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Senate Proceeding 12-22-09 on Dec 22nd, 2009 :: 1:49:15 to 1:52:40
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John McCain

1:48:52 to 1:49:16( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: you pay the taxes, you have the reductions in benefits, and then four years later, you start having whatever benefits would accrue from this legislation. so for four years, small business people, people all over america will see their health care costs increase before there is a single tangible result from

Roger F. Wicker

1:49:15 to 1:52:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roger F. Wicker

Roger F. Wicker

1:49:17 to 1:49:39( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: remarkable. mr. wicker: the senator mentioned the florida carveout and asked why i -- or perhaps i should have it on my map. the reason i didn't, it involves medicare advantage and not medicaid. the map was about medicaid. but he makes a good point about the floda carveout. and hi a discussion with some of the leadership on the democratic side on the floor of this senate

Roger F. Wicker

1:49:40 to 1:50:00( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: the oer day about medicare advantage. the strong assertion over on that side is tha medicare advantage is not medicare. as a matter of fact, some of the leadership in this very body said -- the booklet that the government puts out, it says medicare advantage is part of

Roger F. Wicker

1:50:01 to 1:50:21( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: medicare should be changed. those words should be stricken from the handout because it really is not part of medicare. the website that the federal government has up saying that this is -- advantage is part of medicare, that should b changed because really it's just an insurance company masquerading as medicare.

Roger F. Wicker

1:50:22 to 1:50:44( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: let me just take a second. this is betty, and bet represents -- she is from louisiana. now, i don't know if she voted for -- if she was one of the 60% of louisianans who voted for senator mccain in louisiana, but -- but she enjoys medicare advantage.

Roger F. Wicker

1:50:45 to 1:51:07( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: she was told during the election that if you like your coverage under any plan that the president would -- that the obama administration would approve, you get to keep that coverage. she gets hearing aids, vision coverage, dental care, and she

Roger F. Wicker

1:51:08 to 1:51:29( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: likes her medicare advantage. now, if betty is one of the 150,000 seniors in the state of louisia that enjoys this benefit, she is at risk of losing it. but if she happens to be in the state of florida in any of these counties with the $100 million

Roger F. Wicker

1:51:30 to 1:51:51( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: carveout enough to be able to keep her medicare advantage. in other words, it may not be guaranteed, but she sure likes it. and obviously, one of the senators from florida believes that his constituents really, really like it, and so, again, a

Roger F. Wicker

1:51:52 to 1:52:17( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: carveout so that this nonguaranteed, nonmedicare benefit that is really not very good, they can keep it in florida. that is in the bill, and no one can deny that special treatment is given to that one state under medicare advantage, and then i challenge any american to come on the floor

Roger F. Wicker

1:52:18 to 1:52:38( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: tell me how that is mr. barrasso: it's not, and there have been a number of references to our colleague, the late senator ted kennedy, but let's take a look about the book that his brother john kennedy wrote, "profiles in courage," and as we've seen all of this, it's time for courageous democrat to stand up and say this is about our

Roger F. Wicker

1:52:39 to 1:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Roger F. Wicker: country, this is about our

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