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Senate Proceeding on Jan 29th, 2009 :: 1:18:45 to 1:26:05
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Jim Bunning

1:18:37 to 1:18:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: every tim ere's something said here that is not true. i have total respe other side on the abortion debate, completely respect for them. and that's what this is about. and they know it. because if they really only cared about the pregnan and her chi, they're taken care of in this bill.

Jim Bunning

1:18:45 to 1:26:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning

1:18:59 to 1:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: so i thank you very much, and i

Jim Bunning

1:19:29 to 1:19:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: yield the floor at this time. mr the presiding officer: the senator from kentuck is recogniz. mr. bunning: i am not entering into this debate. i ask unanimous consent that senator hatch's amendment be set aside so that i may b another amendment to the floor. the presiding officer: without objection, the -- so ordered. the amendment is set aside.

Jim Bunning

1:19:50 to 1:20:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: mr. bunning: mr. president, i would like to call up my amendment, number 74. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from kentucky, mr. bunni an amendment numbered 74. gipping on page 75 mr. bunning: i ask unanimous consent that reading be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without mr. bunning: i also ask unanimous consent that senator

Jim Bunning

1:20:12 to 1:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: collins from maine and senator hatch from utah be a cosponsors to this amendment. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. bunning: i appreciate their support. when schip was created, supported the bill and felt it really filled a need in our health care the bill focused on providing

Jim Bunning

1:20:34 to 1:20:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: health insurance to low-income children whose parents made too much money to qualify for medicare -- excuse me, medicaid but didn't have private health insurance. many states have done a good job of keeping the focus of their

Jim Bunning

1:20:55 to 1:21:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: schip low-income children, including kentucky that only covers children below 200% of poverty. however, oth states have expanded their schip programs to cover children in families most of us wouldn't consider low-income.

Jim Bunning

1:21:18 to 1:21:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: some states are even covering adults, including parents and childless adults. these expansions erode the original intent of the program the baucus schip bill that we are considering today further expands the schip program,

Jim Bunning

1:21:41 to 1:22:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: including allowing states to cover children in families up to 300% of poverty level; that's 6,000 of income a year for a family of four. personally, i think 300% is too high for schirntion and the focus of this reauthorization bill -- for schip, and the focus

Jim Bunning

1:22:02 to 1:22:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: of this reauthorization bill should be reaching those kids who are the program but are not enrolled. the baucus bill also allows states to choose to cover children above 300% of poverty to still get federal money for

Jim Bunning

1:22:26 to 1:22:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: their efforts but just at a lower medicaid matching rate, not the higher schip matching rate. two states -- two out of 50, however, get a special exemption under this bill and will get their higher schip matching rate

Jim Bunning

1:22:50 to 1:23:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: for covering children above 300% of poverty. specifically, new york and new jersey. new york wants to cover families up to 400% of poverty, or that's 8,000 a year for a family of four. new jersey curre

Jim Bunning

1:23:15 to 1:23:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: families up to 350% of poverty or 7,000 for a family of four. these are certainly not low-income families, and i feel strongly that the not get additional federal mon for covering families making up

Jim Bunning

1:23:39 to 1:24:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: to 8,000 a year. my amendment is fairly simple. it simply removes this exemption for new york and new jersey, so they have to play by the same rules that all other 48 states play by. if they go above 300% of

Jim Bunning

1:24:03 to 1:24:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: poverty, they get their matching rate but not the higher schip rate. as i said, i think 300% is too high, and if i were writing the bi states to get if they were covering families

Jim Bunning

1:24:24 to 1:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: er 300% of poverty. however, that's not the bill before us. so my amendment just tries to equalize the playing field between the 50 states and be a little more fiscally responsible with taxpayers' dollars. under my amendment, new york and

Jim Bunning

1:24:47 to 1:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: new jersey can still choose to cover children above 300%. they just won't get the higher schip matching rate. if the people in new york and new jersey want to cover families making up to 88% -- or 8,000 a year, they should be

Jim Bunning

1:25:09 to 1:25:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the ones paying for the coverage, not requiring my citizens citizens in all other 48 states across th america to foot the bill. finally, my amendment takes savings from reimbursing new

Jim Bunning

1:25:30 to 1:25:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: york and new jer medicaid matching rate and directs that money to more outreach and enrollment dollars, so we can get everybody that's eligible for schip enrolled. we're having difficulty doing that. kentucky only has 85%. i don't know how much some of

Jim Bunning

1:25:51 to 1:26:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the other states have, but we ought to be able to get of coverage. the other money that is safed by that would allow -- the other money that is saved by that would alw them to seek out

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