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Senate Proceeding 07-21-09 on Jul 21st, 2009 :: 1:20:40 to 1:24:39
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Jim DeMint

1:20:40 to 1:21:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: proposed here in the senate while president obama was a senator. that we would give fair tax treatment -- at least let them deduct it from their taxes. he voted "no" as did, i every democrat, and they killed the bill in the house. this was just basic fairness to make health insurance a little more affordable to people who

Jim DeMint

1:20:40 to 1:24:39( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

Jim DeMint

1:21:02 to 1:21:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: didn't get it at work. the president voted "no." you hear a lot of tal need a government plan to make the private plans more competitive. why not just make all the insurance companies compete with insurance companies all over the couny instead of what we do now? a lot of americans don't know that the reason we don't have a competitive private health

Jim DeMint

1:21:23 to 1:21:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: insurance market is that the federal government makes it impossible. you have to buy your health insurance in the state live. so few insurance companies basically have monopolies in every state in the country. what if someone like me who lives in south carolina could look all across the country, find a policy that i wanted

Jim DeMint

1:21:44 to 1:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: better price and buy it? why can't we do that? well, i propose that we do that. we introduced it on the senate floor, that would create a competitive health insurance market, alloweople to buy all over the country. barack obama voted "no," as d all of the democrats, to kill the bill. now they're talking aut, well,

Jim DeMint

1:22:05 to 1:22:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we need a government option to create some competion. but to have a real competive market, he voted against it. what about allowing americans who put money in a health savings accoun or their employ them, their own money, why not let them use that money to pay

Jim DeMint

1:22:27 to 1:22:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: for health insurance premium if they don't g it sounded like a good idea to me, make it a little bit easier, a little more affordable to have your own health insurance. so i proposed that bill in the senate. barack obama voted "no," as did all of the democrats, and they killed the bill.

Jim DeMint

1:22:48 to 1:23:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: what about the idea of allowing a lot of small employers -- i was a sma years. it was hard to buy health insurance as a small employer, but i did. it cost me a lot of more than the big employers. but what about allowing a lot of small employers to come together and form associations and buy health insurance so they can

Jim DeMint

1:23:09 to 1:23:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: offer it to their employees less expensively? it's a good idea that was offered right here on the floor of the senate barack obama voted "no," as did most of the killed the bill. here's a long list here i could go through. but every single bill, every

Jim DeMint

1:23:30 to 1:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: single health ref has been proposed here, the president, when he was in the senate, voted against it. everything that would have made health insurance available and affordable to the average american who doesn't get insurance at work was voted "no" by this president. and now he's saying we need the government t take it over because it's not working.

Jim DeMint

1:23:51 to 1:24:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the reason it's not working is we won't let it work. the part of health insurance, the health care system that works the best today is when you have your own health insurance and you pick your own doctor and you and your doctor stkpaoeud what kind of health care that you're going to get. it's not a perfect system, and

Jim DeMint

1:24:12 to 1:24:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: insurance companies have a lot of work to do to make things rk better be argue with them a lot myself. but the part of the health care system that doesn't work is the part that the government runs. medicaid and medicare, schip and tricare. and some of the people who get those benefits, seniors, say medicare works just

Jim DeMint

1:24:33 to 1:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: fine. unfortunately, doc want to see them coming because medicare and medicaid don't cover the cost of even seeing the patient.

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