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House Proceeding 09-24-09 on Sep 24th, 2009 :: 0:16:25 to 0:19:10
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Ed Whitfield

0:16:22 to 0:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: by a good number of people and to make sure that it does not happen to them. this is not -- i would have liked to have a cola for all social security beneficiaries, but at least see them -- see a reduction in premiums. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. barton: could inquire of

Ed Whitfield

0:16:25 to 0:19:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Ed Whitfield

0:16:43 to 0:17:03( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: the time remaining, please? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has 11 minutes. mr. barton: i have 11 minutes? the speaker pro tempore: 11 minutes. mr. barton: i'd like to mr. whitfield of kentucky member of the committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. whitfield: i am not going to get into a discussion of process but i'd like to thank

Ed Whitfield

0:17:04 to 0:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: the chairman and the ranking member and the chairman of the subcommittee for bringing this bill to the floor to correct this inequity related to our senior citizens. i would like to talk about the health care debate that's of great concern to me. last week the congressional budget office in examining the bill proposed by senator baucus

Ed Whitfield

0:17:25 to 0:17:46( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: said that that bill would reduce by $123 billion the medicare advantage program. this is a program that provides private health insurance for our medicare beneficiaries. and i might say there are many of them in rural areas and over 10,000 in my district. one of the companies that

Ed Whitfield

0:17:47 to 0:18:09( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: provides this private option is humana corporation, headquartered in louisville, kentucky. they sent out a notice to their medicare beneficiaries explaining that the would reduce by $123 billion the money available for medicare. when senor baucus heard about

Ed Whitfield

0:18:10 to 0:18:30( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: that he ordered medicare regulators to investigate and if necessary punish humana for informing their own how they would be damaged by the senate bill. the head director of c.m.s., jonathan bloom, used to work for senator baucus. but the thing that's really

Ed Whitfield

0:18:31 to 0:18:53( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: troubling about this, while they're issuing an order against humana, the association for the advancement of retired persons, aarp, which claims to represent senior citizens on medicare, they also have an advantage program through united health care that they

Ed Whitfield

0:18:54 to 0:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Ed Whitfield: offer 1.7 million enrollees. and yet they've been sending out information, and on their website saying that medicare funds would not be reduced. and yet c.m.s. is not taking any action against them. so they do take action when a

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