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Pelosi Remarks at Press Availability with Easter Seals on Benefits of Health Reform for Children
Date:10/20/2009

ne accident, one diagnosis away from needing what we have in our bill.

"A champion on Capitol Hill for people with disabilities has been our Leader, Steny Hoyer, who was instrumental in passing so much legislation in that regard, and you heard him speak so beautifully when we unveiled the statue of Helen Keller.

"First we turn to Mark Schauer, a new Member from the freshman class from Michigan. He has made the issue of ending discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions his clarion call, along with fighting for our seniors and Medicare and the rest. He has been a great champion for our kids. I am also glad that he is with us today to help welcome Easter Seals back to the Capitol as we welcome Shannon and Jessica. And we will be hearing from Jessica shortly.

"Congressman Schauer."

Speaker Pelosi Closing Statement

"It is quite remarkable to listen to Shannon even though she did not make formal remarks, but she set the tone for the afternoon and her mom and to hear Jessica's resolve. They demonstrate so clearly that in our society we must respect people for what they can do, rather than judge them for what they cannot. They demonstrate so clearly why -- as we address the issue of ending discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions -- that discrimination is price discrimination in terms of the cost of health care. And we must honor the mission of the Easter Seals, which enables people to live, learn, work and play in our communities.

"What's important to note about the legislation is that it is very important for everyone, but particularly for pre-existing conditions, is that there is a cap on what you pay in. There is no cap on the benefit that you receive -- either in a year or in a lifetime. So this is a liberation. This is a liberation. Where people can live and plan and go forward with the confidence and they can do whatever they want to do an
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