Health-care summit was huge success

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Despite The Augusta Chronicle's tirade that the President's Health Summit was a "trap" for Republicans ("In defense of 'no', " Feb. 24), Sen. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republicans, said, "Thank you, Mr. President, for a fabulous discussion."

Not only was it fabulous, it was historic. For the first time, this president, Barack Obama, had the most transparent meeting with congressional leaders that this country had ever seen. Tea Partiers, Republicans, independents, and Democrats saw plainly that the hypocritical and heartless Republicans refuse to face the health issues of this nation.

The discussion shot down the false Republican claim that the House and Senate bills contained no Republican ideas when it was pointed out that 150 Republican amendments were incorporated into the bills.

The Republicans had one line that they had carefully rehearsed: "Let's start over again." This idea would allow thousands of Americans who do not have health care to die. It was designed to say no to health care -- the real objective of the Republicans and Tea Partiers.

At the end, the president showed leadership and forcefulness when he told the Republicans that their delaying tactics won't work anymore; that the use of the filibuster would be negated by the use of other procedures (reconciliation); and that the public would see a health-care reform bill shortly.

This was the best news for the American people, and destroyed the negative predictions and sour grapes of The Chronicle and their Tea Party friends that health-care reform is dead.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 02/28/10 - 07:56 pm
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Dear Lowell, If I were in

Dear Lowell,

If I were in your position I would spin it just like you did. But for a moment lets just deal with what most of us really saw. Obama only staged this for the cameras to try and make it appear that he really cared about what the republicans thought. What I saw was a president who didn't know as much about the bill as the republicans did. He also was angry when republicans brought up facts that he could not debate. He was totally disrespectful to John McCain by bringing up the election and showed what a cheap low class president he is. He wants to sacrifice his other democrats on the altar so that he can have some legislation for himself. "That's what elections are for" was his comment after the summit. Meaning, that he will get all the democrats to vote for the healthcare bill even though the majority of the people don't want it and they will vote your party out in November. Lowell, listen well, Obama is going to really hurt your party. You better make a decision whether you are going to be on the cross or the one driving the nails. (line borrowed from Mel Gibson, Edge of Darkness, LOL)

chascush
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chascush 02/28/10 - 08:05 pm
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Mr. Greenbaum, you need to

Mr. Greenbaum, you need to get to a hospital ASAP you have OD on Obama kool-aid and it might be fatal.

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johnston.cliff 02/28/10 - 08:35 pm
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Dr Greembaum, well said and

Dr Greembaum, well said and every bit as accurate as your other posts. However, the "summit" that I saw was a little different than the one you seem to have seen. In the one I saw, the president was blatantly condescending and intentionally vague while blowing off everything Repubs mentioned, even when his own words were read to him. In the summit I saw, the president made it clear that the word of the American people had no value because he had a large majority in the congress and his word is law. While our two summits seemed to take different paths, the end result seems to be the same. The president that hasn't even been able to sell his own party on the Obamacare health scam is going to push the effort until his entire party is flushed from Congress. The Obama messiah has shown his true perspective. He has a god complex. Well, the cat's out of the bag now. We'll just have to see how the country reacts.

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baronvonreich 02/28/10 - 10:37 pm
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Wow. That is some sensational

Wow. That is some sensational spin or else Lowell must watch a different version of CSPAN3 than the rest of America.

How many causes of death are certified by MDs and coroners as lack of health insurance anyways? And why doesn't the Democratic Party just go ahead and start providing free health insurance to Americans? Surely the 40% or so of America who claim to be Democrats would be more than willing to make the appropriate sacrifices and increase their donations to the Democratic Party in order to provide health insurance and stop letting these "thousands of Americans who do not have health care" stop dying now isntead of waiting on politics wouldn't they?

TheFederalist
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TheFederalist 03/01/10 - 12:59 am
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Mr. Greenbaum, with all due

