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Max Baucus

1:22:02 to 1:22:23( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: alternate time back and fth, each side, say, roughly one half-hour blocks of time, if that meets the mr. gregg: madam president, i would suggest we do that for the first two hours at least, until we see how this is evolving. so the first half-hour would go to the majority, then the second half-hour would go to the republican side, thi to the majority --

Max Baucus

1:22:10 to 1:53:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Max Baucus

1:22:24 to 1:22:45( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mr. baucus: that would be my intention. objection. mr. baucus: madam president, this morning president obama signed a law that will guarantee meaningful insurance reform, like coverage for people with preexisting conditions. he signed comprehensive health care reform into law. many of us have dreamed of that day for years.

Max Baucus

1:22:46 to 1:23:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: now it is a fact. now it is law. now it is history. indeed, it's historic. he signed a law that will insure that average people without insurance will get health insurance choices just like members of congress. this morning president obama signed a law that will control

Max Baucus

1:23:07 to 1:23:28( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the growth of health care costs in years to come. today we have before us a bill to approve the new law. we do not have before us the whole health care reform bill. we do not have to reopen every argument that we had over the last two years. we do not have to say everything

Max Baucus

1:23:29 to 1:23:49( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that we said about health care one more time. rather, we have a bill before us, a bill that will do a few good things. we have before us a bill that will improve affordability by increasing tax credits to help pay for insurance premiums, increase those tax credits.

Max Baucus

1:23:50 to 1:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we have before us a bill that will help with out-of-pocket costs for lower- and middlencome families. that is raise it. that is raise the assistance. we have before us a bill that will increase aid to states to help them shoulder the costs of covering americans under medicaid. we have before us a bill that will give additional help to

Max Baucus

1:24:13 to 1:24:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: states, that took extra steps to cover the uninsured before foreman took place. these -- before reform took place. we have before us a bill that will make sure that no state is singled out for special treatment. we have before us a bill that will completely close the

Max Baucus

1:24:36 to 1:24:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: doughnut hole -- that is the coverage gap -- for medicare prescription drug coverage. that's closed by the end of the budget window. we have before us a bl that will start with a $250 increase in federal assistance toward coverage of the doughnut hole right away -- this year, 2010.

Max Baucus

1:24:57 to 1:25:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we have before us a bill that will fight fraud, fight waste and abuse in medicare and medicaid. that's the bill we have before us today. this is not the whole health care reform bill. this is a set of commonsense improvements to that new law

Max Baucus

1:25:18 to 1:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: signed by the president earlier today. i do not expect opponents of the bill to talk about these commonsense improvements. frankly, it's pretty difficult to understand why senators would want to oppose these commonsense improvements. rather, if this debate is anything like the debate so far, opponents of this bill will try

Max Baucus

1:25:40 to 1:26:01( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to change the subject. when people look at what health reform really does, they're more likely to support it. when they separate truth from fiction, separate the wheat from the chaff. bill will try to distract observers from what's really going on.

Max Baucus

1:26:02 to 1:26:23( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: rather than talk about commonsense improvements to this bill, opponents will talk about the process. over the two years that we have been working on health care reform, there have been many on the other side who have sought to make the debate about process, not about what's in the bill, what improves people's

Max Baucus

1:26:24 to 1:26:45( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: lives; but about the process, the legislative process. they have sought to emphasize how messy the legislative process is, and sometimes it is a bit messy, and of course criticizing how congress works is a heck of a lot easier than improving health care for the american people. many opponents of health care

Max Baucus

1:26:46 to 1:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: reform are obsessed with process and procedure. i am much more focused on the people whom health care reform will help. i'm focused on people like pat and her late husband, dan, from lincoln county in the northwestern corner of montana. pat and dan used to have a ranch in southwestern lincoln county.

