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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2009 :: 6:18:50 to 6:20:50
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Richard Burr

6:18:50 to 6:20:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

6:18:51 to 6:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: this bill. to my good friend who started on a quest with me several years ago to try to put together a health care reform bill. it was the first introduced in comprehensive health care reform. not that it's better than anybody else's, but i can honestly say today it was true reform. and i think that's what

Richard Burr

6:19:12 to 6:19:33( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: dr. coburn's trying in this bill, it lacks reform. what do i mean by that? their reform is to set up an advisory panel that if we exceed the costs that we've designated for health care, that they're going to cut the scope of coverage or the reimbursement.

Richard Burr

6:19:34 to 6:19:54( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: so either the a for a senior or for an american is ski nied down or we cut the reimbursement to the doctor or the hospital and they call that reform. what we found out, if you look at successful companies across this country who have held down their health care costs through

Richard Burr

6:19:55 to 6:20:15( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: doing real reform, weighing for prevention and wellness to work, changing the lifestyles of the employees that they have, we saw companies that for four years had a health where is any of that in this bill? and out of 2,700-plus pages, there is no attempt to do that.

Richard Burr

6:20:16 to 6:20:36( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: there is no attempt to try to effect the lifestyles through supporti chronic disease management, wellness. but we set up a lost independent advisory boards. as a matter of fact, they were so scared that in the manager's amendment, it's no longer called the medicare independent advisory board t.'s called the independent advisory board so the word medicare was dropped

Richard Burr

6:20:37 to 6:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: out not going to cut medicare. but that's exactly what c.b.o. and c.m.s. have these will kick in, and the question is: are they sustainable or will congress legislatively override their

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