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Senate Proceeding on Dec 20th, 2009 :: 0:53:35 to 0:55:20
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Lindsey Graham

0:53:31 to 0:53:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: promises with what we see in this monstrosity of a bill? mr. graham: they can't be wreck side. i hope american seniors are paying attention to what's going on here. we're going to take $470 billion out of medicare over the next decade and we're going to use that money to government programs. so if you're a senior citizen out there, the doctors and the hospitals that you go to -- and

Lindsey Graham

0:53:35 to 0:55:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Lindsey Graham

0:53:53 to 0:54:13( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: they're hard to doctors right now -- a lot of doctors are reluctant to take medicare patients because the reimbursement rates are so low. rural hospitals are on their kn rates are so low. take $470 billion out of the system and see what happens to the provider community. what does it mean to seniors? it means that your chance of finding a hospital or a doctor

Lindsey Graham

0:54:14 to 0:54:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: to take care of you medicare patient is going down, not up. what does it mean to medicare? it's due to go bankrupt in 2017. by taking money out of the system and not reforming medicare but using it for another purpose has accelerated the problems with medicare. not only is that promise broken, we have done something that no other congress has ever done to

Lindsey Graham

0:54:36 to 0:54:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: medicare: take money out of it and give it to somebody else. that's just not right and we were within inches of expanding medicare to people from 55 to 64 which were to put the system at risk. my point is simply this. we s to reform health care and a lot of us agree on many things.

Lindsey Graham

0:54:58 to 0:55:20( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: it wound up democratic party need to do to pass a bill. and nobody cares what's in the bill anymore. all the objections about the class act and about fiscal responsibility and about the public option being in or out have given away, just to get this thing done before christmas christmas. this is not about health care reform.

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