Prepared Floor Statement of Rep. Carolyn Maloney on Health Care Reform

Mar 21, 2010
Press Release

Madam Speaker,

This is an historic vote.

With passage of these health care reforms, 32 million people without insurance will get it—including almost 2.5 million uninsured in New York State.

It will end discrimination for pre-existing conditions, make progress on cutting high medical costs, and reduce the deficit by over $1 Trillion over the next two decades.

This package of reforms that will make a real difference
in the lives of Americans, over their entire lives:

--If you’re 21 and just graduating college,
you’ll now be included on your parents’ coverage
until your 26th birthday.

--If you’re self-employed in your thirties or forties,
you’ll be able to shop for more affordable coverage
on exchanges set up by states or the Federal Government.

--If you’re 56 and have taken early retirement, you can continue to be covered under your employer’s plan until you sign up for Medicare.

--And if you’re a senior with Medicare Part D Drug Coverage, the so-called “donut hole” has been closed.

The Senate version penalized states like New York which were already doing more than most to provide care to the needy. And that’s one of the things this House is fixing.

The impact on the New York State Medicaid budget went from a projected increased cost of over $700 million to increased aid of $1.3 billion in just the first year. That’s a “swing” of over $2 billion!

Finally, these reforms will do more for women’s health—despite the restrictive language on reproductive health services contained within the Senate bill— than any other legislation in my career.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this momentous reform and urge my colleagues to remember that today we will make a lasting difference in people’s lives.  Today we change the overall health of our nation.