We never would have deemed this possible

Outcome of health-care bill will show whether America is in the grip of the people or of opportunistic lawmakers

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich says Democratic failure to approve health-care reform could destroy Barack Obama's presidency.

Commentator Bill O'Reilly predicts passing it will do the same thing.

Meanwhile, a majority of Americans oppose the bill -- and a growing number believe that, and the cynical process being used to pass it, is endangering not only the American way of life but our system of representative government.

Astoundingly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually admitted to reporters, "Nobody wants to vote for the Senate bill." Yet, she has been promoting a "deem and pass" approval of that bill in the House, in which members wouldn't actually vote on the Senate bill but would "deem" it passed for the purposes of approving an impending change of the bill by senators.

You might expect that kind of contemptuous disdain for the rule of law and the people's will in a Third World dictatorship. It is quite without precedent in the United States of America.

Indeed, if Democrats use sleight-of-hand tactics to enact a federal government takeover of health care this weekend -- pretending in the U.S. House that they've passed the Senate bill when they really haven't, and "approving" a massive bill few will have read -- then Americans will likely take to the streets in protest.

Moreover, dozens of states are already taking legislative or legal action to prevent this unprecedented power-grab by the federal government.

And either way, after seeing the arrogance and chicanery in Washington throughout this process, they will undoubtedly take their righteous outrage to the ballot box later this year.

Throughout the past year-plus, Democrats have set one deadline after another on health-care reform, creating one artificial crisis after another designed to intimidate members of Congress and the public into hasty decisions that will surely have unintended and unforeseeable consequences.

Your premiums will go up and your individual freedom will go down. And Massachusetts state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Timothy Cahill predicted the Democrats' bill "will threaten to wipe out the American economy within four years."

But by all means, let's create a crushing deadline and ram it through.

The latest "deadline" for turning approximately one-sixth of the nation's economy on its head is this weekend.

Despite pretending it's what Americans want, when the polls scream otherwise, Democrats are attempting to stuff this 2,700-plus-page swamp thing through 1) before the Easter recess, hoping to avoid high-pitched interloping from their constituents back home and 2) without actually voting for it.

Only weeks ago Democrats were calling for a "simple up-or-down vote" on the bill. Now they're calling on David Copperfield to make the bill happen without a vote.

Why? Because they know Americans oppose it and they don't want traces of their DNA anywhere near it.

Except for those such as Rep. Kucinich of Ohio, Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who have famously extracted some special foul-smelling favor from either congressional leaders or the White House itself in return for their support. Kucinich recently agreed to support this bill, even before he knows what's in it, after a high-profile visit from President Obama.

Many wonder why Kucinich, who lives a few miles to the left of just about everybody else in America, would do that. Could it be that he's been promised future steps toward the single-payer, government-run health care system he so desires?

Truth is, we don't know what nuggets of corruption are tucked in the bill. When Americans rebelled against Landrieu's "Louisiana Purchase" and Nelson's "Cornhusker Kickback," Democrats simply took the unseemly vote-buying indoors.

It seems as if everyone in the Democratic Party will get what he or she wants out of this process, but Americans will get the opposite.

We shall soon see whose country this is.

And exactly what gets destroyed and what doesn't.

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Kapa18
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Kapa18 03/18/10 - 09:28 pm
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Just keep writing this type

Just keep writing this type of foolishness Chroicle Staff, it is just proof positive how afraid people our of this administration and what will be the largest piece of legislation since the New Deal. Nobody wanted an end to slavery or civil rights, but a few folks had to move on for the future. The South is not known for its innovaters or its global view. The rest of country will do like we have always done, pray for those with no vision. Your view of the country can best be seen in reruns of Andy Griffin, you don't even need cable for that view.

