Repeal new health-care plan? Yes!

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Could we please forget the petty party one-upmanship for once? I'm sick and tired of the naïve and downright stupid people who support a health-care plan that has nothing to do with improving health care.

Anyone with a thimbleful of brains has to know that you cannot add 30 million mostly higher-risk patients to the insurance rolls without sending the cost of insurance off the charts. You also have to know that you cannot maintain the quality of care when millions of patients are added without increasing the number of doctors, nurses and hospitals in equal proportion.

Letter writer Frank Gorman ("Repeal new health-care plan? Really?" April 8) cherry-picked the things we would all like to see in our insurance and condemned anyone who would dare try to explain why they cannot be covered. He doesn't feel it is fair. He should understand that it is fair to the majority in the majority of situations.

In his blind sense of compassion, Mr. Gorman feels that insurance companies must cover people for every condition from cradle to grave, and also reduce the costs. Such idealists are destroying our health-care system that is the envy of the world.

Yes, I would like to repeal the new health plan -- and, yes, I know it may not happen because we need 67 votes in the Senate to override a presidential veto. But I also know there are too many stupid people who continue to vote for senators and representatives who get re-elected by catering to "gimme" constituents who want everything for nothing. Mr. Gorman can gloat if he must, but the time is coming when his "gimme" generation is in for a shock.

So my hope is that, if the courts don't kill the health-care law because it is unconstitutional, the newly elected members of Congress will exercise good sense and refuse to fund its implementation. The American people will benefit most from repeal of another Obama-Pelosi-Reid government takeover disguised as a health-care plan.

Do you really think most Americans want 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce their health insurance? Or having a bureaucrat making decisions that a patient and doctor should be making? Do you want to pay three times what you do now? Are you ready to be fined and put in jail if you don't buy the health insurance the government tells you that you must buy? Are you ready to go to jail if you don't have the money to buy insurance?

May God help and protect us from the unanticipated consequences of well-intended people with good feelings but obviously limited common sense.

Richard Banks

Augusta

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Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 04/15/10 - 01:14 am
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Thank you Mr. Banks. There

Thank you Mr. Banks. There are many of us praying with you!

GGpap
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GGpap 04/15/10 - 02:50 am
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Sorry, Mr. Banks, the Health

Sorry, Mr. Banks, the Health Care Law is on the books and it is there to stay unless the republicans are more than moderately successful in 2010; and common sense tells us that this is highly unlikely. In the meantime, 2 more years, (and possibly 6 more) will more than likely produce major changes in the law as it stands today; and, all of them for the better. And by the way, ease your mind, sir, no one will be going to jail for failure to buy health insurance. GGpap

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Tigger_The_Tiger 04/15/10 - 04:56 am
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Why would common sense say

Why would common sense say they would not be moderately successful in 2010? What makes you think a law that violates the constitution will be upheld in the supreme court?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 06:05 am
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GGpap-Did you know the

GGpap-Did you know the STUPID, yes STUPID congress folks that voted this fraud in place disenfranchised their own staffers from their health insurance? Obumbler promised that if you like your own health insurance you can keep it, unless you are a US Congressional staff member. If these STUPID congress people will do that to their staff what about the rest of us? So please GGpap tell me about common sense..I'll wait like I am waiting for you to tell me how 10 years of taxes for 6 years of health care is sustainable..

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 06:08 am
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And GGPAP, it took the

And GGPAP, it took the Congressional Service Office writing an 800 page memo to explain to the lame brains in congress how this idiocy affects them and their staff..good luck to the rest of us, common sense indeed...

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 04/15/10 - 06:14 am
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"In the end they will lay

"In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, 'Make us your slaves, but feed us.'" [Dosteovsky's 'Grand Inquisitor']

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/15/10 - 06:18 am
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i piety those who put all

i piety those who put all their hope in the govt. they will make the health care bill better over the years.. this is insane**the statement by its premise says the current bill is full of mistakes..besides when has the govt ever created a program that fulfilled promises as advertised and in budget.. we are lead by idiots with the head idiot obama cheering them on....

southernguy08
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southernguy08 04/15/10 - 06:47 am
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Social Security, Medicare,
Unpublished

Social Security, Medicare, FDIC, USPS, the list goes on and on of successful "guvmint" services that taxpayers foot the bill for without being asked that are going broke. Why will Obamacare be different? Simple...it won't. I thought we fought a war because we didn't want to be European style country.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 07:10 am
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Still waiting GGpap-cat got

Still waiting GGpap-cat got your tonque?

