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Senate Proceeding on Jun 19th, 2009 :: 0:16:00 to 0:29:35
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John McCain

0:15:54 to 0:16:14( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: quorum mr. mccai the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: i ask unanimous consent that further under the quorum call be suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mccain: mr. president, i send a resolution to the desk and ask for its appropr consideration to be placed on -- referred to the appropriate commit

John McCain

0:16:00 to 0:29:35( Edit History Discussion )
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John McCain

0:16:15 to 0:16:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the presiding officer: the resolution will be received and appropriately refred. mr. mccain: mr. president, the resolution that i, on behalf of myself, senator lieberman, and others, is exactly the same as has been introduced by

John McCain

0:16:37 to 0:16:57( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: congressman berman and pence in the house of representatives. it's the exact same resolion, expresses support for all iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human civil liberties andule of law, and for other purposes. the resolution expresses its support for all iranian citizens

John McCain

0:16:58 to 0:17:21( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law. it condemns the ongoing violence against demonstrators by the government of iran and progovernment militias as well as the ongoing government suppression of independent electronic communication through interference with the internet

John McCain

0:17:22 to 0:17:42( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and cell phones andffirms universality and the importance of democratic elections. basically,r. president, what this is is a resolution that has been introduced in both houses which affirms america's fundamental respect and commitment to human rights to people no matter where they

John McCain

0:17:43 to 0:18:03( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: reside in the world. it's u this resolution is required since the administration does not want to -- quote -- "meddle" and has refused -- the president has refused to speak out in support of these brave citizens, most of them young,

John McCain

0:18:04 to 0:18:25( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: who are risking their very lives to protest what was clearly unfair and corrupt election. mr. president, what we're seeing in iran today is sort of a sequence of events that should worry all of us who have watched this before.

John McCain

0:18:26 to 0:18:47( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the demonstrations, some some killed. the participants in the election and then says there should be no more demonstrations and strong action will be taken.

John McCain

0:18:48 to 0:19:09( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that coupled with ejecting the world's media from iran, first restricting it and then forcing them out so as not to record events. unfortunately for the ironan mullahs, the -- f mullahs, the twitter has become an incredible means of

John McCain

0:19:10 to 0:19:30( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: communications as well as cameras held and the word is still coming out as to the degree of oppression that is b iranian government. you know, mr. president, there's a lot i'd like to say today about what' going on in iran

John McCain

0:19:31 to 0:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and the fact that we have a long hist america of speaking out on behalf of people who are oppressed or victims of a corrupt election. we stood tall -- america for the workers in tkpwa -- in

John McCain

0:19:53 to 0:20:15( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: gdansk and sol tkarry solidarity in lech walesa, and we were not afraid as ronald reagan was not, to go to the per lynn wall and say take go to the berlin wall and say take down this wall and call the evil empire what it evil empire. whaft ironies of this situation

John McCain

0:20:16 to 0:20:36( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that i'd like to address very briefly is that president mahmoud ahmadinejad's top political advisor said thursday that the united states will regret its interference is iran's in other words, our president

John McCain

0:20:37 to 0:20:57( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: says he doesn't want to -- quote -- "meddle" and of course they're acc exactly that. he said -- the advisor said i hope in the case of the elections they realize their interferce as a mistake and they'll certainly regret this. they'll have problems

John McCain

0:20:58 to 0:21:18( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: reestablishing relations wh iran." mr. president, the history of this country, july 4, 1776, we affirmed the fundamental right that all people\@p throughout the world inalienable rights granted by our creator to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

John McCain

0:21:19 to 0:21:39( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that is -- was there then and it is there today in the united states of america -- and the united states of america must, and this body must affirm our support for the fundamental human rights of the iranian people who are being beaten and killed in the streets of tehran and other cities around iran.

John McCain

0:21:40 to 0:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we are with them. it's not an accident, "where is my english. they're waiting for an expression of support from the government and the peopl united states of america. i think this resolution is an important way to do so. now, mr. president, i would like

John McCain

0:22:03 to 0:22:25( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: to say a few words about health care. and obviously we according to most media reports and my experience as a member of the "help" committee, basically a gridlock. the congressional budget office stated on the legislation being considered

John McCain

0:22:26 to 0:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: in the "help" committee that once the proposal -- and i quote -- "was fully implemented, the number of people who had coverage through an employer would decline by about 15 million. the lewin group, a health care consulting firm estimates this number to be higher. they estimate up to 70% of all

John McCain

0:22:48 to 0:23:08( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: insurance today, 120 million americans will insurance and be forced on to the government payrolls. that stands in stark contrast to the president's assertions that if you like your health care, you can keep it. and further yet, analysis by

