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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2011 :: 3:13:55 to 3:18:10
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Max Baucus

3:13:51 to 3:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: thousands of additional low-income georgians will become

Saxby Chambliss

3:13:55 to 3:18:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

3:13:56 to 3:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: eligible for medicaid in 2014. that's going to result in an estimated $1 billion in new expenses for my state to fund that program. now, how are we going to fund that $1 billion? here we are -- we are a state that has to have a balanced budget every year, and we are

Saxby Chambliss

3:14:18 to 3:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: struggling right now making the government -- the governor and the legislature are making really tough and hard decisions, cutting expenses to balance the budget this year. and under this bill, they're going to have to come up with another $1 billion, or they are going to have to raise taxes, raise tuition costs at our universities? where are they going to get it?

Saxby Chambliss

3:14:39 to 3:14:59( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: we don't know the answer to that but that's what this bill would require. while states work to prepare balanced budgets, they will not be given the flexibility to make prudent market-based decisions to improve their fiscal outlook. the governor of georgia has put forward proposals like ending

Saxby Chambliss

3:15:00 to 3:15:20( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: medicaid coverage of dental, vision and podiatry treatments for adults. these are painful decisions that states are being forced to make, but the health care law requires states to maintain eligibility levels for beneficiaries in order to keep their federal medicaid dollars. reimbursement from medicaid is

Saxby Chambliss

3:15:21 to 3:15:41( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: already so low that a majority of doctors will not see medicaid patients. states are left with little options other than further reducing payments to providers or raising co-payments for beneficiaries. the federal government should not be hindering states' flexibility in dealing with their individual budget issues.

Saxby Chambliss

3:15:42 to 3:16:02( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: this is not an area where the federal government should be impeding on the sovereignty of our states. america's deficit is the single-biggest issue facing our country today. repealing the health care bill means that our deficit will not increase by an estimated $2.6

Saxby Chambliss

3:16:03 to 3:16:23( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: trillion when this bill is fully implemented over a ten-year period, and it would also prevent that same $500 billion cuts coming from medicare to pay for entitlements that would do nothing but exacerbate our budgetary woes. my constituents in georgia and citizens all across this country made it clear that they want

Saxby Chambliss

3:16:24 to 3:16:44( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: congress to repeal this legislation and work to lower health care costs and ensure americans include commonsense solutions that aren't negotiated behind closed doors. we need a law that replaces this law and that actually reduces health care costs and enacts

Saxby Chambliss

3:16:45 to 3:17:08( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: insurance reforms immediately. americans should be allowed to buy insurance policies across state lines, allow small businesses to pool resources and offer more affordable insurance to workers. and also we need to limit baseless lawsuits against doctors and expand health savings accounts. furthermore, in light of recent

Saxby Chambliss

3:17:09 to 3:17:29( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: judicial decisions in v.a. and florida -- in virginia and florida it appears the law may not be upheld in the courts. i applaud the judges that congress does not have the authority to force americans to either purchase health insurance or pay a penalty for not doing so. that provision of law obviously is ultimately going to be decided by the united states supreme court.

Saxby Chambliss

3:17:30 to 3:17:50( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: i plan to vote on repealing this law and working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to start the process over and to make sure that next time we do it in the open and not behind closed doors, and that we get it right. with that, mr. president, i would yield the floor and suggest the absence of a

Saxby Chambliss

3:17:51 to 3:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the presiding officer: the

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