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Health Care Reform

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Mr. BROWN of Ohio. Mr. President, I spent a lot of time, as my colleagues have, traveling our States during the elections, to be sure, but also since. I hear a lot of discussion from regular people--not from people running for office per se but regular people--about what this new health care law has meant to them. I meet 22-year-olds who are now on their parents' health insurance plan. If you are 22 in this country today, your chances of finding a job with decent health care are not real high in most places in our country, and they now celebrate the fact that they can be on their parents' health insurance automatically. That is a big victory for consumers and a big victory for those families.

I also talk to people who have children who have preexisting conditions and could not get insurance as a result. The law now isce company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that so, an insurance company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that someone who is sick and their health care is very expensive, that they cannot be thrown off their insurance because it costs the insurance company too much money.

We know now, and I hear from small businesses who almost all want to insure their employees but simply cannot because of the high costs, they now are getting a 30-percent tax credit to be able to insure their employees, something, as I said, they wanted to do whether they live in Conneaut in northeast Ohio or Middletown and Hamilton in southwest Ohio. I see that all over my State--in Bowling Green, in Toledo, in Zanesville and Chillacothe and Columbus and Bellaire. We are also seeing that so many senior citizens are getting hit hard by high drug prices.

We have begun. As one of the leaders in that effort on the HELP Committee, Senator Bennet, the Presiding Officer, knows that we have been helpful in now beginning to close that doughnut hole that seniors fall into. After they have had $2,000 of drug costs, they are still paying the premium every month, but they do not get any coverage until their costs go above $5,000. That is sort of a cruel bargain that this Congress, for reasons I did not exactly understand--I opposed it back then--passed the drug benefit and inflicted that on seniors. We are beginning to fix that.ce company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that so

We know all that. Those are citizens I talk to about that. Put that aside for a minute, unfortunately, and look at so many elected officials in a State, conservative elected officials, mostly Republicans, who are saying we should repeal the health care law and we should bring back preexisting condition, take 23-year-olds, home from college or home from the service or whatever, and if they do not have TRICARE, throw them off their parents' health care plan, take away the tax cuts to small businesses. That is what they want to do and repeal this health care plan.

My only question is, I guess I am waiting for the first Republican elected official--whether he is an attorney general in Ohioce company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now thace company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that sot so or elsewhere or whether he is a Congressman or she is a Congressman or a Senator--I am waiting for the first once company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that soe who says: I want to repeal this plan. Take away these consumer protections; I want to repeal this plan and take away health insurance for people who are in high risk pools who are getting insurance now and people down the road who are going to get covered with health insurance, the 50 million Americans who do not have it and thece company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that so tens of millions of Americans who are underinsured. I want to hear one of those elected officials, who is saying repeal the health care plan, say they are not going to take their government health insurance. I cannot believe the number of elected officials, mostly Republicans, who have been the beneficiaries of government-sponsored hece company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that soalce company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that soce company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that soth insurance--taxpayer-financed health insurance for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years--who are saying: No, I want to repeal health insurance for millions of Americans who are about to receive it. Some of them are already getting it; all of them getting better consumer protections.

They will keep their plan, paid for by taxpayers. They want to deny it to others. I am waiting for one of my colleagues--and Repce company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that soublicans around the State and around the country who are calling for this health care law to be repealed--to step up and say: Oh, I am not going to take government insurance either. I am still waiting for that day.

I yield the floor. ce company cannot deny insurance to a family with a child with preexisting conditions. We also know now that so

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