Thankfully, health-care reform is law

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The Republicans are gnashing their teeth because, however they tried, they could not stop the health-care reform bill from becoming law.

First they organized "town meetings" and excited crowds by throwing the bill on the floor. When that didn't work, they decided that the government was going socialist. When that didn't work, they decided the government was going communist. When that didn't work, they decided that a "death panel" was going to kill your grandmother. When that didn't work, they decided to bus in a goon squad to Washington D.C., and spit and use words that brought back the 1960s.

Yet, despite the fact that not one Republican voted for it, health-care reform is the law.

Why? Because within six months, millions of small businesses will receive tax cuts to help them afford health coverage for all their employees; because young people (the group most uninsured) will be allowed coverage until age 26 under their parents' plans; because those who had "pre-existing conditions" will now join a pool of high risk and get insurance; because there will be free preventive care; because insurance companies cannot set an annual limit and drop your health care: because seniors in the drug "donut hole" will see the co-pay eventually disappear; because 32 million uninsured Americans who flooded our emergency rooms will now be able to visit their own physician because they will have health insurance.

The Republicans now are screaming that they will repeal the bill (not doable). They will sue the federal government (sorry; federal law takes precedence over state law).

Finally, kudos to President Obama; to my friend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi' and to South Carolina's Rep. James Clyburn and the Democrats who, with determined effort, made health care a right and no longer a privilege for all Americans.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

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

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brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 03/25/10 - 09:44 pm
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I thought that the AC were to

I thought that the AC were to post someone no more than once a month. Greenbaum had something published just a few weeks ago. Ok now to his article...it's WRONG! Repeal is very doable when 79 percent of the people are against it. Repeal is very doable when it is unconstitutional at its basic core. If for some reason this law is not repealed then the America we once knew is dead. Socialism will be the rule of the land and the freedoms that our people have bled and died for in all of our American wars will be lost.

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dichotomy 03/25/10 - 10:22 pm
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Repeal is very doable. If we

Repeal is very doable. If we can't get repeal, revolution is doable. It might be a tax revolt, or it might be something a little more serious. It really doesn't matter which way it happens. But something has to be done to stop people like Greenbaum who think they are entitled to reach into peoples pockets, take their money, give it to someone else. And then they want to tell the poor guy that just got ripped off how he gets to spend what is left of what he went out and earned. I don't care how we stop it or how far we have to go to do it. Our government and the Democrats are totally out of control and out of touch with reality of who they represent. They need to be snatched back into reality and apparently protesters and polls that show them to be wrong are not enough to give them a wake up call. Whatever it takes to do that is fair game. Greenbaum is just another Democrat who believes that the more money the government takes from you and the more the government controls you the better off the country is. He claims that in six months small businesses will be providing insurance for all of their employees. In six months small businesses will elect to pay the fine because it will be cheaper and those kids will not be on their parents policies until they are 26 because businesses will be paying the fine and dropping their insurance and you and your kids will be on Medicaid or some other government minimal insurance plan. And when all of those folks hit Medicaid the state will just jack your taxes up to pay the Medicaid. I have no doubt that Greenbaum idolizes his good friend Pelosi and no doubt that he is thrilled with the implementation of Communist Healthcare, the associated loss of freedom, and the increased IRS intrusion into our lives, health records, and bank accounts. Communist love a powerful police state and less individual freedom. They always have.

Lorraine
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Lorraine 03/25/10 - 10:51 pm
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Well said Greenbaum! I guess

Well said Greenbaum! I guess that Republicans will go back to the drawing board so that they can reload with more scare tactics.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 03/25/10 - 11:28 pm
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When the Democrats debated it

When the Democrats debated it in Congress, that didn't work. When they brought the bill to town hall meetings, that didn't work. When they polled the American people, that didn't work. When they were going to force it through with a super majority, that didn't work. When they bribed public officials, that didn't work. Oh, wait, yes, it did. Now, that's change we can believe in! Thank goodness for the new bipartisanship (in opposition to this legislation).

Trey Enfantay
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Trey Enfantay 03/25/10 - 11:56 pm
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Hilarious once again. Thank

Hilarious once again. Thank you Dr G for the confession of knowing San Fran Nan. I wish you could post every day - I'd happily forward your diatribes to Jay Leno.

GGpap
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GGpap 03/26/10 - 02:49 am
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Probably the greatest benefit

Probably the greatest benefit coming from the passage of this health care bill is the warm and fuzzy feeling, and the uncontrollable glee careening throughout my physical being, that I am basking in as I read the reports of "Armageddon coming" and hear the gnashing of teeth, and the tearing of hair, and visualize the ashes and sackcloth, and the wailing of the repub "losers" that have predicted the failure of this landmark bill for so many months. Unfortunately, it is not enough, it is just a small opiate to soothe my soul from the personal anger and frustration I (and many, many others) have had to deal with for the eight years preceding the election of this administration. GGpap

GGpap
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GGpap 03/26/10 - 02:55 am
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Brimisjoshan, you write, "I

Brimisjoshan, you write, "I thought that the AC were to post someone no more than once a month." Aren't you lucky that this rule doesn't apply to folks like you and I? By the way, the latest I've heard is that more than 50% of Americans (a majority) are now in favor of the health care LAW. Your 79% against is not correct; never was. GGpap

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ReformedRepub 03/26/10 - 03:27 am
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Nullification has never

Nullification has never worked, if Republicans could have stopped this bill, they would have, they tried every tactic and lie in the book. Last, they must get elected, in order to get the votes to repeal. When they start campaigning on repeal, they will get another shock. They are so blind to facts and truth, they actually believe they might increase their numbers in Congress! NOTGONNAHAPPEN!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/26/10 - 04:52 am
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Repealing a bill that

Repealing a bill that congress has passed is almost impossible. Come November, money to finance the bill can be stopped and bills to start dismantling this takeover can be lined up for 2012 when the obama will be removed. Most of the bill is set to take effect in 2014 and 2018, so there's time to defund this horrible mess. With a little effort, Americans can emphasize the problems created with this silly diversity experiment. The hard left press will continue to manipulate the uninformed, but motivating them to vote more than once in a row has proven to be a problem in the past. I expect it will be again. Things will improve as lefties are removed from congress. The next two elections should have the place cleaned enough to start a recovery.

