Health-care legislation is abomination

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On Nov. 7, we moved another step closer to socialized medicine. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives narrowly passed the so-called Affordable Health Care for America Act (House Resolution 3962) by a narrow margin of 220-215.

Do not be fooled by the name of this bill. H.R. 3962 is not about affordable health-care reform. It is all about government power and control, and taking our country further down the path of socialism with a government takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. H.R. 3962 will kill jobs; raise taxes on families and small businesses; and slash Medicare.

The real issue at the core of this debate is the cost of health care. There are several things that could have been done to make health care more affordable: allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines; greater utilization of Health Savings Accounts; and tort reform. None of these issues are adequately addressed in this bill.

The quickest and most affordable way to provide choice and competition is to allow us to purchase insurance from any company across any state line. HSAs allow individuals to keep catastrophic insurance at a low cost and use the HSAs to save for long-term care needs. Tort reform would reduce the need for defensive medicine and the prohibitive cost of malpractice insurance for doctors.

H.R. 3962 will not be "affordable" but actually will increase the cost and decrease the care. Please continue the fight as the battle now moves to the Senate.

Bob Finnegan

Augusta

(The writer is vice-chairman of the Richmond County Republican Party.)

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WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/10/09 - 06:54 am
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Well stated Bob. These ideas

Well stated Bob. These ideas have been put forward since early this year and the Dem controlled congress has blocked every part of it every time. Vote in 2010 to remove the power of the mad Marxist.

Med College guy 64
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Med College guy 64 11/10/09 - 07:11 am
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I actually skimmed through

I actually skimmed through some of the bill, and I have no idea what you are talking about with words like "government takeover" and "socialism". Stop watching Glenn Beck for a few minutes and go read the bill. Not saying it's perfect, and you are right that we should debate the details of it such as its potential affect on the economy. And torte reform sounds like a good idea too. But let's try to be a little less polar and a little more rational.

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Notreally 11/10/09 - 07:31 am
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LOL this man will spew every

LOL this man will spew every talking point they have, the thing is he knows he's LYING.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/10/09 - 07:36 am
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I believe you Med guy. You

I believe you Med guy. You must have barely skimmed the bill. If you had read it, and you have ANY analytical abilities, you wouldn't be confused by the "socialism" and "government takeover" comments. Supporting this bill is supporting the downfall of America.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 11/10/09 - 07:59 am
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WP, the sky is falling. Two

WP, the sky is falling. Two idiots. WP and the VC.

confederate american
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confederate american 11/10/09 - 08:48 am
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everyone knows with just a

everyone knows with just a half of a brain this bill is unconstitutional,and will be shot down in court.if there is any justice left in our land.

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TechLover 11/10/09 - 08:53 am
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confed: Yes those with half a

confed: Yes those with half a brain may agree with you, those with a complete brain don't.

confederate american
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confederate american 11/10/09 - 08:57 am
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TECHLOVER-i see that you are

TECHLOVER-i see that you are still a blind little fool,i still have your under ground home waiting for you,maybe i'll have to come get you and show it to you.lmao

way2goAUG
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way2goAUG 11/10/09 - 09:48 am
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PLEASE DON'T LOSE YOUR JOB,

PLEASE DON'T LOSE YOUR JOB, because if you do and you are left with no health insurance you will wish the dems plan passed. Everyone assumes that this is a handout and I know how much "we" hate handouts (it must be for poor black people). You have no problem with insurance companies bribing dems and repubs so they can keep the status quo. Try actually talking to someone who lost their job or were denied coverage do to a pre-existing condition. No brainer, they will want health reform to pass. The government has the right to tax the crap out of us, but we should not expect anything in return. Do away with federal taxes and I'm sure everyone will gladly pay for their own health care.

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FaceTheMusic 11/10/09 - 09:56 am
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TL - good one!

TL - good one!

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soldout 11/10/09 - 10:56 am
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Is there any truth to the

Is there any truth to the thought that those who know; state it and those who don't, call others names?

MyTake
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MyTake 11/10/09 - 11:19 am
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All the things the letter

All the things the letter writer talks about might improve the number of people covered by health insurance by 5%. At the most. Tort reform, Health Savings Accounts, and the state line thing are just fancy words for a whole lot of nothing. way2go has it right - DON'T LOSE YOUR JOB or you and your entire family will be thrown into harm's way. And for those chumps that say you can buy private health insurance, just wait and see what happens the moment you make a substantial claim. Your expensive policy will be canceled as soon as they can find a misspelled word on your application. So again, if you are under age 65, DON'T LOSE YOUR JOB.

