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Senate Proceeding on May 1st, 2008 :: 7:47:35 to 7:57:49
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Richard Durbin

7:27:53 to 7:47:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Durbin

Richard Durbin

7:47:19 to 7:47:35( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Durbin: has concluded his remarks, i would like to be recognized. the presiding offir: without objection. mr. demint: thank you, mr. president. i would like to address the misleading and distorted information

Jim DeMint

7:47:35 to 7:47:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that was just presented on the floor. actually i was amazed at what was just said. the commerce committee had come up with an aviation modernization bill with strong bipartisan support. but like many

Jim DeMint

7:47:35 to 7:57:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

7:47:52 to 7:48:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: other bills that we faced with our democratic colleagues in the majority, some of my democrat colleagues chose to add special provisions for some interest groups and very wasteful and questionable earmarks,

Jim DeMint

7:48:06 to 7:48:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: tax earmarks, using unprecedented methods to fund things through our tax code. things that there's a lot of consternation about. changing a pension plan. and the reason this bill has been held

Jim DeMint

7:48:17 to 7:48:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: up is the majority decided to add things to it that had nothing to do with aviation. we want this bill to come through and it has strong support. mr. durbin: would the senator yield for a question?

Jim DeMint

7:48:32 to 7:48:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mr. demint: no, i won't. i have been down here several times today and i will continue my remarks, but i will be glad for you to have anything to say after i complete my remarks. you mentioned the technical

Jim DeMint

7:48:43 to 7:48:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: corrections, the technical corrections bill for the transportation. he said this was just typeos. eo this bill added hundreds of millions of new earmarks to our transportation budget and it was not a technical

Jim DeMint

7:48:57 to 7:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: correction bill. it was an opportunity for the majority and some others to add things that did not need to be part of this bill. and he even knows on bills like consumer product safety where special

Jim DeMint

7:49:10 to 7:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: provisions were added for manufacturers and that that we had to slow the bill down in order to get those things taken out. so there's a reason that the majority has not been able to move any significant

Jim DeMint

7:49:25 to 7:49:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: legislation. it's because they tend to clutter it up with wasteful, special interest earmarks that need to be taken out. hopefully we can come to an agreement to take out these unnecessary an unprecedented

Jim DeMint

7:49:39 to 7:49:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: tax provisions in our aviation modernization bill so that we can get this thing done. i didn't come down to talk about aviation modernization. it is our hope that the majority will clean this bill up so that

Jim DeMint

7:49:53 to 7:50:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we can get it through. but i wanted to talk a little bit about health care. health care is a priority for the nation. americans deserve access to affordable health insurance. yet we're wasting time here

Jim DeMint

7:50:05 to 7:50:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and t doing anything to help with the health care crisis in this country today. fortunately one of our colleagues, john mccain, has come out this week strongly for a health care plan that would help

Jim DeMint

7:50:18 to 7:50:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: every american to be insured. he talks about guaranteed access to health insurance. plan that's people can own and afford and keep. plans that they can choose to keep for themselves and not chose

Jim DeMint

7:50:35 to 7:50:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: brynn government. and this i the -- chosen by the government. and this is the way we need to move. unfortunately my colleagues don't want to have them decide what insurance they want. they would rather

Jim DeMint

7:50:47 to 7:50:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: have the government decide what kind of health plans we're going to have. the evidence is abundant. ere are a number of things that republicans have done to improve access to private health insurance.

Jim DeMint

7:50:58 to 7:51:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: one is to allow people in this country to buy health insurance from anywhere in t country. right now they're restricted to buy in state where they live. so a few insurance companies have a monopoly on

Jim DeMint

7:51:10 to 7:51:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the business. we've had a health care choice act that would give americans a chance to shop anywhere in the country, yet the democrats have blocked this bill. and only a couple of weeks ago we -- we

Jim DeMint

7:51:22 to 7:51:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: had an amendment to the budget bill that would allow individuals to deduct the cost of healt h insurance just like businesses did. but i believe every democrat in the senate voted against that. to

Jim DeMint

7:51:35 to 7:51:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: give some kind of fair tax treatment to individuals who are buying health care, they blocked it. yet they complain about individuals being uninsured. they do everything they can to keep individuals

Jim DeMint

7:51:47 to 7:52:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: from owning health insurance. now the democrats are trying to destroy health savings accounts. it started in the house with a bill that will change the way health savings accounts are set up. the fastest

Jim DeMint

7:52:02 to 7:52:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: growing way for the unsured to get insurance are new types of health plans that have health savings accounts and insurance. where people can buy most of their health care with their own dollars or dollars

Jim DeMint

7:52:15 to 7:52:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: their employers put in the health savings account, it's tax free. it gives them a lot more choices and flexibility. and it takes out importantly the cost of third-party administration. health savings

