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Former Connecticut Governor Lowell Weicker, Jr. Delivers Address on Health Reform
Date:10/31/2009

same health care as a member of Congress. If that's too expensive for the nation, then it's too expensive for Congress.

"I believe the last election was about getting our priorities straight. Bad health is our country's worst enemy. Without our health, we have nothing. Without our children's health, we have no future.

"The [leading health care proposals in Congress] represent good, important progress. If passed, millions of additional Americans will be able to get insurance by letting more people who are subsisting just above the poverty level qualify for Medicaid. The bills will also help foster much needed competition in the health care industry -- so a few powerful insurers can no longer dictate unreasonable terms that we are helpless to fight against. The legislation would make it harder for insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and for insurance companies to throw people off insurance when they get sick.... Even if the bills are not perfect -- we can't make holding out for the perfect become the enemy of the good.

"With all of the cost-oriented debates going on, one of the most important parts in all of the bills under consideration in Congress is being overlooked -- support for disease prevention. If passed, these bills could lead to the greatest advancements in disease prevention and wellness our nation has seen in decades.

"For me, the most frustrating thing about the nation's health care crisis is that solutions are within our reach. The reason that the health of so many Americans is failing has little to do with the limitations of science or talented, dedicated medical personnel.

"The fact that you and I can sit in this room and debate while breaking bread proves there is a common thread of hope, decency and respect which runs through all faiths.... I am a Christian among Muslims this evening. In short, I am an American in a country where the individual counts for
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