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Senate Proceeding on May 8th, 2008 :: 7:44:54 to 7:53:29
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Lisa Murkowski

7:26:47 to 7:44:54( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski

7:44:39 to 7:44:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lisa Murkowski: i urge the senate leadership to bring the treaty to the floor for a vote. with that, mr. president, i yield the floor.| a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from south carolina

Jim DeMint

7:44:54 to 7:45:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: is recognize ed. mr. demint: thank you, mr. president. we've got many important issues in front of us. we've been talking a lot about energy this week, the high cost of gasoline and problems with ethanol

Jim DeMint

7:44:54 to 7:53:29( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

7:45:10 to 7:45:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mandates and potential problems with cost of electricity as we look at ways to reduce pollution, certainly energy is important, and we've been dealing with flood insurance. no shortage of issues here,

Jim DeMint

7:45:24 to 7:45:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: but we know as we talk to our constituents around the country that at the top of their list of priorities is health insurance and health care. and the ability to afford policy policies that are out there.

Jim DeMint

7:45:37 to 7:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we have differences of opinion here in the senate as to how we deal with the uninsured in our country today, and there's one philosophy that believes the government needs to be more involved, we need

Jim DeMint

7:45:51 to 7:46:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to expand government control of health care. there's another philosophy which i am a part of which believes that our job here in the senate and the congress and the federal government is to make freedom work

Jim DeMint

7:46:06 to 7:46:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: for everyone, and that includes people having the freedom to own their own health insurance. we believe that when people do not work for a company that offers health insurance, that they should have

Jim DeMint

7:46:25 to 7:46:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: guarantee ed access to affordable health insurance policy ies that they can take from jobs to job -- from job to job. i'm encouraged that senator mccain is on the side of freedom and choice and individual

Jim DeMint

7:46:38 to 7:46:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: ownership of plans. we know that if we're going to make individual plans work that we need to address the high cost of insurance. we know that that's the biggest impediment to getting coverage when

Jim DeMint

7:46:53 to 7:47:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that coverage is not offered through an employer. in fact, nearly two-thirds s of the uninsured are the working poor, and they cite the high cost of insurance as the primary barrier to accessing health

Jim DeMint

7:47:06 to 7:47:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: coverage. we can talk about the uninsured and talk about the high cost of insurance, but we need to address the real causes of the high cost of insurance. we know if we look at the policy policies,

Jim DeMint

7:47:21 to 7:47:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: if we talk to those who offer the policy ies, their insurance companies, we know that mandates, government mandates, on those policy ies have a lot to do with the high cost of insurance. states have passed

Jim DeMint

7:47:39 to 7:47:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: more than 1,9 1,900 benefit mandates requiring insurance companies to cover everything from wigs to infertility treatments, to acupuncturists, to ma massage therapists. these may all be legitimate need needs,

Jim DeMint

7:47:52 to 7:48:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: but they're not legitimate mandates on insurance policy ies. when people are looking for a policy that meets their needs that they can afford, we cannot continue as governments governments, both

Jim DeMint

7:48:07 to 7:48:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: states a and federal, to mandate that every policy cover every possible probable when individuals do not need those mandates to buy the policy ies that they want. these mandates increase the cost of health

Jim DeMint

7:48:22 to 7:48:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: insurance. and according to the congressional budget office, for every 1% increase in the cost of health insurance, 300,000 people lose their coverage. a fewa states are getting the message that

Jim DeMint

7:48:38 to 7:48:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: mandates make health insurance more expensive. there are at least 10 states that provide for mandate-lite policy ies which allow individuals to purchase a policy with fewer mandates and so more tailored to

Jim DeMint

7:48:53 to 7:49:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: their individual needs and financial situation. there are now at least 30 states that require a mandates cost to be assessed before it's implemented. these states are getting the message. mandates

Jim DeMint

7:49:09 to 7:49:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: are pricing individuals out of the insurance market. i've introduced legislation that addressed -- addresses these growing problems. in december, congressman john sh shattuck of arizona joined me in

Jim DeMint

7:49:24 to 7:49:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: introducing the health care choice act. this legislation is important because it will allow consumers to shop for health insurance the same way they do for other insurance products. you can shop online,

Jim DeMint

7:49:42 to 7:49:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: by mail, over the phone, or in consultation with an insurance agent in their hometown. specifically, the bill would let insure ers license ed in one state to sell to individuals in the other 49 states. now,

Jim DeMint

7:49:58 to 7:50:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: most people are surprised that you can't do that now because in every other product category, we can buy products not only in other states, but all over the world. but with health insurance we've

Jim DeMint

7:50:12 to 7:50:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: taken a different tact tack, a tack that has made health insurance much more expensive because it allows a few insurance companies to monopolize the market in 50 different states. what we need is

Jim DeMint

7:50:26 to 7:50:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: a national market for health insurance. consumers will no longer be limited to picking only those policy ies that meet their state regulations and mandated benefit benefits. instead, they can examine

Jim DeMint

7:50:42 to 7:50:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the wide array of insurance policy ies qualified in one state and offered for sale in multiple states. this way consumers can choose a policy that best suits their needs and their budget without regard

Jim DeMint

7:50:57 to 7:51:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to state boundaries. it makes a lot of common sense. individuals looking for basic health insurance coverage can opt for a policy with a few benefits that they need, and such a policy will be more

Jim DeMint

7:51:12 to 7:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: affordable. on the other hand, consumers who have an interest in a particular benefit, such as infertility treatments, will be able to purchase a policy that includes that benefit. equally important,

Jim DeMint

7:51:25 to 7:51:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it creates incentives for insurance companies to offer innovative and customize ed insurance product products, and it will reduce the number of america who have sought but been unable to afford

Jim DeMint

7:51:39 to 7:51:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: insurance coverage. i'm thrilled that senator john mccain has made this legislation one of the corner cornerstones of his health insurance platform because health insurance coverage should not be dick state

Jim DeMint

7:51:53 to 7:52:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: dick state ed dictate ed by state or federal legislatures. families should be able to decide what their health insurance plan should cover. i believe that senator mccain mccain's plan to address the

Jim DeMint

7:52:07 to 7:52:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: gross health carenequity in the tax code and to harness the power of the marketplace through the interstate competition of insurance projects -- products, that through that americans will be able to

Jim DeMint

7:52:23 to 7:52:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: find affordable health insurance that offers more choice and better coverage. we know that this is true, as we talk to insurance companies. if they were allowed to offer products for all 50 states under one

Jim DeMint

7:52:38 to 7:52:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: set of regulations or under 50, if they choose, if they're able to have a larger pool of members, they can spread the risk and lower the rates. the health care choice act is a commonsense way to let

Jim DeMint

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

Jim DeMint: freedom work for every american, to let the free enterprise system work in health insurance, as it does in almost every other area of our lives. i would encourage my colleagues to consider the health

Jim DeMint

7:53:05 to 7:53:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: care choice act and to move away from this idea that more government control, more government mandate mandates is actually going to help us get more americans insured. thank you, mr. president, and i yield

Jim DeMint

7:53:17 to 7:53:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the floor. mr. coleman: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from minnesota. mr. coleman: mr. president, a birthday is an occasion that allows a family to focus on one of its members

Norm Coleman

7:53:29 to 7:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

Norm Coleman: and celebrate what is unique and special about that person. it's time to reflect on major challenges met and major fulfill fulfillments achieved. the same is true when we celebrate the birth of a nation,

Norm Coleman

7:53:29 to 8:01:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Norm Coleman

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