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Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010--Continued

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. BERKLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of health care reform.

While not perfect, this bill addresses key obstacles that continue to plague the system. The cost of health care premiums is skyrocketing out of control, creating an atmosphere where only insurance companies can and will prosper and prevail. Without this reform, our individual citizens and businesses will continue to be devastated by unsustainable costs or barriers to coverage.

This bill would increase access for those who have been denied insurance in the past, either because they can't afford it, have a pre-existing condition, or have been dropped from coverage after getting sick. It would provide financial assistance to working families to make their health care costs affordable and it would provide businesses with tax credits for providing health care for their employees.

In my district, this bill would extend coverage to 155,500 uninsured residents, guarantee that 26,200 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage, reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $74 million annually, and allow 63,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents' insurance plans.

I believe it is my duty to fight for the health, well-being and protection of the citizens I represent. While this package does not contain all the reforms needed, it provides a framework of very positive first steps that will achieve a great deal for Nevada families. There is no doubt that more must be done, but I believe this is a step in the right direction. I urge my colleagues to vote yes on this legislation.

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