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Senate Proceeding on Mar 11th, 2010 :: 0:39:40 to 0:43:45
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Lamar Alexander

0:39:25 to 0:39:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: lieberman, mendez, shelby, bennett of utah and lugar. mr. kaufman: madam president, i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? i ask consent that republican senators be permitted to engage in a croix. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: i thank the chair. madam president, the senator from arizona and i and senator

Lamar Alexander

0:39:40 to 0:43:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:39:47 to 0:40:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: barrasso who will be here in a few minutes had the privilege of being invited by the president to a lengthy health care summit not a couple of weeks ago. it was at the blair house, an historic location right across from the white house. over the seven 1/2-hour discussion, there were some discuss differences of opinion. in fact, my friend, the majority

Lamar Alexander

0:40:09 to 0:40:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: leader, said lamar, you're not entitled to your facts, and i think he's right about that. we want to use real facts. but the american people once again seem to have understood the real facts. in the "wall street journal" yesterday, march 10, there was

Lamar Alexander

0:40:30 to 0:40:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: an article by scott rasmussen and doug schoen. mr. rasmussen is an independent pollster. mr. schoen was president clinton's pollster. we were saying mr. president, your plan will increase the deficit. this is a time when many people in america believe the deficit is growing at an alarming rate and will bring the country to

Lamar Alexander

0:40:52 to 0:41:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: its knees in a few years if we don't do something about it. the president and his democratic colleagues says no, no, no, the congressional budget office says that we don't increase the deficit. the american people don't believe that, according to mr. rasmussen and mr. schoen. they say, "60% of voters believe

Lamar Alexander

0:41:13 to 0:41:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: passage of the president's plan will lead to higher deficits." and they're right about that. and why do i say that? because -- because not included in the comprehensive health care plan that the president has yet to send up -- we don't have a bill yet. we have an 11-page memo which are suggested recommendations in

Lamar Alexander

0:41:37 to 0:41:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: a 2,700-page senate bill, so we don't have a bill, but the plan does not include what it costs to pay doctors for serving medicare patients over the next ten years. and according to the president's own budget -- and paul ryan brought this up, the congressman from wisconsin, at the summit.

Lamar Alexander

0:41:58 to 0:42:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that costs $371 billion over ten years. now, let me say that once more. what we're being asked to believe is that here is a comprehensive health care plan that doesn't add to the debt, but it doesn't include what it costs to pay doctors to serve medicare patients.

Lamar Alexander

0:42:20 to 0:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that's like asking you to come to a horse race without a horse. i mean, does anybody believe that a comprehensive health care plan is complete and comprehensive, is it doesn include what you pay doctors to see medicare patients? of course not. so you have to include that in there.

Lamar Alexander

0:42:42 to 0:43:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that adds $371 billion to the president's proposal, and that by itself makes it clear that the proposal adds to the deficit. now, the senator from arizona is here, and i would say to the senator this. also in the article in "the wall street journal," it said 59% of the voters say the biggest problem with the health

Lamar Alexander

0:43:03 to 0:43:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: care system is the cost. that's what we have been saying over and over again. let's don't expand a program that costs too much. let's fix the program by reducing costs. according to the survey -- remember, this is an independent pollster and a democratic pollster. 59% say the biggest problem with the health care system is the cost.

Lamar Alexander

0:43:24 to 0:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: they want reform that will bring down the cost of care. for these voters, the notion that you need to spend an additional trillion dollars doesn't make sense. if the program is supposed to save money, why does it cost anything at all asked the pollsters. i would ask the senator from

Lamar Alexander

0:43:45 to 0:43:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: arizona that question, if this

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