most. it will require insurance companies to cover children and dependents up to age 26 and prohibit insurance companies from dropping coverage for

Carl Levin

7:38:05 to 7:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: americans who get sick, the very reason they buy health insurance in the first place. in these and many other ways, this senate bill is real reform. for a senior citizen who cannot afford the drugs she needs or the 31 million people who will now have the health insurance

Carl Levin

7:38:26 to 7:38:47( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: they deserve. for families who worry that hospital bills will wipe out their life savings for a system that presently fails to serve the needs of the american people, mr. president, this is real reform. for those well-meing progressives who say they oppose

Carl Levin

7:38:48 to 7:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: this bill because it does not go far enough, and to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who want to defeat this bill and start over, i say they are both mistaken. we need to win this fht now, and we need to win thi fight together. will there beore to do after

Carl Levin

7:39:10 to 7:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: its enament? mark my words, there will always be more to but this historic piece of legislation will be a giant step forward toward a health care system that truly begins to serve the needs of people. president kennedy offered two

Carl Levin

7:39:31 to 7:39:51( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: profound observations that have helped me keep things in perspective throughout my life, and they have particular application at this moment in our time. he once said -- "wisdom requires the long view."

Carl Levin

7:39:52 to 7:40:12( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: and on another occasion, he said -- "democracy is never a final achievement. it is a call to an untiring effort." john kennedy's words apply so well to the work of health care reform before us this evening and to the legislation that will pass this senate within the next

Carl Levin

7:40:13 to 7:40:34( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: several days. we exercise our wisdom and to take the long view of history. we must understand that passage of this legislation will not be a final achievement. it will be aompelling first

Carl Levin

7:40:35 to 7:40:55( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: call to an untiring effort, to continue with our responsibility to do what the american people deserve -- provide affordable, accessible, quality health care for them as a matter of right. i am old enough to recall the civil rights act of 1960 and the

Carl Levin

7:40:56 to 7:41:18( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: civil rights act of 1964, and the civil rights act of 1968. with the passage of each of those more to do, but each began the march of progress toward equality under our laws, and each created a responsibility to ensure that our country's laws

Carl Levin

7:41:19 to 7:41:40( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: more aptly reflected our national character and our principle of equal justice. the same is true of this moment in our national history. the bill before this senate is not perfect, nor will it be a final product.

Carl Levin

7:41:41 to 7:42:02( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: make no mistake, however. it is real r provide america's workers, america's seniors, and america's families. i urge my republican colleagues not to be held hostage by the raw and divisive politics of the moment, not to be the captives

Carl Levin

7:42:03 to 7:42:23( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: of those who may threaten with some meaningless political litmus test scorecards, but to step back and to thinkbout the positive difference these reforms will make in the lives of the millions of american families we represent.

Carl Levin

7:42:24 to 7:42:42( Edit History Discussion )

Carl Levin: and finally to reflect wisely upon the long view of history and decide that this is the moment to join the majority of this united states senate in moving t enlightened edge by voting for

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