Max Baucus

1:27:08 to 1:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: dan was the fourth generation of his family to run the ranch. he grew up on the ranch, and he worked very hard every day of his life. in 2000, the doctors told dan that he had hodgkin's lymphoma, but pat and dan did not have health insurance. dan never took a handout, and pat and dan thought that they

Max Baucus

1:27:29 to 1:27:50( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: could handle their bills on their own. that's the way they always lived. it's the way a lot of people, i dare say most people live. but then the medical bills started piling up. swallowing his pride, dan made what he called the hardest decision of his life. he filed for medicaid.

Max Baucus

1:27:51 to 1:28:14( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the state told h that the only way they could be eligible for medicaid was to put a lien on the ranch. as dan's medical bills piled out of control, pat and dan were forced to sell t pat said that the cancer ravaged her husband's body, but selling their ranch to pay for medical

Max Baucus

1:28:15 to 1:28:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: costs broke his spirit. that's why we need to enact health care reform. most bankruptcies in america these days are related to medical costs. just think of that. most bankruptcies in america today are related to medical costs. no one in america should have to sell everything that they have

Max Baucus

1:28:36 to 1:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: no one should have to go bankrupt to pay medical bills. i'm not going to let the opponents charge us about -- the idea that health care reform has been some sort of rushed job is a myth. it's a myth that deserves busting. the facts are that the finance committee and

Max Baucus

1:28:57 to 1:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: committee each went through a full and transparent process to consider health care reform legislation. by that, i mean fully open, totally open to the public at all points. this has been the fullest an most transparent process for any piece of legislation in memory. i might say, madam president, a

Max Baucus

1:29:18 to 1:29:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: journalist once approached me about a year ago and said, senator, you're starting a -- are you starting a new trend here with openness an transparency, putting all of the amendments up on the web, is that a new approach that the senate's going to pursue from now on? i said, i don't know, but i think it's right thing to do.

Max Baucus

1:29:39 to 1:29:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: from the start i wanted to develop a bipartisan consensus package. i wanted to work together. if someone gets ill or cancer, you're not a member of one party or another. it's personal. we've got to work together because that's what the american public want. that's what i tried so hard to do. i want a bill that would brought

Max Baucus

1:30:00 to 1:30:20( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: political support across the political spectrum there is a long tradition in the republican party. that tradition stretches back to theodore roosevelt. to richard nixon, to bob dole and to john j.a.v.e. i believe what we have set out

Max Baucus

1:30:21 to 1:30:42( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to do and what we have done fits comfortably in at it digs of what -- in at it digs of what those republican leaders sought to do. on may 6, 2008, we held our first hearing on health care reform. in fact, the finance committee

Max Baucus

1:30:43 to 1:31:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: held a hearing in 2008 alone. we held those hearings to help the senators come to a commonsense understranding of the health care crisis. help to explain why we're in such a crisis. what needs to be done. how the various parts of our health care system works and how various parts don't work. i held it from a point of view

Max Baucus

1:31:05 to 1:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to educate all of us in the committee to get us ready for 2009, a year where it was clear that this congress wou work hard and pass health care reform. we sought in the middle of the klass congress to lay groundwork for passing a bill in this congress. on june 16, 2008, nearly two years ago, senator grassley and

Max Baucus

1:31:26 to 1:31:47( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i, my good friend and ranking member of the committee, convened a bipartisan health care reform summit in the congress. we called it prepare for launch, health care reform summit of 2008. chairman ben bernanke was there, other notables were there a full day of conference, members of the finance committee, both

Max Baucus

1:31:48 to 1:32:08( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: sides of the aisle to help us better understand how 0 solve our -- to solve our health care reform cris. i was impressed virtually all day long, most senators stayed all afternoon, i counted most on both sides still asking questions from experts. senator grassley and i brought some of the best minds in country together to discuss health care reform.

Max Baucus

1:32:09 to 1:32:29( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: senators from both sides of the aisle engaged in open and constructive discussion. then right after 200 on november 12, 2008, this senator released an 89-page blueprint for health care reform. i have it right here.

