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Senate Proceeding on Jan 27th, 2009 :: 0:21:05 to 0:29:20
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Chuck Grassley

0:21:01 to 0:21:22( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: floor. mr. grassley: mr. president? the presiding officer: the mr. grassley: thank you, madam president. our goal is to cover 4 million kids, just like was spoken by the majority whip. our goal that we actually have the

Chuck Grassley

0:21:05 to 0:29:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley

0:21:23 to 0:21:43( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: resources to cover children who do not have health insurance. there are some aspects of the underlying bill before us that wod private health insurance, and i'm cog? i distant of what -- and i'm

Chuck Grassley

0:21:44 to 0:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: cognizant of what senator durbin said, that if you have a bad poli, maybe you oug schip. i don't dispute that. but we have found that when you crowd people out of private?? health insuran to happen at the highest income levels than at the levels he was talking about that we ought to

Chuck Grassley

0:22:06 to 0:22:27( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: be and then there's another category where they want to people that sponsors have already assumed the responsibility of making sure that their health care would be covered, and

Chuck Grassley

0:22:28 to 0:22:49( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: we find $.3 billion being wasted that we can take and use on children that don't have coverage. so, there's no dispute about covering 4 million there is a dispute about whether or not we ought people that are higher-income to drop out of private policies to

Chuck Grassley

0:22:50 to 0:23:12( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: go on the children's health insurance program, and if you talk to people in the congressional budget office, a nonpart an congressional budget office, you will find that that is a fact, and then when we have people sign a contractual relationship with the federal government that there going to provide for the needs of the people that they bring into this

Chuck Grassley

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

Chuck Grassley: country, we feel -- at least for a period of five years -- and that's present law -- that they should maintain that contractual relationship that they have with the government or those people would not place. so we want to cover 4 million people. we want to cover don't have insurance.

Chuck Grassley

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

Chuck Grassley: we don't want to encourage higher-income people that do have insurance to go into the state health insurance program and we want to make sure that people maintain their contractual obligations. so we're going to offer a series of amendments today and tomorrow bring out these differences between the two approaches. but i am not going to stand by

Chuck Grassley

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

Chuck Grassley: and let anybody on side of the aisle say that there is million people. i will make the point on this side of the aisle that we want to make sure that we put emphasis upon covering people that don't have insurance where they're willing to look at encouraging people to leave a

Chuck Grassley

0:24:16 to 0:24:37( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: private insurance and go i state-run program or people to avoid their contractual obligations to the federal government. and it seems to me that the goal then can be reached so you actually reach more people that don't have insurce. now, the first amendment that i'm going to offer deals with this issue that we call --hat

Chuck Grassley

0:24:38 to 0:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i just referred to as a contractual obligation. the amendment i'm offering today is very simple. it increases the coverage of low-income american children currently eligible for medicaid but who are uninsured relative to the bill before the senate.

Chuck Grassley

0:25:00 to 0:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: my striking federal dollars for coverage of legal immigrants and uses those funds to cover more low-income american kids instead. because, let me make this very clear, whichever bill passes -- we're talking about 4 million more kids. but we're still talking about a lot of kids

Chuck Grassley

0:25:22 to 0:25:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: going to have coverage that we ought to be concerned about. so this is all about priorities the congressional budget office has revied my amendment, and it indeed does the job of covering more low-incom am

Chuck Grassley

0:25:43 to 0:26:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: in fact, my amendment will as many or more low-income american kids health than the majority's with the coverage of legal immigrants. so, does that sound right? it is right. it does not reduce the number of kids covered. it covers just as many

Chuck Grassley

0:26:04 to 0:26:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: low-income kids and maybe even more. the additional low-income kids who get health coverage with my it does a better job of enrolling these low-income children than the bill before the senate.

Chuck Grassley

0:26:25 to 0:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i thought that covering children who are eligible for medicaid but who are insured was a bipartisan goal shared by my democratic colleagues. this amendment does exactly that, and i want to get back to the background on in other words, there are people who are legly in the country

Chuck Grassley

0:26:46 to 0:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: -- no dispute about that -- legally in the sponsors without the sponsors, they would not be here. those sponsors have signed an agreement with government for these people to come into this country that they will take care of them for five years, that they will not become a public charge.

Chuck Grassley

0:27:08 to 0:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: so those sponsors promise for their needs so that they will not be on things that come out of the federal or else they would not be here. so that's .3 billion. that when you are those people not honor their contractual relationships, mean

Chuck Grassley

0:27:29 to 0:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: then they can go on t children's health insurance program, are they any better off? no, brought them here promis promised that they were going to fulfill these needs and not become a public charge. so we would take that .3 billion and spend it on people that were not promised any

Chuck Grassley

0:27:52 to 0:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: coverage but qualified for the children's health insurance prog more kids in the process. i'm to the desk. and i ask that it be read. oh, before i do that -- i'm sorry -- i have to ask unanimous consent, madam president, to set the

Chuck Grassley

0:28:16 to 0:28:37( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: side. the presiding officer: the amendment is in order at this time the clerk: the senator iowa, mr. grassley, proposes amendment numbered 41 39. strike section the following: section 214: increase funding for enrollment

Chuck Grassley

0:28:38 to 0:29:02( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: of the american children. section 2105-a3-e as added section -- mr. grassley: i ask that the reading thus far constitute the reading of the amendment. the presidg officer: without objection. mistake that i was not supposed to set the amendment aside?

Chuck Grassley

0:29:03 to 0:29:20( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i apologize if i made a mistake. the presiding officer: the senator can proceed at this time without consent. mr. grassley: so i have said say and from that standpoint we'll be debating this amendment throughout the day. we do not object to what the majority leader said, tha

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