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Senate Proceeding on Jun 9th, 2011 :: 5:12:05 to 5:19:10
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Max Baucus

5:12:02 to 5:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: objection. mrs. hut the presiding officer: the senator from texas. mrs. hutchison: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment. the presiding officer: is there without objection. mrs. hutchison: mr. president, i call up amendment number 423. the presiding officer: the clerk wi mrs. hutchison: mr. president, i ask --

Max Baucus

5:12:05 to 5:19:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Max Baucus

5:12:24 to 5:12:46( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the clerk: the senator from texas, herself and others proposes amendment 423. mrs. hutchison: i ask unanimous consent to dispose with reading of the amendment. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. hutchison: mr. president, this is an amendment that i hope will save our businesses and our states the millions and dollars that they are now spending to implement the health care reform

Max Baucus

5:12:47 to 5:13:09( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: bill that is in the courts. today -- or actually it was yesterday the court in atlanta, the 11th circuit court of appeals in atlanta heard arguments from the government and the states about whether the florida district court ruling that the health care law is null

Max Baucus

5:13:10 to 5:13:30( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: and void because it is unconstitutional should be upheld. since we are in this court fight, and this will surely go to the supreme court. there is no doubt that either side that loses is going to appeal. my amendment would put a moratorium on the implementation of the law. so it would save the federal

Max Baucus

5:13:31 to 5:13:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: government and the taxpayers who are paying for it. it would save the state governments that are trying to implement a law that might be unconstitutional and costing millions of dollars to adjust their systems. and the businesses across our country that are trying desperately to determine if they're going to be able to even

Max Baucus

5:13:52 to 5:14:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: offer health insurance or if they want to offer health insurance to their employees anymore. mr. president, we're at a time when there is unprecedented regulatory burden on our businesses. we are facing a $14 trillion deficit in this country. trillion.

Max Baucus

5:14:14 to 5:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: we are looking at having to raise that debt limit if we don't severely cut spending and get our house in order. so, in the past two years alone this federal government has borrowed an additional $3.2 trillion. washington passed a health care

Max Baucus

5:14:39 to 5:14:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: reform bill that cost nearly $2.6 trillion and a stimulus bill that cost $789 billion, and now we have higher unemployment since the stimulus bill passed. the u.s. economy is frozen. job creators are facing new levels of taxes. now they're looking at this

Max Baucus

5:15:00 to 5:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: health insurance cost going up, and on top of that new regulations. heavy-handed government regulation is not what we need right now. the health care reform bill is a perfect example of government regulations hamstringing our businesses with more red tape and bureaucracy. over a yea

Max Baucus

5:15:22 to 5:15:43( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: -- a year since that bill was passed, businesses are still facing unprecedented premium increases, as high as 20%. employers are finding their policies being canceled because insurers are closing up shop due to new federal regulations. health care reform is requiring individuals and businesses to buy government-approved health

Max Baucus

5:15:44 to 5:16:05( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: care, or they pay hefty fines. health reform has discouraged businesses from hiring because if you go over 50 employees, the new federal regulations are going to be costly or, again, you're going to be fined if you don't decide to opt in. a new study out this week confirms that health reform will

Max Baucus

5:16:06 to 5:16:27( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: not let you keep your health plan as promised. this report found that when businesses fully understand all the new regulations required under health reform, as many as half of them say they will definitely or probably stop offering health insurance benefits to their employees.

Max Baucus

5:16:28 to 5:16:48( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that would leave as many as 78 million americans on their own to find health insurance for themselves and their families. that is why i have filed amendment number 423, to delay further implementation of health reform until the courts determine whether it is constitutional. my amendment would pause further

Max Baucus

5:16:49 to 5:17:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: implementation of this law so that we don't spend millions more of taxpayer dollars at the federal level, at the state level, and costing small businesses as well when it could be struck down. 26 states have sued the federal government, and a florida district court found in favor of these 26 states, saying the

Max Baucus

5:17:11 to 5:17:33( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: federal government, the congress, had overstepped and overreached its authority. so that mandating the individuals to purchase health insurance was unconstitutional. the 11th circuit court as i said earlier is hearing this case as we speak, and we should not burden any further the

Max Baucus

5:17:34 to 5:17:54( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: businesses and the states and the taxpayers that support the federal government until we know if this law really is constitutional. let's just put a moratorium, a pause so that no one is going to get penalized for not continuing the implementation process,

Max Baucus

5:17:55 to 5:18:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: clarify and then if it's constitutional, there is plenty of time to go forward, but if it isn't, as i hope is the case, we will be able to start all over to make more affordable health care available in this country without cutting medicare, overburdening our taxpayers and businesses and maybe we would

Max Baucus

5:18:17 to 5:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: get our economy going and stop this rising unemployment that we are seeing in our country right now. 9% unemployment is too high, and health care reform is a part of the problem that is causing it. thank you, mr. president, and i

Max Baucus

5:18:45 to 5:19:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: yield the floor. a senator: i consent that the pending amendment be set aside and that i be allowed to call up amendments 417 and 418 en bloc. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: the senator from ohio, mr. portman, reports en

Max Baucus

5:19:07 to 5:19:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: bloc amendments numbered 417 and 418. mr. portman: mr. president, i

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