[Congressional Record Volume 156, Number 43 (Sunday, March 21, 2010)]
[Pages H1819-H1820]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


  (Ms. SCHWARTZ asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. SCHWARTZ. Mr. Speaker, today we will act on a uniquely American 
solution to health care reform. Our action will bring down health care 
costs for middle-income families, will help small businesses afford 
coverage for their employees, will improve coverage for our seniors, 
will rein in wasteful spending, and will provide access to 32 million 
uninsured Americans.
  For those with insurance, starting right away, insurance companies 
will be prohibited from discriminating based on preexisting conditions, 
from placing annual or lifetime caps on coverage, and from dropping 
people for coverage when they get sick.
  It is time to put American families back in control of their health 
care. It's time to hold insurance companies accountable to keep 
premiums down and to stop their denial of care and coverage. And it is 
time to ensure that 95 percent of Americans have access to affordable, 
meaningful health care choices.
  It's time to finally fix the Medicare prescription drug gap, known as 
the doughnut hole, and to provide seniors with preventative and primary 
care. And it is time to rein in the Federal deficit by reducing it by 
$1.2 trillion.
  It's time to vote ``yes'' on health care reform.

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