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Senate Proceeding on Mar 17th, 2011 :: 1:51:50 to 1:55:34
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John Ensign

1:51:46 to 1:52:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: amendment that we offered, and we will do that when the plrmt process allows us to do that. so with -- when the parliamentary process allows us to do that. so with that, i thank the senator from louisiana for i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from nevada is recognized. mr. ensign: mr. president, i

John Ensign

1:51:50 to 1:55:34( Edit History Discussion )
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John Ensign

1:52:07 to 1:52:27( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: want to talk for just a little while on the hutchison amendment, which basically says that while the health care bill, health care reform bill that president obama and the majority passed last year, while that's going through the courts, that anything dealing with it would be put on hold until the courts decide whether it's

John Ensign

1:52:28 to 1:52:48( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: constitutional or not. the reason that this is an important amendment is because states, private companies are being forced to put and spend a lot of money putting programs in place that may or may not have to be put into place if this

John Ensign

1:52:49 to 1:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: bill is indeed struck down as unconstitutional. during the health care debate last year, i raised a constitutional point of order against the individual mandate because, frankly, i believe strongly that it is unconstitutional. a few of the courts around the country have agreed with me that it is unconstitutional. unfortunately, that

John Ensign

1:53:10 to 1:53:30( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: constitutional point of order was voted down along party lines, but there still is a very good possibility, and i'm hoping that the courts will see it this way, that this bill will be struck down as unconstitutional. and because there are no what are called severability clauses in the legislation -- in other

John Ensign

1:53:31 to 1:53:52( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: words, if one part is found unconstitutional, the entire bill is unconstitutional. well, the individual mandate is the place that most people are focusing on, and if that's struck down as unconstitutional, the whole bill will come down, and yet states with all of the program, the exchanges that they have to set up literally will be spending hundreds of millions of

John Ensign

1:53:53 to 1:54:14( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: dollars in trying to comply with a law that may be unconstitutional. we shouldn't have them go through that. we should actually have an expedited procedure to go through the courts, put everything else on hold so that we can determine whether this thing is constitutional or not. now, let me talk just a little bit about some of the p that we're seeing with the

John Ensign

1:54:15 to 1:54:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: health care bill. first of all, we know that this is raising premiums. it was promised that the average premium in the united states would go down by about $2,500 per year. well, i will just give you one quick anecdote. yesterday i was on the phone with one of nevada's largest

John Ensign

1:54:36 to 1:54:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: employers, steve wynn of wynn resorts. steve is known to be probably the most union friendly, the most employee friendly employer in the state of nevada. has been for years. his employees love him. he takes very good care. he pays well, has good benefits. well, he told me yesterday that

John Ensign

1:54:57 to 1:55:18( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: they did a study from 2005-2010 of their health care costs. they increased on average of about 8% a year. this year -- and he said specifically because of this health care bill -- their increase was 12%. so that's a 50% increase in the rate of growth of their health care costs. well, what did that mean to the

John Ensign

1:55:19 to 1:55:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: average employee who works for the wynn resorts? first of all, they -- wynn resorts shouldered a lot of the costs, but the economy in the state of nevada is pretty stuff stuff -- pretty tough right now and it's pretty tough on the employers. well, they passed on some of those costs to the employees.

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