Max Baucus

1:32:30 to 1:32:50( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we named it, call to action, health care reform 2009. it was a comprehensive framework for health care reform. we posted that blueprint on the internet for all to read. the ideas in that white paper reflected a broad consensus of thinking among health care experts p we searched far and

Max Baucus

1:32:51 to 1:33:11( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: wide, what's the best thinking. what do other countries do? loing at what other countries do, we wanted to look at what america can do. we're america, we're not canada, great britain, we're america. we spent $2.5 trillion in health care in america with public

Max Baucus

1:33:12 to 1:33:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: medicaid, medicare, and the children's health insurance and the commercial health insurance. i want to maintain that same balance with the uniquely american solution that reflected this white paper. the ideas of that white paper remain the foundations of health care reform that became law this morning. now, that's a strong statement to make, but it's true.

Max Baucus

1:33:35 to 1:33:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: almost all the ideas that all committees on both sides of the congress have enacted and are in the bill that the president signed today. now, of course, there are changes here and there. but the basic foundation in that white paper -- this white paper right here was put together november 2008, remain the foundation of health care reform

Max Baucus

1:33:56 to 1:34:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that became law this morning. the ideas behind our health care reform legislation have been available for all senators the public to consider for more than 16 months. "the washington post" called our "striking in both its timing and scope." "the washington post" said --

Max Baucus

1:34:18 to 1:34:39( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: quote -- "rarely, if ever, has a lawmaker early eight days after the election of a president to press for such an enormous undertaking." in april and senator grassley and i released health care reform policy papers on three major areas of reform. what are they?

Max Baucus

1:34:40 to 1:35:00( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: first delivery system reform. second insurance coverage. and, third, options for financing. once again, we made these papers public and posted them on the finance committee's website. senator grassley and i convened three open, televised bipartisan round ittable discussions with

Max Baucus

1:35:01 to 1:35:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: experts on those subjects. we held several day-long meetings with finance senator to discuss the topics of those papers. on april 30, 2009 "the new york times" reported -- quote -- "in setting forth detailed policy option, and invitg public comment, mr. baucus and

Max Baucus

1:35:22 to 1:35:43( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mr. grassley set a precedent for openness. "scption on may 18, 2009, the newspaper ploit ploit said that the freak reports included discussions about keeping peace in the delicate alliance of

Max Baucus

1:35:44 to 1:36:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: republicans democrats, industry, labor, physicians and consumer advocates. from the outset i worked hard to keep the groups talking to each other. that was coming back from the 1990's when health care reform fell apart when the groups opposed the bill. by the groups, i mean consumer groups, i mean hospitals, labor,

Max Baucus

1:36:05 to 1:36:26( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: medical advice manufacturers, nursing homes. all the groups. i kawd up their c.e.o.'s, kept talking to them constantly. what do you think? a problem here, make an adjustment there. stay at the table. don't walk away from the stable. suspend judgment if only for five minutes, for everybody's

Max Baucus

1:36:27 to 1:36:47( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: best interest and america's best interest if this passed. i had 142 meetings to discuss health care reform with senators on both sides of the aisle. in all those meetings added up to more than 150 hours discussions. i tried to work out a bipartisan package in the finance committee.

Max Baucus

1:36:48 to 1:37:09( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i the ranking republican member in the finance committee, my good friend, chuck grassley. and since the finance committee and the "help" committee share a jurisdiction over health care, senator grassley and i agreed that we wanted to include the ranking member of the republican committee, mike enzi, and our

Max Baucus

1:37:10 to 1:37:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: colleague jeff bingaman. as well we reached out to the chairman of the budget committee, senator conrad and the ranking republican member of the committee, senator snowe, both members of the finance committee. both senators conrad and snowe have a long history of working across the aisle to reach consensus.

