In control - and out of control

With health-care vote, government took this country from its people

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Rarely in a free country has a sense of elation among its leaders been so overwhelmingly matched with a feeling of dread among the people.

The morning after Democratic leaders toasted their health-care reform victory with champagne, Americans who respect the Constitution and the values that made this country the world's lone superpower -- self-reliance, individual liberty, thrift, limited government and more -- are wondering if the American experiment is ending before their eyes.

Democrats in Washington have voted to turn America into a European-style socialistic society, with unprecedented, and likely unconstitutional, federal power over both states and individuals on truly life-or-death matters. Sweeping new mandates will order individuals to buy health insurance and will fine business owners for not providing it. The Internal Revenue Service will be beefed up to make sure of it.

At a time of joblessness and uncertainty second only to the Great Depression, the Democrats have passed one of the biggest job-killing bills in the country's history -- crushing mandates and taxes on businesses, when regulation and taxation ought to be lessened to spur an economic recovery.

At a time when government-run Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all facing insolvency or unsustainability, the government has now taken upon itself to run the entire health-care system -- one-sixth of the economy.

At a time when this country is already passing trillions of dollars of debt onto future generations, Democrats have just voted to hand our children trillions more in debt. How could this not be remembered as the most selfish generation in history?

A number of liberals around the country, and perhaps moderates and independents, are alarmingly sanguine about this and other leaps down the path of socialism. Socialism has never worked for long as an economic model -- and as a political instrument, it is absolutely anathema to the individual liberties upon which this country was founded.

When Barack Obama said he wanted to fundamentally transform America, he wasn't kidding.

Most Americans -- a majority oppose this health-care bill -- are increasingly distressed and heartbroken at the direction their country is headed.

But the good thing is that they are angry , too -- and it's an anger that will lead them to rise up against what is happening.

It's likely the Tea Party movement will grow exponentially now. This year's elections will be the most spirited, populated and pivotal in generations. And dozens of states are already planning legal challenges to the bill.

Indeed, the bill ignores states' rights and trashes the 10th Amendment, and remarkably establishes a heretofore unheard-of right of the federal government to force you to buy a service: health insurance. (By the way, it is in no way analogous to state mandates for car insurance; driving on public roads has ever been a privilege, not a right).

Nor do we yet know all the ways this byzantine 2,400-page power grab will change our lives and alter our sacred contract with the government -- a contract that we, the people, were supposed to be in control of.

No longer. Your federal government is at once in control and out of control.

What effect will Medicare cuts and government rationing have on senior citizens' health care? Vast majorities of Americans are satisfied with their health insurance; how will this bill affect them? How will employers resist dropping that coverage, when federal fines for doing so are less than the cost of coverage? How will the body politic absorb the cost?

How intrusive will government efforts to require you to have insurance turn out to be? Are Americans really willing to live in such a nation?

Is the American experiment on life-support? Does the Constitution mean anything anymore? How much freedom are we willing to hand over in the name of government health care?

This long ago ceased to be about extending health care to the uninsured or lowering health-care costs. There are much less meddlesome, and much more effective, ways to have done that. This is about growing the power and reach of the leviathan in Washington -- and about creating a larger dependent class that will be ever-more reliant on the caprices of a paternalistic bureaucracy and the diminished private sector forced to fund it.

Be careful what you wish for: An American patriot once said, "A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." If this government can take over health care -- and car companies and financial institutions and the student loan program and more -- what's next? If your health care is the federal government's business, what isn't?

We must take this country back, for it is being taken from us.

It has to start in the streets, with protests and rallies -- such as the one the evening of April 15 at the Augusta Common.

It must continue with the upcoming elections. Those who do not respect the limited role of the federal government as clearly spelled out in the U.S. Constitution must be turned out of office.

And students at every level must be taught once again the infinite wisdom of the restraints on government so beautifully articulated in our founding documents.

Surely a country once strong and gallant enough to liberate Europe and the Pacific can rescue itself from a ruin of its own making.

Pray it can. And then take action to make it so.

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augustapoz
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augustapoz 03/22/10 - 09:33 pm
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It would be so wonderful if

It would be so wonderful if the editorial staff could learn to read and actually do research.

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/22/10 - 10:17 pm
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As this Editorial so

As this Editorial so eloquently points out, this "Bill," raises more questions than it answers. The historically illegal method in which this 2400 Page Bill was passed, the patent Unconstitutionality of the Bill causing lawsuits in 38 States, the ever-growing opposition by Independents who once supported President Obama, the expanding Tea Party movement opposing additional government spending and taxing, and the call for "change" in this November's elections now have the hard-core Socialists terrifed. Just look at the "insecurity" of their Comments on the Internet.
The basic framework of our Constitution still lives, so that we can take back our Government at the polls. I strongly suggest that we do so before that Constitutional Right is taken away as well....because it will be the last!

