Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today spoke from the House floor in support of legislation that will increase access to affordable health coverage for Nevadans and end the ability for insurers to exclude those with pre-existing medical conditions. The House is expected to vote on The Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) this week. Video of Congresswoman Berkley's speech can be viewed below.
"I can't stand here today and tell you that this legislation will solve every health care problem we face as a nation, but I can tell you this, that 460,000 Nevadans that have no health insurance at all.
"In my district alone, this bill will provide coverage for 163,000 of my fellow Nevadans. It's not just the uninsured that will benefit. In Las Vegas, more than 200,000 households will receive credits to make insurance more affordable and over 16,000 small businesses will be provided with a tax credit to make it easier for them to provide coverage to their employees.
"The bill improves coverage for seniors by closing the doughnut hole, eliminating co-pays for preventative services and extending the solvency of Medicare for another five years.
"It eliminates pre-existing conditions as a reason to deny coverage. It lifts the lifetime limits for -- I have 10-year-old children, juvenile diabetics [visiting] my office that have already exceeded their lifetime cap. This bill eliminates that. The current health care system is unsustainable."