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 04/15/10 - 07:33 am
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The HCR bill doesn't "force"

The HCR bill doesn't "force" anyone to buy anything. It assesses a tax liability if you don't carry insurance. If that's "forcing" someone to buy insurance, then the tax code has been forcing us to get married, to have children, to own a home, to put money into a 401K, to buy hybrid cars, to make our homes more energy efficient, to pay for medical bills, to pay for college...in short, we've been forced to do all kinds of things by the tax code. Who knew how tyrannized we've been?

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 04/15/10 - 07:37 am
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Repeal healthcare? You can

Repeal healthcare? You can put this one on your wish list right next to overturning Roe v Wade. Never going to happen!

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 07:47 am
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OK face the music (I hope you

OK face the music (I hope you will), How is paying for 6 years of health care with 10 years of taxes sustainable? It doesn't bother you that the clowns in congress disenfranchised their own employees from the employees health care plan?

slippery 25
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slippery 25 04/15/10 - 08:03 am
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If the plan is so wonderful,

If the plan is so wonderful, why didn't congress include themselves. What does student loans have to do with health care?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 08:43 am
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Slippery 25-unfortunately for

Slippery 25-unfortunately for the staffers in Congress, they were included and may lose their current health care plan because the idiots that passsed this legislation really didn't know what is in it or understand it, here is the link-Health-Care Bill Causes Confusion About Coverage for Congress‎

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Techfan 04/15/10 - 08:43 am
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southern: I guess you'll

southern: I guess you'll refuse Social Security and Medicare when of age. Nice of you to also refuse to claim FDIC insurance (even though it's paid by the institutions) if your bank goes under. Sorry you don't use the USPS either, you could save a lot of money. FedEx overnight for 0.5lb package from here to LA, minimum $49.33, max: $86.88. USPS-$18.30. Just a letter, FedEx, delivered Tuesday:$19.05. USPS:$0.44.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 08:44 am
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Still waiting for GGpap...

Still waiting for GGpap...

Techfan
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Techfan 04/15/10 - 08:52 am
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And who's responsible for the

And who's responsible for the amendment that "may" screw up staffers insurance? Tom Coburn and Chuck Grassley, both Republicans.

Whyisit
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Whyisit 04/15/10 - 10:02 am
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*Yawns* yet another looney

*Yawns* yet another looney letter to the chronicle, let me look out of my window to see if I can see the crowd gathering for the Tea Party in DC.

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Rhetor 04/15/10 - 10:10 am
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This letter makes some silly

This letter makes some silly points, but at least the conservatives have stopped telling their lies about death panels. I suppose that's progress of a sort.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/15/10 - 10:24 am
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techfan**have you read about

techfan**have you read about the billions the postal services is losing each year**the taxpayers make up the difference ** social security and medicare is also broke **but it is not a hand out as other programs because we each pay into with the promise it will be there when we retire but i would opt out if it wasnt forced upon me by the heavy hand of the govt. you see they are totaly broke and mismanaged the promises of being stewards of the ss trust fund..another example of the lying and ineptness of our elected leaders..and the republicans and the american people were locked out when the dims were negotiating and buying support for that so-called health bill*** it cant be blamed on any body but the dims no one else voted for that garbage...

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grouse 04/15/10 - 10:33 am
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Most of Banks' objections -
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Most of Banks' objections - his concern for the poor health insurance companies - would have been alleviated with the public option. As it is, Banks forgets that those added into the system will also be paying into the system. The insurance companies will most likely do fine....why else did their stocks go up on the day the bill was passed?

orgpsych
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orgpsych 04/15/10 - 10:40 am
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Maybe the Congress is exempt

Maybe the Congress is exempt from this and many other legislation because it keeps them from having a vested interest in the outcome? Could you be trusted to responsibly debate and vote on legislation that would affect you personally and counted on not to slant it to your own personal benefit? Most could not.