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brimisjoshan 03/18/10 - 10:05 pm
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Kapa, I could not disagree

Kapa, I could not disagree with you more. This article was well written and certainly represents my view of what is going on. This is the United States of America and not China or Europe. We have a constitution for due process of law that is being trashed right in front of our eyes. I pray that this deal will not go through because it is wrong for Georgians, Its wrong for America. Our congress is supposed to represent us and not just vote for what they want but vote for what we want. We have made it abundantly clear that we do not want this socialism and federal take over of our health care. Now, you watch, come this November we are going to vote everyone of those who voted for this out of office. If this is passed it will be the first time that something of this nature is repealed. And we have not even began to talk about the Supreme Court who Obama disrespected at his State of Union address. The Supreme Court will have no choice but to throw this bill out because it is unconstitutional at it's most basic levels. Finally, I do love Andy Griffith Show. Those reruns are better than any of the other trash on now a days. If we all got back to a simple kind of lifestyle like that we would be better off.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/18/10 - 10:02 pm
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Kapa--you are exactly right

Kapa--you are exactly right about one thing.....this is "...proof positive how afraid people our {are} of this administration..."
This administration scares the hel- out of me...and about 60% of other Americans as well. Not to mention the almost 75% who DO NOT want this Obamanation Legislation at all!
Then you mysteriously compare this Health Care Bill and the illegal way that the Democrats want to pass it by: "Nobody wanted an end to salvery or civil rights, {the addition of civil rights for minorities}, but a few folks had to move on for the future." Well, it turns out that a "few folks," were Half of our Nation....The NORTH, Remember. I know alot of Southerners who will never forget--and as you pointed out, the reason they will not forget is because they watch reruns of Andy Griffin {Griffith}--mostly because they don't need cable to watch it. And the Democrats have also proven that watching Barney on The Andy Griffith Show is the direct cause of another one of your statements: "The South is not known for its innovators or its global view." God help us!!

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 03/18/10 - 10:02 pm
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Actually, I think Barney had

Actually, I think Barney had a higher IQ than our present day democrats! LOL

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/18/10 - 10:08 pm
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I agree with Kapa... We don't

I agree with Kapa... We don't have the vision that Nancy and Harry have. Of course we can provide health care to millions of more people and it won't cost anything. Actually, we can do it and save money. It's simple math. And, of course, the government can do a great job of running health care. Just look at how well it runs the postal service, Social Security, VA hospitals and even the DMV. If Geithner can head up Treasury, maybe Dr. Nick Riviera can oversee health care. We can't trust them to be bothered with paying their taxes, but surely we can trust them with our health. Close your eyes and put your faith in those greater than us - our almighty politicians.

Ari Astor
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Ari Astor 03/18/10 - 10:10 pm
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Insider - I wonder if Dr

Insider - I wonder if Dr Kevorkian is available for health care Czar?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/18/10 - 10:17 pm
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Kapa18, it is not the south

Kapa18, it is not the south nor is it the Chronicle. The rest of the country, in the majority, in every poll taken for the last 6 months, opposes this bill. Nothing to do with the south, slavery, the Chronicle or any other lame excuse you might want to pose. The majority of the people do not want this massive tax increase, massive insurance premium increase, and government takeover. Federal taxes are going up, state taxes will have to go up more to pay for the additional people thrown into Medicaid. The middle class American working man gets nothing out of this new give-away program except the bill.....as usual. Only the freeloaders support the takeover. The only good things in the bill are the "no denial for pre-existing" and the "no cancelation" and all of that could have been done without this massive government takeover.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 03/18/10 - 11:11 pm
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Kapa, this will actually be

Kapa, this will actually be the worst, and the largest piece of legislation since the "Raw" deal. Massive expansion of the government on an unprecedented scale, complex tax codes, frightening new powers to the IRS, gutting of Medicaid, etc, etc, etc. But, none of that matters to you, right? Long as Mr. Hussein wins, right? The hell with the American people and what they want, right? Tell you what Kappa, I bet you Barney Fife's badge, that even in Mayberry, Aunt Bea would have her social club out going door to door to try and make sure that anyone who votes for this monstrosity gets booted from office in November. Even Goober knew when something stunk, and this thing is not only long past dead, but now is stinking to high heaven! God willing, we will be able to bury this dead carcass by Sunday, because if it comes back to life, the country will be even more divided and hostile than it is now, and we will be living this nightmare every day, forever, like the movie "Groundhog Day"", only it will be tragic reality for us.