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lord griggs1947 11/10/09 - 11:41 am
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Med Guy, so right.

Med Guy, so right. Reacitonaries have been bleating this for seventy years, yet we are no closer to socialism then when we began on the road to the Nanny State! Now our Messiah Hussein is leading us closer to being the "United States of Sweden,"where as in Scandinavia itlelf, there will be free enterprise and the better Nanny State. The U,K has socialized health care- as any military also would have- with government owning the hospitals and employing the medical personnel. Our Netherlands -type health care system will not be socialize then, no more the Netherlands's Health care is a right!
Bleat and weep!.

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imdstuf 11/10/09 - 12:26 pm
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State lines or not, the

State lines or not, the insurance companies are all going to agree to keep rates high. Look at CD prices. Does competition work there? No! Heck, the record companies even get together in a board meeting as if they were one company (look up the RIAA - Recording Industry of America). That is not considered anti-monopolistic. So do you think we could stop insurance companies from wink, wink, nudge, nudge doing the same with health insurance.

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imdstuf 11/10/09 - 12:28 pm
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I have a cousin, who works

I have a cousin, who works for a health insurance company, and get this, this year they did away with his dental benefits. On top of that they recommended some low cost dental offices those employees could use...in Costa Rica!

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lord griggs1947 11/10/09 - 12:47 pm
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imdstuff, yes. And California

imdstuff, yes. And California has the most competition but that doesn't help the consumer1 So interstate insurance buys might not get much benefit after all. It'd be fine with me to have interstate buying with that caveat. 'm really for the Medicare for All - one-payer system so as to save billions, reflecting very low overhead and lesser costs for other matters. The Medicare option would be good for the few milliions who would be able to use it.

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jack 11/10/09 - 03:06 pm
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I actually skimmed through

I actually skimmed through some of the bill, and I have no idea what you are talking about with words like "government takeover" and "socialism". Stop watching Glenn Beck for a few minutes and go read the bill. Not saying it's perfect, and you are right that we should debate the details of it such as its potential affect on the economy. And torte reform sounds like a good idea too. But let's try to be a little less polar and a little more rational.
Posted by Med College guy 64 on Tue Nov 10, 2009....I haven' read the bill yet, but Congresman read excerpts fro the bill that anyone with a half brain can tell is a take over of our helath care. According to Boehner, the word "shall" appears in the bill over 3000 times (doesn't sound like a word for choice to me), also, either buy gov't or gov't "approved" health insurance or pay a fine up to $250,000 or go to jail for 5 years. Now that is REALLY American isn't it? Just where in our Constitution does it give the gov't the right to sell insurance of any kind to we, the people. Tort reform? Not in the bill. What IS in the bill is more taxes for individuals and small businesses (our primary source of jobs). Pure socialism.

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gaspringwater 11/10/09 - 06:13 pm
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A Cheer For Nancy - White

A Cheer For Nancy - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, 'Every American who is barred from insurance because of a pre-existing condition, every American who can't afford coverage or is hurt today by out-of-pocket costs that are more than they can bear, owes Nancy Pelosi a debt of gratitude tonight for the leadership she has provided to move us close to a new and better day.'

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 11/10/09 - 07:01 pm
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I wrecked my car last week. I

I wrecked my car last week. I think I'll go get some insurance to cover it so I won't be held responsible for the repair costs.

way2goAUG
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way2goAUG 11/11/09 - 12:26 am
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Whipping Post insurance is

Whipping Post insurance is required by law so this means you must be driving a piece of crap, if not you would at least have full coverage on it. If you are carrying liability only then yes you will pay for your bad driving. I think the state offers drivers ed for adults.

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gargoyle 11/11/09 - 01:40 am
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Think about what WP posted at

Think about what WP posted at 7;01 ... Try to catch up I know its hard ... Lets do it this way ..... My house burned down last week , I will buy insurance so I won't have to pay to rebuild it ... His post had nothing to do with wrecking his car , It was about who will pay to repair it .....Only after my house burned I became concerned about rebuilding it ....... home insurance , car insurance and health insurance work well if you plan ahead .... Insurance is a industry and alot of the problems arose due to the regulators .... Now the overseers of the industry ( The Goverment ) want to scrap the industry and put in its place the same people who regulate it . With that power you or I will not have a choice to plan ahead , we will depend on the goverment to plan for us .

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