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Senate Proceeding 12-01-09 on Dec 1st, 2009 :: 4:15:25 to 4:35:35
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Jim Bunning

4:15:17 to 4:15:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: with that, mr. president, i would yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from kentucky. mr. bunning: the pending business is still the health care reform bill? the

Jim Bunning

4:15:25 to 4:35:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning

4:15:38 to 4:15:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the motion to commit. mr. bunning: congress needs to look at ways to reform our health care system. too many americans are , underinsured or cannot afford the health insurance they have. reforming health care which amounts to over 17% of

Jim Bunning

4:16:00 to 4:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: domestic product is no easy task, and it is a process that should not be rushed. i believe congress should move in an incremental approach to reforming alth care. we are restructuring 1/6 of our national economy with this bill,

Jim Bunning

4:16:26 to 4:16:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and need to be darn sure that we know what we're doing. i believe congress should work in a bipartisan pay to draft reform legislation working in secret behind closed doors. i support measures like passing

Jim Bunning

4:16:47 to 4:17:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: medical malpractice reform, allowing small businesses to band together to buy insurance, and allowing individuals to buy insurance across state lines. these strategies will help lower costs, make insurance more affordable, and increase coverage.

Jim Bunning

4:17:10 to 4:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: that should be the goal of health care reform. and we can putting washington bureaucrats and members control of your health care. this seems like a win-win situation to i also support the bill

Jim Bunning

4:17:33 to 4:17:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: introduced earlier this year by senators coburn the patients' choice act which reforms the health care system. this bill helps states establish state-based exchanges, helps low-income families with health care costs,

Jim Bunning

4:17:56 to 4:18:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: i've heard members of the majority party claim that republicans don't have a health care plan. they couldn't be more wrong. we just don't have a 2,000-plus page bill like they do that will

Jim Bunning

4:18:18 to 4:18:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: drive up premiums, cut medicare by half a trillion dollars, and raise taxes on all we just don't have a bill like they do that costs $2.5 trillion and will treat the future of our children and grandchildren as they struggle to pay the debts

Jim Bunning

4:18:39 to 4:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: we i'd like to take a few minutes to explain my concerns with the bill that senator reid has laid out before us. unfortunately, it's hard to even know where to as i said, this bill is over

Jim Bunning

4:19:02 to 4:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: 2,000 pages long. its table of contents, the table of contents is it was written behind clod doors by a small gro hand-picked people by the majority in the senate and the american

Jim Bunning

4:19:23 to 4:19:44( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: people had no idea what was in it before it was released. for a itself as being transparent, they certainly failed in writing this the bill we have before us changes the way health care is delivered in this country.

Jim Bunning

4:19:45 to 4:20:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: it will affect regardless of whether you have insurance, regardless of whether you are satisfied with your insurance, or even if you are on medicare. we need to make sure we know what we're doing and know what the long-term consequences are

Jim Bunning

4:20:07 to 4:20:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: of any changes we make. at this point, i'm not confident that we do. this bill will cost cost $2.5 trillion over ten years when fully implemented. it raises taxes by almost half a trillion dollars.

Jim Bunning

4:20:29 to 4:20:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: it dollars from the comear -- a half a trillion dollars fromhe medicare program, yet it still leaves 24 million people uninsured. the bill jeopardizes the ability of americans to keep doctor and will lead to the

Jim Bunning

4:20:51 to 4:21:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: rationing of care. the recent recommendations of the task force on breast cancer screening should be a wake-up call to all washington bureaucrats meddling in their health care. under this bill, health care

Jim Bunning

4:21:12 to 4:21:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: premiums will rise, five million americans will lose their employer coverage, and 15 million more will be medicaid and the chip program. this, i think, is a move in the wrong direction. medicaid often underpays medal

Jim Bunning

4:21:33 to 4:21:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: providers for treating patients, which makes it hard for doctors who want to treat these patients and hard for patients to find doctors to treat them. we should be f help people better afford private insurance, not simply

Jim Bunning

4:21:54 to 4:22:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: adding t this puts washington bureaucrats and members of congress in control over many aspects of your health care, which scare everyone within the sound of my voice.

