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I want this health care bill passed! America needs this bill passed!

Heath care is out of reach for the average American who are living paycheck to paycheck. I have pretty good coverage, as my husband is retired military. But there are some issues with that coverage as well that needs to be addressed.

I work for a small company that employs about 10 to 12 people. The company makes an effort to provide low-cost health insurance, but it's not low-cost to the employees once you've paid a family premium, copays and deductibles. But don't try to live without it, especially if you have children. I've seen my co-workers deal with this, and I feel so bad for them knowing there has to be a better way. I just kind of keep quiet and thank my lucky stars my husband did serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. TRICARE has its problems as well, but that's a whole other letter.

I'm also concerned with ho w my daughters -- ages 29, 21 and 19 -- have no coverage. Why? Because they can't afford it! My 29-year-old is barely making it. My 21- and 19-year-olds are covered under TRICARE now because they are still in college. But after college age they are done! What then? These are my babies that I've taken care of all of their life; now it's time for them to learn how to take care of themselves but the resources for them to do that are not there!

The president has the answer to the health care problem, and everyone else wants to further their own agendas. Well, everyone else who does not want this health care bill to pass, I'm sure, already has a pretty good health plan! So what do they care about the rest of us? Concerned about spending, my fanny!

Let America finally get this done! Shame on people for blocking this bill!

Doris Crutchfield

Augusta

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Nammy3 07/24/09 - 02:43 am
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Oh man...........

Oh man...........

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 07/24/09 - 04:41 am
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Yes, it's O-bammy to the

Yes, it's O-bammy to the rescue...O-bammy to the re-e-es-cue! Don't all of you hard working people love it when the entitlement minded pull on your heart strings with their pleas for More, More, More. So Mrs. Crutchseeker, just how old does one of your babies have to be before they can be expected to stand on their own two feet? Most of the rest of us have been doing it since age 19 and we aren't looking back for reparations or looking forward to a hand out. Maybe that course of studies needs to contain a little personal power and economics 101. BTW...That spending you tout about so liberally doesn't come from fannies.....but from the hard working taxpayer's wallets, located in the hip pockets that cover those fannies.

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justus4 07/24/09 - 05:20 am
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Health care reform will pass
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Health care reform will pass this year with republicans screaming that the sky is falling. It will not be well-defined and will not be in effect until 2011, but that will be a sincere start to changing what we have now. Everyone will not be covered and the waste and fraud will be significantly reduced. Democrats will get the credit, but republicans will still be saying that its not working while the country adjust to the new procedures, they will continue to offer nothing.

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carcraft 07/24/09 - 05:24 am
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"Heath care is out of reach

"Heath care is out of reach for the average American who are living paycheck to paycheck". MS. Crutchfield, does that include the 70% of Americans that are happy with their health care? When we grow up and leave hme we need to learn how to survive. Each one of my 5 children did, Four are college graduates and one is now going for a Masters degree and one is soon to follow. The one with out the degree is in college now..Just as you went out and made your way in the world so will your children..they are just as capable as you!

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xanadu 07/24/09 - 06:09 am
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Did the chairman of the local

Did the chairman of the local Dem party get someone to write in for him again since he just had his monthly vitriol psychobabble printed last week?

xanadu
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xanadu 07/24/09 - 06:15 am
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But just in case its a legit

But just in case its a legit letter, just would like to tell Ms. Crutchfield that we have Tricare too and do just fine with it. Of course, if I want plastic surgery just 'because', well, I'd have to shell out for that myself, but if I have a genuine medical need for anything, I haven't been denied yet, so I don't know exactly what it is she wants done or needs done that she is getting denied. And I so agree with these other commenters that her 'babies' need to grow up and stand on their own. My two girls are 26, 29 and they handle their own business w/o any handouts or help from anyone else. Here's a thought: tell your darlings to join the military since they can't make it otherwise, then they'll get medical coverage, an education, and a bunch of other perks. And if her girls have bebbies out of wedlock, they'll even enable them further! Hey, aint America grand?

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HotFoot 07/24/09 - 06:42 am
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chiennedereine, can you read?

chiennedereine, can you read? She wasn't complaining about Tricare in her letter, she was empathizing with others who don't have it. An employer-sponsored health care plan is NOT a "hand-out", especially not these days, as the LTE notes. Premiums have skyrocketed, deductibles are huge, co-pays are significant...and coverage is denied whenever possible by profit-driven insurers. Finally, because you disagree with her, you get personal with your speculation about her daughters. Not only can't you read, you're not a very nice person. Big surprise.

xanadu
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xanadu 07/24/09 - 06:49 am
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I always get personal when

I always get personal when someone wants to use my tax money for asinine things, like paying for homeless and illegal health care and for healthcare for those who don't want to work. And she brought her kids into the equation, not I.

