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Senate Proceeding on Dec 20th, 2009 :: 4:25:35 to 4:30:10
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Max Baucus

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

Max Baucus: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president, i i think i can speak senators an most -- and most of the american people. in life it is so difficult to deal with is when you're working

Max Baucus

4:25:35 to 4:30:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Max Baucus

4:25:46 to 4:26:06( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: with somebody irrespective of the situation and so forth, and you're trying to resolve an issue or problem. and the person that you're talking not dealing in good when each side is dealing in good faith, each side will begin to recognize that the merits of

Max Baucus

4:26:07 to 4:26:27( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the other person's point of view and each person tends to recognize the deficiencies and the faults of his own point of view. it's a good-faith exchange. not very many things in life are black and and not many issues are black and white. most of them are some shea of gray. -- some shade of gray.

Max Baucus

4:26:28 to 4:26:48( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: you may think even though my issues -- i'm not white and the other guy's might think that my gray is more gray than his shade of graism what' gray. it is important to try to talk about it and work out a combination. i think most americans think

Max Baucus

4:26:49 to 4:27:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that our health care system needs some repair. it's too costly and too many cases where the insurance industry looks like cherry picks, takes advantage of people. it's not the right thing to do really. and also we have to fure out a different way to pay for doctors and hospitals who are reimbursing more on basic

Max Baucus

4:27:11 to 4:27:32( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: quality and not quantity. almost all doctors agree that we should move in that direction. a few minutes earlier, one senator got up and said that, well, gee, huge, b it's error. and on and on and on about this hfl a trillion dollar error -- half a trillion dollar error.

Max Baucus

4:27:33 to 4:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: to be honest, if deal in good faith here, we should mention the pluses and the minuses and let the senators and the public just kind of figure out where it nets out. the c.b.o. made many which most of whom i think the democratic side put the light on the c.b.o. made some other statements that the republican

Max Baucus

4:27:54 to 4:28:14( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: side relies on. it is not black and while as it shade of gray. in this case it is true that c.b.o. sent a letter, i think it was today, in fact, i have it with me. that they made a half trillion dollar error in the second 10 years. what was the error? i don't rember the exact

Max Baucus

4:28:15 to 4:28:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: figure, but esstially the c.b.o. said that this legislation would reduce the debt in the last 10 years by i think it was half a percent of g.d.p. which comes out to abou about $1.3 trillion to the good. it reduceshe debt b by $1.3 trillion.

Max Baucus

4:28:36 to 4:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the c.b.o. in a letter to us says, well, they made a mistake. that -- that it -- this legislation does reduce the federal budget deficits over the subsequent 10 years, but not by as much as the half percent of g.d.p. it really should have

Max Baucus

4:28:57 to 4:29:18( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: well, between a quarter percent of g.d.p. and half a percent of g.d.p. half the story the c.b.o. said that they a percent of g.d.p. the congssional budget office said that all told, the c.b.o. expects that it would reduce the federal budget deficit over the

Max Baucus

4:30:02 to 4:30:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: our home states. we're trying each state, different perspectives and different point of view.

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