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-- -- Thank you -- a belated congratulations in New Orleans Saints it safe and your brother thank it was a great weekend and everybody that's still excited about it and mean there's no one -- You're breezes give everybody something to cheer about -- -- -- -- an accident I these so called Louisiana protecting it you don't use that reference today to the provision in -- out here that absolute absolutely you know like a lot like well.
Like it but it's really mischaracterization.
Of what happened.
Why not it's not a special deal from its parent deal but the -- out what happened -- And -- in the levees broke and I are personal income went up 40% not down but -- my personal income.
Went up according to the federal government 40% that happened -- the country.
And it's false it's not right.
Because all the extra money that we're in this day.
That the federal government claims that -- 40% -- it's laughable joke that we fixed it did not think that secretly John McCain continues to say.
That was secret because heated about this because it's unknown and see.
-- when there's like -- -- -- -- -- up its -- on the and it.
-- appointments to present its.
-- -- Is -- reason in some in this now because when the income goes up 40%.
-- Medicaid reimbursement drops.
And that that was is a 40% was not because we get 40% -- business -- 40% of people were really richer.
It's just because insurance money that -- and the federal funding warning it and it arbitrarily.
Increase our our -- -- happen in Hawaii is well.
So like publicly announced a year before Barack.
Two weeks before Barack Obama that's like a year ago.
That we were gonna fix that and the governor my Republican upset with a public news for -- Why we needed.
With attempted to edit it make no apologies or.
And it wasn't special.
Interest and tonight every single first -- now us and that's something a pattern.
It was its.
First -- and I think Clinton now.
I mean I don't I.
Can't try and I and a hard act.
I don't believe.
And note that the people of our state are not 40% -- that's the deal.
The federal government is saying we feel like it's you know it's not 40% -- the federal government is saying we are -- -- according to the federal government formula.
According the federal government -- -- 40% -- That is why the governor.
Stood shoulder child to tell the that is correct we -- not 40% richer and we tried to change the law.
So that we continue to day.
The same amount frenetic game that we -- the last ten years this hasn't changed your -- and -- -- matrix.
And it it -- -- -- exactly that's when it unfairly criticized for this week I've always paid at least.
-- -- Every dollar for Medicaid the federal government's right there we want to continue to do that.
But if we wouldn't have changed this provision which change and I'm proud to change and we did end up having to pay.
And with would -- forty.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I well I look at some numbers you're unemployment.
Level in December's about 2.2 percent lower than national average which -- Francisco which is good.
And I also noticed that -- foreclosure rate is lower than in most states which is good that suggests to me that the economy in.
Louisiana is on an upward trend -- That's why I wonder why this other number this 40%.
Why you need.
Might -- this.
How well our foreclosure rate is lower but that's because we have 60000.
Blighted homes in the city and Wallace and surrounding areas -- -- our foreclosure rate.
Is lower as we didn't get foreclosed on by the credit crunch we got foreclosed on by.
A flood and it's kind of great and that's kind of opponents of foreclosures that really mean anything to us because we got foreclosed on.
Storm so the bottom line is we never passed for a special provision.
We never did it secretly it was done in a bipartisan way our legislature passed public resolution.
Our governor signed a letter asking us to fix it.
And I did it and the fixes only that Louisiana we'll continue to pay the same amount we happened so the last thing here so with out this.
And it health care of the senate health care -- -- -- -- law.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well I got they -- our state what is paid more for the Atlanta floor that it would -- -- and -- -- -- I'm saying -- it's not -- to ask -- to -- more.
Because the people in our state aren't actually 40% richer the numbers -- we are but if you ask anybody in Louisiana.
We didn't get richer after the storms we've stayed the same that -- have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
-- seen fit -- same amount to the floor.
And after the snap at -- -- after the senate bill that's fine.
Would it have been wiser smarter perhaps to -- it had this.
Fix or whatever happens -- They'd be better -- -- run separately not part of the senate bill politically smarter not for you personally but for getting this whole health care bill passed now I don't.
