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Senate Proceeding on Dec 14th, 2009 :: 0:25:20 to 0:28:20
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Roger F. Wicker

0:25:10 to 0:25:31( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: there's sort of around this bill in the last couple of -- building in the last couple of days that if we take care of the medicare buy-in and the government-run option, that this deal with be ok. i think today today we're bursting that myth and pointing out the huge unfunded mandate that

Roger F. Wicker

0:25:20 to 0:28:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

0:25:32 to 0:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: put on almost all of the states. every state in red here would be required, under this bill, to increase their medicaid spending. only the -- vermont and massachusetts would not have to be mandated by us in washington to do and, of course, with the unfunded mandate, what the

Roger F. Wicker

0:25:54 to 0:26:14( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: federal government is saying is, we think this is a great idea. we think people should be covered with additional medicaid programs and, by the way, you folks at state level should come up with the funds to pay for it. and that is the very think that the of an unfunded mandate. i'm not a governor, nor have i been a chief of staff of a

Roger F. Wicker

0:26:15 to 0:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: governor, but i have a letter from haley barber, who says, "if the current bill which would expand medicaid up to 133% were enacted into law mississippians on medicaid would increase three citizens.

Roger F. Wicker

0:26:38 to 0:26:59( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: this would cost mississippi's taxpayers $1.3 billion. the generosity of this congress would be to tell the legislators or the taxpayers of my state of mississippi, congratulations, we get more coverage, and, by the way, you have to pay an additional 1.3 billion, necessarily requiring

Roger F. Wicker

0:27:00 to 0:27:21( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: mississippi to raise taxes in order to continue vital programs such asducation and public safety. as has been pointed out, our state governments don't have painting press. they have to -- a printing press. they have to balance the budget and make the numbers come out at the end of every year. we're putting a new burden, if

Roger F. Wicker

0:27:22 to 0:27:42( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: we pass this legislation unamended, it's going to be a tremendous burden on -- on our governors. now one other thing there's been mention of the governor of tennessee who is a two-term, respected democrat, who knows a little something about health care. i think the actual quote last

Roger F. Wicker

0:27:43 to 0:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: summer from governor phil bretterson was that he feared congress would bestow the mother of all unfunded mandates on the state of tennessee. i have here in my hand and we n't have time becaus we have so many people who want to speak, i have 13 quotes, not from republican governors, like governor haley barber of mississippi, but democrati

Roger F. Wicker

0:28:04 to 0:28:20( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: governorsll across the nation including the newly elected governor -- democratic governor's association chamber jack marble that we

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