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Senate Proceeding on Jan 28th, 2009 :: 3:32:50 to 3:42:35
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Chuck Grassley

3:32:50 to 3:33:11( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: quorum call: udz -- mr. the presiding office senator fr iowa. mr. grassley: i ask that the calling of the quorum be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. you have the floor. mr. grassley: i support the amendment offered by senator roberts and i would like to say a few things about it at this point. the roberts amendment would focus the children's health

Chuck Grassley

3:32:50 to 3:42:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley

3:33:12 to 3:33:33( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: insurance prog original purpose of the program, which is coverage of children. this amendment eliminates the earmarks in the bill which make it easier for states to cover children from families incomes above 400% of poverty. the amendment sets an actual threshold on a state's ability

Chuck Grassley

3:33:34 to 3:33:54( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: to expand schip at higher income levels. it does this by eligibility for taxpayers' subsidized health coverage in the children's health insurance program at 5,000 in annual income. the amendment fixes another loophole in the bill which would permit sta

Chuck Grassley

3:33:55 to 3:34:16( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: eligibility higher than children's health insurance program. last night the senate finance committee voted out an economic stimulus package wit 7 billion in incased medicaid spending. the increased is in the form of higher federal payments to states for the coverage of people in the

Chuck Grassley

3:34:17 to 3:34:38( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: medicaid program. we heard over and over from this side of the aisle -- the other side of the aisle -- how the federal taxpayers need to pay more, pay for more federal dollars going into medicaid because if they don't, then states will cut benefits or cut back on the already dismal

Chuck Grassley

3:34:39 to 3:35:01( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: payments for providers who see medicaid patients. in fact, i offered an amendment to that stimulus bill to protect the safety net, and it was tkwaoetd on a party -- defeated on a party-line vote. my amendment essentially said if congress is going to give states 7 billion for the programs, then we should make sure that they don't undermine

Chuck Grassley

3:35:02 to 3:35:24( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: access to vital service with cutbacks to -- like children's hospitals, public hospitals who are already struggling. and we should make sure that states don't cut funds for health centers and for pediatricians. the 7 billion in the so-called stimulus bill won't do much good to protect low-income children

Chuck Grassley

3:35:25 to 3:35:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: and families' health coverage if states are allowed to take these billions of dollars that's intended to protect the safety net; instead use it as their own slush fund to do whatever they want. but protect the safety net were defeated. so what we now have is the

Chuck Grassley

3:35:47 to 3:36:08( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: so-called stimulus in that is nothing more than an 7 states. with states crying out for a multibillion-dollar bailout from the federal government, it seems to me very ironic that we have come to such a whether to allow states to

Chuck Grassley

3:36:09 to 3:36:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: expand income levels as high as 300% to 400% of poverty. you know, i believe it is new york -- that is above 3,000 a year income plus 0,000 a disregard above that. now, on the otherand, the other side is fighting so hard to children's health insurance

Chuck Grassley

3:36:32 to 3:36:52( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: these higher-income levels. while, on the other hand, they're saying that unless t federal government dumps billions of dollars into state coffers, states will be forced to eliminate benefits and services at the various income that argument obviously makes no sense whatsoever.

Chuck Grassley

3:36:53 to 3:37:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: we should be focusing our efforts on covering low-income kids first. the other side will come down here and say that is what they're doing. but when they're unwilling to i want to make sure everyone understands what we're talking

Chuck Grassley

3:37:14 to 3:37:36( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: about her legislation, and particularly the children's health insurance program provides higher federal matching dollars to provide health coverage for low-income children. that's what it does. and the higher federal matching dollars are there to encourage

Chuck Grassley

3:37:37 to 3:37:57( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: states t and get these kids covered. this program has been in place now since 1997. obviously 12 years. and still there are about 6 million low-income uninsured children in

Chuck Grassley

3:37:58 to 3:38:19( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: so, the childres health insurance program reauthorization should be focused on getting these low-income kids covered, and that should be the top priority in but this bill goes in different direction. it allows coverage of kids in families with incomes of 3,000.

Chuck Grassley

3:38:20 to 3:38:42( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the medium-family income in america is i imagine in my state probably lower than that. the median income is point at which half the households have incomes above that level and half have incomes below that level. so and says let's havehe

Chuck Grassley

3:38:43 to 3:39:06( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: taxpayers pay for your health coverage, those scarce dollars should be focused on low-income kids this program is insure. those kids, obviously, who are still uninsured. that ought to be our first priority. but when the program is allowed

Chuck Grassley

3:39:07 to 3:39:29( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: to cover children in families at 3,000 and even means that families below the median income are being forced to pay for the health care costs for children of families in top half. and they're being forced to have their taxes go up to pay for that coverage in the top half when they may not

Chuck Grassley

3:39:30 to 3:39:50( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: coverage for their own children. that is just plain wrong. so what senator roberts' amendment does is cap the eligibility families of incomes of 5,000. now, some people are going to

Chuck Grassley

3:39:51 to 3:40:11( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: say that's even too high, but at least we're kind of keeping it towards the national median income. that still a family income that median income. a lot of people would say that is still way too can't say that too many times, because i know what the grass

Chuck Grassley

3:40:12 to 3:40:32( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: roots of america about what w do around here, particularly in rural america, that seems like we don't family lives. but it is better -- in other words, the roberts amendment is better than the coverage that this

Chuck Grassley

3:40:33 to 3:40:53( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: health insurance program bill would allow. but to this is a fundamental difference that we have here in how we think about things. they believe that the government has to be the solution. income limits on eligibility.

Chuck Grassley

3:40:54 to 3:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: they want to allow states to expand their programs so taxpayers in the bottom half of to buy people in the top half of the income. or, in my state of iowa, where the average income is less than 0,000, they're going to say that iowans ought to support new

Chuck Grassley

3:41:17 to 3:41:37( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: york with families of 3,000 for children's health insurance program inhat state. be a solution to cover higher-income kids. they believe that if the government does not do it, then it won't happen, even tho havebout 6 million low-income kids still uninsured in this

Chuck Grassley

3:41:38 to 3:41:59( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: country, even though states are crying out for the multibillion-dollar bailout that's going to be in the stimulus package. they're still going to say that they will oppose putting any limits on this p it's just outrageous. when we're headed towards a federal budget deficit of trillion or more this year, we

Chuck Grassley

3:42:00 to 3:42:21( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: need to get a grip policies that encourage expansions at such high income levels -- 3,000 and above -- are counter to that effort and at odds with the fiscal reality and of states. so, i say that every member ought to take a look at the roberts amendment.

Chuck Grassley

3:42:22 to 3:42:36( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: it's a commonsense step to make th bill health insurance program is supposed to be doing for last 12 years since it was first instituted in 1997, to help low-income kids get

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