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House Proceeding 10-06-09 on Oct 6th, 2009 :: 0:40:40 to 0:46:30
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Dan Burton

0:40:38 to 0:40:58( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: the words of superdog, one of chicago's iconic hot dog stands, i look forward to saying, hiya from the bottom of my pure beef heart. i look forward to coming back next summer with the chicago stanley cup.

Dan Burton

0:40:40 to 0:46:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Dan Burton

0:40:59 to 0:41:19( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. burton: mr. speaker, when seniors across the country found out that the mdicare plan that was proposed by my colleagues on the other side of the aisle was going to cut medicare and medicare advantage

Dan Burton

0:41:20 to 0:41:41( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: by $500 billion over 10 years, they became very concerned. they became very, very concerned about the organization called aar supporting that plan that was going to make great cuts to seniors' medical coverage. so about 60,000 of those people said that they were going to

Dan Burton

0:41:42 to 0:42:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: quit aarp because of aarp's endorsement of the very costly and benefit-cutting plan proposed by the democrats. so aarp came out with this statement. none of the health care proposals being considered by congress would cut medicare benefits or increase your out of pocket cost for medicare

Dan Burton

0:42:03 to 0:42:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: services. that's what aarp has been telling their seniors. but let me just read to you the facts from people who are working on the bill and bills here in washington, d.c. in the congress. .

Dan Burton

0:42:24 to 0:42:44( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: a statement was made by a staff member, senator baucus' staff. that contrad the cuts contained in the democrats' health bills peppeding in congress could lead to many plans to the benefits

Dan Burton

0:42:45 to 0:43:05( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: they offer withdraw from the program. that was made by our congressional budget office. they refute what aarp said. next statement, while the programs need to be made more efficient if the proposed funding cut levels become law, millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and

Dan Burton

0:43:06 to 0:43:26( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: services that medicare advantage health plans make so valuable. that statement was by humana, an organization that sells these plans. and they have been stopped because they told their enrollees what was going on with

Dan Burton

0:43:27 to 0:43:47( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: the democrats' proposals. late last month, the snter for medicare andedicaid services directed medicare plans to discontinue any communication with their enrollees about this thing that's been taking place cutting their benefits. this is absolutely terrible.

Dan Burton

0:43:48 to 0:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: there's no doubt that medicare advantage is going to be cut. the republicans in the house have pointed out time and again that the democrats' plan in this body will cut medicare advantage and other benefits in medicare by over $500 billion. in the senate, it runs anywhere from $200 billion on up. we don't know how much because

Dan Burton

0:44:10 to 0:44:30( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: we haven't seen their final bill. it hasn't come out of committee. we really don't know. but i can tell seniors this, they are going to lose benefits. they're going to lose medicare advantage. why is aarp saying that there is no change going to take place if we pass these plans? it's because they have a benefit

Dan Burton

0:44:31 to 0:44:53( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: that they're going to get if medicare advantage is cut. what is that benefit? they sell what's called medygap. and it's more expensive than the medy care plans we are talk -- medicare pla we are talking about.

Dan Burton

0:44:54 to 0:45:17( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: they would get a tremendous kickback. there was an article written in "bloomberg" and the article said very clearly that the aarp is getting $652 million in all these fees, that's an increase of 31% over last year when they got $500 billion.

Dan Burton

0:45:18 to 0:45:39( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: according to "bloomberg," those royalties comprise 60.3% of what aarp gets. and if we do away, this body and the other body, does away with medicare advantage and seniors want more coverage, they have to go to medigap. and aarp will be the beneficiary.

Dan Burton

0:45:40 to 0:46:01( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: and that's why 60,000 seniors have already left aarp because they don't want this to happen. let me read to you what a couple of seniors said after they found out about this. they said aarp has great buying power. what they are doing is unconscionable what they are allowing to happen. another senior wrote to the

Dan Burton

0:46:02 to 0:46:22( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: organization's leadership and asked whether aarp had a special relationship with insurance carriers by which -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. burton: seniors need to know that medicare and medicare -- medigap is going to take the

Dan Burton

0:46:23 to 0:46:30( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: place of medicare advantage. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from oregon, mr.

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