Think so and I'll tell you why even though some people.
Want to criticize it because say they don't understand it and it won't take the time understanding and they just sort of using -- for the political purposes to tell me.
That I should not put on a health care amendment on health care bill.
Is kind of a joke.
With the idea that I you are you nine favorite if you think that should be included in interest in health care bill should not be included into the health care costs the doctor fix of 25350.
Billion dollars that's on the side in terms of trying to figure out what the cost -- -- that -- -- -- -- Well it could be that you know -- -- -- it could be but I mean.
The health care bill.
There should be amendments to a health care bill this is an amendment to a health care bill.
Which again was announced two weeks before Obama was -- sworn as president was announced in three separate press conferences with myself -- the governor.
Passed a resolution by our legislature.
Again it might have been unknown to a few senators but just because was unknown to them.
Doesn't mean it was secret it was done in a very public way.
I've given many speeches on it I'm quite proud of asking for this to be changed because of it wasn't.
The people of Louisiana with unfairly have to pay about 350.
To 400 million dollars more for the same Medicaid.
-- It's the feel that the depressing and I'm very reluctant up according Oscar gives I think sometimes it's -- rather flippant supposed to be insulting the people but.
Do you what's your thought on what senator Ben Nelson secured for his state because it has caused a lot of upheaval and a lot of that that a lot of unhappy about it.
Well I think senator Nelson has to speak for himself finally six but you know what is it didn't think it is different it it's different in the sense that our.
Provision for Louisiana was -- -- Behind the storm by the -- it wasn't clause because I was trying to.
-- for the you know it was caused because of the storm he and the provision that we put in from Louisiana a public.
Effort we'll also helped -- -- alive because for some reason the state of Hawaii has some kind of catastrophic disaster and their income opulent.
So my amendment was never fashion just to help Louisiana.
It was -- to help any state any stage.
That would go through a natural disaster because -- -- Do it I got up just I don't aggression center -- state just in just understand that and I understand that what I'm trying to figure out those at the two things one is.
Whether you think Catholic catastrophe that you're stay under -- with Katrina.
-- that at some point ends and that the American taxpayers are still paid more because of this deal in the senate bill a -- let's say five years on the road.
That you become a hall and a catastrophe and that 40% settling diminishes and now the taxpayers to -- more because of what -- got yesterday.
Well I'm not trying to send it on concern is that continues Louisiana has -- -- seventeen carries went on Medicaid.
We just want to continue to pay the seven days and weeks and it.
That even the formula says that we got 40% match that we aren't 40% -- we don't feel you still say the 73 we still think this we're not trying to get out of what we're just not trying to get penalized.
Because we had a storm and we act now let me go back to Nebraska which is not your -- and you didn't cut the deal but that is something different.
Mean that's at the -- is now asking is something special not maintaining the status quo.
But it's at its best first of all their -- I don't think was caused by any natural disaster catastrophic.
Disaster and again senate and -- to answer that.
And yes some things -- Criticize but in case I got your case and I hate -- yours is neutral -- I was did you but the but the but this is also in defense of that and everything house.
Republican Party has been against health -- it wouldn't matter if if President Obama stood up said we're gonna have a loop plant and one that he's certainly helped plan that -- -- and I can't handle it.
-- -- that some people don't believe it but it's true they'll find any excuse that -- those that doesn't doesn't -- that's another reason about personal reasons have a bad planets like to get it if it I don't I understand you're saving yours doesn't change you're just trying to neutralize an attack happened to your state.
But just because that you say that the opponent is against health care.
Is no reason for us to do something that might not be fair or right to get so that -- yeah.
Yeah and that's I was doing it and I think you're correct think those things can be changed but I believe the underlying analysts if I did I would vote for even an address.
The underlying -- not the Nebraska provision underlying bill probably the underlying bill that the senate passed is a good.
Good plan from there -- I because it's not a public option it's not a government.
