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Senate Proceeding on Apr 23rd, 2009 :: 8:15:10 to 8:26:10
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Jim DeMint

8:15:06 to 8:15:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: terms of these programs. with that, i yield the floor note the absence of a quorum. actually, i withdraw that. i see mr. demint: thank you. madam president? senator from sout carolina. mr. dem to the desk -- a motion to the desk. the presiding ofcer: without

Jim DeMint

8:15:10 to 8:26:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

8:15:27 to 8:15:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: objection, the clerk will report. south carolina, mr. demint, moves that the managers onhe partf the senate conference -- mr. demint: i ask that the clerk dispense with the reading of the motion. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. demint: thank you again, madam president. we're here talking about the budget, and obviously there are a number of different things in

Jim DeMint

8:15:49 to 8:16:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the w-pblg of concern -- in the budg of concern and some controversy. i appreciate the opportunity to speak on this motion which addresses a different part relateed to health care. during the campaign, the president promised that any changes in health care would protect a patient's right to

Jim DeMint

8:16:10 to 8:16:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: pick their plan, their doctor, and to keep the plan that they have if they want it. my motion simply codifies that in a sense that we make sure that we keep the in the budget, there is a down payment which has been referred to, i think, of around $700

Jim DeMint

8:16:31 to 8:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: billion on some massive changes in health care. my concern is that this could mean an expansion of government plans rather than making the private health insurance more available to patients. we don't need to just speak of the public interest when we're talking about health care. it's important that we talk

Jim DeMint

8:16:53 to 8:17:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: about the patients' interest. and i think most of us would agree that when the patients can work directly with their doctors, choose their own do plans, that the nation is b off. there's an old saying that success has many fathers while failure is an orphan. but our health care failures

Jim DeMint

8:17:14 to 8:17:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: have a father. in most cases, it's the government. you see, our policies make it hard for individuals to have a health insurance plan that they can afford and own and keep. one part of that is the government today pays for over half of the health care in america through medicare,

Jim DeMint

8:17:36 to 8:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: medicaid, children's health programs, veterans health programs. but unfortunately, when they pay doctors and hospitals, they often puebloe cost. -- pay belowost. in fact, it's been estimated that government payment causes private health insurance to be 20% to 30% more expensive than

Jim DeMint

8:17:57 to 8:18:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it would be if everyone paid their fair share of the cost. so the government at the beginning is a big part of the problem of making health insurance too expensive individuals. a number of us had the opportunity this week to hear from the president and c.e.o. of safeway supermarkets. they have over 200 thousand

Jim DeMint

8:18:18 to 8:18:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: employees, and he was -- they have over 200,000 employees and he the statistics about their health plan and how they have been able to keep the cost of health care level over the last four years. they have done a lot of things not only to make health insurance and health care more accessible, they have done a lot of things to make their employees healthier.

Jim DeMint

8:18:41 to 8:19:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: they use a lot of incentives, recognizing that 70% of our health problems as americans is caused by our own behavior, whether it be smoking or overweight or poor diets. it's pretty obvious through the statistics tha people have a lot of control over how healthy they are and, therefore, how much they have to spend on health care. safeway, through a lot of

Jim DeMint

8:19:03 to 8:19:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: incentives that discouraged smoking, that encourage people to get in better shape and eat better, lose weight, were able to save the employees money and to make them healthier and to reduce the cost of the health re for the company and for the employees. and there are a lot of demonstrations like thi around

Jim DeMint

8:19:24 to 8:19:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the country that show that private health insurance can work. freedom can work if we let it. now, the president of safeway asked us to make some changes that would give them more flexibility to offer even more incentives for people to cut their changing their behaviors. and this all want.

