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Senate Proceeding on Oct 22nd, 2009 :: 1:01:55 to 1:09:00
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John McCain

1:01:51 to 1:02:11( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: step by step in the right direction to make health care affordable for all americans. i thank the president, and i yield the mr. mccain: mr. president? the pr senator from arizona. mr. mccain: mr. president, i want from tennessee forhe great work here's been doing on the

John McCain

1:01:55 to 1:09:00( Edit History Discussion )
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John McCain

1:02:12 to 1:02:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: other a lot of things are going on. there's a lot of moving parts in the health care reform debate and situation. but i'd to pause and look back for a second as to what we heard and what has actually been going on. first, we heard the president say if you like the insurance

John McCain

1:02:33 to 1:02:53( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: you have, you can keep it. period. increasing mandates on employers who today have difficulty affording to provide health care coverage and cutting medicare by $500 billion will insure that millions of americans will not be able to keep the coverage they have today. the c.b.o. and common sense tell us this.

John McCain

1:02:54 to 1:03:16( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: according to c.b.o., 3 million fewer americans will be covered under employer health plans, and further, millions of seniors may lose the medicare plan they have, and they want and keep. that's called medicare advantage. we've also heard the president say that he won't support legislation that increases the deficit one dime. we now know that's not true.

John McCain

1:03:17 to 1:03:37( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: just saw yesterday an attempt at incredible gimmickry to do away with $247 billion worth of debt that would have been associated with health care. and is obviously a way to get around

John McCain

1:03:38 to 1:03:58( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: at costs in health care that would have accru if we had kept doing wha we heard the president say that the -- we all know that the true implementation costs of the proposal in the senate finance committee is $1.8 trillion once you look at the real numbers.

John McCain

1:03:59 to 1:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: you know, one of the more entertaining aspects of the protestations of cost savings is the approach that all of these bills take to medical malpractice reform. there is none. before the joint session of congress several weeks ago, the president even referenced a grand initiative that he was

John McCain

1:04:22 to 1:04:43( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: going to support medical malpractice reform. consequently, we found out the announcement was that the administration was going to -- get this, i'm not making it up -- was going to accept grant applications for demonstration programs. i say to the president and my colleagues, there's already demonstration programs. one's called texas and the other

John McCain

1:04:44 to 1:05:04( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: is called california. they have enacted medical malpractice reform, and it has saved incredible amounts of money. the c.b.o. now estimates the real medical malpractice reforms can save the health care system $54 billion over the next ten years. real medical malpractice reforms

John McCain

1:05:05 to 1:05:25( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: can save as much as $200 billion. but my favorite so far -- and one politicians wonder why the amican people are a little cynical about the things we promise and the things we commit during political campaigns. that we're going to do a, b, and c, and you can count on it, et cetera.

John McCain

1:05:26 to 1:05:49( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: my favorite -- my favorite so far is the now president was running for office and he said -- and i quote -- said -- three months before he was elected, proposal vowed not only to reform health care, but also to pass the legislation in an unprecedented way -- and i quote -- "i'm goingo have all

John McCain

1:05:50 to 1:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: the negotiations around a big table," he said at an appearance in chester, virginia, repeating an assertion many times. he said the discussions would be -- quote -- "televised on c-span so that people san see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the

John McCain

1:06:11 to 1:06:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: insurance well, maybe the administration and the majority leader don't know where the are. i can get them outside of senator reid's office at a moment's notice. in fact, they're televising this. i want to repeat that. what the president of the united states promised the american people specifically on health

John McCain

1:06:33 to 1:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: care reform. he said the discussions would be -- quote -- "televised on c-span so that people can see who is makingrguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf the drug companies or the insurance companies." well, it might be a little late for the drug companies. they've already cut a sweetheart

John McCain

1:06:54 to 1:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: deal with the d they've agreed to oppose importation of drugs from canada and oppose competion amongst drug companies for medicare patients, recipients in return for some $80 billion supposed in

John McCain

1:07:20 to 1:07:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: savings over ten years, and a hundred-some million dollars on behalf of health care. i'm not making i mr. obama also said -- quote -- "not negotiating behind closed doors, but bringing all parties together and broadcasting those negotiations on c-span so the american people can choices are, because part of what

John McCain

1:07:41 to 1:08:01( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: american people in this process." last i saw, they were trying to enlist the a.m.a. by doing a $2347 billion unpaid-for -- a $247 billion unpaid for deal so they could buy their support. they bought the drug companies. they couldn't buy the health insurance companies. so now we're going to retaliate

John McCain

1:08:02 to 1:08:24( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: against them by removing their antitrust exemptions. one thing i've got to say this administration, they know how to play hardball. they know how to play hardball. but they also don't seem to care about the commitments that the president of the united states made during a campaign for president of the united states. so, i see my colleague here,

John McCain

1:08:25 to 1:08:47( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: senator barrasso, wants to also. but i say to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, the american people are tired of this behind closed doors, deal making, deal cutting which none of us have had anything to do with. very few on the the aisle. and they're doing a multitrillion-dollar deal which

John McCain

1:08:48 to 1:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: will affect the future and the lives of millions, of 300 million americans eventually. it's not right. this process is not right. through is the one that the

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