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GGpap 03/19/10 - 02:04 am
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The AC scribblers say that

The AC scribblers say that "It seems as if everyone in the Democratic Party will get what he or she wants out of this process, but Americans will get the opposite." I resent the fact that the folks that pen these articles for the AC dare to imply that those that favor the passage of the health care plan are not Americans. We are all Americans, right or left, but some on the right (that post here) appear to feel that the AC's words are as sacred as the holy scriptures. Wake up, smell the roses, we are all entitled to our own opinions and when we allow anonymous authors of narrow-minded political biases to sway us we demonstrate a great degree of immaturity and childish "follow-the-leader" behavior. GGpap

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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/19/10 - 03:36 am
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What an arrogant attitude

What an arrogant attitude kappa has. Typical of the left. "We know better than you do what is good for you." If only they weren't so consistently wrong.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/19/10 - 03:54 am
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GGpap..........a true

GGpap..........a true American, at least as defined when the country was founded, believes in freedom and NOT relying on others to take care of them, but instead INSIST on taking care of themselves.........so in that instance if you favor THIS Health Care Bill, which insists on removing freedom by forcing you to purchase something (unconstitutional) and forcing others to pay for those who don't, then you AREN'T a true American.

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carcraft 03/19/10 - 04:38 am
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Anybody, ANYBODY, that

Anybody, ANYBODY, that believes the government can create a trillion dollar entitlement puting 30 million more on health care and NOT increase costs will buy my Hephzibah gold mine for several million dollars I am sure..If you want to see how this is going to play out look at Massachusetts health care program..The health care plan in the Senate is modeled on it..ER visits up, health care costs bankrupting Massachusetts and many left with out insurance..There will be more constitutional challanges to this than people in China...Violation of section one of the constitution, forced purchase of health care is unconstitutional, foderal government exceeding 10th amendment etc etc etc..Maybe the Republicans, when they take over the House and Senate can refuse to fund it based on deem and pass and reconcilliation BAWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/19/10 - 04:48 am
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To understand what hussein is

To understand what hussein is doing,reread Cloward-Piven/obama.If you are smarter than a box of hammers,it will be clear.

justus4
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justus4 03/19/10 - 05:03 am
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Ha! Ha! The article is
Unpublished

Ha! Ha! The article is riddled with opinions, speculations, intrepretations, and just plan wishful thinking. The 216 votes are already there, it's just the misguided press fueling the noise. Here is a thought: Why not compare & contrast other historical legislation that passed in the 1930s, the 1950s, the 1960s to Health Care Reform today? Review how it passed, who voted for it, and the feelings of the country at the time. Hee, hee. It won't happen, because EVERYTHING apocalyptic (it means the end of the world) being said today was also said then. In fact, Social Security now is almost a constitutional right, but go back and study how FDR got it done. This president's effort, which will benefit the entire country are exactly like the problems that FDR faced. And history will judge this president favorably for his brilliant leadership and personal courage. However, this weekend's vote will have Republicans, again on the wrong side of history predicting doom, while real history is being made before their very eyes.

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reader54 03/19/10 - 05:04 am
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"You might expect that kind

"You might expect that kind of contemptuous disdain for the rule of law and the people's will in a Third World dictatorship."

"Truth is, we don't know what nuggets of corruption are tucked in the bill."

The AC should not be in the business of denigrating Third World Countries! There is just no way that they can compete with the USA on corruption. More money just "disappears" from our books than all of the Third World combined. BTW, Things were not peachy before this Great Socialist Party took office. Demand an end to American corruption or quit whining everyday about our direction.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/19/10 - 05:19 am
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LOOK-the light at the end of

LOOK-the light at the end of the tunnel is just another train about to hit you.

deekster
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deekster 03/19/10 - 05:21 am
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Wake up sheeple, we do live

