Hatch, Gardner, Cardin, Cornyn

Morning Business

Senator Hatch: (11:34 AM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "I am very concerned because it doesn't solve any problems and we're going to continue to have this tremendous spiral of huge costs and problems eat us alive until our friends on the other side get what they really want and that is a single payer system, in other words, socialized medicine, where they'll throw their hands in the air and say this isn't working ultimately, especially when all these costs come in 2017 and 2018, this isn't working and we're just going to have to go to a one size fits all government-sponsored health care in this country where the government will determine everything. That's what they're headed for, somehow we've got to stop that or we're going to find ourselves in a socialist position where we won't be able to stop things in the future. I had hoped that maybe the court would propel us on a better course here, on the other hand, I do understand what they've written and I'd even predicted some of it because clever judges can find ambiguities where none exists, in other parts of the text, clever judges can find ambiguities where others aren't able to find."

 

Senator Gardner: (11:43 AM)

  • Spoke on the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act.
    • "A solution that Senator Grassley and I are working together to allow rural hospitals in financial distress to switch from being a critical access hospital to this new category of hospital called a rural emergency hospital. This new category would offer reimbursement rates that are consistent with the care, needs and capabilities of rural hospitals, but more importantly allowing them to remain open. Keeping that emergency room, that critical emergency room service open. Now, the emergency hospital must provide emergency medical care and observation 24 hours a day, seven days a week by on-site staff. So we're still providing quality care but we're allowing them overcome the fact that they have seen their in-patient services decline, enabling them to keep their emergency services open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to make sure that trauma patients can see the doctor provided the necessary medical care that they need during that all-important golden hour."

 

Senator Cardin: (11:53 AM)

  • Spoke on law enforcement.  
    • "The legislation would require local law enforcement officials receiving burn jag and cops hiring program funds to submit officer training information to D.O.J., including how their officers are trained in the use of force, encountering racial and ethnic violence, de-escalating conflicts and constructive engagement with the public. It requires local and state police departments to promptly submit their force data to the F.B.I. The legislation requires the Department of Justice to issue a port on its plan to assist state and local law enforcement agencies to improve training in the use of force, identify racial and ethnic bias and conflict resolutions through the course of an officer's career. The final piece of the title one act establishes a pilot program to assist local law enforcement in purchasing and leasing body-worn cameras and requiring privacy studies." 

 

Senator Cornyn: (12:03 PM)

  • Spoke on ObamaCare.
    • "The fact is, ObamaCare has been a disaster for millions of hardworking families. And it was really sold under false pretenses. The president said, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Well, that ended up not being true. If you like your policy, you can keep your policy. Well, that ended up not being true for roughly 5 million people who lost their insurance coverage that they liked because the law said they couldn't keep it anymore. And then there was the fact the president said if prices of health coverage for an average family will come down $2,500. $2,500. None of those proved to be true. So despite the Supreme Court's disappointing decision, I will not stand down in my opposition to this bad law because I know we can do better. And I look forward to working with our colleagues to eventually protect the American people from the harmful effects of ObamaCare and get the American people what they thought they were going to get out of health care reform in the first place - coverage they wanted at a price they could afford. Neither one of which is delivered under ObamaCare."