Jim DeMint

7:52:29 to 7:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: accounts are a way to restructure health insurance plans. so that every time you -- we go to the doctor or the hospital, there's not a third party insurance company filing claims or dealing with billing

Jim DeMint

7:52:40 to 7:52:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and running up the cost of the administration. we know todayhat there are more administrative people in a doctor's office and in a hospital than there are health care providers. the reason for

Jim DeMint

7:52:53 to 7:53:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that is that every time we use a health care system, there's a third party involved, whether it is private health insurance or medicaid or medicare, there's a lot of administrative costs. health savings

Jim DeMint

7:53:05 to 7:53:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: accounts not only give people moree flexibility, but it begins to take the cost of administration out of health care. it allows an individual to make their own decisions with their doctors or with

Jim DeMint

7:53:19 to 7:53:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: their farmists as to their health -- pharmacists as to their health care and they don't need approval from some health insurance company or some government bureaucrat whether they will spend this money.

Jim DeMint

7:53:34 to 7:53:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: certainly the way that health care dollars are spent is restricted to real health care. but, unfortunately, a company that provides this service of substantiating the way that health care dollars

Jim DeMint

7:53:47 to 7:54:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: are spent have come to washington and convinced democrats that we need a third party to determine whether a health savings account spending event is -- can be sub stain 8ed or not. this is definitely

Jim DeMint

7:54:00 to 7:54:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: a -- substantiated or not. this is definitely a provision that the democrats have bought into. but what it does is it adds the administrative costs back to health savings accounts, takes away the flexibility

Jim DeMint

7:54:12 to 7:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that we're giving to individuals. keep in mind that people who are uninsured and people who didn't have insurance before and a number of people who are switching from traditional plans, we have gone

Jim DeMint

7:54:26 to 7:54:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: from one million people that went from health savings account types of plans to over six million in the last few years. the fastest growing type of health care plan because that's the kind of plan

Jim DeMint

7:54:41 to 7:54:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that people want. let me read some statistics. and the reason for all of this is that the democrats have inserted on the house said, in a bill called the taxpayer assistance simplification act that

Jim DeMint

7:54:56 to 7:55:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: would put a burden on health savings accounts. they're trying to kill health savings accounts so that we all have government health care. i said that we have a million people covered by health savings

Jim DeMint

7:55:12 to 7:55:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: accounts by over 1.5 million to over six million today. six million people who had the health insurance plans were previously uninsured. 84% of health care policies in group and individual markets provided

Jim DeMint

7:55:25 to 7:55:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: first dollar coverage for individual care. so this claim that health savings accounts keep people from seeking preventive care are totally bogus because the plans are designed when someone seeks preventive

Jim DeMint

7:55:36 to 7:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: care, diagnostic care, that the insurance pays for it and it does not come out of the health savings account. health savings accounts give people better access to the type of health care they want.

Jim DeMint

7:55:49 to 7:56:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and we found that it even helps with chronic disease management. if people have access to $1,000 or $2,000 or more a year to use the way that they need for their own health, then they can manage

Jim DeMint

7:56:02 to 7:56:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: their diabetes or congestic heart failure or other types of illnesses that are often restricted by traditial health insurance. i want to encourage my colleagues. my colleagues who really believe that

Jim DeMint

7:56:14 to 7:56:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: americans should have the freedom to own their own health insurance and to not have to go to the government for their health care. to help us preserve and promote and expand health savings accounts

Jim DeMint

7:56:28 to 7:56:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: for those who want them. and i want to make it clear, health savings accounts are health insurance. they're just health insurance plans that have savings and insurance with them. so that most of health

Jim DeMint

7:56:44 to 7:56:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: care can be accessed with dollars of patients doing directusiness with their physician, pharmacist, hospital. it will save millions, even billions as nation in administrative costs. already americans

Jim DeMint

7:56:59 to 7:57:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: have well over $3 billion saved in health savings accounts for future health care needs. this is an idea we need to expand across the country not to destroy. and i would ask particularly my democratic

Jim DeMint

7:57:10 to 7:57:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: colleagues on the senate side not to take up this provision that the house included that will hurt and probably destroy the whole idea of health savings accounts. i want to -- i want to thank the

Jim DeMint

7:57:22 to 7:57:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: senate for allowing me to speak, and i yield back the time. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from rhode island. mr. reed: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, we're here today

Jim DeMint

7:57:36 to 7:57:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: in the midst of another filibuster in which the f.a.a. reauthorization is before us, but we have to wait for a cloture vote and we have to wait many, many days past, i think, what was appropriate. but

Jack Reed

7:57:49 to 7:58:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jack Reed: it does give us an opportunity to talk about the issue that is of most concern to americans at this momicent and that is the economy. we have an economy that is heading, unfortunately, towards recession.

Jack Reed

7:57:49 to 8:14:31( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jack Reed

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