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baronvonreich 03/22/10 - 10:08 pm
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I guess $107 trillion in

I guess $107 trillion in unfunded liabilities in the government mandated Social Security and Medicare ponzi schemes weren't enough. But hey at least the bill will add jobs at the IRS at an estimated $10 billion for 16,000 to enforce compliance.

Surely secession can't be far off.....

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/22/10 - 10:38 pm
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Perhaps, our "leaders" just

Perhaps, our "leaders" just need to give a few more speeches because we don't learn so good. I have an idea to help sell (AKA spin) this bill. 1) Call it "immigration" reform because once people catch on they won't be flocking to our shores, they will be going somewhere else. 2) Call it a "stimulus" package because once the health care system melts down from 32 million people and no support in place, it will stimulate a new American revolution.

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joe hill 03/22/10 - 11:49 pm
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the bill lowers the deficit

the bill lowers the deficit according to the non-partisan congressional budget office. keep whining, AC. the dems are going to increase their majorities in november. especially when the regressive republicans spend the next 7 months denouncing the greatest piece of legislation to come out of the congress in 40 years.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 03/23/10 - 02:02 am
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You just keep on believing

You just keep on believing that rhetoric sjgraci...you have not seen anything..................yet. Let the bloodbath begin.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/23/10 - 03:15 am
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What part of UNCONSTITUTIONAL

What part of UNCONSTITUTIONAL do you folks not understand?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 03:37 am
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wizzardx1..........it's not

wizzardx1..........it's not that they don't understand.........they simply don't care! As long as they can force you to pay their way, then Constitution be damned.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 03:43 am
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I am strongly offended by

I am strongly offended by being called a "teabagger." It is a sexually revolting term for someone who puts his testicles in someone else's mouth. Google it. Sgraci....I would hope you could debate without resorting to such foul language. If you didn't know what it meant, then you shouldn't used terms that you don't know the meaning of.....either way, you need to learn something.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 03:54 am
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Sjgraci.........are you aware

Sjgraci.........are you aware that Medicare denies FAR more claims than those "greedy" insurance companies? I suppose you don't want to let facts get in the way of your rhetoric, now do you?

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 04:11 am
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You will NEVER repeal this

You will NEVER repeal this bill, nor will it be found to be unconstitutional. I've heard from you idiot Repubs...He'll never get elected, yada yada yada. Finally a President and Congress who represent those who work hard and still get shafted by the big businesses that Republicans support. November will be another defeat of the Republicans.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 03/23/10 - 04:12 am
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Johill.........explain how a

Johill.........explain how a bill that requires 10 years of taxes for 6 years of service is going to lower the deficit.........or are you just parroting what you heard? I suspect the latter.......baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 04:20 am
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Doctors, hospitals and the

Doctors, hospitals and the insurance companies have held the American people hostage for too long. Yes Doctors have large debt when they begin their practices, but that debt, spread over the time allowed is NEGLIGIBLE, compared to the gross profit that they will earn in the first 10 years. The Hippocratic oath is ignored constantly, or at least the spirit of it has. Insurance should not be for profit, it is intended to lower costs to the patient, not increase them. Thank God I left the Republican party.

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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 05:09 am
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What we have is a new way of

What we have is a new way of doing politics. Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt as will this health care plan. The party in power passes mega bills that won’t have to be paid until many years later. We don’t have the money to do what the Democrats have done, but they don’t have to worry about it now because they are making the payments due years down the road.

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avidreader 03/23/10 - 05:10 am
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This is scary stuff -- the

This is scary stuff -- the federal government managing a health-care system. This is analogous to the fox in the hen house. Think about the billions of dollars that will be swept up by patronage and corruption. It's already happening with medicare, and how are the feds going to keep a lid on it. I miss Bill Clinton, even with his faults. I am now one of those "independents" who will not vote for a single democrat in November. End the wars, cut the fat, let greedy bankers go to hell, leave the states alone, and relax. We, as a nation of individuals, are smart enough to figure out how to rebound.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 03/23/10 - 05:14 am
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Yes indeed! Thank you

Yes indeed! Thank you ReformedRepub, for leaving our side. I am truly greatful that an abject hater like you is gone. Good riddance sir! Stay over there and spew you hateful rhetoric. You are no better than those you rant about that spit and shout obscenities. Your words say all I need to know about you....and it will be absolutely wonderful to see you howl and whine when November gets here, and it can't be soon enough for most of the USA, so we can start to correct this terrible mistake. Until then, I expect you will carry on just like you are now. Gloating, in your face arrogant, hateful, and rude. Hey, maybe you and joe hill can get together! What a great idea! That way, you two could really have a grand old time, trashing everyone and everything that made our nation great, and all the while, whining about not having enough freebies and handouts from Uncle. Pathetic.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 05:16 am
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Reformed, I don't know why

Reformed, I don't know why you are slamming doctors, the AMA supports Obama's plan. Of course they were supposed to take a 21% cut in Medicare payments in Jan., but Obama signed H.R. 3326 which temporarily suspends the cuts. They also plan to extend the suspension on an ongoing basis. Of course none of this was factored into the CBO estimates. See the trickery? We can't pay for this.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 03/23/10 - 05:27 am
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Beneath the link to this

Beneath the link to this article on the front page of the online Augusta Chronicle are the following words: "At a time when government-run Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all facing insolvency or unsustainability, the government has now taken upon itself to run the entire health-care system --". These words are patently false. The health care bill that was just passed is not "a government take over of the entire health-care system." In fact the bill did not go far enough! It leaves private health insurers in change and effectively unregulated except for within 6 months they cannot exclude children for preexisting conditions and later they will not be able to exclude adults for preexisting conditions. The bill will still leave at least 10 or 12 million (or 5 or 6% of the population) uninsured. No other "government run" comprehensive health care system in the industrialized world fails to cover ALL their citizens.

