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House Proceeding 09-24-09 on Sep 24th, 2009 :: 0:19:15 to 0:21:25
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John Sarbanes

0:19:12 to 0:19:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: company tries to inform its enrollees -- may i have an additional 30 seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. whitfield: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i yield a minute and a half to the gentleman

John Sarbanes

0:19:15 to 0:21:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Sarbanes

John Sarbanes

0:19:33 to 0:19:54( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: from maryland, mr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. it's a very, very important bill that we need to pass today. in august, as was referenced, many of us heard from our constituents that they were going to be in this crunch. where on the one hand the cost

John Sarbanes

0:20:01 to 0:20:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: of living adjustment for social security was not going up based on the formula that looks at inflation costs but on the other hand they were facing an increase in their medicare p b premium. and i pledged actually on the spot that i knew we would come back and we would be trying to take a look at this and explore various options that could help 10 million medicare beneficiaries across the country, including thousands in maryland. there are a number of ways to address this issue. i think what happened was the idea of looking at the medicare

John Sarbanes

0:20:22 to 0:20:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: part b premium and making an adjustment there instead of holding it down is one that came into focus recently. we might have been able to go do hearings based on that, but we realize we have to move quickly because the medicare program needs to implement this right away if it's going to be put in force. and so that's why we're moving quickly.

John Sarbanes

0:20:43 to 0:21:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: the bottom line here is people spoke to us and wlistened. and that should be an assurance to all those seniors out there w generally with our health reform efforts. we're hearing those concerns. there are part of what we're trying to do here to keep the medicare program strong and to look out for the best interest of our seniors. and that's why we should

John Sarbanes

0:21:05 to 0:21:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: support this legislation today. and i yield back. the speaker pro temore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. barton: mr. speaker, i want to yield the balance of my time to control as he sees fit to the ranking member of the ways and means committee, mr. camp of michigan. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. barton: mr. herger of california.

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