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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2011 :: 6:11:40 to 6:23:25
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Roger F. Wicker

6:11:31 to 6:11:51( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: quorum call: a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from mississippi. mr. wicker: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call be dispensed with. officer without objection. mr. wicker: i rise today in support of the mcconnell amendment to the f.a.a. reauthorization bill.

Roger F. Wicker

6:11:40 to 6:23:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

6:11:52 to 6:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: what we have this afternoon actually is an opportunity to show the american people that we are listening to them. the american people want the obama care law, the affordable health care law, as it's known,

Roger F. Wicker

6:12:14 to 6:12:37( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: to be repealed and replaced with something less expensive and something workable. polls show this. the individuals that we talk to when we go home tell us this. and this vote will be an opportunity for us to show them that we are listening. now, i've heard some of my colleagues come to the floor

Roger F. Wicker

6:12:38 to 6:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: this week and suggest that this massive 2,000-page tax-increasing, job-killing bill is exactly just what we need. i would suggest that there are a number of facts that indicate otherwise. the other side would have you believe that without this health

Roger F. Wicker

6:12:59 to 6:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: care law, this country is going to fall off the tracks, and the world will virtually come to an end p. end and they try to cite one or two popular proposals that are in this law, which of course could be enacted after repeal,

Roger F. Wicker

6:13:20 to 6:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: practically by unanimous consent. and ignore the fatal flaws in the law. the former speerveght house unanimous -- the former speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, during consideration of this act in the house and senate, fame

Roger F. Wicker

6:13:42 to 6:14:03( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: us/told a grass-roots group that came to washington, d.c., tweerchedz hurry up and pass the bill so you can find out what's in it. we will, indeed, since the passage -- we will, indeed, since the passage and signing of the law by president obama, the american people are finding out something new that is in the bill that they don't like and as

Roger F. Wicker

6:14:04 to 6:14:24( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: a matter of fact it turns out that members of the house and senate who voted for obama care also did not know precisely what was in the bill and certainly did not anticipate the ramifications of this massive, ill-advised law.

Roger F. Wicker

6:14:25 to 6:14:47( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: under the new law, it is absolutely a fact -- and we know this -- that medicare will face over $500 billion in cuts, and senior citizens will have a right to be concerned. future senior citizens variety to be concerned about these cuts. they include $15 billion from

Roger F. Wicker

6:14:48 to 6:15:08( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: hospitals, $202 billion from medicare advantage, $15 billion from nursing homes, $40 billion from home health agencies, and $7 billion from hospice. cuts from these federal expenditures in medicare to pay

Roger F. Wicker

6:15:09 to 6:15:30( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: for the new obama care legislation. everyone agrees that medicare needs to be made more solvent and we need to work on medicare, but these reckless cuts will only make medicare's problems worse. another thing americans have found out about this affordable health care law that is being

Roger F. Wicker

6:15:31 to 6:15:53( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: implemented even as we speak is that the law falls short of the president's goal of controlling runaway costs. and, in fact, raises projected spending. last week in his state of the union address, president obama said the health insurance law we passed last year will slow these rising costs.

Roger F. Wicker

6:15:54 to 6:16:15( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: this is simply not true. and to support my assertation that it is not true, i would -- i would cite the president's own actuary. c.m.s. reports that, in fact, spending will be increased by about 1% over what it would have

Roger F. Wicker

6:16:16 to 6:16:36( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: been over 10 years. that increase could get bigger, of course, the report points out, since the medicare cuts that i've already pointed out may be unrealistic and politically unsustainable, according to the report. krrmt m.s. -- c.m.s. said that over all health expenditures

Roger F. Wicker

6:16:37 to 6:16:58( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: under the health reform act would increase by $11 billion and health expenditures will be 21% of the cross domestic product by the year 2019. but it's not just the government bean counters that are worried. here's what the national federation of independent business said, small business

Roger F. Wicker

6:16:59 to 6:17:19( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: owners everywhere are rightfully concerned that the unconstitutional new mandates, countless rules and new taxes in the health care law will devastate their business and their ability to create jobs. that's the national federation of independent business. national association of

