Stop Obama Care rally on tap for Augusta

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A coalition of Augustans opposed to the national health care reform plan will hold a rally from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 3, at the Riverwalk amphitheater.

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>In a conference call with liberal religious leaders Wednesday, President Obama called health coverage for Americans a "core ethical  and moral obligation."  Associated Press
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>In a conference call with liberal religious leaders Wednesday, President Obama called health coverage for Americans a "core ethical and moral obligation."

Speakers at the SOC (Stop Obama Care) Rally will include doctors, health care providers, congressmen and other elected officials, and citizens who have experienced socialized health care, according to the Web site socrally.com.

Columbia County resident Billy Jackson is chairman of the committee organizing the SOC event.

"We felt like that because of all the turmoil they're having at the town hall meetings the legislators will stop having them, and that will affect our voices being heard," Mr. Jackson said.

"Everyone wants to do something but they don't know what to do. We felt like if we could get other communities to join with us and bring in their elected officials and doctors to come and speak on Sept. 3 we could create a national rally."

Attendees are asked to bring socks to the event that will be mailed to the Capitol in protest of House Bill 3200.

"We plan to flood the halls of Congress with them in order to convey our message!" the group's Web site states.

Mr. Jackson said Georgia Congressmen Paul Broun and Nathan Deal have agreed to speak, and the committee has invited Congressmen John Barrow and Gresham Barrett, and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson.

"We're going to go over line items in this bill where we think there are points that are detrimental to our health care," Mr. Jackson said.

About a dozen people are involved in organizing the rally, which he describes as a nonpartisan event.

"We're calling ourselves a coalition of concerned citizens. We are looking for volunteers to help us," Mr. Jackson said.

Nita Boeglen, a real estate agent who lives in Grovetown, said one reason she is participating is her concern over the reform plan's cost.

"It's going to cost us megabucks," she said. "I think we are rushing to adopt a health care plan that has not been properly studied, its impact has not been properly weighed, and I strongly believe that health care is between the doctor and the patient and should not be directed by the federal government. And when the government holds the purse strings they will control the care you receive."

The rally is scheduled to bring attention to the issue as Congress returns from its annual recess on Sept. 4.

Several groups, including the Freedom Works Foundation, the National Taxpayers Union and the Tea Party Patriots, are organizing a March on Washington for Sept. 12. Information is available at 912dc.org.

Mr. Jackson said the Augusta rally is not associated with the Augusta Tax Day Tea Party, which drew nearly 1,700 people to the Riverwalk amphitheater on April 15.

Reach Elizabeth Adams at elizabeth.adams@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3348.

HEALTH CARE REFORM MEETINGS

U.S. SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C., will hold a virtual town hall meeting today from 6 to 7 p.m. at stream.tv. You must have a Twitter or UStream account to ask questions. Sign up at twitter.com or www.ustream.tv.

U.S. REP. JOHN BARROW, D-GA., will hold Congress on the Corner from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Southern Bank Pavilion, 855 Liberty St., in Waynesboro. Mr. Barrow, the Democratic representative for the 12th District, voted against H.R. 3200. Read his column here.

U.S. SEN. SAXBY CHAMBLISS, R-GA., will meet with members of the business community for a Leadership Forum on health care on Aug. 26. The Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce are co-hosts for the event. Sue Parr, president of the Augusta Metro Chamber, said Mr. Chambliss requested the meeting to get feedback on health care reform specifically from business leaders. The meeting is not open to the public, but media coverage will be allowed. For information, call (706) 821-1300.[CAPTION]

STOP OBAMA CARE RALLY

5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Riverwalk Augusta. Information at www.socrally.com

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 08/20/09 - 01:36 am
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NO NEED TO GUESS WHAT FEDERAL

