Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
After the health care summit which is what they want to call it in Washington in just a -- joining -- first instead Republican -- let's bring in a Democrat senator Ben Cardin of Maryland.
Senator -- serves on the Budget Committee -- -- been kind enough to join us in the rotunda on Capitol Hill senator good to be thank you very much.
-- to be with you as the answer colleague from the other side what are we accomplishing here exactly.
Well I think the American people are getting to understand the health care issue -- warranty -- I think overall trying to do is bring down the growth rate of health care costs and making sure all Americans have access to affordable quality care I think you're seeing the difference of view it's a healthy debate so I think it's adding to the process.
Let's -- I'm gonna review what I read to read to the Republican.
By the lunch break -- says politicos growing completely it was growing clearer.
That the pre summit pessimism on both sides -- there was little or no hope of grand bipartisan compromise was on target.
In fact both sides spent the bulk of the three hours of the session trying to score tactical points rarely veering from their scripts and extending a hand to the other side.
I mean this is what everybody predicted that there'd be talking points and at the end of the day there'd be nothing accomplice.
Oops I mean.
-- help me understand what we've learned.
Well they just -- -- from from the perspective of those of us who believe we've got to get health reform done.
I think what's coming out very clearly.
Is the fact that that current system in the growth rate of health care cost is not sustainable helping people California just got a 40% increase in their insurance premiums.
-- talk to someone who.
-- deny coverage based on a pre existing condition.
First from Maryland who -- -- -- bankruptcy because he couldn't pay for its health care bills I think what we're finding out as one more of the need.
Act now -- there's clear differences I had hoped that perhaps we would be able to.
Bring us closer.
Gathered to seriously did you really think that -- possible that the Republicans are gonna come around -- this thing that they said from the very beginning they won't come around him who thinks that might happen.
Well until I I always hold out hope they'll I don't know -- one is always -- -- -- happen today on wreck.
Before we go further today.
The democratic congressional leaders in you Mr.
President renounce -- idea.
Of going back to the congress and jamming through a bipartisan -- -- not a partisan.
Vote through a little use process we call reconciliation.
-- versions of the bill.
You can say that this process has been used before and that would be right.
But it's never been used for anything like -- it's not appropriate.
To use to write the rules for 17% of the economy.
No one has said I read -- but the president has come on no one has talked about reconciliation.
But that's that you folks have talked about the response that came.
As if it's something that has never been done before since 100.
Reconciliation has been used 21 times most of it's been used by Republicans for major things like that -- much of the contract for America.
The tax cuts for rich people in America.
Senator is it possible.
Well reconciliations for the budget process is it possible that that's -- -- get this bill through.
It's certainly appropriate and allow -- majority that you might -- because Barack Obama and and ended vice president.
-- -- tape from a few years ago going all this would be the worst thing in the world an abomination destruction of the society and now all you know that your side meets up with Regis gets put out -- that.
From the beginning I have said that I believe in reconciliation I think it's an appropriate to allow the majority an opportunity to vote on the underlining.
Budget issues that's why we have reconciliation.
And used by Republicans it's been used by Democrats I've supported in the past.
I think the American people are entitled to have the majority role in the United States congress -- -- -- -- democratic institute what do you think's gonna happen.
If after all this talk you get up there -- pass this bill through reconciliation with 51 vote.
How do you think the partisan divide in this already messed up country's gonna lay out what do you think the right wingers are gonna do but that they're gonna explode you talk about.
You talk about separation.
First of all the bill that we're talking about -- -- the United States senate.
By sixty votes to talk about that dancing in the health of being modified.
I think quite frankly that the American people are gonna be outraged if we don't get something done to bring down health care I think they're outraged outraged we sit up there and -- all the stock talk about -- just a bit later on Democrats could -- we tried.
As if you thought the Republicans would come around -- this thing poppycock.
Well quite frankly.
Look everyone as they asked for these types of meetings open meetings I think the president has laid out the case very well I think Republicans have made their point.
We shouldn't be afraid of transparency and openness in government.
I think that's what happened today so everybody didn't come together let's just have an up or down vote 51 -- will do it is that is that what we are called it's called it's called democracy but the majority rule so that's what -- today.
Which allow the majority to have be able to vote on an issue fair elections have consequences fair enough I'm just glad to have it on the record I can feel it comment.
It's like that storm in north Mississippi it was on the way you do it was you could smell it before it actually got there right smell that's well under way that I'm not saying I'm -- gets -- -- -- deceit come in like a freight and I think that it.
The United States senate passed the bill -- sixty votes.
It's gonna be the framework if we if we can't get further agreement between Democrats and Republicans I hope we move it forward I think it's critically important.
That we deal with bringing down health care costs and getting every American access to affordable quality care and taking on the abusive practices of private insurance companies it's time we get on with the business of health care reform and have been -- with this from the Russell -- senator very good of you to be here appreciate very much.
Filter by section