"I come to the floor today because
"The name itself is misleading. I will tell you that as a doctor who practiced medicine in
"The candidates were asked a simple question. They were asked to raise their hands if they support eliminating private health insurance. That's the health insurance people get from work. And just four arms went up over the two nights.
"'Five candidates who kept their hands at their sides,' the New York Times has now reported, 'have signed onto bills in this
"On one point, though, they all raised their hands: All 10
"It seems that
"Well, we need to set the record straight, and I'm ready to do that right now.
"The fact is,
"Their proposal abolishes private health insurance. The insurance people get from work. In its place, they would have one expensive new government-run system.
"The Kaiser poll confirms Americans' top concern is, of course, lowering their costs. Or as The
"That's what we are committed to here on this side of the aisle.
"The Sanders legislation would take away health care insurance that people get from work for 180 million people. That's the insurance that's covered through their jobs.
"In addition, the 20 million people who buy their own insurance, they would lose coverage as well. You also need to know
"Medicare for seniors will be gone.
"Federal employees' health insurance will be gone.
"TRICARE for the military will be gone.
"And the children's health coverage also will be gone under this Democrat healthcare one-size-fits-all plan.
"That's confirmed by the
"Detailing how the bill cuts off funding, the CRS memo concludes: 'These payment prohibitions would effectively terminate all those programs that I've mentioned in their current form.'
"Let me repeat:
"Plus, the 22 million people would lose their Medicare Advantage. I know many of my patients who've signed up for Medicare Advantage because there are advantages to doing it.
"Coordinated care, working on preventative medicine, there are reasons that people sign up for Medicare Advantage that will all be gone under the one-size-fits-all approach that the
"That's not all.
"This report says the Sanders bill ends federal employee health insurance. More than 8 million federal workers, their families, our retirees they rely on this Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.
"And the report says the bill ends the
"Interestingly, Obamacare would end as well, according to CRS report. After less than a decade,
"And again, the
"So to sum up, hundreds of millions of American citizens stand to lose their insurance.
"And I believe that's just the start of the pain for American families.
"In the new system, we would all be at the mercy of
"That means we'll be paying more to wait longer for worse care.
"Guess who is going to pay that mindboggling bill? Of course, every American taxpayer.
"In fact, even doubling our taxes wouldn't cover the huge cost of what they're proposing.
"And bureaucrats of course would then ration care, restrict care, the care that you get that you need. You would be restricted in terms of treatment as well as technology.
"People would lose the freedom to choose the doctor or hospital that they want.
"As a doctor, I'm especially concerned about the impact on patient care.
"Patients could wait weeks, even months, for urgently needed treatment. Keep in mind, care delayed often is often care denied. So
"As a senator and as a doctor, of course I want to improve your care. Make it less costly--let you get insurance that is appropriate for you and affordable.
"You should be free to make your own medical decisions.
"And no question, health care needs to be more affordable.
"You just need to know the facts about the
"Don't let far-left
"Why pay more to wait longer for worse care?
"Instead, let's give patients the care that they need from a doctor they choose at lower costs."
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