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Senate Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2011 :: 0:06:05 to 0:15:55
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Lamar Alexander

0:06:01 to 0:06:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: be here and to thank him for his lifetime of service to his community and to our mr. reid: mr. president, note the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

Lamar Alexander

0:06:05 to 0:15:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

0:06:30 to 0:06:51( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: quorum call: mr. alexander: i ask con send that the quorum call be vitiated. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: i thank the leaders for allowing me to go ahead. i join senator mcconnell for well coming thad austin. he formally worked here, as

Lamar Alexander

0:06:52 to 0:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: senator mcconnell said, we're delighted that he has this privilege today to -- to pray at the beginning of the senate. something that has happened since the beginning of the senate, since the very first days of the united states senate. so thank you for taking your time to be here and welcome. mr. president, would -- could

Lamar Alexander

0:07:13 to 0:07:34( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: you let me know when i've consumed eight minutes? the presiding officer: the chair will do so. mr. alexander: thank you. mr. president, this is a st. -- this is st. patrick's day, we celebrate that. we're coming up on another important anniversary and that is the anniversary of the enactment of the hc law, which the -- health care law, which

Lamar Alexander

0:07:35 to 0:07:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: most republicans regard as a historic mistake. i want to talk a little bit about that -- that law. but there is another anniversary that i rember very well, and it came a few days before the enactment of the health care law and it was the so-called health care summit held at the blair house. it was a a remarkable event. the president of the united

Lamar Alexander

0:07:57 to 0:08:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: states, highly intelligent, well versed on health care, invited a bunch of us down to discuss health care and we stayed, he stayed six or seven hours. during that discussion, it was a pretty free exchange. i especially rember one event. i had been asked by senator

Lamar Alexander

0:08:19 to 0:08:39( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: mcconnell and representative boehner in representing republicans in presenting our side of it. the president gave as you platform that we usually don't have. he has a better platform than we do most of the time. we made our argument that we would prefer an approach on health care that instead of expanding a health care delivery

Lamar Alexander

0:08:40 to 0:09:01( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: system that we all know costs too much, that we should instead go step by step to reduce the cost of health care so more people can buy insurance. that was the basic discussion we were having. i got down to some facts. i said according to the congressional budget office, the president's plan would raise individual premiums, make

Lamar Alexander

0:09:02 to 0:09:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: insurance costs more for individuals who buy insurance by 14% to 20%. the president said, after i had finished, so, lamar, when you mentioned that premiums go up, that's just not the case according to the congressional budget office. i said, mr. president, if you're going to contradict me, i ought

Lamar Alexander

0:09:23 to 0:09:43( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: to have a chance to respond. the congressional budget office said that the premiums will rise as a result of the senate bill. the president said, no, no, no, no -- and this is an example where we need to get our facts straight. i said, mr. president, that's my point. and it went on from there. i had to make a decision at

Lamar Alexander

0:09:44 to 0:10:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that -- at that moment -- i see the -- i see the leader -- i had to make a decision at that moment whether i should continue to have a public disagreement with the president and i decided that -- that while i thought i was right, just as he thought he was right, that it would be more appropriate for me not to do that in public, to let other senators and congressmen have their say.

Lamar Alexander

0:10:06 to 0:10:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and so i exchanged a letter with the president that day and then i came to the floor of the senate later that day to make my argument why i believe premiums would go up. and, mr. president, i would like to ask consent to include in the record the transcript of my exchange with the president and that of senator kyl and -- and a couple of members of congress. the letter that i --

Lamar Alexander

0:10:27 to 0:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the presiding officer: without objection. mr. alexander: the letter i sent to the president that day, or really handed to him, making my point rather than publicly arguing with him, and, finally, the remarks that i made on the floor of the senate later that -- later that day. now, we talk a lot about the law

Lamar Alexander

0:10:50 to 0:11:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of unintended consequences in -- in dealing with legislation. in this case, i believe the health care law is a situation where we had a lot of predictable consequences. republicans were saying, for example, premiums are going to rise. and, in fact, they have we were saying specifically that individual premiums will rise.

