Bingaman talks health care with New Mexico radio reporters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about the health care reform bill being debated in the Senate. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman121509m.mp3

00:00 – Bingaman talks about the importance of passing health insurance reform legislation.

03:04 – Bingaman says he believed a provision in the health care reform bill that would expand Medicare to people as young as 55 will likely not make it into the final version of the bill.

06:57 – Bingaman says he is optimistic that the Senate will pass a health care reform bill.

08:53 – Bingaman says health insurance reform legislation would benefit New Mexicans.

10:20 – Bingaman says the bill being debated before the Senate would help make health care more affordable for families and small businesses, and extend coverage to uninsured Americans.

13:43 – Bingaman says he has been assured by the Department of Homeland Security that New Mexico travelers planning to use a state-issued identification to travel after Dec. 31 will not encounter problems.

16:13 – Bingaman comments on the Fair Elections Now Act.

17:41 – Bingaman comments on calls to do more to protect consumer for credit card companies.