Barrow voted correctly on health care

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A recent advertisement in your newspaper criticizing U.S. Rep. John Barrow for his recent vote in support of a package of much-needed improvements to our health care system is troubling.

My understanding is that this package, known as the CHAMP Act, will provide funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program and make some positive changes to Medicare. Those changes include avoiding cutting Medicare payments to physicians; expanding extra help paying for prescription drugs to those who are low income and on Medicare; and expanding preventive health care.

Health care that is affordable and of high quality is very important to me. It seems to me that Rep. Barrow's vote on this legislation is a step in the right direction. I commend his vote.

Betty S. Walker, Augusta

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/24/07 - 05:05 am
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The part that is questionable

The part that is questionable is that "low income" is defined as a family earning $80,000/yr. This bill will never get past the president even if it gets past the senate. Barrow sold his vote for a reciprocal vote from some democrat somewhere down the line. Politics, you gotta love it.

jack
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jack 09/24/07 - 09:07 am
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The bill is known by the

The bill is known by the acronym of SCHIPs and is an incremental step by the DIMocRATS towards socialized medicine. I believe it finally got through the Senate but vetoed (as it should have been) by President Bush for providing government health insurance to cildren of families earning $80,000 a year who can afford their own insurance.

constitutionnow
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constitutionnow 09/24/07 - 10:13 am
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Show me in the Constitution

Show me in the Constitution where it gives the government the responsibility for providing any form of healthcare. You won't find it, unless you're looking at the Canadian Constitution, it might be in there. Why don't you go check it out and let us know how that works for ya!

sjgraci
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sjgraci 09/24/07 - 10:46 am
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Show me in the Constitution

Show me in the Constitution where it is prohibited. By the above logic the government should not be providing healthcare to the military, military retirees, veterans, or Commander in Chief for that matter.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 09/24/07 - 10:48 am
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Congressman Barrow has

Congressman Barrow has crossed party lines to vote with the Republicans more than any Democratic Congressman.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 09/24/07 - 01:38 pm
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the 10th amendment prohibits

the 10th amendment prohibits such socialist plans: Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 09/24/07 - 03:16 pm
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Ms.Thomas, a family earning

Ms.Thomas, a family earning $80,000 with how many children?
Please give the facts. Earning $80,000 with 5 children isn't a lot of income.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 09/24/07 - 03:19 pm
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God bless Congressman Barrow

God bless Congressman Barrow for voting for the SCHIP Bill.
I don't think President Bush will veto the bill. He is just talking trash.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/24/07 - 04:03 pm
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Rozzie2003, $80,000 with one

Rozzie2003, $80,000 with one child will qualify with the current bill. We'll see how far it goes. More social programs is exactly what we need on our current path toward socialism. It's worked so good for everyone that's tried it. Combined with the increased taxes the left is threatening us with we should be well on the way to utopia. What a good plan. VOTE DEMOCRAT

LaTwon
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LaTwon 09/24/07 - 08:45 pm
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just 15 years ago 50,000 was

just 15 years ago 50,000 was considered rich by the clintons. now it is 250 000. what has happened to our currency? your savings? what right do we have to load trillions upon trillions onto the unborn? they are not represented by anyone.

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