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Pelosi discusses health care reform for children

Posted On Thu, September 17, 2009

Speak of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi showed her support of the Obama administration's health care reform bill on Wednesday during a speech on the west front lawn of the Capitol building for the Children's Health Fund, detailing the benefits that health insurance reform would have on the nation's youth.

"We have a big opportunity to make significant progress for our children with this health insurance reform bill. We must act to ensure stability and security for Americans with health insurance and that means America's family," Pelosi said. "It has to be quality, it has to be affordable, and it must be accessible for all of America's families."

Pelosi added that America's Affordable Health Choices Act was written with the family in mind, and that it would require that all parents have their children covered, but also guarantee affordable plans to not make it too financially difficult on them.

If approved, Pelosi said that the legislation would keep payments low by improving reimbursement for primary care doctors to improve access and ensure that Medicaid covered primary and specialty care so critical vaccines were readily available for children.

"When all is said and done, reform means that America's families will no longer have to spend too much of their hard-earned paychecks on health care and keep more money in their pocket to raise their children," she added.

Pelosi's remarks came the same day that Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, made his health care proposal, which boasts many ideas proposed by Obama - except for a public option - and a lowered $856 billion cost over 10 years. According to the New York Times, the bill would extend health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.
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