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wribbs 07/24/09 - 06:51 am
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I wish all these people that

I wish all these people that want the government to provide their health care would do a little research. Look at all of the countries that have tried this, their going broke! It DOES NOT work! All that has to be done is get the government out of the health care business and the free market would solve this problem in no time. Fat chance of that happening as long as you've got people standing in line for a handout.

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carcraft 07/24/09 - 06:54 am
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HotFoot on Fri Jul 24, 2009

HotFoot on Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:42 AM More than eight in 10 Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Thursday said they're satisfied with the quality of health care they receive.
How do you explain this ? Note this is a CNN poll..

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teharper428 07/24/09 - 07:10 am
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Carcraft- That's great 70%

Carcraft- That's great 70% are satisfied with their health insurance that they ALREADY have. And with health care reform, they'll get to keep their insurance. But what about the 47 million who don't have health insurance? The reform is trying to address how to have affordable health insurance for the millions who don't have it.

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redraider 07/24/09 - 07:42 am
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What a joke. If Americans

What a joke. If Americans spent as much time actually doing something about preventing health problems as they do worrying about how to fix their health problems; doctors would be competing to make house calls. If you don't take care of yourself nobody else should be compelled to do so. What the government taketh(taxes,choice,etc.) it doth not give back. Let me remind all readers that the social security program started out as a simple program and has erupted into a giant boondoggle with congress raiding its funds and changing the rules when it suits them to "save Money"

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apex24 07/24/09 - 07:51 am
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All your children have to do

All your children have to do is when they get to feeling bad go to University Hospital's emergency room . That's the doctor's office of Augusta and they will take whatever you can afford for payment. This not an emergency room, this is a low income doctor's office. So people, if you have a real emergency DO NOT go to University Hospital. Go by and check it out. We don't need to pass health care just go look at University Hospitals' emergency room and see the minorities and low income people getting all the health care they need.

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HotFoot 07/24/09 - 07:53 am
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carcraft, note that 8 of 10

carcraft, note that 8 of 10 (I'm taking your word for it rather than looking it up) are happy with their "health CARE", not with their health insurance. Also, the 2 of 10 who are NOT satisifed are no doubt uninsured and thus the very people the public option would target. A public option would not be a hand-out, either. I assume you've never lost your job and been on COBRA until you could get a new one. I assume also that you've never had your COBRA run out and tried to enroll in a private plan. Any idea what that costs? The public option would provide a plan to compete with employer-sponsored private plans for those with no affordable way in to the system. Those already covered who are happy with their coverage are welcome to keep it.

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HotFoot 07/24/09 - 07:54 am
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Hey, apex24, I went to the

Hey, apex24, I went to the University Hospital ER with a serious dog bite and I am fully covered through employer-sponsored insurance. What's your point?

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southernguy08 07/24/09 - 07:55 am
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I have proposed this question
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I have proposed this question to government run healthcare supporters in the past, with no answer yet. Why do you have faith that this government, that is trillions of dollars in debt and can't even secure its borders can efficiently provide everyone healthcare? You supporters of this, don't answer all at once.

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ldsmith1 07/24/09 - 07:57 am
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Healthcare is not a right.

Healthcare is not a right.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/24/09 - 08:02 am
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THARPER, last week, CNN said
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THARPER, last week, CNN said it was 40 million uncovered. A few days ago, one of your ilk said it was 50 million. The numbers seem to change hourly to whatever Oooobama wants to get this rammed down our throats. In countries like Sweden, where they have this, there is a 60% tax rate. For you who've been in "guvmint skuuls," that's $60,000 for every $100,000 you earn going to this "compassionate government." Anybody noticed that many of the supporters of this have never paid a dime of income taxes. When it's their money being spent, then see how hard they'll be pushing for this. I'll guarantee you the newly patriated illegals, now paying taxes, won't be for it. What a surprise. Liberals are always for big programs to help the "poor and needy," as long as someone else is paying for it.

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apex24 07/24/09 - 08:02 am
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Hotfoot, the ER is used like

Hotfoot, the ER is used like a doctor's office for low income people. At the time you were in the ER it probably wasn't full of people curled up in chairs waiting to be seen by a doctor.

