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A forum in support of federal health care reform will be held Thursday at the Columbia County Library.

Topics at the CSRA Health Insurance Reform Forum include a public option, health coverage for children, senior care and prescription drugs, according to a news release from forum sponsors Pull the Plug PAC, a political action committee formed to oust 10th District U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

Panelists and speakers at the forum include Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum, University of Georgia law school professor Fazal Khan, emergency room doctor Neal Priest and Athens insurance billing specialist Teresa Duncan.

The forum is at 7 p.m. at 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 12/01/09 - 06:15 am
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At last we have a meeting FOR

At last we have a meeting FOR something instead of the usual Republican theater AGAINST it. Who says change don't happen in stagnant swampland?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/01/09 - 06:33 am
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Ask them how much this will

Ask them how much this will cost you. If Lowell Greenbaum is involved in it you'd better chain your wallet to a pit bulldog!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/01/09 - 06:46 am
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How about a meeting for self

How about a meeting for self inflicted eye gouging instead of that silly GOP stance against it. Some things are so obviously wrong that being for it, even to be politically correct, is just plain ignorant.

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Little Lamb 12/01/09 - 10:29 am
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Usually when you host a

Usually when you host a "forum" you present all sides of an issue in order to allow opinions to be formed in an honest manner. Here we have a propaganda-fest with only one view allowed: the view that government is good and bigger government is better.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 12/01/09 - 10:57 am
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Little Lamb - It's a meeting

Little Lamb - It's a meeting to explain and enlighten people. Not a town hall meeting or a [filtered word]'s gathering.

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gargoyle 12/01/09 - 11:16 am
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The enlightenment is proper

The enlightenment is proper if it comes from Pull the Plug PAC, a political action committee formed to oust 10th District U.S. Rep. Paul Broun. Gaspingwater let me give you a clue, I belive they have a dog in the fight... I Betcha a well rounded debate isn't planned

confederate american
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confederate american 12/01/09 - 02:50 pm
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want be but a hand full of

want be but a hand full of idiots and liberals there.maybe sarah will show up and slap them old demos around a little

gnx
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gnx 12/01/09 - 03:20 pm
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gaspring - Enlighten? I

gaspring - Enlighten? I hardly think so. This is just another meeting designed to present only the "facts" health care insurance reform supporters want people to know and will skirt around the dirty truth - the reform bill currently in Senate discussion will cost ALL of us more in the long run, it still will not cover everyone and there are specific areas in the bill providing for some form of health care rationing based on current Medicare standards. Even Medicare will turn down payment for specific procedures or conditions and excuses run the gamut from not having pre-certification to the procedure being done at a hospital not approved for that particular procedure. I believe that can be called a form of rationing, right? All you have to do is look at Medicare's and Medicaid's payment structures to see why those of us with private insurance are paying through the nose in order to subsidize those patients. What's going to happen when private insurance companies are eventually run out of business? It's not an if; it's a when. When that happens who is going to have to pay for all this wonderful health care? The government will, and they'll be using OUR money to do so.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 12/01/09 - 03:36 pm
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gnx - This won't answer all

gnx - This won't answer all your questions but the CBO has said the landmark plan to overhaul the nation's health-care system would leave insurance premiums unchanged or slightly lower for the vast majority of Americans:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/30/AR200911...

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disssman 12/01/09 - 05:18 pm
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I am a democrat but I wonder

I am a democrat but I wonder about the policy of using county assets to further political messages. Isn't that against the law? I always looked at assets funded by taxpayers as non-partisan. Apparently I was wrong.

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corgimom 12/01/09 - 08:03 pm
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GNX-"there are specific areas

GNX-"there are specific areas in the bill providing for some form of health care rationing based on current Medicare standards. Even Medicare will turn down payment for specific procedures or conditions and excuses run the gamut from not having pre-certification to the procedure being done at a hospital not approved for that particular procedure." Do you understand that this is precisely the way Medicare is NOW, and this is nothing new? THAT is the dirty truth. Are you on Medicare? I am. Good luck in finding doctors that even accept it. It's so refreshing to pay premiums every month and then can't find anyone that will accept it.

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jack 01/31/10 - 06:11 pm
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Little Lamb - It's a meeting

Little Lamb - It's a meeting to explain and enlighten people. Not a town hall meeting or a [filtered word]'s gathering.....I'll bet one thing that ain't 'splained to the attendees by Greenum and crew is the COST of the monstrosity in increased taxes and insurance premiums or how much BIGGER government will be if implemented. I am sure the I live on the dole crowd will be there.

jack
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jack 01/31/10 - 06:18 pm
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The good tax payers of

The good tax payers of CCshould be phoning to stop this use of a County building for purely political purposes. If Greenbum expects the more educated folks in CC to attend, the place will be empty.

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