9:46 am
Fri February 26, 2010

Slaughter delivers emotional remarks at health care summit

Washington, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter delivered an impassioned speech at Thursday's health care summit in Washington. She challenged her colleagues from both sides of the aisle to reach an agreement that would bring health care to more Americans.

The Western New York Democrat said now is the time to end the practice of denying health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition. And she said women's health care has never been a priority in Washington.

"I have a constituent that you won't believe and I know you won't, but her sister died, this poor woman had no dentures. She wore her dead sister's teeth which of course were uncomfortable and did not fit," Slaughter said. "Do you believe that in America that's where we would be?"

Slaughter said this is the last chance for Congress to act. She said it's time to think about the number of people who die because they have no health insurance.