Quit playing politics, push health reform

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I think we can agree that demographics show that Aiken County is affluent, white and Republican. However, in a recent University of South Carolina Aiken survey of 400 Aiken County residents, 63 percent favored prohibiting insurance companies from denying medical insurance coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Further, 62 percent of those surveyed favored having the government offer a public health care option. But only 39 percent supported President Obama's plan to reform health care.

Is there really a massive opposition to health-care reform as some would have us believe, or is most of this opposition simply a conservative Republican attempt to deny Obama from achieving one of the major goals of his administration? If a Republican were sitting in the White House, would we be hearing Tea Party attendees scream, "Keep the government out of my health care"? Would there even be Tea Parties?

The current health-care reform bills before Congress need a lot of work. There is too much in them that benefits insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry rather than citizens. However, we need to tell our elected representatives that we do want health-care reform, and they need to stop playing political games.

We don't need Republicans or Democrats in Congress who simply refuse to vote for something because they think it will favor the other party. We need our elected representatives to vote for or against health-care reform or any other legislation based only on how they feel it will benefit or not benefit the vast majority of Americans.

No doubt, The Chronicle will continue to give front-page and editorial support to those who oppose reform while relegating announcements of pro-reform forums to the middle of the Metro section (Dec. 1). Nonetheless, there will be health-care reform.

It is time to stop the useless opposition and take steps to assure that health-care reform provides quality, affordable health care to all citizens, and is not simply a conduit to provide additional profits to insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and other private, for-profit health agencies.

Henry Rockwood

Augusta

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JacquesUlar
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JacquesUlar 12/09/09 - 05:05 am
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Hey, Henry. the vast majority

Hey, Henry. the vast majority of Americans already have functional health care plans they are satisfied with. Without the profit incentives, development of new innovations and treatments will cease. Do you want cures or just maintenance to prolong lives of suffering? It was nice that you admit the current "Cut and Paste" 2,000 page proposal is ill thought out garbage. Yes, the system can be improved, however I don't believe this "Get it done before 2010 elections" is best way to proceed. It's not "Obama's plan" btw, it's just his "X" on the signature line in the highly unlikely event this monstrosity ever gets to a vote and gets approved. With the refusal to prohibit federal funding of abortions that was voted on yesterday, the plan as it's written is doomed to die.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 05:46 am
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The term "push" healthcare

The term "push" healthcare says it all. "Let's get it done before people realize what it is!"

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/09/09 - 05:59 am
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Henry, this is America. Our

Henry, this is America. Our ancestors came here to escape socialism. Robbing the rich and giving to the poor is an English fantasy that hasn't done anything positive for their country. Here in America, we do thing differently. If you want that "free health care", go to Canada. You can drive there. It's due north from here. Oh, by the way, did you know that 80% of people that answer poll questions say they lie?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/09/09 - 06:00 am
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still can't edit.

still can't edit.

JacquesUlar
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JacquesUlar 12/09/09 - 06:03 am
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cliff, I don't believe it's

cliff, I don't believe it's an "oversight", I believe it's intentional.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 12/09/09 - 07:17 am
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the general mood is for

the general mood is for health care reform. which should include major tort reform and interstate insurance. most americans have access thru one form or another to health care.. the problem with whats going on in congress is it is NOT HEALTH CARE REFORM. its future vote buying by the dims by making more americans dependant on the govt for their existence. the dims dont need any republicans votes to pass any bills. the problem is that it is a lousy and stupid bill they are trying to pass. a few dims are holding out for their goodies to ensure their vote, but i afraid it will pass. the govt ie.. the taxpayer of this country DO NOT OWE you or any one cradle to grave care for your needs, desire or wants. trillions have been spent on welfare programs with no results but a dependant class who simply want more and do nothing. there are things to do to reform health care but we cannot keep giving taxpayers money away to non producers. it doesnt work, cant work and will never work as the idealist socialistic do gooders believe it will.

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jb5365 12/09/09 - 07:59 am
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Well nfoo, sounds like you

Well nfoo, sounds like you work for the insurance industry. Worried about your job? Worried that you won`t be able to scare folks into thinking that it won`t work just for the huge profits? You seem to be against gov`t. programs but probably expect your SS check on time. You think gov`t. should stay out of people`s lives but want gov`t. to control a womann`s reproductive choices. You think large multi-national Corporations should have no regulation or interference. Seems awfully hypocritical to me...

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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 08:07 am
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Spoken like a true socialist,

Spoken like a true socialist, jb......SS is a program that we workers PAID into. Why wouldn't we expect to get it back. What we oppose is taking money from productive people and using it to support non-productive people.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 08:24 am
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And WHO said anything about

And WHO said anything about reproductive choices?

