"You'll hear some of our opponents of reforming health care saying that -- that this is putting government between you and your doctor. That's what they say. It is just the opposite. What we are doing is removing the health insurance company from between patients and their doctors.
"In doing so, we will provide stability and peace of mind that people cannot be denied for preexisting conditions, and that people have portability if they go from one job to the next, and that they will not lose their health care if they lose their jobs. And this is why this is so important to middle class families in America.
"Today, just before we introduce the legislation, we're so pleased to be joined by three Americans -- well, four -- Joe Greear and Diane Buch who are with us. They are going to talk about pre-existing conditions. Phil Feaster, whom Mr. Hoyer will introduce, his constituent, will talk about seniors and the doughnut hole; and Tammy Rostov, a small business owner.
"I would now like to turn this meeting over to the distinguished Democratic leader of the House, Mr. Hoyer."
Speaker Pelosi Closing Statement:
"Thank you Phil, Diane, and Tammy for your very eloquent presentations. Your presentations are more persuasive than anything we can say in terms of the provisions of the legislation, by speaking directly to why we need this health care reform and how it would affect you, very directly.
"It's very exciting for us. This is why many of us have come to Congress and have been involved in public service to begin with. I'm very proud to be standing here with Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn, and John Larson and representing Democratic Leadership in the House to say that we hear what
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