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Senate Proceeding on Dec 3rd, 2009 :: 6:12:00 to 6:14:30
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John Ensign

6:11:51 to 6:12:11( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: standing and would turn to him for his comments on this mr. ensign: first of all, i think my colleague from idaho has made some talent points about truly the cuts that are going to happen in medicare, and, you know, don't take the cuts. listen t the c.b.o. director.

John Ensign

6:12:00 to 6:14:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Ensign

John Ensign

6:12:12 to 6:12:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: he is a nonpartisan, official scorekeeper, and when asked direct questions by not only the senator from idaho but others, he absolutely says the benefits, especially under medicare advantage, will be cut. in my home state, tens of thousands -- i think about 200,000 all together seniors in the state of nevada have voluntarily chosen medicare

John Ensign

6:12:33 to 6:12:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: advantage over traditional medicare. the reason, very simple -- there's extra benefits. you hear the democrats talk about this doughnut hole. on the part-d medicare which is prescription drugs. well, there is no dou under advantage plans because the private sector through its

John Ensign

6:12:54 to 6:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: efficiency has been able to fill that doughnut hole. in other words, they get complete coverage with prescription drugs, but they also under medicare advantage, they get additional preventative health care services. they also get vision, dental, and depending on the plan,

John Ensign

6:13:16 to 6:13:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: depending on its makeup, they put diffe in to attract seniors to their plan. it's no wonder that about one out of four seniors in america have voluntarily signed up for medicare advantage. nobody forced them into this system. they voluntarily chose this system. and if you think about it, you

John Ensign

6:13:38 to 6:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: know, seniors don't like change. most seniors, they like what they have, they don't like to change, and for one out of four seniors to have voluntarily changed, there has to be something pretty attractive about medicare advantage. well, there are some real attractive things, and that's why when you actually poll seniors on the vast majority of them are

John Ensign

6:13:59 to 6:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: thrilled with their coverage. they don't want to lose benefits. who would want to voluntarily lose benefits? but under the $120 billion cut in medicare advantage that the democrat majority has put in this bill, about half of medicare advantage plans -- about half of the benefits will

John Ensign

6:14:20 to 6:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: be cut. isn't that is correct, i ask my friend, the senator from the state of idaho? mr. crapo: the senator from nevada is correct.

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