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-- But you -- It was great to me.
-- -- Great to be back in New Hampshire.
I have to say though that most of my memories of this state.
Are cold and so it's going to be -- August.
Then they're -- couple of people that I want to acknowledge we're here today some special guest.
-- first of all I want to thank principal Jeffrey Collins and the -- Your own outstanding governor John Lynch is there.
We're a wonderful wife soon.
The first -- -- -- You're.
United States senator doing a great job in -- and in -- -- Wow.
The governor of the great state of Maine and we are glad -- here in New Hampshire today -- bulldogs is their.
Two of my favorite people they are just taken.
Congress by storm outstanding work Paul Hodes.
Your own mayor Tom -- is there growth.
Now I want to thank.
More than anybody lord for that introduction.
Sharing her story of the -- about.
-- story of the same kind of story that I've read letters.
I've heard in town hall meetings just like this one for the past five years.
In fact some -- you were in that town hall both town hall meetings of those traveling all throughout New Hampshire.
If the story of hardworking Americans.
Who are held hostage.
By health insurance companies that deny them coverage.
We're drop their coverage or charge fees that they can't afford for clear that they desperately need.
I believe it is wrong.
It is bankrupting families and businesses and that's why we are going to pass health insurance reform in 2000.
There's obviously a tough time for families here in New Hampshire and all across America.
Six months ago.
We were in the middle.
Of the worst recession of our lifetimes.
Point to remember what things were like in January and February -- we were losing about 700000.
Jobs per month.
And economists of all stripes feared a second coming of the Great Depression.
That was only six months ago.
That's why we reacted as best we could pass a Recovery Act that would stop the -- -- And I want to make sure everybody understands.
What we -- get 13 of the money in the Recovery Act went to tax cuts that have already started showing up in the paychecks of about.
Working families in New Hampshire.
-- We also cut taxes for small businesses on the investments that they meant.
And over 300.
New Hampshire small businesses have qualified for new loans backed by the recovery.
All of the third of that was the third of the recovery -- another third of the money in the Recovery Act.
Is for emergency relief for folks who've borne the brunt of this was -- So we've expanded unemployment benefits for 20000 New Hampshire residents.
We've made health insurance 65%.
Cheaper for families who rely on cobra while they're looking for work.
And respects the work facing historic budget shortfalls we provided the fifth offense better save the jobs up tens of thousands of workers who provided essential services.
And police officers.
Saw fit for a Bennett a lot of painful cuts in the state but also.
A lot of painful state and local tax increases.
Now the last third of the Recovery Act to spur investments there are to putting people back to work.
These -- jobs refurbishing bridges and pavement on I ninety pot.
-- jobs at the community health centers.
Here in Portsmouth.
-- will be able to add nurses and extend hours and serve up the 500.
These are good jobs doing the work America needs done.
And by the way most of the work is being done by private local businesses because that's how we're gonna grow this economy again.
So there is no doubt that the Recovery Act has helped put the brakes.
On this recession.
We just saw last Friday the job picture.
Is beginning to -- We're starting to see signs the business investment is coming back.
But New Hampshire that doesn't mean we're out of the -- and you know that it doesn't mean we can just sit back and do nothing while so many families it's still strong.
Because even before this -- -- hit we -- an economy that was working pretty well for the wealthiest Americans.
It was working pretty well for Wall Street bankers.
It was working pretty well for big corporations but it wasn't working so well for everybody else.
It was an economy of bubbles and busts.
And we can't go back to that kind of economy.
If we want this country to succeed in the 21 century and if we want our children to succeed in the 20% -- that -- gonna have to take.
The steps necessary to lay a new foundation.
For economic growth.
We need to build an economy.
That works for everybody and not just some people.
Health insurance reform.
Is one of those pillars.
That we need to build up that new foundation.
I don't have to explain.
To you that.
Nearly 46 million Americans.
Don't have health insurance covers of in the wealthiest nation on -- 46 million of our fellow citizens.
Have no cover.
-- is vulnerable it if something happens.
They go bankrupt or they don't get the care they need.
But it's just as important that we accomplish health insurance reform for the Americans who do have health insurance.
Because right now.
Because right now we have a health care system that too often works better for the insurance industry than it does for the American people.
We'll start by setting the record straight on a few things I've been hearing out here.
Under the reform -- proposed.
If you like your doctor.
You can keep your about.
If you like your health care plan.
You can keep your health care plan.
You'll not be waiting and any lions.
This is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance.
I don't believe anyone should be in charge your health insurance decisions -- you when your doctor.
I don't think government bureaucrats.
Should be meddling but I also don't think insurance company bureaucrats and we just heard from Gloria about how she can't buy an insurance company -- will cover because -- medical condition.
She's not along.
A recent report actually shows that in the past three years.
Over twelve million Americans were discriminated against by insurance companies because of a pre existing commission.
