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Senate Proceeding on Apr 13th, 2011 :: 6:20:00 to 6:26:25
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Max Baucus

6:19:56 to 6:20:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: from montana. mr. baucus: i ask unanimous consent that the following staff be allowed on the senate floor duration of the debate on srz 493. lucy emerson andijan none obe oberdean. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: mr. president, today more than 47 million americans rely on medicare for their health care.

Max Baucus

6:20:00 to 6:26:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Max Baucus

6:20:17 to 6:20:39( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: for more than 45 years seniors have had access to affordable, dependable health care that medicare provides. we all recognize the cost of health care. we know it's growing and growing too rapidly. the landmark health real estate form law that we passed recently

Max Baucus

6:20:40 to 6:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: took broad ste to rein in costs and i'm willing to work to root out fraud and waste. last week the chairman of the house budget committee, congressman paul ryan, proposed a play that would end medicare as we know t rather than providing affordable health care paid for by medicare, as is the

Max Baucus

6:21:03 to 6:21:23( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: case today, under the ryan plan seniors would receive a voucher to purchase private het --health insurance. not get benefits provided under medicare but, rather, receive a voucher to purchase private health insurance from private health insurance companies. unfortunately, this voucher

Max Baucus

6:21:24 to 6:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: would fall far short of covering health care costs for seniors. according to the independent congressional budget office, under the ryan plan -- quote -- "most elderly people would pay more." i might arksd "much more for the health care's athan they do under the current health care s

Max Baucus

6:21:45 to 6:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: how much more? c.b.o. says under the ryan plan, the average 65-year-old would have to pay $12,000 a year to receive the same level of benefits medicare offers today. $12,000 a year. that is more than double what a senior would have to pay under today's medicare.

Max Baucus

6:22:06 to 6:22:28( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: so the ryan plan would double the payment seniors have to make and the benefits would be reduced. under the ryan plan, there would be no guaranteed benefits that are protected under medicare today. as a result, private insurance companies would dictate what care a senior received, ending current doctor-patient relationship.

Max Baucus

6:22:29 to 6:22:49( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: our deficit of course is serious. it's very serious. it must be addressed. we need to look for more ways to reduce our deficit. we need to do so in a balanced and fair way. for starters we shouldn't balance the budget on the backs of seniors. we will not allow medicare to be dismantled. not on our watch.

Max Baucus

6:22:50 to 6:23:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: yesterday senator bill nelson and i introduced a sense of the senate resolution stating that "medicare should not be dismantled and turned into a voucher program." deficit reduction should not simply shift costs to seniors. that is exactly what the vouchers in the ryan budget would dovment a voucher system

Max Baucus

6:23:11 to 6:23:31( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: does nothing to lower health care costs. it does not guarantee the benefits medicare offers today. and it does not provide access to affordable health care. seniors deserve much better. mr. president. i listened closely to my colleague from louisiana a few

Max Baucus

6:23:32 to 6:23:52( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: minutes ago, and frankly i'm -- i'm somewhat heartened. i heard from him that he wants to move forward, that he would, he said indirectly, vote to increase the debt limit, if there is a credible plan to reduce deficits and our national debt. i think that is a proposal that the vast majority of the members

Max Baucus

6:23:53 to 6:24:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: of this body agree with. of course, the proof is in the pudding. it's what is that credible plan, what is that mechanism, what is that assurance that we are going to reduce th deficits prior to voting to increase the debt limit? it's very important that that vote to increase the debt limit

Max Baucus

6:24:14 to 6:24:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: occur without brinksmanship. we had far too much brinksmanship in the lead-up to the continuing resolution. the vote to increase the debt limit is a far, far more important vote. the stakes are much, much, much higher. the dollar amount is much

Max Baucus

6:24:36 to 6:24:57( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: greater. the financial markets will be watching very closely. and we, members of the congress, working with the president, must find a way to get the debt limit increased but with assurance that we're going to get the deficits down and the debt down in a credible way, in a proper

Max Baucus

6:24:58 to 6:25:18( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: period of time, so we don't have to push up that to final moment -- the final minute of when the vote on the debt limit occurs. i sense that my colleague from louisiana wants to find some way -- i think we all do. that's our challenge, mr. president. that's our charge. over the next couple of months,

Max Baucus

6:25:19 to 6:25:39( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: find that way, find that mechanism, find that process that's credible, that makes sense, that both sides can buy into it, not knowing exactly what the final result will be but knowing that we're starting down a road to get the budget deficit under control in a balanced, fair way. i do not mean to sound critical.

Max Baucus

6:25:40 to 6:26:00( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i don't think the ryan budget proposal is balanced. i don't think it is fair. but i do think members of the senate, a vast majority, do want to find a fair, balanced solution and it is up to us to try to find that before that vote on the debt limit occurs. mr. president, i yield the floor. i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the

Max Baucus

6:26:01 to 6:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: clerk will call the roll.

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