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Senate Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2011 :: 0:24:15 to 0:30:55
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Mitch McConnell

0:24:12 to 0:24:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: they have the first run at tha morning business. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: the republicans' time. yes, mr. president. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the mr. mcconnell: next week does indeed mark the one-week anniversary since the democratic health care bill was signed into law. we all recall the debate quite

Mitch McConnell

0:24:15 to 0:30:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:24:33 to 0:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: well. it was the most partisan of debates. the only bipartisan moment was in the house when there was bipartisan opposition to the new health care bill. in the senate, it was a strictly partisan vote. 60 democrats voted for it, 40 republicans voted against it. if a single democrat, even one, had changed his vote on that

Mitch McConnell

0:24:56 to 0:25:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: christmas eve, we would not be looking at the one-year anniversary of the democrat health care bill. so this morning, i'd like to look back on what we have learned during that year. shortly before the final vote, then-speaker pelosi famously said the democrats had to pass the bill so they could find out

Mitch McConnell

0:25:21 to 0:25:41( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: what was in it, away, as she put it, from the fog of controversy. well, now that the fog has lifted, the question arises what do we know now that we didn't know then? well, we now know that those who promised us that if you like your plan, you can keep it were dead wrong. the obama administration has

Mitch McConnell

0:25:42 to 0:26:04( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: already admitted that at least seven million seniors will now lose their medicare advantage plans. and one of the administration's own top health care analysts recently admitted that this oft-repeated pledge was -- quote -- "not true in all cases." end quote. we all knew the bill created

Mitch McConnell

0:26:05 to 0:26:25( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: strong incentives for businesses to drop or change employees' health care plans, the ones they get through their jobs. now that the bill has passed, the white house admits it, too. one recent study suggests that as many as 35 million american workers could see their employer-based health insurance plans dropped in this way.

Mitch McConnell

0:26:26 to 0:26:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: so the administration promises on this point which were echoed by capitol hill democrats like speaker pelosi turned out to be hollow. and today the administration itself predicts that half, more than half of all american workers will see their current employer-sponsored health care plans change within a couple of years' time.

Mitch McConnell

0:26:47 to 0:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: now, shortly after the health care bill became law, the department of labor acknowledged all of that. small businesses will be most affected, it said, with as many as 80% expected to have to change their coverage to comply with the new law. for all remaining businesses, the administration now estimates that somewhere between 39% and

Mitch McConnell

0:27:08 to 0:27:29( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: 69% will be forced to change their plans to comply with costly and burdensome new dictates from health care bureaucrats here in washington. what happened to the reassuring predictions that everybody's plans would stay the same?

Mitch McConnell

0:27:30 to 0:27:50( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it turned out to be nonsense, utter nonsense. so americans have every reason to be outraged, not only by the bill itself but also by the rhetoric that was used to sell it, and far from being reassured of all the bill's merits, americans feel betrayed. check the record. i doubt that one democrat who voted for this bill told their

Mitch McConnell

0:27:51 to 0:28:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: constituents they would see a change in their plans, yet here we are a year later and they just expect people to accept it. democrats knew exactly what americans wanted to hear, and that's what they told them, and perhaps the biggest deception of all was the claim that people

Mitch McConnell

0:28:12 to 0:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: could keep the plans they have. okay. what else do we know about the bill? well, at a time when nearly 14 million americans are looking for work, we now know this bill only increases costs and burdens on employers and small businesses, making it even harder for them to keep current workers on board or to hire new ones.

Mitch McConnell

0:28:33 to 0:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: according to the independent congressional budget office, the health care bill will result in a loss of more than 800,000 jobs over the next ten years. what's more, 200 economists and experts, including two former c.b.o. directors, have said that the law's expensive mandates and penalties create major barriers

Mitch McConnell

0:28:57 to 0:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: to stronger job growth. another chief selling point of the bill was the promise it would lower costs, yet now we hear estimates from one of the administration's top actuaries that it will increase costs by by $311 billion. and the c.b.o. now estimates it will increase federal health

Mitch McConnell

0:29:18 to 0:29:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: care spending, health care spending by nearly a half a trillion dollars over the next decade. what about the cost to individuals and families? well, according to the same independent analysts at the c.b.o., once fully implemented, the bill is expected to cause premiums on family policies to

Mitch McConnell

0:29:41 to 0:30:02( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: increase an average of $2,100 a year. $311 billion more cost to the government, $2,100 a year more cost to the average family. meanwhile other new rules are making it difficult for families to secure a child-only plan. in fact, families in 19 states

Mitch McConnell

0:30:03 to 0:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: no longer have access to these common plans is one of the harmful, unintended consequences americans are stuck with now the -- quote -- "fog of controversy" has lifted. taken all broken promises illustrate why so many americans continue to support a full -- a

Mitch McConnell

0:30:25 to 0:30:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: full repeal. which the new republican-led house has passed. followed by commonsense reforms that will actually lower costs, improve care, and protect jobs. t controversy may have lifted, but to the contradiction

Mitch McConnell

0:30:49 to 0:31:03( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of some, -- a year later it looks even worse than it did then. and that is really saying something. mr. president, i

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