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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2009 :: 3:11:35 to 3:14:15
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Amy Klobuchar

3:11:25 to 3:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: ourselves but to our pros territoriy did shall -- prosperity is much more than. so many of the charges and countercharges that rick share around this building -- ric around this building. mr. president, i yield the

Amy Klobuchar

3:11:35 to 3:14:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

3:11:47 to 3:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: floor. a se president? the presiding of senator from minnesota. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, i ask to yield myself 10 minutes. the presiding officer: the senator's recognized. ms. klobuchar: mr. president, late last night, as you're aware, the senate took the important step to move forward on health care reform. after all of the work, the

Amy Klobuchar

3:12:08 to 3:12:29( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: debate that's gone on for this entire year, we owe the american people a vote on thisssue. wean't afford to ignore this situation any more. and i know some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have been talking about a lack of debate. i think anyone that's turned on c-span for the last few months will tell you there has been a lot of debate.

Amy Klobuchar

3:12:30 to 3:12:50( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: and not only that, a number of the republican amendments were actually included in the original bill, the "help" committee bill that came out. i believe it was something like 130 amendments that were included that came off of their side. the finance committee as well. i rember the first bipartisan meeting we had on health care reform was something called ready to launch, that the

Amy Klobuchar

3:12:51 to 3:13:12( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: finance committee put together. i rember senator whitehouse and i were there. it was literally a year and a half ago and so many of the ideas that are now incorporated in this bill that senator bennet of colorado just so eloquently went through are in this bill. so many of the bipartisan ideas to really kick off cost reform,

Amy Klobuchar

3:13:13 to 3:13:34( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: to start rewarding high-quality care. to start bringing down those costs in a way that gives you the high-quality care. now, we all know that rising costs are not sustainable the if we don't act, these costs are going to continue to skyrocket. so what was the vote last night about? well, the vote last night was to say we're not going to put our heads in the sand anymore.

Amy Klobuchar

3:13:35 to 3:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: we're not going to let these costs go up. 10 years ago the average family was paying $6,000 a yea f their health insurance, now 10 years from now if we don't do anything about this, they're going to be paying $24,00 to $36,000 a year for theirish 0 health insurance. look at these numbers. in 1999, a single

Amy Klobuchar

3:13:57 to 3:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: paying about $2,100 for their health care. and they were paying about for a family $5,790 for their health care. well, where are we now? last year, 2008, single person was paying $4,070 for their health care, and then a was paying $12,680.

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