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overburdened_taxpayer 03/26/10 - 05:27 am
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I was reading this letter and

I was reading this letter and preparing an answer and then I saw it was Greenbaum and realized that it doesn't need to be answered because the word Greenbaum says everything you need to know about the silliness of the letter.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/26/10 - 05:28 am
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"In the end they will lay

"In the end they will lay their freedom at out feet and say 'Make us your slaves, but feed us' ". (From the Grand Inquisitor)

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/26/10 - 05:30 am
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Cliff, you have to get the

Cliff, you have to get the votes first. It's a lot easier to misrepresent the fact of the bill than it is to misrepresent the truth of the LAW that will benefit 32 MILLION people, many of whom will see through Republican lies and fear tactics. I didn't work in 2006, it DEFINITELY didn't work in 2008; what makes you think it will work in 1010? NOTGONNAHAPPEN!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 05:33 am
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How many of you have read

How many of you have read this wonderful bill?ALL are trusting hussein's word that this is so great.NOBODY,including the politicians that voted on it, has read it.How can supporters of this bill defend it when they don't know what all is included?

justus4
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justus4 03/26/10 - 05:38 am
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Great article! My thanks to
Unpublished

Great article! My thanks to the Democrat Party for all the hard work involved in getting Health Care Reform signed into law. It took great efforts to overcome over 100 yrs of gridlock, and now, democrats own this improvement for the American people. But here's what it also does: It places (R) squarely on the wrong side of history, AGAIN! This will clearly demonstrate which party is on the side of working Americans and which isn't. Once the bugs are worked out, it will reduce costs on small businesses and reduce the nat'l debt, while helping 32 million people get health care. Who could be against that? Again, congratulations to the President and his administration along with the House Speaker & Senate Majority Leader for putting Americans first and taking this huge step toward a more perfect Union.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/26/10 - 05:42 am
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RR, it's pretty obvious

RR, it's pretty obvious you're a subsidy person. It's my contention that if you take government subsidies, you shouldn't be allowed to vote. It's kind of like having you vote bought. (or apparently your mind)

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/26/10 - 05:47 am
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So, wizzard, have YOU read

So, wizzard, have YOU read the entire bill?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 05:48 am
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NONE of the supporters of

NONE of the supporters of this bill have any idea what is in it,yet they continue to laud the greatness of the bill.A challenge to anyone to tell what is in the bill.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 05:50 am
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So,reformed,have you read ANY

So,reformed,have you read ANY of this bill and if so,please expand on the parts that you agree.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/26/10 - 05:51 am
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You DIDN'T answer my question

You DIDN'T answer my question Wizzard, so I'll speak louder and more slowly, DID YOU READ THE BILL ?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 05:54 am
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NO,I have not and cannot

NO,I have not and cannot support a bill that I have NO clue as to what it contains.I need a little more than a lying politician's word that it is a good thing(unlike hussein worshippers)

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/26/10 - 05:55 am
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Actually I have not read the

Actually I have not read the entire bill, but have read parts of it as it went through the process. I have no doubt that it has flaws. I do know that, many parts included, and some that weren't, ie public option, were offered up by Republicans as alternatives during the Clinton administration's attempt at reform.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 05:55 am
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You didn't answer my

You didn't answer my question!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 05:56 am
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Which parts(specifically) do

Which parts(specifically) do you agree?

southern2
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southern2 03/26/10 - 06:00 am
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See headlines...Castro cheers

See headlines...Castro cheers Obamacare miracle! End of argument.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 06:00 am
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Do you think illegals should

Do you think illegals should be covered?Do you think abortions should be covered?Do you think amnesty should be included with enrollment?Do you think it should have been made public BEFORE being passed?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 06:02 am
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Well reformed,can't seem to

Well reformed,can't seem to find ANY parts of this bill that you agree with?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 06:03 am
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"hussein said so" is NOT good

"hussein said so" is NOT good enough for me.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/26/10 - 06:05 am
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Wizzard, there are too many

Wizzard, there are too many points in the bill with which I agree to mention in this space, but no, illegals should not be, and ARE NOT covered, and no I abhor abortion, which in present law, in the new LAW, and in the Executive order signed Wednesday, ARE NOT COVERED!

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 03/26/10 - 06:08 am
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You had best read your copy

You had best read your copy of this bill AGAIN.Please expand on some of the great points(one or two)that you do agree with.

ReformedRepub
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ReformedRepub 03/26/10 - 06:09 am
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Wizzrd, you say that you need

Wizzrd, you say that you need more than a lying politician's say to be for the bill, yet you use ONLY a LYING Republican politician's opinion to OPPOSE it. Kiddies, can you say hypocrisy? Sure you can!

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