Max Baucus

1:37:31 to 1:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we also reached out to senator kennedy, chairman of the "help" committee, meetings with him and all of the chairmen and ranking members together, with senator kennedy, how gracious he was and trying to work together. he wasn't trying to do this for ted kennedy. he was trying to do it for people who needed health care. it was very, very touching.

Max Baucus

1:37:54 to 1:38:14( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we had six groups -- a group of six senator three democrats and three republicans. we worked hard, rolled up our sleeves and met 31 times for 63 hours over the course months. many have said that we met too long. many said that i should have broken off my discussions with my colleagues.

Max Baucus

1:38:15 to 1:38:37( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: but i wanted to go the extra mile. i wanted to try. i wanted to bend over backwards. i wanted to do everything i could to reach a bipartisan consensus. why? because that's right thing to do. that group of six senators came very close to an agreement. we did not end up in -- or reach

Max Baucus

1:38:38 to 1:38:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: an agreement among all six of us, but i took the product of those bipartisan discussions, our areas of tentative discussions, our areas of tentative agreement and made them the starting point for our committee mark yuvment that is, the group of -- markup. that is, the group of six helped forge through immense hours of discussions major improvements on our thinking.

Max Baucus

1:39:00 to 1:39:20( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we corn vertd that product into -- converted that product into a committee mark. i made it public and posted it online on the committee's website on september 16, 2009. that was four days longer than the committee rules required. for the first time in history on seapt 19, the finance committee

Max Baucus

1:39:21 to 1:39:41( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: posted online every amendment submitted to the clerk. we posted the full text of all 564 amendments. members of the committee and the public had three days to review the amendments and prepare for markup. our finance committee markup stretched over eight days, fully public. worked well past 10:00 p.m. on

Max Baucus

1:39:42 to 1:40:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: most of those days. the markup was the longest that the finance committee conducted on any bill in 22 years. prior to the markup, i accepted 122 amendments as part after modified chairman's mark. 26f those amendments incorporated into the markup came from republican colleagues.

Max Baucus

1:40:05 to 1:40:25( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: during the markup, the committee considered 135 amendments. committee accepted 41 amendments and rejected 55. on october 2, 2209, a full 11 days prior to the committee vote on the bill, i posted online the mark as amended. and on october 13, 2009, the

Max Baucus

1:40:26 to 1:40:47( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: finance committee ordered the bill reported, the bipartisan vote of 14-9. the majority leader then melded the finance committee committee work products into a single bill. the majority leader proceeded to move to the bill on november 19 of last year. we had a full and open debate of

Max Baucus

1:40:48 to 1:41:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the bill on the senate floor. onecember 24, christmas eve, more than a month later, the senate finally passed health care reform. now, i have taken some time to detail the long legislative history of this effort. and i did so because i believe any fair observer of this legislative history would draw three conclusions.

Max Baucus

1:41:11 to 1:41:31( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: one, we tried mightily to work with our republican colleagues to reach a broad consensus bill. we went the extra might we bent over backwards. and for a variety of reasons, our republican colleagues simply did not want to be part in the end of this effort. two, nobody rushed this bill.

Max Baucus

1:41:32 to 1:41:52( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: this has been a full and deliberative process. about two years. there is no way the health care reform was -- quote --"rammed through the congress." no way. not true. three, we conduct add process more open than that for any other piece of legislation in the modern senate.

Max Baucus

1:41:53 to 1:42:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: but opponents of the bill have tried to raise as many charges as they can. they are tried to throw as much mud at this effort as they can hoping that something sticks. their latest attack has been to criticize the use of the budget reconciliation process for the bill before us today.

Max Baucus

1:42:14 to 1:42:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: some have charged that using reconciliation is somehow unusual. they argue that using budget reconciliation for health care is somehow unheard of. and they argue that we never use reconciliation for major matters. nothing thereto, could be

Max Baucus

1:42:35 to 1:42:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: further from the truth. is reconciliation unusual? the answer is clearly no. budget reconciliation is a pretty common process here in congress. since congress began using the budget reconciliation process in 1980, some 30 years ago, congress has passed some 23 reconciliation bills.