Jim Bunning

4:22:15 to 4:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: for example, washington will require most americans to prove they have health insurance or pay a penalty tax. the penalty will be phased in over a couple of years, but in 2016, the penalty will

Jim Bunning

4:22:40 to 4:23:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: per person, with a maximum of of $2,250 for a these amounts are indexed in futu penalty will continue to increase. if you aren't one of the bill's special exemption categors, you will have to prove that you

Jim Bunning

4:23:01 to 4:23:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and you when you sit down to fill out your taxes. if you don't, then you'll get to send uncle sam an additional $750 april 15. i know the authors of this

Jim Bunning

4:23:22 to 4:23:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: will try to argue that since their bill leads to nearly universal coverage, most americans won't be affected by this tax. that couldn't be farther from the truth. according to the congressional budget office,

Jim Bunning

4:23:46 to 4:24:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: scorekeeper, this bill 24 million americans uninsured. 24 million americans without insurance coverage or anything close to it. also, members of congress are going to be telling you what type of insurance you buy, and we won't even be giving

Jim Bunning

4:24:07 to 4:24:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: every american access to the cheapest plan on the market. the bill requires that four types of health care insurance can be offered in the exchange -- bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. all the plans would h

Jim Bunning

4:24:28 to 4:24:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: offer certain benefits and meet certain criteria. however, special catas only special groups of people -- those under the age of 30 and those who coverage. it doesn't matter that many more

Jim Bunning

4:24:53 to 4:25:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: people want this leverage of coverage if you aren't under 30 or meet some type of income eligibility test, you're just out catastrophicoverage is the right te of coverage for many different types of americans,

Jim Bunning

4:25:14 to 4:25:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: including singles, younger people, it's very likely to be the cheapest plan affordable on the exchange. i want you to think about this. a young woman in her 30's. she eats right. she

Jim Bunning

4:25:35 to 4:25:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: takes good care of herself. she wants a catastrophic plan, and it's all she needs. unde this bill, she couldn't buy into because of her age. members of congress tell her that she isn't entitled to the cheapest plan on the market

Jim Bunning

4:25:57 to 4:26:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: because she is too old. she is in her 30's. or think of the 29-year-old male who has been enrolled in this catastrophic plan in his early 20's. on his next federal government has a big birthday surprise for him.

Jim Bunning

4:26:20 to 4:26:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: he will get kicked out of the insurance plan he has enjoyed for years and be forced to join a more expensive health care plan. that's a wonderful birthday gift. i don't think congress -- congress' role is to require all

Jim Bunning

4:26:41 to 4:27:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: americans to buy insurance. i don't think washington bureaucrats and elected members of congress should be dictating what health care options are available for country. i understand the importance of insurance.?? i think everyone should have insurance, but i don't think it

Jim Bunning

4:27:03 to 4:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: is the federal government's responsibility to force you to buy it or micromanage what insurance looks like. this bill also makes huge cuts in medicare which will affect every senior. the bill cuts -- and you've

Jim Bunning

4:27:26 to 4:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: heard it many times today -- $465 billion from the medicare program. these cuts won't be used to shore up the medicare program which will about eight years. instead, these cuts will be used to fund new is move further jeopardizes

Jim Bunning

4:27:47 to 4:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the viability of the medicare program. i know that aarp american medical association are trying to tell seniors that these cuts will actually be good for the medicare program, and the program won't b

Jim Bunning

4:28:08 to 4:28:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: let's be honest. when you think about it, does it really make congress is going to cut cut $465 billion from a program that is already facing bankruptcy, and it will somehow

Jim Bunning

4:28:29 to 4:28:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: if you believe that, i have some oceanfront pperty to sell you in arizona. under this bill, hospitals will be cut, nursing homes will be cut, health home agencies will be cut, hospices will be cut,

Jim Bunning

4:28:50 to 4:29:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: and medicare advantage programs will be cut. by cutting the reimbursement rate for providers, they are making it harder for seniors to find medical providers to treat them, plain and simple. senis will have -- will have the same benefit, but if cannot find anyone to treat

Jim Bunning

4:29:12 to 4:29:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: them, then their benefits don't do them any good, does it? i have to tell you isn't one medical provider who walks in my office each year who is happy with their reimbursement rate under medicare. i cannot think of one.