Jim DeMint

8:19:45 to 8:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: instead of moving immediately to some massive new federal plan, let's look at what we can do to let the free market system work where patients and doctors and employers and work together to make private health insurance work. there are a lot of things we do here to make it -- that make it

Jim DeMint

8:20:06 to 8:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: harder. i'll just list a few. small businesses could do the same thing as safeway if we allow them to work together in a associations to buy insurance and to provide these incentives for better health and better access to health care. but yet, we consistently voted

Jim DeMint

8:20:27 to 8:20:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: against allowing this to happen in our country. why won't we let that happen? why won't we let individuals deduct the cost of their health insurance like we do employers? it's almost like we don't want individuals to have health insurance. an then we throw up our hands and talk about how many people are uninsured in our country. health insurance would work much

Jim DeMint

8:20:50 to 8:21:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: better if it was and we could change some of our laws and regulations to make it much easier for people who have insurance with take it with them leave to go to another compa or to start their own business. yet, we refuse to do those things that would allow the market to work. right now in this country,

Jim DeMint

8:21:11 to 8:21:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: individuals can only buy health care or health insurance from companies that are in their state, that are certified in their state. why not let people buy health insurance from any state in the untr services? why restrict it to a monopoly where regulations or mandates or other things could

Jim DeMint

8:21:33 to 8:21:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: shoot up the cost of health we could create a me competitive, higher-quality health insurance market if we let it become a national market. we do other things that seem absu employer to put money in a health savings account for their employees, but we won't let that

Jim DeMint

8:21:54 to 8:22:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: employ use the money in the health savings account to pay for a health insurance premium. why do we do if we really want people to have health insurance, to have the freedom to buy and own their own health insurance, we would do these simple things that just put the patient more in charge. they would have better health care, better health insurance

Jim DeMint

8:22:16 to 8:22:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and probably a lot better health. yet, what we're doing here every day is sliding closer to a national or care system, saying the system we've got doesn't work. when the fact is we've done just about everything we can to make it impossible for a free system to work. we do have serious problems and

Jim DeMint

8:22:37 to 8:22:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: challenges in our health care system, but almost all of them are made worse by the people who work in this place every the question now is whether more government will make those problems better or worse. i think to ask that question answers it on its face. we know the free market did not create these problems because

Jim DeMint

8:22:59 to 8:23:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: there is no free market for health care in the united states today. government dominates the it doesn't pay its fair share. it regulates everything to the point where difficult for the private market to work. let's don't give up on freedom and go to socialism here in america.

Jim DeMint

8:23:21 to 8:23:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: before we've tried to simple things that are obvious in front of us, the things that companies like safeway say we can do to provide better insu healthier, lower their costs and give them plans that they can keep. so no matter what the problem is in washington, people here seem to think the solution is more government.

Jim DeMint

8:23:43 to 8:24:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: but we don't need a new federal program for healt care. we nee to remove the federal barriers that keep freedom f working in health care. we have taken over banks, the auto industry, the mortgage lending, education, transportation system. look at the areas that the government is running today and

Jim DeMint

8:24:05 to 8:24:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: ask want to run health care the way we've been running education in america? like we've been running the financial ma next -- last few months, or how we're doing with the auto industry now that we've essentially taken it over? health c

Jim DeMint

8:24:26 to 8:24:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: world here in america because of that small segment of private market, the free market that's working. the best pharmaceuticals, the best technology, the best private health care. socialism doesn't work. there's not an world where it does. we keep hearing here why don't we be more like europe or more like canada where people have to

Jim DeMint

8:24:47 to 8:25:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: wait six months or more to get the only reason theirs worked even as well as it does is they are the beneficiary of a lot of american technology that's developed in a free-market system. they are the beneficiaries of a lot of the prescription dru that come out of our country that are developed here because there's still a free market.

Jim DeMint

8:25:08 to 8:25:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: there's a reason that the technology and the prescriptions are not being developed in other countries that are socialistic. freedom works, and we need to expand it here in america. let me talk just briefly about this motion to instruct conferees. and hopefully it won't be controversial because it's

Jim DeMint

8:25:30 to 8:25:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: essentially a promise from the president of the united states. my amendment would require a supermajority vote to consider any legislation in the future that would take away people's freedom to keep their own health plan or take away people's freedom to choose their own doctor, or decrease the number

Jim DeMint

8:25:51 to 8:26:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: of people with private insurance while increasing the number of people in government rationed care programs. all my amendment says is give freedom a chance. the american people haven't given up on freedom, and neither should their elected officials. i want to thank the ranking

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