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Pelosi House Leaders, Committee Chairs Remarks at Press Conference on America's Affordable Health Choices Act
Date:7/17/2009

he's presented, the kinds of getting rid of all of the exclusions and co-payments and the rest. But the point is this -- that our Members are in full force to come to the floor and work with this legislation and they will all report for duty at the time that that vote is taken.

Q: [Inaudible. Question about being on schedule for House vote.]

Speaker Pelosi. We are. We expect that Mr. Waxman will put his bill out the middle of next week and then we will be preparing for our rule to take the bill to the floor. And when the American people see what this means for them in each individual Congressional District -- over a hundred thousand people in many rural areas in America, over a hundred thousand people will have health insurance who didn't have it before.

Over $100 million dollars in meeting the needs of public health hospitals will be there, and that just a very few people called upon to help get the revenue stream.

It's pretty exciting, it's transformational, it will make a difference. And again, we have Members from across the political and geographic spectrum. Their concerns are regional and we believe that they will be addressed as we go forward. We're very proud of this.

Q: Inaudible. Question about OMB Director Peter Orszag's letter about MedPAC.

Speaker Pelosi. Let me -- the letter that you're referring to was is a letter that Peter Orszag sent to the three Chairmen when he said: "I wish to express the Administration's strong support for the health care savings proposal in the Tri-Committee health reform discussion draft dated June 19...Virtually all of these policies are consistent with those put forward by the Administration and are essential to our shared goal of reforming health care in a fiscally responsible manner...Adopting deficit neutral health reform that expands coverage is not enough
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