NO NEED TO GUESS WHAT FEDERAL HEALTH CARE WILL BE LIKE, American Indians are already recieving it. American Indians and Alaskan Natives die at younger ages and higher rates than the rest of the American population!!! Not only is the care SUBSTANDARD but the "joke" on Indian reservations is don't get sick after June because the funding isn't there half way through the year. Let's be real, if after YEARS OF PRACTICE the federal government cannot get it together enough to take care of our American natives, who comprise really such a small percentage of our population, how on earth will they be able to take care of a such vastly larger poplulation? Are you really ready to let the feds mandate a substandard healthcare for yourself and the ones that you love? You can take example after example of why the government shouldn't control health care without even discussing the enormous expense to working tax payers. Lets see....The Post Office, 6 billion in debt and out of control, Medicare, about to be broke and denies care on a routine basis, care for our Vetrans...ask many of them or just read article after article of sub-standard care and treatment, etc. Work on current Govt. problems.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/20/09 - 04:17 am
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I'll be there!!

I'll be there!!

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 08/20/09 - 04:49 am
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Following the rally there

Following the rally there will be a rodeo, mud wrestling and a Civil War Battle of Atlanta re-enactment.. Vistors will also recieve a free VHS copy of Gone With The Wind....Lastly, Realtruck has agreed to give away a Yosemite Sam Mud Flap Set to the person who yells socialist the loudest!!!

opiner
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opiner 08/20/09 - 05:05 am
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The town hall meetings are in

The town hall meetings are in danger of not being held any more, but not because of the "turmoil". It's because the health care plan, as written, is so anti-American that it can only get support from the most blinded of the choir. Every honest intelligent person that encounters this effort recognizes it for what it is. Come November, 2010, congress could use a good flush.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/20/09 - 05:21 am
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Asitisinaug, you forgot the

Asitisinaug, you forgot the house of prostitution that the Government took over, it went into the hole also!

lawyerdude
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lawyerdude 08/20/09 - 06:10 am
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Maybe it will rain all day.

Maybe it will rain all day.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/20/09 - 06:25 am
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The Chronicle is going to RUN

The Chronicle is going to RUN this headline until the day of the event, this is day 2 of the same headline LOL.

Geistlich
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Geistlich 08/20/09 - 06:26 am
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"Maybe it will rain all

"Maybe it will rain all day.
Posted by lawyerdude on Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:10 AM" This is the reason our country is in the shape it is in. LAWYERS. How about we attack the legal system in this country and seek Legal Care Reform? How would that go over?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/20/09 - 06:26 am
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Why didn't Mr. Jackson invite

Why didn't Mr. Jackson invite any democrats? Surely they have something to say LOL. I need to call him and ask him why don't he have this in Columbia County?

Townie
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Townie 08/20/09 - 06:43 am
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I would go to protest the

I would go to protest the protest, but I am not feeling very well lately. I would go to the doctor, but I am unemployed (through no fault of my own!) and I don't have insurance or $110.00 needed to get in to even see the doctor. So I will just pray that people will come to their senses before it happens to them, eat my veggies, talk a walk and hope that it isn't anything serious.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 08/20/09 - 07:12 am
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Townie, if you are well

Townie, if you are well enough to take a walk then it's probably just a summer cold. If you feel that bad, and think it's something more serious, then you can always take a trip to the ER just like everyone else does. Jackfruitpaper833, how do you know Mr. Jackson didn't invite any democrats? Maybe they turned down the invitation. By the way, Congressman Barrow is a democrat and he was invited.

TechLover
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TechLover 08/20/09 - 07:45 am
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nativeson: Don't forget the

nativeson: Don't forget the 8-track of the GWTW soundtrack.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/20/09 - 07:55 am
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jackfruitcake, it says in

jackfruitcake, it says in plain ol' engleesh that he invited DEMOCRATIC Memebr of congress, John Barrow. No wonder you haven't read the Obamacare bill, you won't even read a 300 word newspaper article. Or maybe you cannot comprehend (look it up) what is written. Pathetic.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 08/20/09 - 08:08 am
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This country needs to hold

This country needs to hold more of these rallys. Hopefully this ridiculous plan will be stopped in its tracks. Maybe Townie will "talk a walk" down for this rally.

