"To foster a new era of American energy independence, the House has passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act. It tackles the climate crisis head-on; it revitalizes our economy by creating millions of new, clean energy green jobs; it increases our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil; it preserves our planet by cutting emissions; and it helps promote environmental justice.
"Just yesterday, at the United Nations Climate Change Summit, President Obama reaffirmed America's commitment to transition to a clean energy economy that creates jobs and reduces global warming pollution. Our families, our communities, and our nation will be strengthened by this effort.
"And today, we stand closer than ever before in history to passing comprehensive health insurance reform.
"This week, the fifth and final Congressional committee is marking up legislation, and in the House we are working together to reconcile our differences in the versions presented by our committees.
"Though there are some differences between us, the legislation that Congress votes on will lower cost, bring greater choice, and ensure higher quality. It will reduce health disparities and offer stability and peace of mind. And we will pass it this year.
"There's been a great deal of discussion about what health care reform will mean for middle class Americans. Today, I want to clear up the confusion. Here's what reform will mean for you: no discrimination for pre-existing conditions, no dropping your coverage because you become sick, no refusal to renew your coverage, if you've paid in full and become ill, no more job or life decisions made based on loss of coverage, no need to change doctors or plans, if you like the coverage you have, no co-
|SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House|
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