Wake up sheeple, we do live in a Third World Dictatorship. The mass poverty is just around the corner. Did you not see the results of the 2008 POTUS Election. "The frog has been boiled". "Bend over and grab your knees". " We have croosed the Rubicon". "Look to Heaven" ,if you s so disposed. Even Fox News will not save us now.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/19/10 - 05:23 am
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Has anyone realized that this

Has anyone realized that this bill includes citizenship for 30-45 million illegals?No residency required to enroll-enrollment includes voter registration.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/19/10 - 05:24 am
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Kappa, your attitude was

Kappa, your attitude was written once before in Guyana. The notes left by followers of Jim Jones sounded exactly like your 10:28p post. If, as I suspect, you're a product of government education, you may not know about this incident from the late 70s.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/19/10 - 06:30 am
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While the current actions of

While the current actions of the Obama administration are "...quite without precedent in the United States of America", they aren't without precedent in world history. Just before WWII, Germany experienced exactly this type of politics. Now, it seems the Democratic party is about to change it name again to the NeoNational Socialist Deemocratic party. Another unintended consequence of diversity. How many of you notice America has little hope or pocket change at this moment?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/19/10 - 05:34 am
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wizzardx1, Deemocrats.

wizzardx1, Deemocrats.

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Riverman1 03/19/10 - 05:44 am
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Work and pay for your own

Work and pay for your own health care as most do in one form or another. Anything else is stealing. Barney would get to put his one bullet in his gun to stop the mega robbery.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/19/10 - 06:01 am
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GGap the AC and most of it's

GGap the AC and most of it's posters have ODS = Obama Derangement Syndrome. NO MATTER WHAT he does they will NOT LIKE, and we all know why.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/19/10 - 06:11 am
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Notreally, that's not true. I

Notreally, that's not true. I have hopes for him after this latest fiasco quiets down a bit. He is learning and he seems bright enough. His problem is that he was never exposed to finances and business management working for ACORN. He is a good speaker, a good leader and seems willing to learn. I think he realizes Harry Reid is stupid as most of us already know...especially after what Reed said about him.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/19/10 - 06:47 am
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LOL Notreally. Some people

LOL Notreally. Some people would complain if you ran over them with a solid gold bulldozer. Hey, is that koolaid on your bib?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/19/10 - 06:28 am
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I couldn't disagree more

I couldn't disagree more Riverman1. Obama is a fair speaker and an excellent reader, but he's a horrible leader. He's a devout Marxist in a capitalist country. He is without business understanding and leadership experience. This diversity experiment may cost America everything. He's not learning anything beyond his own glorification and he's totally blinded by his baseless ego. While I feel he deserved his grammy (for reading his book on tape) I can't wait for him to leave office.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/19/10 - 06:50 am
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GGpap @ 3:04 A.M.---Sounds

GGpap @ 3:04 A.M.---Sounds like GG took a ride on AirForce 1 with Kucinich i.e. "narrow-minded political biases to sway us."

Justus4--I respect all comments including yours, but this is not an article, as you stated--it is an editorial. Editorials are riddled with opinions, speculations, interpretations, and yes, sometimes, wishful thinking because a certain degree of journalistic license is allowed in editorials. As far as your comment is concerned, I disagree that the 216 votes will be there, and usurping our Constitution will be the only "public option."

Notreally
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Notreally 03/19/10 - 07:04 am
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Obama Derangement Syndromers

Obama Derangement Syndromers = ODSers Good AM... LOL.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/19/10 - 07:05 am
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With all due respect Grouse,

With all due respect Grouse, something as big as Health Care Reform, as proposed, that affects, I think 1/6th. of our economy, should not be passed in this manner whether it be by Democrats or Republicans. To me, it is not a partisan issue, it is a people issue--And it appears that the vast majority of people [around 75%] do not want the Health Care Bill that is on the table. Sure, we have a Democratically elected President. But even the President should listen to the people that elected him!

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hirg_cola 03/19/10 - 07:07 am
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I'm reasonably sure that

I'm reasonably sure that Justus4 (and Obama, for that matter) have absolutely no concept of the term "constitutional right". I wonder if either has ever read the Constitution??

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