It's private sector insurance reform people in America out of that have private insurance -- and premiums go up.
We need to get them now.
People that don't have insurance can't get it because of preexisting conditions.
That has to be eliminated and there's a different -- that says.
Do it last pieces I just don't believe that we've been trying for fifty years to do it.
Now it's time to do.
One of the things that has caught my attention coming in such as the fact that -- facility that when it paid what the Cadillac tax.
And it it starts going into effect in 2018 an -- of the finances.
It appears to me outside India if this is a good idea this tax we need to -- -- we should do it out instead that the Democratic Party pushes opted to eighteen when even -- officers a second term.
He'll be long gone I.
You know what I agree with you because I support it.
Tax going into effect now I think it's one of the most important things that we can do to get the cost of health -- The moderate Democrats feel very strongly about it you know why we don't control events around here.
We have a saying we have an influence.
Mexican drug abuse I'm actually not generally light agenda that we that we pushed very hard for -- on our side you know this isn't democracy it's not a dictator ships lots of people that news.
And you know I wish -- -- a little differently but that's the -- I -- doctor -- because I don't understand -- -- -- the big thing is the president wants to bring this -- Guys really get this in the -- or maybe they -- one on it but one of the things it's -- not limited.
It's -- so called tactics which is 25350.
Billion dollars to an end and gives you the number.
That has been excluded from the number -- would it not -- The right thing to do it included the numbers the American people could see -- what has been estimating it's a good idea or bad idea passing weather -- -- a good idea of epic but wind but not.
Until you want even though technically it would probably be according to the book the thing to do.
If we let that 300 billion dollars and we have to take 300 billion dollars or something else and what's gonna come out this help for the elderly.
I don't that -- support because if there isn't hasn't changed it.
Well maybe we should within the bill gets quite large -- it's very different -- -- this -- -- it was a hard you have to raise that number at you either raise that an additional taxes are cut.
Services to -- the elderly.
-- were trying to get help with their prescription drugs or eliminate preventive care and it's not necessary because technically.
Those cuts on anything that happened -- -- could explain to me I I am simply don't have time.
Exhibit behavior but I don't understand how if we get -- I'm gonna have to pay this number anyway the fact that there's not gonna say it.
When I can't play them after an attack accident because we never -- we -- We say this what we did a couple of years ago a couple of years ago now really wasn't here I don't think when this started but I think that -- a little about it.
We said that to save money and health care we're gonna cut doctors.
And hospitals 10% every year.
We've never implemented that we've never implemented.
-- -- exactly well we've never cut and I don't think regularly ten or 20% every year because it's unsustainable.
That's the way we used to six health care we just -- hospitals and doctors.
That's not right we don't need to -- hospitals doctors we need to change.
The system and that's what this health care bill attempts to do.
Change the incentives so every one is trying their best to deliver better quality healthcare for lower cost.
So we don't have to keep trying to tell me what's hospitals and doctors again street I mean that if we didn't help you don't -- the democratic plan.
At this so called doctor -- would be irrelevant as doctors will be need to be fixed is everything because doctors shouldn't be caught.
Because doctor should be he says the cost of health care will come down because of streamlining processes that we would end.
In the past in the old days the only way we could reduce costs was basically cut doctors and hospitals.
All that did was drive doctors out of the business all that did was make fewer doctors want to treat anybody on Medicaid -- Medicare.
That's the whole evening Greta that we're trying to do health care ones that I -- I understand in an ambulance.
Is that with the health care bill there since that actors it's intermediate cut -- Under the democratic.
Or is that there you don't need to sort of compensated through this doctor X and it's it will there won't be any in the future it's about and they won't need in the future cut hospitals doctors away -- have -- so what's his -- at this -- next.
Hope now I'm supporting you know funding the doctors at the level of reimbursement that will cause them to want to staying.
In these programs whether there Medicaid -- Medicare.
But you know that's the whole point of Health Care Reform is trying to move to a whole new paragon of delivering health care in this country that's in my view.