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dashiel 07/24/09 - 08:06 am
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Fifty percent of Americans

Fifty percent of Americans want universal healthcare. The other fifty percent have insurance.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/24/09 - 08:08 am
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"Life, liberty, and the
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"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Ooobama and the Dems, let me pursue my happiness and get your greedy hands off my wallet! I'll take care of my own healthcare. Anybody that thinks this will be a voluntary program, the same was said of Social Security in 1937. Look what happened, and look at what's happening to SS now. Government is wasteful and inefficient, and has proven time and time again that it is not the answer. It never has been and never will be!

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BabyCanYouDigYourMan 07/24/09 - 08:10 am
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Healthcare Solved! AP- Mayor

Healthcare Solved! AP- Mayor of LA is holding a news conference this am to announce not only have they found the means to pay for Jacko's funeral but provide the funds for the healthcare bill in Congress. LA has contracted with local "steet vendors" to liquidate the drugs found at Jacko's estate. The revenue is expected to exceed 1 trillion dollars.

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southernguy08 07/24/09 - 08:13 am
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Well, there you go...more
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Well, there you go...more changing numbers. According to DASHIEL, 50% of Americans have no healthcare. Since there are 300 million Americans, that means that we're up to 150 without healthcare. Lordy, lordy, when will this lack of compassion stop! Better question, when will this BS stop! For all you supporters of this, get your numbers corrected and stick with them.

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convertedsoutherner 07/24/09 - 08:16 am
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The libs say conservatives

The libs say conservatives get their talking points from rush and on and on. But look at the talking points of the libs. Now it's being called the health ins tax and not the healthcare tax. Those fawning followers are good little followers of the inept/incompetent/racist prezbho. No one is refused care. Start taking the responsibility of taking care of yourself. That 47million figure is a joke. Many are illegals and many others choose to not have insurance. How you going to like paying the insurance/healthcare for the illegal aunt of prezbho?

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dashiel 07/24/09 - 08:16 am
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or develop some vestige of a

or develop some vestige of a sense of humor...

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convertedsoutherner 07/24/09 - 08:28 am
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Libs just aren't able to read

Libs just aren't able to read and comprehend. Yes you may have a great insurance plan with work. Once the horrible prezbho healthcare tax is implemented, that ins company will be prohibited from writing new policies. That plan you have at work stops when you stop work. What do you do then? You will be unable to get private ins. If you run a business, would you be able to sustain your expenses if you're unable to sell any new products or service? prezbho is making more guv'mint jobs which will take people out of the private ins. A company can't continue if they lose customers and are unable to get new customers. Is that so hard to understand that all this healthcare tax is doing is to force everyone into a guv'mint plan?

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stewartist 07/24/09 - 08:31 am
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"Democraps"..."please sir,

"Democraps"..."please sir, can I have more?" What ever happened to personal responsibility. You earn your way in this world. We have the best health care system in the world already, a few things need reform, but Obama's plan will bankrupt us!!!

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LaTwon 07/24/09 - 08:36 am
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if i pay for your healthcare

if i pay for your healthcare will you promise not to smoke, drink alcohol, layoff of the twinkies and cheetos. exercise, throw out the crack pipe, bathe, limit your illegitimate children to say maybe just one every other year, use condoms, quit launching bullets thru one another, submit to preventative drug testing monthly, turn off your digital cable, and maybe pick up the trash while you are loitering? what? violation of your freedoms? now you know how i feel............

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convertedsoutherner 07/24/09 - 08:42 am
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Our economy is in trouble; in

Our economy is in trouble; in less than 6 mos we have higher debt than in past; a horrible healthcare tax is being pushed at us; cap and trade tax pushed at us; highest unemployment and continues to increase; private businesses being taken over by guv'mint; we're in debt to China; and the list goes on and on. With the unemployment situation and economy as it is, companies are now forced to institute pay increases. Watch companies increase their prices; cut employees; limit hiring and make more jobs as part-time. We are watching the total incompetence of a guv'mint gone amuck.

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toppergem 07/24/09 - 08:42 am
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Health care reform will pass

Health care reform will pass this year. The cost of health care is outrageous. It must be brought back in line. People are dying daily because they can't afford the cost of most things related to illness or prevention of advanced illness. Stop this silly maddness...stop with all of this "the sky is fallin' mess". The sky isn't falling, it won't ever happen.

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