Max Baucus

1:42:57 to 1:43:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: 23 in the last 30 years. as most years have seen reconciliation bills. it is an exceptional year when congress does not pass a reconciliation bill. now what about health care? is health care something insurance for reconciliation? once again, the answer is no.

Max Baucus

1:43:18 to 1:43:39( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the nonpartisan congressional research service did a survey of the 22 reconciliation bills that made it through congress to the president's desk. of those 22 reconciliation bills, c.r.s., congressional research service, identified 12 of them with titles or other major legislative components pertaining to medicare or medicaid programs.

Max Baucus

1:43:40 to 1:44:00( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: in other words, most reconciliation bls have addressed health care. once again, it is the exceptional case where a reconciliation bill does not contain health care matters. now, what about major health care legislation? is major health care legislation in reconciliation unusual?

Max Baucus

1:44:01 to 1:44:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: once again, the answer is no. c.r.s. counted the number of pages in the law books on health care that the reconciliation process has put there. it is not a small number. c.r.s. found that bills enacted using the reconciliation process contributed some 1,366 pages on

Max Baucus

1:44:22 to 1:44:42( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: health care to the statutes at large. c.r.s. found that the average reconciliation bill with health care in it contributed some 124 pages to the statutes at large. pages in the statutes at large have more words than bills do, mr. president, so these pages reflect far more pages in bill text. let's consider some of the major

Max Baucus

1:44:43 to 1:45:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: changes to health care that congress has enacted in the last 30 years. well, there is cobra. the health insurance program for people who lose their jobs. congress enacted the cobra health insurance program as part of a reconciliation bill. now, cobra stands for the consolidated omnibus budget

Max Baucus

1:45:05 to 1:45:29( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: reconciliation act. reconciliation. a republican-controed senate passed the cobra health insurae program as reconciliation in 1986. since then, three later reconciliation bills have amended the cobra continuation coverage rules. congress changed cobra in reconciliation bills in the

Max Baucus

1:45:30 to 1:45:52( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: years 1989, 1990, and again in 1993. another one of the largest health care expansions that congress enacted in the last 30 years was the children's health insurance program otherwise known as chip. once got it right -- in reconciliation. congress enacted chip as part of

Max Baucus

1:45:53 to 1:46:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the balanced budget act of 1997. once again, it was a republican-controlled senate that passed the children's health insurance program as part of reconciliation in 1997. then there is the medicare advantage program, medicare advantage or medicare plus choice as they called it then was a major change in software, introducing private insurance

Max Baucus

1:46:14 to 1:46:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: companies into the system. once again, the republican-controlled senate passed that in reconciliation in 1997. so it's hard to think of a major health insurance expansion that does not involve reconciliation. sure, there were some, but it is the exceptional case where

Max Baucus

1:46:35 to 1:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: congress enacts major changes to health care outside of reconciliation. and when you think about it, that makes more sense. congress created the budget reconciliation process to affect the budget, and any competent budget economist will tell you that health care costs growth is the biggest financial challenge facing our nation.

Max Baucus

1:46:58 to 1:47:20( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the president and other commentators in our fiscal plight make that statement repeatedly. if you want to address the budget in a significant way, you need to address health care. health care is exactly the sort of thing that the budgetary process was designed to address. why did congress create the

Max Baucus

1:47:21 to 1:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: budget process this way? it's simple. congress created the budget process so that congress could make fiscal policy with a simple majority vote. the congress that created reconciliation wanted to ensure that future congresses could vote budget matters up or down, yes or no.