Lamar Alexander

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

Lamar Alexander: and it was predictable that they would because in the first place, the health care law requires that you buy a better policy if you buy a policy. so if you're going to buy a cadillac instead of a chevy, it's going to cost more. second, there's taxes in the health care law, such as medical

Lamar Alexander

0:11:32 to 0:11:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: devices, they're passed on to the consumer, your premiums go up. third, a lot of people who moved into medicaid are going into a system of -- of government health care where the doctors aren't properly reimbursed. so many of these doctors shift some of their cost over to the people who buy insurance. that's called cost shifting.

Lamar Alexander

0:11:53 to 0:12:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: so for all those reasons we've seen stories regularly in california, nevada, wisconsin, connecticut, that individual premiums over the last year have gone up. and let's look at some of the other things that we talked about during that time. we said the bill would raise taxes. in fact, it does. $813 billion.

Lamar Alexander

0:12:15 to 0:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and, as i mentioned the tax on medical devices, that's passed right along to insurers, to people who buy insurance, their costs go up. we said it would cut compare. in fact, it has -- medicare. it has. 11 million medicare advantage

Lamar Alexander

0:12:36 to 0:12:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: recipients have seen or will see their benefits reduced. we said there would be thousands of pages of new regulations that would hamper small businesses and individuals that he's go about their daily life. we're beginning to see them come. the most notorious is that form 199 -- 1099, which causes

Lamar Alexander

0:12:57 to 0:13:17( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: 40 million businesses to file a report every time they buy something that costs more than $600. we hear a lot of talk about repealing that. we've tried to repeal it for some time but it's still the law. one thing that particularly bothered me about the debate were the unfunded mandates on state governments.

Lamar Alexander

0:13:18 to 0:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: we see about college tuitions going up in california, 30%, 40%. people would be surprised to think the reason may be is because the federal government is imposing more health care costs on the state of california and the money that ought to go for the university of california or tennessee goes -- isn't there. so where does the university grit the money to keep its excellence?

Lamar Alexander

0:13:39 to 0:13:59( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: it raises tuition. our former democratic governor, who just retired, said that the health care law imposes on tennessee a -- more than a billion dollars in new costs between 2014 and 2019. that's an unfunded mandate from washington that will cost the

Lamar Alexander

0:14:00 to 0:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: people of tennessee. fewer jobs will be created as a result of this law. now, someone might say, well, how can you say that? i'll give you an example. a little bit with a group of lead -- i met with a group of leaders in the restaurant industry. they're the c.e.o.'s of all the big restaurant companies. they're the second biggest

Lamar Alexander

0:14:23 to 0:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: higher of people. one said that they hired with 90 employees and as a result of the health care law, their goal was to operate it with 70 employees. that's fewer jobs. and there were many other examples of that around the room. even the student loan takeover has created a problem because students are actually paying more in interest on their

Lamar Alexander

0:14:45 to 0:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: student loans to help pay for the new hc law. which i think -- health care law, which i think a lot of students wouldn't appreciate. so the health care law which was passed a year ago which some believe was a historic achievement we believe is a historic mistake. we believe it would have been better and would be better to, instead of expanding a health

Lamar Alexander

0:15:06 to 0:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: care system that costs too much, that we go step by step to reduce its costs so more people can afford insurance. and so we'll continue to advocate that. we voted to repeal the health care law. we lost that vote, but we're continuing to work, senator

Lamar Alexander

0:15:30 to 0:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: joans' leadership and -- senator johan's leadership and others will work to repeal the 1099 provision. senator hatch and others are working to give governors more flexibility in the medicaid program. we'll continue to advocate solutions like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines. so next wednesday is a -- an

Lamar Alexander

0:15:51 to 0:15:55( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: important anniversary. some believe it's an historic achievement. we believe it's a historic

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