This bill did not go far enough! This bill is only a pathetic first step toward providing access to health care for all Americans. Health care is a basic right! Democrats failed to force THAT basic human rights truth down the throats of Republican obstructionists. The government is NOT "running the entire health-care system." ACES are straight out LIARS!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 03/23/10 - 05:23 am
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Hey JOE HILL, if this
Unpublished

Hey JOE HILL, if this legislation is so wonderful, why did Obama and this congress exempt themselves from it? The elections of 1994 will look pale in comparison to what's going to happen to the Democrats this November. Can you say "Butt kicking?" Yup, more "change" will be coming, baby!

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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 05:27 am
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Excellent editorial !

Excellent editorial ! Concise, succinct and easy to understand except for the government educated. The worshipers of the obamassiah feel this is another freebie for those unwilling to support themselves, when in truth it's just another shackle to be worn by those enslaved by socialism. What a foolish choice to make willingly. American won't stand for this effort. If elections are still allowed in November, the socialists will be gone.

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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 05:28 am
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I think I have it. Let’s give

I think I have it. Let’s give every person free health care, housing, food, a car, free cable TV (with HBO and Showtime), high speed internet and a pet for the next ten years, but legislate it so we don’t have to pay for it until ten years later. Why not?

Think the Chinese, washing their clothes by hand, and getting their medical care from barefoot doctors will keep loaning us money to do that? They only send one third of their exports to the U.S. and they have a growing middle class to make up any losses.

Remember the questions the Chinese students asked Obama when he was in China about how we could pay for the health care bill? The answer wasn’t important, but their response to it was. They LAUGHED AT HIM.

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 03/23/10 - 05:29 am
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When people finally start

When people finally start actualy reading through this 2,700 page nightmare, called the health care reform act, they will find out that this putrid piece of trash has more gimmicks, sleight of hand accounting, and outright lies that any legislation in our country's history. Is the CBO nonpartisan? Yes. Can they only give estimates based on parameters dictated by the Democrats? Yes. Fantasy in = Fantasy out.

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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 05:29 am
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I have pre-existing

I have pre-existing conditions that preclude me from getting health insurance. Doctors and hospitals have priced themselves out of my range of affordablity. I work hard, I pay my taxes and the Republican governments continued to benefit the extremely wealthy, while adding to the burdens of those who actually pay for this government, the middle class. I suppose that it gives you pleasure, Federalist to know that I am unable to afford health care, since you follow those who make sure that I can't.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 05:31 am
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Why is it that you

Why is it that you Republicans worry about the deficit now, after your party ran it up? Where was your anger when Dub and the Republican forced through the huge tax cuts benefiting the wealthy on Reconciliation?

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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 05:36 am
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Cain, please think before you

Cain, please think before you start ranting. This bill sets the stage for the total collapse of the private insurance industry. Your fantasy that health care is a right is just more socialism. My fantasy is that having a working set of wings is a right, but guess what -- it isn't. Currently, our nation provides a health care system that those willing to qualify can access and many can just confiscate money from the productive to qualify for basic treatment. All of that is under attack with this bill. People taking care of their lifestyle that helps avoid self inflicted health problems is a right. The treatment of these same people is a privilege.

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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 05:38 am
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Oh, about the fact those will

Oh, about the fact those will preexisting conditions who don't have insurance will now be allowed to purchase it, let's think about that for a moment. The same insurance company that those paying their premiums to will now take a financial hit. Guess how they make it up? They up the premiums of everyone.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/23/10 - 05:40 am
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Reformed, doesn't matter who

Reformed, doesn't matter who ran it up, but it matters that we stop spending. There is no money. Since we only have two parties who is more likely to stop spending?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/23/10 - 05:40 am
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RR, you've fallen for a

RR, you've fallen for a series of lies put out by the socialist propaganda machine. You're exactly the type that feels the 90% should be crushed to be equal to the 10% that aren't doing well. Great way to make everyone equal.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 05:41 am
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Where, in this bill, is the

Where, in this bill, is the "fact" that it gives people free health care? Nowhere.....When will a Republican tell the truth? NEVER!

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/23/10 - 05:42 am
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Only when it's regarding

Only when it's regarding Republicans does it NOT matter who ran up the deficit. BRILLIANT!

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