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Senate Proceeding on Jun 6th, 2011 :: 4:12:10 to 4:22:15
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Sherrod Brown

4:12:10 to 4:22:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Sherrod Brown

4:12:35 to 4:12:55( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: objection. mr. brown: over the last couple of weeks i've traveled to senior centers from toledo to youngstown to columbus to talk with seniors and health professionals about the threat facing their medicare benefits. we owe it, first of all, i'll start, mr. president, with we owe it to our children, we owe

Sherrod Brown

4:12:56 to 4:13:16( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: it to our grandchildren, we owe it to succeeding generations to reduce our deficit. we know a decade ago, almost a exactly a decade ago we had the largest budget surplus in the history of our country. we know during the next eight years as congress and president bush cut taxes mostly on the

Sherrod Brown

4:13:17 to 4:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: kwraoelgt in 2001 and -- wealthy in 2001 and 2003, began two wars in iraq and afghanistan and didn't pay for them, did a prescription drug benefit, supposed benefit that was in many ways a bailout for drug and insurance companies and didn't pay for it and deregulated wall street during those eight years we had the largest budget deficit in american history. from the largest budget surplus

Sherrod Brown

4:13:39 to 4:14:02( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: in american history to the largest budget deficit in american history. what we see in the republican budget now as we talk about medicare and as they talk about medicare, ending medicare as we know it, turning medicare over to the insurance companies, what we're seeing is sort of the same old game, the same old song from people who don't much like medicare.

Sherrod Brown

4:14:03 to 4:14:23( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: that is cut taxes on the wealthy again and pay for those tax cuts -- got to find a way to pay for them i guess -- pay for those tax cuts by cutting medicare, cutting medicare benefits seniors have earned. that's what's troubling to me about this republican budget. too many americans are facing a middle-class squeeze, working hard, playing by the rules, finding it still hard to get

Sherrod Brown

4:14:24 to 4:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: ahead in this economy. many parents, many americans in their 40 and 50's and 60's are part after sandwich generation. they're helping out their parents as their camel costs go up -- as their their medical costs go up and their parents aren't earning very much and they're

Sherrod Brown

4:14:45 to 4:15:06( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: trying to pay for their children's college. this is the wrong time, as if there would ever be a right time to turn medicare over to the insurance industry. that is why senators cardin from maryland, mccaskill from missouri and tester from montana wrote a letter to the vice

Sherrod Brown

4:15:07 to 4:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: president calling for an -- stop to end medicare as we know it. i want to see our deficit reduced. i want us to see us on a long-term plan to get our budget deficit under control. the way we did in the 1990's and turn budget problems inherited by president clinton, bequeathed by presidents reagan

Sherrod Brown

4:15:30 to 4:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: and bush, inherited by president clinton of how we got from a budget deficit to a budget surplus. now, the statistics behind this are clear. the number of seniors lifted out of poverty in these 45 years. the number of families that have the help to care for a parent or grandparent. we simply can't reverse those games for the ultimate form of rationing health care for seniors.

Sherrod Brown

4:15:51 to 4:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: make no mistake, this isn't rationing health care. when you shift the costs, you give senior citizens a voucher, is the term they use. basically give them an $8,000 check more or less and that check goes to insurance companies to pay for health insurance. what that runs short, what happens? it likely will for many seniors. they pay out of pocket. that really is rationing. if you're not a fairly wealthy

Sherrod Brown

4:16:12 to 4:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: senior and you run out of your medicare, you run out of this privatized medicare voucher, you're reaching under your pockets, mr. president, and paying for it. that's rationing because many seniors won't be able to pay for it. when i hear this term death panels and rationing and all these things that conservative politicians usually enthralled in the insurance industry are

Sherrod Brown

4:16:33 to 4:16:54( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: telling this chamber, in the senate and down the hall in the house of representatives, i know what real rationing is. real rationing is when seniors can't afford to pay out of pocket for their health insurance costs because of what this republican budget plan does. their plan calls for vouchers for private health coverage, double their out-of-pocket costs in the first year alone.