Jim Bunning

4:29:34 to 4:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: hospitals are unhappy. the doctors aren't happy. hospice care providers who provide such valuable service to dying americans aren't happy. no one what do you think is going to happen to

Jim Bunning

4:29:56 to 4:30:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: when the cuts go into effect? how happy will the providers be then? another problem is the creation of a government plan. i can

Jim Bunning

4:30:17 to 4:30:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: government-run plan in any form. i've already described significant pr medicare and medicaid. creating a new government-run health program same sort of problems that plague these plans. i fear that it eventually

Jim Bunning

4:30:38 to 4:30:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: undermine private insurance enough so that we are left with a single-payer government-run system. i've been in congress long enough to know that that will be a disaster for this country. unprecedented tax increase on

Jim Bunning

4:30:59 to 4:31:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: americans. the tax hikes in this bill would start h year while the spending and cases to that is how hiding the true cost of this bill, using ten years of tax

Jim Bunning

4:31:25 to 4:31:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: hikes to spending. everybody knows that tax increases are deadly in a fragile economy, but that is not the -- but that is not preventing the majority from pushing through a half a trillion dollars in tax hikes in this bill.

Jim Bunning

4:31:47 to 4:32:10( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: in a further defiance of logic, these tax increases will actually health care. i was under the impression that the we'll go of health care reform increase them. as i mentioned early, if you have the misfortune of being

Jim Bunning

4:32:11 to 4:32:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: uninsured, you will be further punished under this bill by paying a penalty tax. if you are an employer who hires a low-income worker and cannot afford health -- to provide health insur will be punished with a penalty

Jim Bunning

4:32:34 to 4:32:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: tax. if you are an employer that offers retirees prescription drug coverage, your taxes will go up. if you have an extremely high medical cost and use itemized deductions for medical expenses to defray your costs, your taxes will go up.

Jim Bunning

4:32:56 to 4:33:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: if you use a flexible spending account, health reimbursement account, or health savings account for over-the-counter medicines, your taxes will go up. if you have a flexible spending account, it will be capped and

Jim Bunning

4:33:17 to 4:33:38( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: then probably disappear in a few years because of the high cos cost -- high-cost tax plan, so your taxes will go up. this bill also creates a new marriage penalty in the medicare payroll tax and to pay for a brand-new

Jim Bunning

4:33:39 to 4:33:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: entitlement program it also imposes a new tax on cosmetic surgery. and if a family is forced to liquidate a health savings account because of tough economic times, the government will

Jim Bunning

4:34:00 to 4:34:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: the bill also imposes new tax brand-name drugs, medical devices, and health insurance, all of which will increase health care costs and drive up premiums. and now that the government has succeeded in driving up premiums premiums, the government had hit

Jim Bunning

4:34:23 to 4:34:47( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: you again by taxing high-cost insurance. it all makes sense. drive up insurance premiums with new taxes and then tax them again for being too we could have health care reform that reduces health care costs for family and businesses. we could have had health care reform that didn't raid a half a

Jim Bunning

4:34:48 to 4:35:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: trillion dollars we could have health care reform that allowed people who like the coverage they have to truly keep we could have health care reform that didn't drastically expand government spending on health care or

Jim Bunning

4:35:09 to 4:35:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: government programs. we could have health care reform that did not increase taxes on the american people at the worst possible time during a recession. we could have health care reform that was done in the light of day rather than behind closed

Jim Bunning

4:35:31 to 4:35:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim Bunning: doors. the american people desve

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