Roger F. Wicker

6:17:20 to 6:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: manufacturers says that manufacturers remain adamantly opposed to the employer mandates and to the medicare hospital insurance tax increases. these employers are faced with incorporating the first round of health care changes and are grappling, having difficulty

Roger F. Wicker

6:17:41 to 6:18:02( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: doing so with how to comply with the long list of new rules. these are not scare tactics. these are not unwarranted fears by a wooed public. these are people who work with health care every day and are telling us that this congress

Roger F. Wicker

6:18:03 to 6:18:23( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: has made a mistake. in fact, there are already real consequences of this health care reform law. abbott laboratories said it is cutting about 1,090 jobs. that's -- 1,900 jobs much that's just a fact. the job cuts come -- quote -- "due to changes in the health

Roger F. Wicker

6:18:24 to 6:18:47( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: care industry including health care reform and the changing regulatory environment. " unquote. that is simply a fact. it's not conjecture. blue shield of california recently stunned individual policyholders with a huge rate increase effective march 1st, seeking cumulative hikes of as

Roger F. Wicker

6:18:48 to 6:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: much as 59% in premiums for tens of thousands of their customers. this san francisco-based blue shield said that the increases were the result of fast-rising health care costs and other expenses relating to the new health care laws. again, just fact, madam president.

Roger F. Wicker

6:19:09 to 6:19:29( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: it's also an absolute certainty that state taxes are going to go up and they're going to go up big time unless we repeal this health reform law. in my state of mississippi, the legislation will cost state $1.7 billion over 10 years

Roger F. Wicker

6:19:30 to 6:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: including $443 million in year 10 alone from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2020, the massive expansion of medicaid will cost miss taxpayers $225 million to $250 million extra each year.

Roger F. Wicker

6:19:53 to 6:20:14( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: our governor, one of the staunchest opponents of tax hikes that i have ever heard of has stated that this law will certainly force the state of mississippi to increase their taxes unless it is repealed. again, these costs are simply facts. they result from the mandate.

Roger F. Wicker

6:20:15 to 6:20:37( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: madam president, there's also bipartisan opposition to this law. we didn't see much bipartisan support for its repeal in the other body, and i was disappointed by that. but when you get out to the public, when you get out off of capitol hill and out to individuals, it's not a republican issue, it's not a

Roger F. Wicker

6:20:38 to 6:20:59( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: democrat issue, is it a bipartisan american opposition to this law. and i are have repeatedly quoted former governor phil bretison of tennessee, someone who ran as a democrat in his state successfully twice an ran as the standard bearer for his party

Roger F. Wicker

6:21:00 to 6:21:21( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: three times, a loyal democrat, who, of course, called this law the mother of all unfunded mandates. but after the law was enacted, he -- he wrote an op-ed in "the wall street journal," october 21, 2010, and i ask at this point -- madam president, i'll ask that this op-ed be

Roger F. Wicker

6:21:22 to 6:21:42( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: included in the record at this point. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. wicker: and, among other things, governor bretison, who was still governor at the time said that our deficit is at unacceptable levels and our americans can ill afford another entitlement program that adds substantially to it.

Roger F. Wicker

6:21:43 to 6:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: but our recent health reform has created a situation where there are strong economic incentives for employers to drop health care coverage all together. the consequence will be to drive many more people than projected and with them much greater costs into the reforms federally subsidized system.

Roger F. Wicker

6:22:05 to 6:22:25( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the democratic, elected -- democratic elected governorror of tennessee -- governor of tennessee criticizing this act and pointing out other facts that are wrong. and in his subsequent book on the subject, phil bretison also criticizes the health care law

Roger F. Wicker

6:22:26 to 6:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: saying it will cause deficits to go up, costs to continue increasing, employers to drop coverage, state costs to increase governments to grow and will make our current problems worse. obama care is not what the doctor ordered according to governor bretson.

Roger F. Wicker

6:22:48 to 6:23:10( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: my time is limited. i could go on and and on members of -- of the senate and house could and will go on and on as we face this issue if we don't win it today. the facts are there. this is a terribly flawed piece of legislation.

Roger F. Wicker

6:23:11 to 6:23:25( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: facts are stubborn things and the consequences have already started to mount up. opposition is strong, support for repeal is strong and bipartisan. and for those reasons i will

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