Sherrod Brown

4:16:55 to 4:17:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the average senior would receive receive $8,000 voucher. however, in that first year of the voucher program, out-of-pocket expenses would, according to the congressional budget office, not a democratic group, not a republican group, but down the middle group, the congressional budget office said seniors' out-of-pocket expenses would double to more than than $12,500 annually. as i said, at the same time,

Sherrod Brown

4:17:16 to 4:17:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: republicans are going to take these savings to the budget, the cuts to senior care through medicare, take those savings and finance tax cuts to those people who earn ten times or more the average retirement income for a medicare recipient. seniors would see the prescription drug costs explode. we in the health care bill cut the cost of prescription drugs for those seniors that are in

Sherrod Brown

4:17:39 to 4:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the -- in the coverage gap, the so-called doughnut hole, cut them in half. that would go away. in other words, the republican budget plan in my state, across the river from the presiding officer's state, would hand an an $89 million prescription drug bill tab to split among 139,000 ohio seniors. so tens of thousands of ohio seniors, thousands of west virginia seniors, tens of

Sherrod Brown

4:18:01 to 4:18:21( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: thousands of seniors in the assistant majority leader's state of illinois would be paying tens of millions of dollars in higher drug costs as a result of the republican budget bill. the senate voted that bill down, largely along party lines. republicans continue to want to to -- to privatize medicare, to turn medicare over to the

Sherrod Brown

4:18:22 to 4:18:43( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: insurance industry. it -- simply put, put insurance companies in charge of medicare, in charge of making decisions about our seniors. is that what we want? that's why we had medicare in 1965 because insurance companies were in charge of health care for seniors meaning a lot of senior citizens in this country didn't have health care. half of seniors had no health insurance, people over 65, in

Sherrod Brown

4:18:44 to 4:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: the year 1965. now 99% roughly of seniors have health insurance. that's because of this program that most of us dearly love, and the huge majority of our constituents, in west virginia and illinois and ohio love, and that's called medicare. now, mr. president, take all of what i said aside for a moment. take out -- forget about vouchers, forget about privatization, forget about

Sherrod Brown

4:19:06 to 4:19:26( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: insurance companies even, and just think of a personal way what medicare has done in this country. medicare has created -- was created in 1965, passed mostly by democrats in the house and senate, signed by president lyndon johnson in july of 1965. we have had medicare for 45 years. think about what it's done.

Sherrod Brown

4:19:27 to 4:19:48( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: people -- forget all the academic, forget all the policy questions. what medicare has done is it's helped people in this country live longer, healthier lives. and what that means is that people have been able to get to know their grandchil somebody that's 65 or 70 or 80 and enjoys generally good health has had years, m decades, with helping to raise a

Sherrod Brown

4:19:49 to 4:20:09( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: grandchild, helping to -- get to go know getting to play with their grandson, all the things that grandparents want to do. because of medicare, because senior citizens have had good quality, better quality of life because of something we call medicare, they have gotten to know their grandchildren think about what that means to the children, they have gotten to know their grandparents

Sherrod Brown

4:20:10 to 4:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: better and have gotten the kind of guidance grandparents can give. margaret meade, the great anthropologist, said wisdom and knowledge are passed from grandparent to grandchild. think about that, wisdom and knowledge are passed grandparent to because we all know if we have ki listen to us. but our grandchildren do.

Sherrod Brown

4:20:33 to 4:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: i have a 3-year-old grandson named clayton, lives in columbus, ohio. when i'm in washington, a lot of days she will pick him up after charter school. we don't live in columbus, but she goes down and picks him up after school. every day clayton gets to spend with his grandmother, i get to see clayton not as often

Sherrod Brown

4:20:54 to 4:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: want but fairly often. what margaret meade said is right, the grandparents impart a special knowledge or wisdom to grandchildren. you think of the benefit that grandchildren have because of their grandparents. i -- i would have looked at it quite the same way until i had my fir ago, but i understand that now. that's to me the real beauty of medicare. medicare has helped this

Sherrod Brown

4:21:15 to 4:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: country's seniors live longer, healthier lives. it has helped this country's children be raised in a way, in a moral way, in a practical way, in an educational way better than they would have if their grandparents h that's their fundamental reason that when i hear republicans say they want to change -- we want

Sherrod Brown

4:21:36 to 4:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: to get rid of medicare as we know it, they want to turn medicare over and senior health care over to the insurance industry, we know what will happen. seniors won't live longer, healthier lives because they will be part -- because they will have lost medicare as we know it, mr. president. that's why -- that's why we sent the letter to vice president biden, senator

Sherrod Brown

4:21:57 to 4:22:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sherrod Brown: mccaskill, cardin and i did, to say take medicare off the table. we need to deal with this budget deficit, but don't -- don't mess with medicare while we're doing it. it's pretty simple, mr. president. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from illinois. mr. durbin: i ask unanimous consent to speak for the next ten minutes in morning business. the pr objection. mr. durbin: mr. president, later

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