Mr. Greenbaum, with all due respect sir, your letter is rubbish. Your letter is so far from what really happened, and what the rest of the world saw, that I am amazed you are not actually working with Robert Gibbs daily, as you certainly are qualified for the job. Your "spin" is a great teachable moment of just how out of touch with mainstream america you folks really are. However, sooner or later, harsh reality puts a end to most leftist dreams, and yours is no exception. I am truly sorry that you are unable to see what is really happening in the world, because you are looking through lenses that blind you to the reality of the american people saying "Enough". I will not go into detail here about how blatently wrong you are on all counts, as we have covered this ground already. However, it is interesting that you find no fault in Mr. Obama's little photo op, where once again he was the most inexperienced person in the room, and again lectured these career politicians like a high school civics class. Arrogance beyond belief. However, I know you need to bolster your faltering party with a rousing cheer to try and mitigate the truth, and that is understandable. Mr. Greenbaum, the truth, despite your attempts to disregard it, is that the american people have seen through this travesty, and are now out to take you folks down. The fact that your own party is in total disarray, and will most likely not have the votes to pass this bill, even using the parlimentary trick of reconciliation will be the reality I was refering to earlier. Anyone in congress that votes for it, will be poisoned, and may as well resign themselves to a shortened political career. Then, after the midterms, when you Democrats will no longer be the party in control of congress, I will look forward with delicious anticipation to see exactly how you spin that story.

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orgpsych 03/01/10 - 01:47 am
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Off topic comment: Is it just

Off topic comment: Is it just me or does it seem that the AC electronic edition is showing up later and later each day? Why is that?

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Dixieman 03/01/10 - 03:51 am
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Yeah, and I am Queen Marie of

Yeah, and I am Queen Marie of Romania.

Petey Aitchess
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Petey Aitchess 03/01/10 - 04:19 am
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When I first saw the title of

When I first saw the title of this letter, I did a double-take. Then I looked and saw the author. Every month I eagerly anticipate the humor break, and I'm rarely disappointed. This is a truly outstanding effort, getting better all the time! Thank you as always for the laughs, Lowell. Have you picked out Gloria's topic for her letter yet? Do you want some suggestions?

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YappyMuther 03/01/10 - 04:35 am
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Thank you for the excellent

Thank you for the excellent letter, Mr Greenbaum. Do not pay any attention to the detractors who are just mad and jealous that they did not vote for our super President!

YappyMuther
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YappyMuther 03/01/10 - 04:37 am
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Thank you for the excellent

Thank you for the excellent letter, Mr Greenbaum. Do not pay any attention to the detractors who are just mad and jealous that they did not vote for our super President!

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carcraft 03/01/10 - 05:19 am
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Thank you for an excellent

Thank you for an excellent letter Mr Greenbaum and the rest of the Democrats please vote for health care reform (who cares if it speeds America toward the day America can't pay any bills! The welfare plantation folks will really cry...Maybe 10 years till bankruptcy when the real cost of health care "reform" kicks in) the Republicans will control both House and Senate (pay back is a female dog of the worst sort) and in 2012 the White House...

southernguy08
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southernguy08 03/01/10 - 06:13 am
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YAPPY, Super President?
Unpublished

YAPPY, Super President? That's hysterical! Yeah, this "Super President" has doubled out national debt his first year in office, and is already getting his party ousted from the majority in congress. He has become the Republican Party's best friend. Bet they have a big photo of him in the RNC HQ with a big heart around it. Keep on Obammy. Your arrogant, igrnorant "leadership" is making sure that the spineless, clueless, Marxist Dems will be losing elections for the next 20 years. Go Barry.

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southernguy08 03/01/10 - 06:15 am
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Dr. Greenbaum? Glad I'm not
Unpublished

Dr. Greenbaum? Glad I'm not sick. Seriously, thanks for the letter Lowell...we needed a good laugh.

getalife
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getalife 03/01/10 - 07:54 am
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Mr. Greenbaum, your letter is

Mr. Greenbaum, your letter is a joke. You had on your rose colored glasses and had a big glass of the kool-aid while you watched this photo shoot for Obama. Obama talked down all of the Republican suggestions as "good talking points" and did not have the guts to answer Senator John McCain's questions about the special deals made with some states. I want the Georgia taxpayers to receive the same benefits and special deals that the few other states received to bribe their votes for the bill. Obama only listens when he is doing the talking.

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Little Lamb 03/01/10 - 07:57 am
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Well, Southernguy, they say

Well, Southernguy, they say laughter is the best medicine.

Back to the letter, Greenbaum says, “The Republicans . . . said, "Let's start over again." This idea would allow thousands of Americans who do not have health care to die.”

Let us not forget the millions of Americans who do have health insurance who will die. People die every day, and it's not lack of health insurance that is to blame.

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glassrinkmaker 03/01/10 - 08:04 am
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And this guy is a Dr?? A Dr

And this guy is a Dr?? A Dr of what stupidity and wishful thinking?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/01/10 - 08:17 am
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Whoa there Mr. Greenbaum.

