Could millions of Americans lose their health care coverage?
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions explains
- Duration 6:00
- Date Mar 18, 2012
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions explains
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House is ready to -- -- its budget but so far for the third straight year nothing from the senate.
The senate April 1 deadline is fast approaching and the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee says Democrats are drumming up -- controversies to deflect attention from the lack of a budget and also this week.
Some alarming discoveries about the millions of Americans that could lose their coverage under president Obama's health care law.
Senator Jeff Sessions joins us now to talk about both of those senator thank you for coming in today -- -- to be with you.
-- right I your member of the Senate Budget Committee so let's start there.
How many days has it band and white is in their budget.
Well as well over a thousand days since the senate has passed a budget brawl on to the floor.
And senator Reid is that'd be foolish to bring up a budget he has no intention of bringing more not.
At a time when our nation has never faced -- more systemic debt threat.
Look our deficit per capita is 44.
Thousand dollars per person that's brighter than Greece is greater than any other country in Europe.
Is unsustainable and under the president's budget that he just submitted a few weeks ago.
It will go to 75000.
Per person over ten years so this is unsustainable.
As every expert has told us you would think that a party that wants to lead the senate.
Would produce a budget you are correct and -- Paul Ryan and his house team I'm so proud of them.
They're going to produce a budget next week.
It will be a historic budget -- -- the -- course of America it would take us from unsustainability.
I'd like to see him go really far with that budget but whatever they come -- with I'm confident it will put us on -- sustainable path and that's what we need.
-- politics aside and parties aside doesn't the senate have some type of legal obligation or legislative obligation to produced a budget each year.
In statutory law.
-- a requirement that by April 1 a senate committee on brain passes out of by the that we pass a budget and by April 15 an entire budget the past.
That had not been and a four years now -- -- just unacceptable what caused.
Really when -- -- is foolish to bring up a budget what he really is doing is avoiding.
Handing his members have to confront -- -- before in public not in secret meetings -- in public.
With votes the real issues that threaten America is tough.
I gotta tell you it's not going to be easy but we are absolutely.
Able to change -- -- course and don't sound path if we make government.
I don't -- -- give you a chance to respond to some comments from senator Kent Conrad who is the chair of the Senate Budget Committee.
He says that Republicans have convenient amnesia and just talking points because there it -- is a budget in place for this year and next he talks about the tenure spending caps of course.
He's referencing the budget control act that was passed last fall -- it's not the same as a budget but he says there is framework in place and that Republicans are being honest about that.
Well senator Conrad would like to bring up a budget but he's basically overruled by the majority leader century.
But yes the the budget numbers.
Are -- -- but they are still.
Numbers sites that is unsustainable.
And that we passed last congress but amazingly the budget control act that passed last obviously put ten years spending limits in place.
Not nearly enough but.
A little improvement.
President Obama's budget he submitted five months later.
Wipes out those cuts -- one point one trillion dollars in cuts there's a question he would totally eliminate those cuts bill that he signed.
And then output is slightly improved.
But not enough on he's now wants -- on the man that.
And so this is my American people losing confidence in -- We talked -- -- about cutting spending being more frugal and tightening our belt insane is the situation it's tough we walk away from it.
I make sure I get a question NT two about the president's health care law which of course will be challenged at the Supreme Court starting week from Monday.
There and you see the CBO production -- came out this week not only about the costs of the of the law but also.
By CBO projections this is a nonpartisan group of course that up to twenty million Americans could be forced off of their current employer provided coverage.
There's pushed back from the White House and other groups that say you know these -- the full picture of these -- in numbers aren't completely accurate because of the way CBO.
Calculate sound but to most people they were some startling numbers.
They -- startling numbers and well we know is the president promised that in ten years about the health care bill would cost 900 billion dollars.
While we've learned from this budget.
Is that in the ten years.
That it takes effect the first ten years it will cost three times that much two point six trillion -- And we do stake in many experts are things haven't analyzed it.
They think far more people will leave.
That private coverage that businesses will drop their coverage and they will then go into this.
-- -- -- And it cost as much as 101000 dollars from the taxpayers' subsidy.
When people go into that -- And if it many times that number go into it as as have been originally.
Suggested in deficits in the health care bill will be even larger than expected.
So we really do need to look at that closely and the danger is nobody knows I mean literally.
Multiple times -- many people could lose health care.
Coverage and from their business.
Go into these -- and -- that treasury in the United States.
With huge unexpected.
Costs that is a very real possibility in fact I think there will be quite a few more people going into it.
And have been originally projected.
-- will be watching us in -- -- well about a week from now on this -- takes at these arguments we'll see with a nine or at least five of the justices decide on that.
Senator sessions thank you for visiting with us -- thank -- your time thank you.