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Monday, Aug 10, 2009 9:30 PM
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U.S. Rep. Paul Broun wants to ignite a “grass fire” of opposition to health care reform legislation pending in Congress, and two overflow crowds in Columbia County helped him fan those flames tonight.

Dr. Broun, R-Ga., called the pending Democratic health care reform legislation an “abomination” and “a stinking rotten fish” and said Democratic efforts are the “steamroll of socialism.” He did offer up his own idea for reform, including a Medicare health savings account that would follow the beneficiaries, allowing them to spend what Medicare would have spent on them in their own way.

The crowds at the Columbia County Board of Education building – organizers had to add a second event to accommodate the hundreds of people initially turned away – egged him on.

“America is mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore,” said Joyce Jamison of Evans.

The crowd was not uniformly opposed – Sameera Thurmond of Augusta joked that she might be the only Democrat in the room as she held a sign that said 83 percent support the public option insurance program envisioned in the current legislation.

“I just think that it is equitable that everyone should have access to health care,” she said.

But Dr. Broun said that public option is the first stop toward “socialized medicine” once employers begin dropping coverage and forcing employees into it.

Many in the crowd, including Jim Pritchard of Harlem, asked how they could do more to help defeat the legislation.

“The common man should be able to do more,” Mr. Pritchard said.

Dr. Broun assured him that public opposition to the plan had already prevented its passage before the August congressional recess.

“Y’all stopped it, and I congratulate y’all,” he said.

But he urged the crowd to contact friends and family in other states – particularly in districts with conservative Democrats who may be on the fence – to voice their opposition to the plan.

“This crowd right here has influence in every state in the country,” Dr. Broun said.

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humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 08/10/09 - 09:46 pm
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Go get'em Paul! Just say NO

Go get'em Paul! Just say NO to socialized medicine!!!!!

lawyerdude
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lawyerdude 08/10/09 - 10:04 pm
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Perhaps all those opposed

Perhaps all those opposed will agree to take on responsibility for another American who has lost a job and is without health coverage, cannot get coverage through his employer, or has a pre-existing condition. Then we won't have the "haves and the have nots" in the healthcare world. Those of us fortunate to have employer sponsored health insurance are already paying for those who don't. Why not let the government provide the uninsurable with a public option? Sure, we pay more in taxes, but eventually our health insurance rates will come down because the premium payment will pay only for the insured's coverage - not those who are uninsured.

Mydoggie
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Mydoggie 08/10/09 - 10:07 pm
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Yeah, here we go again. Just

Yeah, here we go again. Just like the Clinton effort a in the early '90s. health care reform in the new century has hit a brick wall of opposition from the special (read that "doctor") interests. That's who's got the troops riled up. The hospital crowd has to go along with the docs because only doctors can admit patients.Is there any wonder in a community like Augusta and the Tenth District, so heavily laden with health care largess, that DR. Broun would be preaching to the choir at his "town hall meeting?" Come on, now, Paul. This "socialized medicine" stuff was baloney in the 20th Century. It's been around so long that it stinks more than ever.

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hwduncan 08/10/09 - 10:15 pm
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I don't understand: "the

I don't understand: "the first stop toward “socialized medicine” [is] once employers begin dropping coverage and forcing employees into it." It seems to me that is what the capitalist response should be: off-load any prior, relic forms of corporate welfare onto the worker. It will certainly improve the bottom line and enhance the CEO bonus. Apparently, Dr. Broun has no faith in or wish for corporate America to do the "right thing" either for their employees or for the country. It's all about the bottom line, the calculus of which is the lowest common denominator.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 08/10/09 - 10:16 pm
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socialism is great til you

socialism is great til you run out of other peoples money!

LaTwon
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LaTwon 08/10/09 - 10:19 pm
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doctors only receive 8% of

doctors only receive 8% of the healthcare dollar. so how does cvs and rite aid buy all those million dollar properties on every corner?

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 08/10/09 - 10:19 pm
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Once you have a government

Once you have a government option how long do you think employers will keep health insurance? If they don't have to they won't. Why would they pay a portion of the employee's health care plan if they don't have to? In these hard times that is all they need to bolster their bottom line. And yes the "bottom line" will always be there. Why would you go into business if you can't make any money? How would you pay your mortgage if you did?

brimisjoshan
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brimisjoshan 08/10/09 - 10:27 pm
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If you think that having

If you think that having government involved in your health care is a good idea then obviously you have never been to a VA hospital. LOL

used2Bjonny
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used2Bjonny 08/10/09 - 10:28 pm
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"Perhaps all those opposed

"Perhaps all those opposed will agree to take on responsibility for another American who has lost a job and is without health coverage," How on earth does this even BEGIN to make sense? Following that reasoning, "perhaps those opposed to Cell Phone Reform will agree to take on responsibility for another American who has lost a job and is without a Moto..." [filtered word]?! My opposition to paying for your health insurance is not evidence that I should be obligated to pay for your health insurance...as your Chosen One would say, that argument kinda sounds like Special Olympics...

