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House Proceeding 10-28-09 on Oct 28th, 2009 :: 1:30:40 to 1:33:05
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John Sarbanes

1:30:32 to 1:30:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: how we deliver care and manage care and realize savings that way. i'm sure this has been ed in part already is go after some of the fraud and waste. "60 minutes" did a recent sty where they talked about that. well, you need to put resources

John Sarbanes

1:30:40 to 1:33:05( Edit History Discussion )
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John Sarbanes

1:30:53 to 1:31:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: in to crack down. there was an article a few weeks back about the producers of these motorized wheelchairs that cost him these things. he's selling them to the medicare program for $4,000. that doesn't make any sense. that recalls the imagery of the $600 toilet seat that the

John Sarbanes

1:31:14 to 1:31:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: pentagon used to buy before we cracked down on that kind of thing. so there are things we can do. very legitimate things we can do to find savings in the medica program. what's important to understand, seniors need to understand this, is that much of the savings we're taking, we are not tak somewhere else. we are actually reinvesting it

John Sarbanes

1:31:35 to 1:31:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: back into the medicare program. so in other words, the savings we get from these important steps that we take, we can take the benefit of that and we can invest in things like closing the doughnut hole. we can invest it in things like more preventive services on the front end so people stay healthy instead of getting sick and then it costs more to treat

John Sarbanes

1:31:58 to 1:32:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: them later in the process. there's plenty of research that shows that if you cover prentative services, you get rid of that co-payment, which we will do things for glaucoma screenings, for other preventative services and provide it to our seniors, it's

John Sarbanes

1:32:19 to 1:32:39( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: going to benefit them and it's also going to save a lot of money in the system in the lg run. so it's very important for our seniors to understand that when we go looking for savings in the medicare program we do that with the goal of taking those vings and reinvesting them back into the medicare program

John Sarbanes

1:32:40 to 1:33:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: to make it stronger. and why wouldn't we want to make it stronger at a time when we have this baby boomer demographic wave that is coming into country? every 11.5 seconds, i think, somebody turns 60 in this it country. so we know that -- in this country. so we know that infrastructure has to be strong and we have to do everything we can to invest in it going forward.

John Sarbanes

1:33:02 to 1:33:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Sarbanes: that's what this bill does. that's why if you're a senior you really ought to be behind

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