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Senate Proceeding on Jan 20th, 2010 :: 0:18:15 to 0:28:15
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Lamar Alexander

0:18:11 to 0:18:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: leaders or their designees and with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. the senator from tennessee is recognized. mr. alexander: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, massachusetts voters yesterday sent a clear message that the democratic majority in congress is not in touch with the american people and that we ought to restart the

Lamar Alexander

0:18:15 to 0:28:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:18:32 to 0:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: health care debate. senator-elect scott brown's independent voice will provide a much-needed check and balance to a congress that has become more dominated by more taxes, more spending, and more washington takeovers. nothing demonstrates that need more than the so-called health

Lamar Alexander

0:18:53 to 0:19:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: care reform bill, a 2,700-page attempt to remodel 17% of the american economy that was concocted in secret, presented to the senate over the weekend before christmas during the worst snowstorm in years, voted on in the middle of the night, and passed five days later on christmas eve without one single republican vote. now that the people have spoken

Lamar Alexander

0:19:16 to 0:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in massachusetts, we shod abandon these arrogant notions of trying to turn our entire health care system upside-down all at once and clear goal of reducing health care costs and then work together step by step to reearn the trust of the american people people, an approach that

Lamar Alexander

0:19:38 to 0:20:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: republican senators urged exactly 173 different times on the floor of the senate during last year. if you'll examine the "congressional record," mr. president, you'll find that republican senators have been proposing a step-by-step approach to confronting our nation's challenges 173 different times during 2009 on health care.

Lamar Alexander

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

Lamar Alexander: we first suggested setting a clear goal -- reducing costs. then we proposed the first six steps toward achieving that goal goal: one, allowing small businesses to pool their resources to purchase health plans. two, reducing junk lawsuits against doctors. three, allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines. four, expanding health savings

Lamar Alexander

0:20:22 to 0:20:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: accounts. five, pmoting wellness and prevention. and six, taking steps to reduce waste, fraud and abuse. we offered these six proposals in complete legislative text totaling 182 pages. the democratic majority rejected all six and ridiculed the

Lamar Alexander

0:20:44 to 0:21:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: approach in part because our approach wasn't comprehensive. a good place to restart the health care debate would be to abandon plans to send a huge bill to states -- that is, every state except nebraska -- to pay for medicaid expansion. mr. president, who voted for this so-called health care reform legislation

Lamar Alexander

0:21:06 to 0:21:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: ought to be sentenced to go home and serve as governor for two terms to try to pay for it, because what these senators would find is that states are broke and there will either be high state taxes or higher college tuition or both to pay for what the democratic governor of tennessee has called the mother of all unfunded mandates.

Lamar Alexander

0:21:27 to 0:21:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that mandate arrogantly expands medicaid and to help pay for it, would send a three-year, $25 billion bill to governors, who, in turn, will send the bill to state taxpayers, and then to college students. that's like your big-spending uncle sam hiring someone to paint your house and then sending the bill to you, even though you've told uncle sam

Lamar Alexander

0:21:48 to 0:22:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: you've already spent all your available money sending your kid to college. of course, uncle sam doesn't have to balance his budget and you do. i speak today not just as a united states senator but as a former governor worried about states and as the former president of a great public university worried about our college students, many are seeking an education to get a job.

Lamar Alexander

0:22:10 to 0:22:30( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: washington policies are turning our federal constitutional system upside-down. they're transforming autonomous state governments into bankrupt wards of the central government. in doing so, they're making it harder for states to support public higher education. therefore, damaging its quality and damaging the opportunity for americans to

Lamar Alexander

0:22:31 to 0:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: governor schwartzenegger of california says -- quote -- "with a $19 billion deficit, the last thing we need is another $3 billion bill for medicaid." at the university of california, students are paying a 32% tuition increase. why? because, according to "the new york times" -- quote -- "the university of california now receives only half as much

Lamar Alexander

0:22:52 to 0:23:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: support from the state per student as it did in 1990." and why is that? because when governors make up their budgets, it usually comes down t a choice between exploding medicaid costs and higher education. and medicaid, hopelessly entangled with expensive washington policies and

