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Senate Proceeding on Jun 15th, 2011 :: 0:51:05 to 0:54:24
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Joseph Lieberman

0:51:05 to 0:51:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: you can't touch medicare, for instance. it, one, shackles the hands of vice president biden as he tries to solve this problem, and it also means more generally that we're not fulfilling our responsibility. and, you know, that's the case

Joseph Lieberman

0:51:05 to 0:54:24( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

0:51:26 to 0:51:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: with medicare. the fact is that those who say you can't do anything with medicare, we just won't support it, are not doing a favor to the medicare program. congressman ryan, paul ryan, chairman ryan of the house put forth his own budget, including a medicare reform program. i said when deit that i wanted

Joseph Lieberman

0:51:48 to 0:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to look at it in more detail, but i gave him the credit for having the guts to put something so comprehensive out because it's going to take that kind of guts by all of us to save our great country from going over the edge of the cliff, from going into permanent decline, for making it possible for our children and grandchildren and beyond to have the opportunities

Joseph Lieberman

0:52:11 to 0:52:31( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that we have had. when i looked at the ryan plan particularly on medicare, i decided i wasn't for it. when it came up here in the senate, i voted against it. that was the case generally when it came up here in the senate in the vote on the ryan budget. but you can't just stop there. and say no, which is a popular vote, on a medicare reform

Joseph Lieberman

0:52:32 to 0:52:52( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: proposal. i think any of us responsibly have to then come forward with our own ideas. and that's why last week i indicated in a newspaper op-ed column that i would be putting some proposals forward that will

Joseph Lieberman

0:52:53 to 0:53:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: save medicare, that will protect medicare as a government program of health insurance for senior americans but that will change the program, because anybody who tells you oh, paul ryan is going to kill medicare as we know it, there's another way to kill medicare as we know it, which is to do nothing to try to save it

Joseph Lieberman

0:53:14 to 0:53:35( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: because we cannot save medicare as it exists today. tell you that the average -- here are going to be a couple of statistics. 2010, the medicare program cost cost $523 billion. the estimates that i've seen are consensus, not extreme estimates, that within the next

Joseph Lieberman

0:53:36 to 0:53:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: ten years, that number will double, double to over over $1 trillion for medicare. where are we going to get the money to pay for that? that's going to add to the national deficit and the national debt. part of what's happening is that the baby boomers are coming of

Joseph Lieberman

0:53:58 to 0:54:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: age into medicare eligibility. 15 million in the coming years. coming into this program. give you another general statistic. all the studies i've seen show -- most people don't appreciate this -- that if i can say the average medicare participant over the lifetime

Joseph Lieberman

0:54:20 to 0:54:24( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: will actually cost the system in

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