Whoa there Mr. Greenbaum. What were you smoking while you watched the summit? What I saw was a president that demonstrated that he had no intention of accepting any ideas other those that were already in the House/Senate/Obama takeover bill. Bills that contain provisions and taxes that almost 60% of this country rejects. All Obama did was spout the same party line and make wincing facial expressions everytime the Republicans ask him to consider options that might actually work without raising taxes and cutting the throats of our seniors on Medicare. Why does he reject common sense reforms? Because it does not give the government total control of everything and that is the true objective of the Democrats. Once they get control of the healthcare and the insurance companies that can and they will dictate what kind of treatment you will be entitile to have. It will be based on their budget, not what is best for our health. There MIGHT be 30 million new people who will get coverage under the Democrat's , but the 80% of us who have coverage will get WORSE treatment and PAY a LOT more for coverage and a LOT more taxes. True wealth redistribution....better known as socialism.

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dani 03/01/10 - 08:27 am
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Mr. Greenbaum, don't you

Mr. Greenbaum, don't you recognize graciousness when you hear it. Sen McConnell is a gentleman, a refreshing change from the "in your face" attitude the Republicans had been subjected to for hours.

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ripjones 03/01/10 - 08:44 am
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Once again, where do I start.

Once again, where do I start. Lowell, you must've been on some REALLY good drugs, to be able to write this letter with a straight face. Your telelvision screen must have a lot of distortion, because I'm agreeing with others on this forum -- we did not see the same thing you did. What I did see was an arrogant Obama say "I'm the president", when asked why the democrats had taken 50 minutes, and the republicans had only been given 16 minutes at that point in time.

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sgachief 03/01/10 - 08:49 am
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Lowell, if you're an example

Lowell, if you're an example of the best the dumbocratic party has to offer, no wonder our country is in such a mess!!!

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draksig 03/01/10 - 09:27 am
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My. Greenbaum must have

My. Greenbaum must have watched a different event that I did or he dreamed it. This was a joke and the networks that showed it need to apologize to the American Public for running this 6 hour campaign ad as if it were news. If he invited Republican's to discuss health care, why did he refuse to allow them to even talk about the bill as written? Why was one third of the time spent with him talking? There is no aspect of Republican input in this bill. This bill was written in Reed's office in secret and moved to the floor just in time for the vote as a substitute bill. During the floor debates, any republican amendment was voted down on a party line vote. Anytime that Obama speaks off the cuff and without a teleprompter, his arrogance shows.

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slippery 25 03/01/10 - 09:30 am
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Lowell, You are a month to

Lowell, You are a month to early with your post. April 1st is Fool day not March 1

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willienelson 03/01/10 - 09:32 am
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Perhaps the will of the

Perhaps the will of the people is not important here. Maybe this healthcare reform will lead to some good. When America can no longer sustain honoring it's debts, we will have to start over. Perhaps then we can go item by item and eliminate entitlement programs that not only we cannot afford but are unnecessary and ripe for abuse. Perhaps after the Obamanation of America as we know it we may realize the limited role of government and only fund those endeavors. Perhaps the only way to survive the snake oil salesman currently in the WH is to allow the destruction to occur and rather than remodel this mess, start anew. Build something better from the ground up.

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55 F-100 03/01/10 - 09:36 am
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Sober up, Lowell, you're

Sober up, Lowell, you're embarassing yourself.

Notreally
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Notreally 03/01/10 - 09:48 am
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So much HATE.

So much HATE.

reader54
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reader54 03/01/10 - 09:53 am
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Mr. Greenbaum: The Christians

Mr. Greenbaum: The Christians have spoken; we can't afford healthcare. We need to spend our money fighting illegal and winless wars! Isn't it a bit ironic that prisoners are afforded healthcare under our Constitution but free Americans aren't? I wonder what Jesus would do?

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Petey Aitchess 03/01/10 - 09:59 am
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reader54 - The Constitution

reader54 - The Constitution states "no cruel or UNUSUAL punishment". It does not stipulate that prisoners will be provided with services all of the regular population do not enjoy.

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bettyboop 03/01/10 - 10:22 am
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NO ONE is denied health care

NO ONE is denied health care in this Country.....just go to any emergency room and watch the non-English speaking non- tax paying adults and children getting excellent free health care. What other Country does this?

dani
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dani 03/01/10 - 10:23 am
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reader54...Obama is in charge

reader54...Obama is in charge of raging the wars, are you calling him a Christian?

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AWyld1 03/01/10 - 10:24 am
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There is no such thing as

There is no such thing as government healthcare. There is tax payer funded healthcare.The tax payers have made it clear they do not want it! You politicians better listen up or you will pay hell getting another democrat elected for a long time! As far as Greendumb's letter? same crap different letter....

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