[Congressional Record Volume 156, Number 43 (Sunday, March 21, 2010)]
[Page H1821]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                           HEALTH CARE REFORM

  (Mr. KAGEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. KAGEN. Mr. Speaker, today in the House of Representatives, we 
must take a positive step forward and finally guarantee an end to 
discrimination against all citizens because of the way they were born 
or what illness they may have.
  This bill that we're about to pass today will save lives and save 
jobs by putting patients first, strengthening Medicare, and finally 
guaranteeing access to affordable care for all of us. No longer will a 
child's illness cause their family to go broke and lose their home. 
Senior citizens in all of our communities will see a stronger and 
better Medicare as we begin to close the prescription drug program 
doughnut hole. Small business owners, like myself, will soon be able to 
buy health insurance for all of their employees at the same discounts 
that big corporations do.
  We're beginning to fix what's broken in our health care system and 
improve on what we already have at a price we can all afford to pay 
because this bill will be not only paid for but will cut our deficit by 
a trillion dollars over time.