Max Baucus

1:47:43 to 1:48:03( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: now, is it unusual for anything this large to have been passed in reconciliation? once again, the answer is no. in terms of dollars and cents, the biggest reconciliation bill by far was the 2001 bush tax cuts. the 2001 reconciliation bill worsened the deficit by more

Max Baucus

1:48:04 to 1:48:24( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: than $550 billion over the first five years. that was the reconciliation bill. not far behind was the 2003 bush tax cut. that reconciliation bill worsened the deficit by more than $430 billion over the first five years. in terms of policy changes, it's

Max Baucus

1:48:25 to 1:48:45( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: hard to match the two bush tax cuts. but another measure that came close was the 1996 welfare reform bill. once again, that was a reconciliation bill. the 1996 welfare reform bill was the most sweeping revision of poverty programs since the great society. once again, that reconciliation

Max Baucus

1:48:46 to 1:49:07( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: ll was passed by the republican-controlled senate. it's hard to say that we have not done big things in reconciliation. in sum, it's not as though we snuck health care reform through the senate. we passed it with an exhaustive, open process, and the senate passed health care reform with a supermajority.

Max Baucus

1:49:08 to 1:49:28( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we passed it with 60 votes. now, all that remains to be done to complete health care reform is an up-or-down vote on this final bill. this last step in health care reform deserves to have a simple majority vote. that's all that needs to be done to finish the job of reforming health care reform. and let me return to what this

Max Baucus

1:49:29 to 1:49:50( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: bill would do. this bill would help to make alth care more aordable for people who don't have it and improve upon the senate bill which the president signed this morning. we do it for people like car men men -- carmen and her daughter

Max Baucus

1:49:51 to 1:50:12( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: marilee from paulson, montana. carmen had insurance, but she still had problems with coverage and costs. before march, 2008, carmen had insurance with a $5,000 deductible. she found herself avoiding care because of the high deductible. she and her daughter marilee waited until they knew that they need help before they went to a doctor.

Max Baucus

1:50:13 to 1:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: certainly with a deductible that high, 5,000 bucks. at one point, carmen's daughter contracted aure nary tract infection. wanting to avoid the high deductible, carmen and her daughter decided to wait a day and see how it would go. but her daughter did not get better. she needed to get care. since it was saturday, there w

Max Baucus

1:50:35 to 1:50:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: no urgent care open for 50 miles. the only option was to go to the emergency room. the hospi for $500 but her insurance company refused to pay it. carmen appealed, asking them to pay the $70 insurance would normally pay for urgent care and carmen would pay the remaining balance, but the insurance

Max Baucus

1:50:57 to 1:51:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: company still denied her claim. when carmen broke her fingers, her insurance company refused to pay for treatment. the insurance company paid only for x-rays eve though carmen was entitled to $650 coverage for accidents. carmen paid for her own

Max Baucus

1:51:18 to 1:51:40( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: treatment but she gave up on the therapy because it cost too much. carmen's fingers will never fully heal. in march, 2008, carmen switched to another insurance company and lowered her deductible to to $2,500. remember, the last policy had a deductible of $5,000. the last month, carmen received notice that her premiums would

Max Baucus

1:51:41 to 1:52:02( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: go up by about 32%. carmen will have to keep her premiums down by decreasing her coverage. it's a strategy that she has been using for years. we fight for health care for people like carmen and marilee. we fight for health care for

Max Baucus

1:52:03 to 1:52:23( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: people like erin and william redlock. erin lost her father william because their insurance company denied and delayed his bone marrow transplant untilt was too late. william taught school for more than 30 years. he thought he had a good insurance through his retirement package. the doctors told william that he had leukemia, but the doctors were able to treat it with oral

Max Baucus

1:52:24 to 1:52:44( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: chemotherapy for a long time. in 2002, the doctors determined that william would need more advanced chemotherapy. keep him on chemotherapy as long as they could. then the doctors determined he would need a bone marrow transplant. the insurance company paid for all of the preparations, testing and treatment leading up to the transplant, but the insurance

Max Baucus

1:52:45 to 1:53:08( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: company denied the procedure itself. mr. president, i note that my -- i'm at the end of my half-hour here. let me just say that -- i conclude here by noting that this is why we fight for people. this is why this health care bill is here before us.

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