John McCain

0:23:09 to 0:23:30( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: h.s.i. network, an economics firm, found to get all americans covered under the democrats' bill it would cost a staggering $4 trillion and result in 79 million americans who currently have private insurance having to obtain coverage from the government plan. what i've just described is known as

John McCain

0:23:31 to 0:23:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: "crowd-out phenomenon" it's the substitution effect that occurs when a massive governmen insurance plan crowds out private insurance as the expansions of publicly subsidized programs encourage or force people from private arrangements to public ones. this is a real issue and one we must pay attention to. on monday the president said -- quote -- "i

John McCain

0:23:52 to 0:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: millions of americans who are content with their health care coverage, and that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this if you like your doctor, you'll be able to keep your doctor. period. if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. period. no one will take it away, no matter what." if the bill that we

John McCain

0:24:13 to 0:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: considering is enacted, i don't believe this is a promise the president will be able to keep. the president's newspaper -- the "the chicago tribune"" stated in an editorial on tuesday -- and i quote -- "the president promises that anyone who wants to keep their private coverage will be able to do so, but we do know a few things about government-run

John McCain

0:24:35 to 0:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: health plans. the federal government isn't competition. it is the health care equivalent of big foot. it sets low prices, to be sur lower than many insurers are able to match. that just means those doctors in the hospitals recoup the losses by shifting cost on to t with private insurance, which

John McCain

0:24:56 to 0:25:16( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: could easily crowd out private plans. a lot of americans think the health care system isn't really al they get good care. they pay for it but a government-run health plan, experience s cure would be worse than the illness." "the chicago tribune" has it

John McCain

0:25:17 to 0:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: exactly rht, mr. president. the fact is a lot of americans are pleased with their health care options. in fact, 70% of americans with health insurance rated their coverage good or excellent, according to to a rasmussen report poll data dated may 14, 2009. those 70% might behe precise

John McCain

0:25:38 to 0:25:59( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: group of americans who will lose their health insurance and be forced into government-run programs if the legislation is enacted. now it is a fact that premiums continue family budgets and preventing the uninsured from getting covered. this is the problem we need to be addressing. we need to bring down the cost of health care and, thus, the

John McCain

0:26:00 to 0:26:21( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: cost of health insurance coverage. this will lead to more coverage of the uninsured and insure that those who like their health care coverage can keep their coverage and their doctor as the esident promises. yet, the majority bill contains not a single reform that will save money. instead, a out, it will cost up to $4

John McCain

0:26:22 to 0:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: trillion and dplace up million americans from their current coverage. this is not reform. this is why we should start over. i continue to believe that the democrats in the white house should scrap this incomplete bill and start over. democrats and republicans mus come together and draft a bill that allows the president to uphold his promise that americans will be able to keep

John McCain

0:26:44 to 0:27:05( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: their current doctor or health care mr. president, we spend a lot time in the "help" committee going over an incomplete proposal. supposedly by tonight the three major so-called government option, will be revealed to us by\@p the

John McCain

0:27:06 to 0:27:28( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: democratic -- by the majority side. i hope that it's soon. i hope that we will be able to view it so we could have for the first time a meaningful\@p discussion and negotiation in the "help" committee, because so far three major components are still blank spaces.

John McCain

0:27:29 to 0:27:49( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: i've been in this for a long time. i've never seen a process such as we are going through now. it is basically fundamentally a charade so that the democrats can come to the floor and say we consulted with the republicans. we had hours and hours of and discussion and markup when we were not presented with the key elements of the legislation

John McCain

0:27:50 to 0:28:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: we were supposed to be considering. if the key elements are there, we get to examine it over the weekend. then perhaps we will be able to sit down together and negotiate some kind of reasonable approach to this bill. and it's not an accident that the finance committee -- the other committee that's to be tracking the health reform

John McCain

0:28:11 to 0:28:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: bill along with the "help" committee -- has decided not to after the because they simply don't have a way to payor it. the c.b.o. -- the c.b.o. analysis and other outside analyses, mr. president, has really revealed something very important.

John McCain

0:28:33 to 0:28:53( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: that the plans as propounded by the administration and by the demoats is unsustainably expensive and one that would have -- they do not have a way of paying for. it will be very interesting to see how they tailor their plan to the expenses and how they

John McCain

0:28:54 to 0:29:18( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: address the issue of how to pay for it. clearly raising taxes, an option don't think raising anybody's taxes in the present-day economy is something that would be beneficial to all americans. mr. president, ab the presiding officer: the

John McCain

0:29:19 to 0:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: clerk will call the

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