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Senate Proceeding on Mar 24th, 2010 :: 3:42:25 to 3:51:00
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Richard Burr

3:42:22 to 3:42:43( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: president. and we should have done better. i yield the floor. burnmr. coburn: madam president? officer d. mr. burr: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from north carolina. mr. burr: madam president, i will also offer an amendment tonight. the purpose of this amendment is very clear. it is to protect the health care

Richard Burr

3:42:25 to 3:51:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

3:42:44 to 3:43:05( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: of our veterans, their wide dorks orphans, indepen the problem? since the debate on health care debate began, our veterans and their families have asked for just one thing: protect our health care benefits. the president even promised -- he won't change is veterans' health care.

Richard Burr

3:43:06 to 3:43:26( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: no one is going to take away your benefit. that's the plain and simple truth. unfortunately, the patients' protection affordability act does not explicitly protect the health care of our nation's service members, veterans, their widows, orphans, or independents. let me explain why. under this health care bill, it

Richard Burr

3:43:27 to 3:43:47( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: requires a minimal essential coverage of any health care plan. the requirements for that health care do not clearly include l tricare, which is the duty famil troops, the v.a. spina bifida

Richard Burr

3:43:48 to 3:44:08( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: program 38, and champ v.a., a program run out of the veterans' administration for spouses and dependent children of veteran whose died or who are profoundly disabled as a result of military service and possibly v.a.'s vocational rehabilitation program. as a result, these beneficiaries could be forced to pay

Richard Burr

3:44:09 to 3:44:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: additional insurance or to pay punitive fees because the threshold of coverage doesn't meet the threshold defined in this bill. now, apparently, the authors were so preoccupied with the sweetheart deals and backroom negotiations, that they forget

Richard Burr

3:44:31 to 3:44:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: about the policy they forgot about the policy part o this health care bill. as soon at issue was the house rushed through on saturday to pass a bill to put a technical correction on the department of defense piece. the bill passed in overwhelming

Richard Burr

3:44:53 to 3:45:13( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: support -- 4 is, the only piece that the technical piece fixes is tricare. it doesn't fix spi survivors, it doesn't fix champ v.a. which is the program spouses, dependent children of veterans who died or who are profoundly disabled as a result

Richard Burr

3:45:14 to 3:45:35( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: of military service. now, identicalegislation was?? introduced in the senate and some will claim, well, we just need to pass that. you need to pass that if in effect you don't to v.a. and spina bifida. now, i've got to commend the secreta, kin

Richard Burr

3:45:36 to 3:45:58( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: shaky, and gates, and i certainly appreciate their reassurance. however, the greatest assurance you can provide is to unambiguous about the issue. and we owe it to our nation's veterans and families to leave uncertainty outside and to spell it out in the legislation that these items meet the therefore, those families, those service members aren't obligated

Richard Burr

3:45:59 to 3:46:21( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in theuture for additional penalties and/or fees to participate. it's time we started to listen to the american people, especially when it relates to our nation's veterans and their families. my amendment maintains the integrity of the health care system of v.a. and d.o.d. it assures that the authority of the secretary of the department of defense and the secretary of the veterans administration

Richard Burr

3:46:22 to 3:46:42( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: would not be challenged or obstructed by any provision in the patient protection, affordability care act. my amendment will ensure that nothing in the democrats' health care bill should be construed as affecting benefits provided under tricare or any v.a. health care program. finally, my amendment ensures

Richard Burr

3:46:43 to 3:47:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: that the minimum essential coverage -- key word "minimum essential coverage" -- under the democrats' health care bill includes tricare and all health care provided by the v.a. now, i think it's important to remind my colleagues that over the weekend, the veterans

Richard Burr

3:47:04 to 3:47:24( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: service organizations have expressed their deep concern and more than one v.s.o., veterans of foreign wars, they said this -- and i quote -- "the bill language is important and that's why the v.f.w. remains adamant to expeditiously fixing the new law. all of d.o.d.'s programs should have been in the original bill

Richard Burr

3:47:25 to 3:47:45( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: as well as all title 38, not just one part of one chapter. this isn't playing politics. this is protecting the hard-earned health care coverage our veterans service members a their families deserve." now, some might come to the floor later and say, well, this is not the appropriate place to fix it. madam president, this has been billed as the -- the

Richard Burr

3:47:46 to 3:48:07( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: reconciliation bill has been billed as the bill to fix everything that's wrong in the original health care bill. that's how it was sold to house members. vote for the senate bill and we'll fix all these things that you find as problems in the reconciliation bill. now we've got before us the reconciliation bill and some will argue that fixing it for our nation's veterans, their

Richard Burr

3:48:08 to 3:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: spouses, their family members, that this isn't the appropriate place to do it. i agree, we should hav it right the first time. we shouldn't have to have a fix-it bill. but when you don't bring sunlight to it, when you exclude people who are focused o policy, this is what you get, you get a bill that doesn't fulfill the promise let me just state again exactly what they were.

Richard Burr

3:48:29 to 3:48:50( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the president said -- and i quote -- "one thing that reform won't change is veterans health care." he went on to say, "no one is going to take away your benefits. that is plain and simple truth." well, if it's plain and simple truth, then this body has no choice tonight but to take my amendment, to pass my amendment, to incorporate it in the health care fix bill, the

Richard Burr

3:48:51 to 3:49:12( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: reconciliation bill, and to make sure that when we finish our business, whether that's tomorrow or the next day in fact, it's very clear in the health care bill who's covered. it's not just tricare for life. it is tricare. it is spina bifida for the children of agent orange exposures. it is the champ-va program

Richard Burr

3:49:13 to 3:49:35( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: covers spouses, children, and the severely stabled of those killed in my hope, madam president,is that all of my colleagues will see the -- my hope, madam president, is that all of my colleagues will see the wisdom of supporting this bill that. they won't look for another avenue to do it, they'll nut the fix bill, and they won't leave it up to secretaries to give us

Richard Burr

3:49:36 to 3:49:56( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the assurance when we have set up so many outside panels to interpret for the american people what their coverage is going to be in the future. i think sometimes we forget the complicated maze that this bill creates where we will actually have nonproviders determining whether your coverage is sufficient that you constructed or that your employer provided

Richard Burr

3:49:57 to 3:50:18( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: for you or that you went out an independent and bought, and if it coverage, th you could be open -- the presiding officer: the senator has one minute. mr. burr: i thank the president. then you could be exposed to a fine because a government bureaucrat has determined that

Richard Burr

3:50:19 to 3:50:41( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: the coverage, the health care coverage that you bought, that you were given isn't sufficient enough essential coverage that this bill crafted. well, very simply, they're veterans around this country that know they've been left out.

Richard Burr

3:50:42 to 3:51:00( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: their spouses, their family members. their kids with disease. tonight we can they're included by, in the health care fix bill, actually fixing that one piece and making sure that we extend the coverage that the president promised and that we owed to these veterans and their families.

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