Either the insurance company refused to cover the person or -- did not drop their coverage when they got sick and they needed the most.
Where they refuse to cover a specific illness or condition.
Or they charged higher premiums and out of pocket costs.
Holds these companies accountable for these practices.
And I have to say this is personal for -- but it's also personal for me.
I talked about this when I was campaigning up -- -- Hampshire I will never forget my own mother.
As she fought cancer in her final months.
Having to worry about whether insurance would refuse to -- for her true.
And by the way this look.
This was because the insurance company was arguing.
That somehow she should've known that she had cancer when she took her new job even -- have been diagnosed him.
So if it could have a number it could happen to anyone of us.
And I've heard from so many Americans who have the same words.
One woman testified -- insurance company would not cover her internal organs.
Because of an accident she had when she was five years old.
Think about that that covers a lot of stuff.
Now they're only going to cover your skin.
Dermatology that's covered.
His coverage in the middle of chemotherapy.
Because reinsurance -- discovered he had gallstones that he had known about when he applied for insurance.
And that is wrong.
And that won't change when we pass Health Care Reform.
Under the reform or proposed.
Insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage because of a person's medical history period.
They will not be able to drop your coverage if you get sent.
They won't back.
There will not build -- water down your coverage when you needed.
Your health insurance should be there for you when it counts.
Not just wonder paying premiums.
But when you actually get -- -- -- pass health insurance reform insurance companies will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive any given year or a lifetime.
And we will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out of pocket expenses because no one in America should go broke because they get -- And and finally that this is important we will require insurance companies to cover routine check ups.
And preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopy.
Because there's no reason we shouldn't be catching diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer on the front end.
That makes sense it saves lives it also saves money and we need to save money in this health care system.
So this is what reform is about.
For all the chatter and the yelling and the shouting of the noise.
What you need to know events.
If you don't have health insurance.
You'll finally have quality affordable options once we pass reform.
Have health insurance.
We won't make sure that no insurance company or government bureaucrat gets between you and care of the unique.
And we will do this without adding to our deficit over the next decade.
Largely by cutting out the waste.
An insurance company giveaways and Medicare that aren't making any immersing yourself and right.
-- -- book but before.
I start taking questions let me just say there there's been a long and vigorous debate about this.
And that's how it should be.
-- that's what America's about.
Is we have a vigorous debate that's why we have a democracy.
But I do hope that we will talk with -- each other and not -- up.
They have one of the objectives level of democracy and debate is is that -- start refining our own views.
Because maybe other people have -- perspective things within -- Where we do disagree let's disagree over things that are real.
Not these wild misrepresentations.
That bear no resemblance it.
The way politics works sometimes is that people want to keep things the way they -- we'll try to scare the heck out of folks.
And no great -- -- out there that just every.
So this is an important and complicated issue that deserves serious debate and we have months before to go before.
And years after that to phase in all these reforms and get them right.
And I know that's despite all -- hand wringing pundits and the best efforts of those who are profiting from the status quo.
We are closer to achieving health insurance reform.
Then we have ever bit.
We have the American Nurses Association support and the medical okay.
America's doctors and nurses know firsthand how badly we need reform.
We have broad agreement in congress on about 80% of what we're trying to do.
We have an agreement from the drug companies to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors we can cut the doughnut hole in half if we -- -- -- be on board because they know this is very good deal for our seniors.
But but let's face it now the hard part.
Does this rate is -- every time we come close to passing health insurance reform.
The special interest fight back with -- everything they've got.
They use -- in -- they've they've been.
They use their political allies to scare and mislead the American people they start run -- this is what they always do.
We can't let them do it again.
Not this time.
Because for all the scare tactics out there what is truly scary what is truly risky.
Is that we do nothing.
If we let this moment -- if we keep the system the way it is right now.
We will continue to see 141000.
Americans lose their health insurance every day.
Your premiums will continue to skyrocket they have gone up three times faster than your wages and they will keep on going up.
Our deficit will continue to grow because Medicare and Medicaid are on on an unsustainable debt.
Medicare is related to -- to go into the red in about eight to ten years.
-- -- people are aware that if they filed a senior -- that they not be worried about right now as Medicare -- run out of money.
Because we haven't done anything to make sure that we're getting a good bang for our buck and when it comes to help.
And insurance companies will continue to profit.
By discriminating against people for the simple crime of being sick.
And that's not a future I want for my children it's not a future that I want to the United States of America.
New Hampshire I was up here campaigning a long time.
A lot of you guys came to my town -- about some of your motive -- -- some of the dead but here's one thing I've got a site.
I never said this that this is going to be the I never -- change would be easy.
If it -- -- it would have already been up.
Change is hard.
And it doesn't start -- Washington.
In places like port -- people.
-- -- -- Occurred.
We share those stories and fight with the have been better.
Look good -- from the work.
It was good the bad.
Let's get -- done.
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