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 08:26 am
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Are you aware, JB that the

Are you aware, JB that the president has appointed a "Czar" who wrote a book advocating putting sterilants in the water supply to control population? There's the hope and change you can believe in.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 08:29 am
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Supporting a President who

Supporting a President who hires a czar who wants forced sterilization, while claiming to support reproductive choices (ie the right to kill your own child) .....Seems hypocritical to me.

jiclemens
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jiclemens 12/09/09 - 08:42 am
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Well, no, they did NOT come

Well, no, they did NOT come here to escape 'socialism.' They came here to escape religious tyranny and theocracy. The desire for religious freedom translated to civil freedoms by great thinkers much wiser than most of us are today. And hopefully that same desire for freedom will translate here into preventing capitalist tyranny.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 08:46 am
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I suppose socialist tyranny

I suppose socialist tyranny is preferred? Certainly wouldn't want a system where if you work harder you achieve more.....we need one where no matter HOW hard you work, you get rewarded the same. (I wish there was a sarcasm font)

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bettyboop 12/09/09 - 08:47 am
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" capitalist tyranny"....wow

" capitalist tyranny"....wow I'll take it over socialist tyranny anyday.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/09/09 - 08:47 am
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Capitalist tyranny is an

Capitalist tyranny is an oxymoron. A theocracy IS socialism. ALL civil freedoms are being removed when this president's wishes are instituted. Health care isn't a freedom or right, it's a goal. Some strive for it, some wait for it to come to them.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 12/09/09 - 08:47 am
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darn TT...your quick this

darn TT...your quick this morn...lol

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 08:48 am
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Capitalist Tyranny is where

Capitalist Tyranny is where you work, and you get to keep what you earn. Socialist Tyranny is where you work, and the Government takes what YOU earned and gives it to someone who DIDN'T earn it.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/09/09 - 08:56 am
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Mark my words...someone on

Mark my words...someone on here, advocating socialism will bemoan capitalists as "greedy" before the day is over. They will probably point to Corporate CEO's and claim that they make too much money.....but then scream that no one should be able to cap THEIR pay.....only those who make more than them. It's a true sign of wealth envy of those who achieved, and is quite predictable and laughable.

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justthefacts 12/09/09 - 08:59 am
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The "secret" plan developed

The "secret" plan developed yesterday and being measured by the CBO supposedly does not include a public option. Some libs are gonna be upset. Also, supposedly, it does not prevent gov't money to support abortions. Some Cons are gonna be angry.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 12/09/09 - 09:01 am
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Go to the "living section"

Go to the "living section" and read the first story...I do not know why it is buried there.....very interesting what they are trying to do to Medicare.................

Marko
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Marko 12/09/09 - 09:02 am
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jc, our earliest ancestors

jc, our earliest ancestors came here to escape religious tyranny, but those who have come here in the last 60 years did it to escape socialism, communism and various dictatorships.

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nofanofobama 12/09/09 - 09:11 am
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jb no i dont work in the

jb no i dont work in the insurance co. but i have been paying taxes and ss for 30 odd years. its sad how much you and others want taxpayers to take care of you. and to be honest i am not worried about my job i have 25 years with the same co. so grow up and take responsibility for your own life. dont ask me and other taxpayers to take care of you. and to be honest i would like my ss but since we have politicians who have spent it all and have bankrupt this country i do not expect to get it. but the govt did take it from me..with a solemn promise it would be there. and it wont.....

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55 F-100 12/09/09 - 09:20 am
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Do not pass this socialized

Do not pass this socialized medicine nightmare bill. Obama is too inept to put together an acceptable health care bill, his agenda is socialism, and any legislator who votes for this garbage will be ousted in 2010.

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teharper428 12/09/09 - 09:21 am
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Jacques- Pray tell me how

Jacques- Pray tell me how health insurance companies participate in the development of new innovations? What diseases do insurance companies cure? All an insurance company does is push paper.

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austinevans 12/09/09 - 09:22 am
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Rockwood, hmm is that what

Rockwood, hmm is that what your brain is made out of? A poll can support anything you want it to, don't you know. No one says healthcare does not need reforms, ie, fraud, waste and TORT reform. It's what the obamamorons want to do with govn't interference in their lives that most people DON'T WANT! Do you get it now, ROCKWOOD!

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RIPAmerica 12/09/09 - 09:23 am
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Health care reform is dead.

Health care reform is dead. Thank you DEM for displaying the true nature of politics at it's worst. Could we please now direct our attention to getting people (especially minorities) back to work and out of foreclosure??

austinevans
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austinevans 12/09/09 - 09:28 am
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harper, another one of the

harper, another one of the entitlement crowd, hmm?

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Runner46 12/09/09 - 09:36 am
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NO to mandatory insurance.

NO to mandatory insurance. The government does not belong in the health care insurance business. Regulation of health care tort; regulation of interstate health care insurance, YES. That is what government does best. However, NO to forcing citizens and businesses to buy insurance. The only ones who benefit from the forced plan are the insurance companies!

teharper428
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teharper428 12/09/09 - 09:41 am
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austin- no, I am not, nor

austin- no, I am not, nor ever have been, a member of the "entitlement crowd." However, eventually I will be when I am old enough to draw social security and be covered by medicare. Because I think it's unethical to obtain profit by denying health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions and dropping their insurance when they become sick makes me another one of the entitlement crowd, so be it. I call it empathy for my fellow US citizens. Which,by the way, empathy is having the ability to have an understanding of another's situation or feelings without experiencing it yourself.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/09/09 - 09:50 am
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I have empathy for those who

I have empathy for those who made poor choices regarding their health and insurance needs. I have no sympathy for them. They had the same opportunities to provide for their health insurance as I. They had the same opportunity to maintain good health habits as I. I don't feel bad for them for having to deal with the result of their own choices. Wah wah wah. "Let them die and so decrease the surface population." I for one, have chosen to NOT fight my terminal disease as I will gladly give up my Earthly existence with dignity, not extend my misery in hopes of some "cure". My terminal disease? LIFE.

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