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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

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PALLONE. Madam Speaker, I am amazed when I hear my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. They seem to ignore the fact that our health care system is in crisis. Millions of Americans are going without health insurance. Rising health care costs are bankrupting so many American families.

Now, Democrats today have proposed a bill that will lower health care costs, give almost all Americans quality health care coverage the same as Members of Congress--and I am going to repeat that--the same as Members of Congress, and put an end to insurance company abuses.

When we pass this bill, 32 million more Americans are going to be able to see a doctor on a regular basis. America's seniors are going to be able to get more help to afford their prescription drugs, which will keep them healthy and out of the hospital.

The bottom line is that Americans will be healthier, fewer people will get seriously ill and incur outrageous medical bills for hospital and nursing home care. And, healthier people save the government and the health care system significant money even beyond the CBO projections.

Madam Speaker, passage of this bill will lead to a healthier and a stronger America, and I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes.''


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