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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2009 :: 3:16:15 to 3:19:10
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Amy Klobuchar

3:16:04 to 3:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: this is what it really means when you look at the numbers, mr. president. i want nation usually raises the costs of most goods and services between 2% and 3% a year. what have health care premiums been doing? health care premiums have been going up close to 8% a year, and that's an increase that americans simply can't afford. so what does this bill do? well, the first thing -- and i was listening to some of the

Amy Klobuchar

3:16:15 to 3:19:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Amy Klobuchar

3:16:25 to 3:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: commentary and taking part in it myself over the weekend. there seems to have been a lot of talk about these delayed benefits. well, why don't we talk about the benefit that are taking place right when the president signs this bill, within the first year of this bill. well, the first thing is that if a kid -- if your kid loses their coverage because something goes

Amy Klobuchar

3:16:46 to 3:17:06( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: wrong, if they get diabetes, if they have some childhood disease, guess what? they're going to be able to get health care. there's no longer a ban on preexisting condition for kids immediately and then in the later years, that applies for adults as well. but immediately for kids. immediately, and by 2011, within the first year of the bill, our seniors are going to be covered in that doughnut hole for their

Amy Klobuchar

3:17:07 to 3:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: prescription drugs. so many of them for so long -- i know complain about it, that this doughnut hole, where they kind of fall off a cli and aren't able to pay for their drugs because they don't have enough money. that will be covered. a number of the small business tax credits taking effect by 2011. these are real benefits for the

Amy Klobuchar

3:17:28 to 3:17:48( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: people of this country. real benefits. now, the thing that i cared most about in this bill which senator bennett discussed with this idea of getting our money's worth for our health care dollars. what does this bill do? well, this new bill that just -- we've just taken a lot of the good from the original bill and

Amy Klobuchar

3:17:49 to 3:18:09( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: made things even better $132 billion off the deficit in the first 10 years. in the next 10 years, $1. $1.3 trillion off the deficit. that was the most important thing for people in my state when i went around. they sai look, we want to get rid of these preexisting conditions, we want to make things better so that we've got better health care. but what we really want to do is make sure we start doing

Amy Klobuchar

3:18:10 to 3:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: something about the deficit, start doing something about costs. minnesota, as you know, mr. president, is a mecca for health care. we have one of the highest-quality, cost-efficient, low-cost states in the country. and, in fact, when you look at some of the numbers, one favorite ones -- and maybe this will be the last time i'll say this before the end of the yea year -- mayo clinic.

Amy Klobuchar

3:18:31 to 3:18:53( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: they did a study out at dartmouth and they looked at what mayo did with chronically ill patients. and what they found if the other hospitals in the country simply used that high-quality care that mayo uses, where they bring the family in, they talk to them about what -- what the c should be for the patient, they talk to the patient, and then they figure out what's the best course here, and they work as a

Amy Klobuchar

3:18:54 to 3:19:10( Edit History Discussion )

Amy Klobuchar: team, like a quarterback with a team, working with that quarterback. they don't have 20 specialists falling all over each other. they work as a team. well, what this study showed was this kind of health care for that subset of chronically ill patients in the last four years of their lives, that the quality ratings were sky-high for the mayolinic.

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