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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2010 :: 0:57:45 to 1:01:30
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Roger F. Wicker

0:57:45 to 0:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: estimated total of $222 billion versus doing nothing. senator wicker, i wanted to ask you is that the kind of health care reform you're hearing the people back home want? mr. wicker: the people back home want health care reform, but they certainly want the kind that's going to lower health care costs and lower health care

Roger F. Wicker

0:57:45 to 1:01:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

0:58:07 to 0:58:28( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: premiums, and you mentioned c.m.s. it may be that some people within the sound of our voices don't -- don't realize. this is a part of the administration. this is not some outside business group that has an ax to grind. the actuaries at the center for medicare and medicaid services are called on to tell us the numbers as they see them.

Roger F. Wicker

0:58:29 to 0:58:49( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: they had no choice but to answer the question accurately, and the question is not one that lends itself to getting public support for this plan. i think that's why the poll numbers that senator brownback mentioned are there. really, there is only about 25% of the american public that --

Roger F. Wicker

0:58:50 to 0:59:10( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: that believe at this point we should pass this huge senate bill lock, stock and barrel and send it to the president for his signature. now, senator barrasso mentioned the one half trillion dollar cut in medicare, and we spent a little time in december debating whether actually there was a cut

Roger F. Wicker

0:59:11 to 0:59:31( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: in medicare. some of our friends on the other side of the aisle suggested that, well, this really -- the programs that were cut really shouldn't be considered part of the medicare pgram. well, obviously, there is one democratic senator that thought so much of these cuts in medicare that he got an

Roger F. Wicker

0:59:32 to 0:59:52( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: exemption for his state. that's what the minority leader has been calling the gator aid. so florida under the senate bill, the bill the house is being asked to pass in its entirety without changes, the senate bill says to cut medicare advantage for the state of florida.

Roger F. Wicker

0:59:53 to 1:00:15( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: now, why the people of the state of florida are more deserving of medicare advantage and medicare benefits than the people of wyoming or mississippi or kansas or nebraska, i don't know, but somehow the majority, 16 members of the senate in their wisdom

Roger F. Wicker

1:00:16 to 1:00:38( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: felt that medicare was a good program and medicare advantage was a really good program for the people of florida. by the same token, i guess the -- the democratic senator from nebraska has now repudiated what was known as the cornhusker kickback which was basically saying nebraska wouldn't have to

Roger F. Wicker

1:00:39 to 1:01:00( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: pay for their share of this huge medicaid mandate. all the other states would. somehow, that state was singled out and apparently the people of nebraska rose up in horror at being singled out for some sort of favor that the other people in america were not being asked to do, and so that's being

Roger F. Wicker

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

Roger F. Wicker: proposed to be changed. but now if the house votes on this next week, they won't have a chance, will they, senator johanns, to take that out. e only choice the house is going to have is to vote for the cornhusker kickback, the gator

Roger F. Wicker

1:01:22 to 1:01:30( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: aid, the louisiana purchase, these special deals for labor unions, and all of that will be sent to the president to be

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