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House Proceeding 11-19-09 on Nov 19th, 2009 :: 0:02:50 to 0:05:35
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Henry A. Waxman

0:02:34 to 0:02:54( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: amend title 18 of the social security act to medicare s.g.r. payment system for physicians. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. texas, mr. barton, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. waxman: mr. speaker, i

Henry A. Waxman

0:02:50 to 0:05:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Henry A. Waxman

0:02:55 to 0:03:15( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: yield myself three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman recognized. mr. waxman: today, we consider legislation that will maintain and strengthen medicare for seniors and individuals with disabilities. a law passed in 1997, set limit on payments to medicare physicians. the idea was to save money but

Henry A. Waxman

0:03:16 to 0:03:37( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: the limit was set too low and required draconian cuts forcing congress to intervene with temporary in 2004, the law required a 4.5% cut. in 2008, it was 10.1% cut. this year doctors face a 21% cut.

Henry A. Waxman

0:03:38 to 0:03:58( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: these are unsustainable cuts that would bring about havoc in the medicare program. congress has responded by enacting temporary one-year fixes. these temporary fixes only make the problem worse than next year. the result has been a cycle of

Henry A. Waxman

0:03:59 to 0:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: ever increasing cuts followed by ever costlier fixes. this is mere budgeting orificecal discipline. it's a kitchen table problem for america's seniors and for the physicians who are partners medicare program. medicare's ability to guarantee health care for seniors would

Henry A. Waxman

0:04:20 to 0:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: be eliminated if these cuts went into effect. we are rightly asking much of the health ce providers in health reform. we are demanding that they provide care more efficiently, that they improve the quality of care, that they give taxpayers good value for their dollars. in return we need to pay them fairly for their efforts and to

Henry A. Waxman

0:04:43 to 0:05:03( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: be an honest partner. we have two basic we can solve this problem permanently or we can enact another one-year band-aid. this legislation says that we will finally enact lasting reform. the house recognized in our budget that honest accounting means facing this problem

Henry A. Waxman

0:05:04 to 0:05:24( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: squarely and finding a way to dress it. this legislation meets that call, replacing the sustainable growth rate for physicians, s.g.r., which congress enacted in 1997 with a more responsible and future. we must be honest about this

Henry A. Waxman

0:05:25 to 0:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Henry A. Waxman: problem and address it responsibly and immediately. we can take that step passing this bill and combining it with statutory pay-go which

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