Private sector based not government so I'm still -- still hung up on this -- to get this.
25300 billion dollars at that we -- about tactics.
Under the democratic bill what becomes of that doctor fix is that something we do pain -- don't -- Well it's something that needs to be that money to be found for the doctors but if it's found in this bill that's found in this.
And we don't raise the cap on this bill so that the cap stays at 900 or trillion.
It'll just have to come out somewhere else.
That's right Harrison now I understand it but what I'm saying is that back.
Maybe maybe the democratic party's candidate cap -- -- 900 -- -- -- one point two truly because after this and that's -- just try to get a grip on the -- you know you don't have to take it out someplace else.
I'm just thinking that you know what do the real cost you know -- the democratic can't party which controls the average guy is going to change healthcare wants to.
That we might know the real costs and let's let's get a -- pull together not -- Sidelines it's I.
I'm the first one to be critical of my own party for not explaining a lot of this correctly and getting a lot of people confused about what we're trying to do it.
Democrats have not done that very well on the other hand Republicans have jumped on everything to try to defeat it no matter what and it's really a shame because at the end of the day.
Credit people in my state they're 850000.
-- of that have no health care whatsoever.
They're people that work every day.
That make 151020000.
Dollars a year that do not have any health care can't get it.
And there are millions of businesses that would like small businesses provide health care for their people.
But they can't afford it that's what this bill is attempting to do you have Democrats explained it well enough.
Happily and completely candid about cost them but it it is a sincere effort and there are Republican ideas and -- in this bill also.
I'm for moving it forward getting it done and we'll be able -- hopefully explain it over the course of the next months and years there.
An assessment explain that blanket -- -- it really haven't thought it is it floated.
Well president floated everywhere it's actually quite popular places of the holes at the eldest wants icy -- yeah -- got -- -- very.
There's people want health insurance they can -- -- what's very popular people want to choose their -- in this bill what's very popular.
Is that they can't be discarded by their insurance companies because they -- -- so there are provisions in this bill that are extremely pop.
And the Republicans tell me that they -- in favor of the low cost health insurance health insurance for people who have that they have pre -- pre existing -- What the Republicans tell me is that they just believe had been doing this -- Huge.
Revision -- a huge overhaul is that we do it step by steps and essentially -- -- where we are what's happening on which.
They say they're not opposed to it they say that your party's unwilling to listen to it and let me just use your -- and do it's it's.
Well what I did you -- what I was saying things when they were in power that you do.
In power that it spent two weeks out there -- they did was give tax cuts to people that make -- million dollars that's what they spent all the time talk about.
Barack Obama won this election John -- and their consequences of winning Democrats promised the people of this country that we would provide for them the same.
A similar insurance -- the members of congress -- and that's what we're doing.
But he also promised transparency no special dios and we get the special due -- the pharmaceutical industry last June behind closed doors at the White House.
And then we have the video with Nebraska lumbering -- understand Louisiana but the deal would Nebraska which is a special interest of the state and Nebraska to get senator Ben Nelson's vote.
And then we have the union PO in early January so it's not quite he may have won the election and he's in delivering on his promise but there are others are some -- promises.
Whichever when many people relied upon is how we're going to achieve these.
Plus nothing happens and as a disappointing aspects.
Pointed out -- at this point but you know what the unions and -- Nebraska deal has been pushed to everyone's.
And the Louisiana deal has been fully explain and it will stand the light of day but it wouldn't be an end up for the Republicans raising account when they were -- -- there's something called the party you know by the Democrats because they were objecting to that we.
We call them the party -- no way did this all works.
Because they say they know they know many many times and they don't ask don't lots you know we need to get through I think this house here -- -- this weekend and yet on that needed jobs creator as well.
But we really need to get on jobs is I'm excited about that I think both parties a lot of mistakes today.
Once it's the same -- in the energy we have such an exciting opportunity that we.
And of course -- I hate an.
-- next season with the team and -- to.
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