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dichotomy 04/15/10 - 10:41 am
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Okay, everyone who got a tax

Okay, everyone who got a tax refund that was more than they paid in, hold up your hand. How about the ones that paid nothing in and got a (Un)Earned Income Tax Credit? There is the 47% of the country that is core of the Democrat party. See you at the TEA Party rally. We have to stop this now. Repeal and Replace Obamacare. Do away with the income tax and get a flat tax or national sales tax. Cut federal spending on social welfare programs and congressional pork. Get a Balanced Budget Amendment. We are Taxed Enough Already folks and, if you don't wake up and take control, the government, particularly Obama and the Democrats, will take every dime you make to give it to their core constituency, the freeloaders and the unions. They have suckered you in with Obamacare. First, they spend the money, and later they send you the bill. Our taxes are poised to skyrocket and they know they will be gone when you get the bill. Stop them in their tracks now. They have already spent the money. They are depending on the fact that in a few years it will be a Republican administration who will have to raise the taxes on the "poor" people to pay for their horrendous deficit spending. It is a sham that we have let our politicians get by with for years. Stop the spending by ALL of the parties and politicians dead in it's tracks now and hold ALL of them accountable for balancing the budget by cutting spending, not by raising our taxes.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 10:51 am
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Techfan-Who passed the stupid

Techfan-Who passed the stupid bill with congressional staffers screw up in it? Why that would be the Democrates using back room deals and reconcilliation for purposes it was never intended..I guess they were just looking after the little guy BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 04/15/10 - 10:52 am
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orgpsch-do you really believe

orgpsch-do you really believe that fantasy you posted at 10;40 AM. WHY IS IT that they spend millions campaigning for a job that pays 144k a year? why is it most politicians leave office as millionaires..if you think the average politician of either party is truly concerned about what is best for the future of this country, then you my friend are truly delusional...

orgpsych
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orgpsych 04/15/10 - 10:54 am
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The real question to me is

The real question to me is why the Health Care Law is being resisted so much. I have read all about the cost and 10yrs vs 6 yrs and all of that. The country has been talking about Health Care Reform for decades now. The Democrats did something about it. Maybe it's not the perfect slution but what did the Republicans offer during all of those years in office? Nothing.

Why didn't we see a Republican effort like this? There were certainly good ideas offered from time to time and they certainly had the numbers for some time there; yet nothing resulted.

Someone here said it, I think, quite well early on when they said that the Republicans didn't that the system needed fixing. They felt that a Free Market solution was best. This came from one of the Conservative posters.

We partially deregulated the insurance industry and rates went through the roof. As premiums rose so did charges from doctors and hospitals. Everything is in an out of control upward spiral. That's what an unregulated free market will get you. As a result coverages were reduced and dropped. People lost and businesses that wanted to help take care of their employees found themselves battered with higher costs so that they couldn't afford to do so.

Something needs to be done. This may not be perfect but I still see nothing being offered from the Republicans that will handle the situation better. Maybe they are waiting until they come back into power so they can get the credit.

Is that what it's all about ... who gets the credit? Who, then is looking out for the people, especially those who do not have big incomes to afford outrageous premiums? Apparently no one in Washington is interested in doing so.

Wait, this one group DID something about it. You may not like it but THEY DID SOMETHING. There's a saying: "Best is the enemy of good enough." If you think this isn't the best way to proceed, but you offered nothing in alternative (not just during this recent process but during all those years that you HAD the power to act) then you haven't even begun to approach "good enough." You haven't done ANYTHING.

Complain all you like; I am sure that you will and then some. But, until you DO SOMETHING your words are empty.

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chel 04/15/10 - 10:54 am
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@carcraft: might as well give

@carcraft: might as well give up on that request because they only know insults and the race card. Don't ask for facts because the left won't give them, just insults.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/15/10 - 10:56 am
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Techfan-when you read the

Techfan-when you read the bill(you read it ?) How many other gremlins are in it? When you read it did you also look at all the other laws that are referanced and affected by the health care bill? Remember- these are the folks that can't move 200 people off Cuba and relocate them in the US and close a small detention facility in Cuba in 17 months and you trust these clowns with your health care! LOL!

orgpsych
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orgpsych 04/15/10 - 10:57 am
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A little bit of an over

A little bit of an over reaction there, nofan. There's nothing delusional about what I wrote and such a situation as I described has nothing at all to do with the numbers of politicians who leave office wealthy. Let's stay on point, shall we?

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InChristLove 04/15/10 - 10:59 am
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dichotomy, your 10:41am post

dichotomy, your 10:41am post says it all! Do as much damage as you can while in office because you know you won't be re-elected and let the crap hit the fan when the new President comes into office. Great way to let him/her take the blame for all this massive debt being created from the spending going on right now.

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