Townie
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Townie 08/20/09 - 08:11 am
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If I can't afford a $110

If I can't afford a $110 office visit to the doctor, what in the world would make you think I could afford ER rates????? I DO pay my bills, by the way. This type of situation is what Universal Health Care would address. Which is more economical? Office visit or ER visit? Think about it. And by the way, I could not in good conscience waste resourses on an unnecessary ER visit. I will just take another pain reliever and hope for the best.

lostmymind
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lostmymind 08/20/09 - 08:19 am
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If you have any doubts about

If you have any doubts about the need for a public option, please watch: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/512/index.html

concernednative
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concernednative 08/20/09 - 08:20 am
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Want to talk about a

Want to talk about a homogenous crowd. I can't wait to see the pics.

lostmymind
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lostmymind 08/20/09 - 08:23 am
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Townie...I'm in the same boat

Townie...I'm in the same boat with ya! I also want to say that I am not an Obama supporter, just have been arguing for a public health option that would cover the working poor.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/20/09 - 08:35 am
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Townie, if you can afford

Townie, if you can afford pain pills you can afford a Dr. visit. You may want to rethink some of your wants versus needs.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 08/20/09 - 08:35 am
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I would imagine townie has a

I would imagine townie has a computer, cell phone and all the extras they possibly can, but can't afford insurance.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 08/20/09 - 08:36 am
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Hey Fruitbasket, you'd be

Hey Fruitbasket, you'd be left out anyway, Obama didn't include mental in his healthcare package!

TechLover
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TechLover 08/20/09 - 08:42 am
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Bipartisan? Is Billy Jackson

Bipartisan? Is Billy Jackson any relation to the Republican State Senator Bill Jackson? I know Nita Boeglen is the secretary and a corporate sponsor of the Greater Columbia County Republican Women. How about listing the rest of the dozen organizers so we can see if they are just as "bipartisan".

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/20/09 - 08:42 am
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Again why didn't he invite

Again why didn't he invite some democrats Barrow is a NOBODY, they need to get Barney Frank down here, all these tentative speakers are going to feed fear to those with attentive ears.

lostmymind
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lostmymind 08/20/09 - 08:44 am
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It is a shame there is

It is a shame there is nothing that can cover stupidity either.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/20/09 - 08:47 am
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Hey ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts

Hey ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts again HOLDS UP MIRROR to your face in reference to your 9:36 post. And what does Jackson mean by citizens who have experience social health care? I need to make two signs one to say: I Support Health Care Reform", the other to say: "We have been BUSHED" I may even get me some buttons made with that slogan just for this event.

OBX
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OBX 08/20/09 - 08:51 am
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So Fruit you ARE going to

So Fruit you ARE going to go...Where do you want to meet..I won't have any signs though. Also you have stayed away from the W word for going on two days now...

augustapoz
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augustapoz 08/20/09 - 08:59 am
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Since the folks of Columbia

Since the folks of Columbia County are so against health insurance reform they should hold their rally in their county. It is always interesting how the same people that won't come to downtown Augusta to shop can put together Farce by the River.

KSL
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KSL 08/20/09 - 09:14 am
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Being against Obama care is

Being against Obama care is not being against health care reform.

TechLover
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TechLover 08/20/09 - 09:29 am
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Nita: As VP, Associate

Nita: As VP, Associate Broker, Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate, are you pushing the $8,000 tax credit for homebuyers from the stimulus package or are you worried about it costing "megabucks"? Since it looks like B & C is in big with the Builders Association of Metro Augusta, Inc., and they have a giant ad about the tax credit in their newsletter, you don't seem to have a problem with people receiving other's tax money as long as it benefits YOU and YOUR company. Can you say hypocrite?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/20/09 - 09:42 am
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Thank you KSL, that has been

Thank you KSL, that has been my point all along. They are pulling a GASP!! George W. Bush on us aren't they? You are either with them or against healthcare reform.

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