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Senate Proceeding on Dec 5th, 2009 :: 4:22:00 to 4:27:15
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Max Baucus

4:21:51 to 4:22:11( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: it does cut nothing to preserve the -- minority time has mr. thune: i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: i ask consent that ten more minutes of debate be allowed evenly divided. the presiding officer: without

Max Baucus

4:22:00 to 4:27:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Max Baucus

Max Baucus

4:22:12 to 4:22:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: objection. mr. baucus: hearing no objection. madam president? the presiding officer: yes. without objection. mr. baucus: m would just like to state as that people understand, that the savings, the medare savings here are being used for medicare.

Max Baucus

4:22:35 to 4:22:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: there is a strong implication by many senators that s not used for medicare, they go someplace else. that's not true. the medicare savings are being what are the savings? i think all senators would like to reduce waste. all senators agree there's too much waste in the current system.

Max Baucus

4:22:57 to 4:23:19( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: it makes good sense to attack that waste, root out that waste. and where there's overstaourbgs try to get the -- over expenditure, try to get the levels down to a reasonable level. everybody knows that kphaeupbg is over -- we spend too many dollars for

Max Baucus

4:23:20 to 4:23:40( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that is why we're bringing that down. there is also waste, fraud in home health care agencies. in the state of florida, in one county in florida, 60% of the payments, extra money that goes for sicker patients was in one county.

Max Baucus

4:23:41 to 4:24:02( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that county had money. that is fraud. they rout out a lot of fraud. home health is very good. my mother is in home health right now. it works really well. reducing some of the overpayments. we're getting the waste out. and guess what? those savings, where do they go?

Max Baucus

4:24:03 to 4:24:24( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: they go back into medicare. let me repeat that again. they go back into medicare. i don't know if any senator wants to open up his ears or her ears and hear that. they go back into medicare. and guess what? that's why the solvency of the medicare trust fund is extended. now, if these were so-called cuts we hear about on t

Max Baucus

4:24:25 to 4:24:45( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: side were really cuts as implied by the other side, you'd think that would hurt medicare. you'd think that might reduce the period in which the trust fund will go insolvent. it would go insolvent at an earl it's the opposite. these are savings in medicare which extend the life of medicare. please, please.

Max Baucus

4:24:46 to 4:25:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: i see i think he understands these medicare savings go into medicare. we're extending the solvency of the medicare trust fund. i see my friend from south dakota. i think he understands. at me now. i think he understands those vings go back into medicare and extend the solvency of the trust funds.

Max Baucus

4:25:07 to 4:25:27( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: let's make that very clear. second, we're using some of the money to reduce p that helps seniors. if part-b premiums are reduced that helps seniors. byow much? $30 million over ten

Max Baucus

4:25:28 to 4:25:48( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that will reduce seniors' part-b premiums. we're helping seniors, giving more dollars to seniors in this legislation. in aition, there are additional benefits for seniors in this legislation. we're starting to close the doughnut hole. that's really something seniors talk about in prescription drug benefits. they want that doughnut hole closed.

Max Baucus

4:25:49 to 4:26:11( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: after that, we are -- other benefits here, benefits under medicare. mammograms, preventive screening, colonoscopies, annual wellness visits, all new benefits. so i want to make it very, very, very clear here that it's not true when you're taking moneyway from

Max Baucus

4:26:12 to 4:26:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: new entitlement program. we're not taking money away from medicare and hurting we're reforming how dollars are paid, taking the waste out and extra excessive payments, and we into medicare. back into medicare. back for seniors. back for beneficiaries.

Max Baucus

4:26:35 to 4:26:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: and also, this legislation says not benefits will be cut here. not one penny will be cut here. please, please that the savings here go to help seniors. solvency of the trust fund. that's what we're doing here. keep that one firm point in

Max Baucus

4:26:57 to 4:27:15( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mind, then maybe we can address some of the next steps that are in this bill. but that's very, very important. how much time i have left. the presiding officer: the senator has mr. baucus: i see the senator from minnesota anxiously sitting

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