Lamar Alexander

0:23:13 to 0:23:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: mandates, usually wins. this isn't a new problem. it was a problem when i was governor 30 years ago. it became a bigger problem between 2000 and 2006, when medicaid spending for state governments rose 63% while spending for higher education went up only 17%. the association of american universities, president obama's

Lamar Alexander

0:23:34 to 0:23:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: budget director, both have warned us that the drop in state support is hurting the quality of american public higher education and the problem gets woe. the state share of medicaid spending will go from $138 billion in 2007 $181 billion in 2011. yet instead of fixing the

Lamar Alexander

0:23:55 to 0:24:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: problem of exploding medicaid costs and its impact on higher education, the health care bill would make it worse. over the christmas holidays in my state, the most talked-about part of the health care bill was the so-called cornhuskers kickback, which makes taxpayers and students all over america

Lamar Alexander

0:24:16 to 0:24:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: pay for nebraska's nebraskans won't have to raise their taxes and tuition. i can guarantee you that any senator who's sentenced to go home and serve as governor, except perhaps in nebraska, would not vote for this health care bill. the second recent big blow to states and to public higher education has been the stimulus package ich was hailed as bailing states out but instead

Lamar Alexander

0:24:37 to 0:24:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: will soon be pushing them over the financial cliff. this is how the democratic lieutenant governor of new york explained it in a "wall street journal" article on january 8. he said, "states, instead of cutting spending in transportation, education, health care have been forced to keep most of their expenditures at previous levels and use

Lamar Alexander

0:24:58 to 0:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: federal funds only to supplement. the net result is this," says lieutenant governor avick. "the federal stimulus has led states to increase overall spending in these core areas which, in effect, has only raised the height of the cliff from which state spending will fall if stimulus funds evaporate evaporate. on top of all that this is the

Lamar Alexander

0:25:19 to 0:25:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: dramatic deterioration of the autonomous role of the states in our federal system, thanks in part to the stimulus, federally collected tax dollars have risen to 40% of state budgets. so instead of serving as autonomous laboratories of democracy in a federal system, states are becoming little more than heavily regulated and increasingly insolvent

Lamar Alexander

0:25:41 to 0:26:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: administrative divisions of the central government in washington washington. now, some are suggesting a new stimulus to bail out the states. why should we even consider that when the last o is helping to push states off the financial cliff? and why should we pass a new health care bill that makes it worse for states, that is, every state except nebraska?

Lamar Alexander

0:26:02 to 0:26:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: wouldn't it be better to restart the health care debate and take a series of steps to reduce health care costs without the medicaid mandate? instead of expanding medicaid and sending the states the bill, why not reform medicaid, which has become an embarrassing administrative nightre, where

Lamar Alexander

0:26:24 to 0:26:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: $30 billion a year goes to waste, fraud and abuse, according to the government accountability office? instead of dumping 15 million to 18 million more americans into medicaid, in which 50% of doctors -- 50% of doctors -- won't take new patients, lieutenant governor ravich suggests that one place to start would be relieve states of the

Lamar Alexander

0:26:45 to 0:27:06( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: responsibility of those patients who draw services from both medicare and medicaid. that would save states about $70 billion a year and would place allhe responsibility on washington for reforming the program so taxpayers could afford it. 30 years ago, when i was governor, i met with president reagan and proposed a grand swap that the federal government

Lamar Alexander

0:27:07 to 0:27:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: would take over all of medicaid in exchange for giving the states all of the responsibility for elementary and secondary education. president reagan liked the idea an i still think fixing the responsibility for both edation and medicaid in a single government would make it work bette and force its reforms. mr. president, the number-one topic on the minds of most

Lamar Alexander

0:27:30 to 0:27:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: americans today is jobs. running up the cost of health care, raising state taxes, damaging the quarter of universities and community colleges, and restricting access to them is a good way to kill jobs, not create jobs. there still is time to restart the health care debate. to work together o a step-by-step plan to reduce

Lamar Alexander

0:27:53 to 0:28:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: health care costs while avoiding expensive mandates on states that increase state taxes and increase college tuitions. the surest way to cause this to happen is to tell these 60 senators who voted for this health care bill that if it becomes law, they'll be sentenced to go home and serve as governor for two terms to try to pay for it.

Lamar Alexander

0:28:14 to 0:28:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: mr. president, i ask unanimous

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