Bingaman talks about the health proposal that was approved by Senate Finance Committee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio about a health care reform bill that was approved by the Senate Finance Committee yesterday. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman101409m.mp3

00:00 – Bingaman says he is pleased the health care reform bill the Finance committee passed yesterday contain increasing health care costs and extend health care coverage to Americans who are currently uninsured.

02:45 – Bingaman says he expects the health care reform bill to come to the Senate floor under regular order.

04:45 – Bingaman says the health care bill reported out of the Finance Committee calls on Americans to obtain coverage – if they can afford to do so – by 2014.

06:56– Bingaman says a “public option” would be an alternative to purchasing private insurance.

10:08 – Bingaman talks about how the national health care exchange would work under the Senate Finance Committee bill.

12:26 – Bingaman talks about an Energy and Natural Resources hearing he chaired today on energy and related economic effects of global climate change legislation.

14:06 – Bingaman talks about how a health care cooperative would work under legislation approved by the Finance Committee.