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Senate Proceeding 12-15-09 on Dec 15th, 2009 :: 2:08:45 to 2:15:35
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Max Baucus

2:08:42 to 2:08:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: produced by the joint committee on taxation i wro colleague for the time he gave

Max Baucus

2:08:45 to 2:15:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Max Baucus

Max Baucus

2:09:10 to 2:09:31( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to me. pwau mr. president? the presiding offir: the senator from -- mr. baucus: the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. ucus: how much time is remaing? the presiding officer: 11 minutes. mr. baucus: 11 minutes on this side. does anyone have remaining time? the presiding officer: the senator from idaho, mr. crapo, has 3 minutes. the republican leader, 3 1/2.

Max Baucus

2:09:32 to 2:09:53( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the senator from north dakota has 7 1/2. the senator from new jersey, i think he yielded his tim back. e senator from new jersey, one minute. mr. baucus: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president, i

Max Baucus

2:09:54 to 2:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: yield myself five minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: like to make it very clear, essentially this legislation does several things. this is the core part of this legislation. what is it? first,

Max Baucus

2:10:15 to 2:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: significantly reforms the health insurance industry, especially for people who individually buy insurance, and also for people who buy with a small company and even who buy insurance with a large company. it's insurance market reform. it stops insurance companies from, frankly, undertaking practices which i think are very un-american, if you will.

Max Baucus

2:10:38 to 2:10:58( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that is denying people coverage based on preexisting condition, denying them health insurance because they have some kind preexisting something. that's ridiculous. or saying you can't have health insurance because some other health care status. or saying we'll give you a policy, and a month or two

Max Baucus

2:10:59 to 2:11:19( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: months later rescind it willy-nilly. or putting in these very restrictive limits on what the company will pay during your lifetime or what the company might pay in health insurance benefits for a yr. in addition, in this legislation reform is called rating the

Max Baucus

2:11:20 to 2:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: states have. states basically can charge whatever they want and allow companies to charge whatever they want if you're a little older compared with you're younger, if you're a woman compared with if you're a man, lots of different ways states allow health insurance companies to rate, that is charge. it's wrong.

Max Baucus

2:11:41 to 2:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: number one, insurance market reform. thisegislation stops some of the outrageous practices insurance companies practice today. number two, this legislation begins to get control over health care costs in this country. we have to, mr. president, start to get control over health care costs. this legislation does so.

Max Baucus

2:12:02 to 2:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: it also is deficit-neutral. that is, it does not cost one thin dime for us to enact this legislation. it's all paid for. i might also said sa eu it provides health insurance coverage for about 31 million americans. 31 million americans who currently do not have health insurance today will have health insurance if this legislation passes. i don't have to remind all of us

Max Baucus

2:12:26 to 2:12:48( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: of the importance of health insurance. insurance market reform, lowers the cost of health care in this country, provides full coverage and i think equally important, begins to put in place called delivery system reform. that's kind of wonkish. i think one of the most parts of this bill, namely, change the

Max Baucus

2:12:49 to 2:13:09( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: way we start to pay doctors and hospitals, on quality rather than quantity. start to put into effect different systems that sound kind of wonkish but will be very important over three or four or five years. it's bundling. it's group home. it's reducing, lowering the practice of hospitals that readmit too quickly after a

Max Baucus

2:13:10 to 2:13:31( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: patient is discharged. there's so many reforms here. i strongly urge everyone to keep his eye on the ball. insurance market reform in this legislation, lowering costs in this legislation, lowering taxes in this legislation, insurance coverage for 31 million americans today who do not have

Max Baucus

2:13:32 to 2:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: it and start to put in place payment refor which are going to help get this country on the right path so that after several years we have a health care system that we're all very, very proud of, one that gets rid of all the waste we have in our country today. we pay $2.5 trillion a year in health care, about h and half private. people who study this say we

Max Baucus

2:13:56 to 2:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: waste between as much as $800 billion a year. not million. billion a year in fraud, in waste, dollars that don't go directly to health care. this legislation starts handle on that. it stops all that waste, gets a better handle on that fraud so after two or three ofour years, something we're very

Max Baucus

2:14:18 to 2:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: proud of. mr. president, remind ourselves again, if we don't do this, pass this legislation, we'll rue the day we didn't because we'll have to start all over again two or three or four or five yea now, and the problems will be much worse. co for families is going to be much greater. cost to american businesses much

Max Baucus

2:14:39 to 2:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: our budgets will be in much worse shape. medicare and medicaid -- this legislation, by the way, extends the solvency of the trust fund years. remember the bottom line here. remember the basics. let's not get too caught up in the details and the weeds and get extracted by stuff that's not in the core provisions of this bill.

Max Baucus

2:15:01 to 2:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the provisions i outlined i think are compelling reasons why this legislation must pass and wh america. and i reserve t time. a senator: senator from idaho. mr. crapo: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent to use the balance of my time as well as that of the leader, the republican leader. the presiding officer: without

Max Baucus

2:15:22 to 2:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: objection. mr. crapo: thank you so much, mr. president. i'd like to respond to a of points that have been made about whether this bill truly addresses what the american people are asking it to address. if you ask most people in america what they want in health care reform -- and they do want health care reform -- what they

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