jack2006
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jack2006 08/10/09 - 10:46 pm
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It's kind of funny how so

It's kind of funny how so many people think that since they are paying that they are paying for somebody else. You are paying more because they know that you will continue to pay. With all of the insurance plans that are on the market, they all don't pay the same amount to your doctors or hospitals. The more you are paying is called their profits for them. You aren't paying for somebody health care; you are paying for somebody profit margins in the good old world of capitalism. I just wonder how many people that Dr. Broun sent to collection for nonpayment. Why are insurance companies dropping people in the middle of treatment? Why is the cost of health care rising year after year? Why do people need to be on so many meds just to function? Why haven't they found more cures? They want to keep you broke, sick, and helpless. It's not about the haves and the haves not. It's about affordable, respectful, decent, and caring health care. A disease breakout won't care if you are insured or not. You just hope that they can get health care quick to help prevent the spread. So, make your decision because we all will sink together with an incurable disease outbreak.

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mad_max 08/10/09 - 11:12 pm
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IF YOU THINK "It's about

IF YOU THINK "It's about affordable, respectful, decent, and caring health care" then you need to talk to the Canadians and the British and see how much caring health care they get with their government run system. It's about spreading the wealth, giving primary care to as many folks as possible with what money they have after they raise our taxes, and limiting the health care of the old folks to save money. Sure, everyone MAY get their flu shots or annual exam, but the old folks won't be getting any heart surgeries or hip replacements of kidney transplants. This is about RATIONING CARE PRIMARILY ON THE BACKS OF THE ELDERLY.

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brinehart7 08/10/09 - 11:17 pm
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I agree there should be

I agree there should be affordable healthcare for all.
keyword is affordable not free paid for by the taxpayers.
and not for all of the illegals in the country.

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jedex6 08/10/09 - 11:37 pm
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Sarah Palin's statement that

Sarah Palin's statement that Obama would establish death panels is the true abomination in all of this. When these crazies kill someone, because they have been fed lies and misinformation by the likes of these loons like Palin, Limbaugh, Back and Hannity, then you will see the true abomination. There is no possibility that this government, under any circumstances, is considering establishing death panels. The right wing and people like Broun are spreading shear lies and are engaging in shameless fear mongering and it is nothing short of evil.

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jedex6 08/11/09 - 12:09 am
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mad max, Private insurers

mad max, Private insurers ration care all the time. Can you say "claim denied due to preexisting condition"? Do you call a system that limits treatment only to those who have jobs and can afford it to not be a form of rationing? But I know - you've got yours, so screw the Iraq war veteran who can't find affordable health insurance because he just got laid off at the plant or the factory just packed up and moved to Mexico. That's your country in 2009, and I'm glad you are happy with your horribly expensive health insurance. Now what if you lose your job? Is Paul Broun going to pay for your health care? He already enjoys socialized medicine under the government's system for federal workers. He doesn't have to worry about paying for private insurance. And I'm sure socialized medicine, as long as it's for him, makes him very happy. As he sticks his hand out for a campaign contribution from the health care industries. Wake up.

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cajunnana2000 08/11/09 - 12:15 am
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I have never seen so many

I have never seen so many dumb folks, Calling it Socialized Medicine. Hell call it medicad, medicare, same thing think about it and I didn't see all this complaining then, but guess what? IT GONNA PASS HAHAHAHA

gnx
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gnx 08/11/09 - 01:02 am
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People who think the health

People who think the health care bill is a good thing obviously haven't read it. I've read the version of the bill and amendments available on the net and I'm thinking maybe my crappy health insurance isn't so bad after all. cajunnana - people have been complaining about the quality of Medicare and Medicaid for years. Obviously you haven't been paying attention.

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 08/11/09 - 01:06 am
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SHREEK!, SQUAWK!,

SHREEK!, SQUAWK!, SCREECH!!!!. More claptrap from the dittoheads of Columbia County! These are the same folks that went to the tea parties and are screaming down town hall meetings. They are only representative of white, Republican America, the same political party that is even more unpopular than they scream about Obama being. Typical BS promoted by a spreader of half-truths and propaganda the Chronicle has so unabashedly become. THOUSANDS RALLY!!! AMERICANS FLOCK TO MEETINGS!!! Tea Party gibberish. Whitebread America must be heard!!! Come to the Chronicle, who will ignore the majority voice of the people of its circulation area and give voice to the knee-jerk reactionaries of the neighboring county. Wow, anyone out there surprised?

opinionated princess
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opinionated princess 08/11/09 - 01:06 am
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jedex6...have you read

jedex6...have you read section 1233 of the hr 3200 bill, line e? it clearly says that the elderly will have to meet with people hired by the government to go over their death options! they will be given an explanation of end of life services and supports available!! please tell me how it is crazy to say that obama will make a "death panel", because looking at this bill, it doesn't seem so far fetched

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Roeschen 08/11/09 - 02:03 am
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cajunnana2000 - talk about

cajunnana2000 - talk about dumb people, read your own post. IT GONNA PASS? I guess this is why we need socialized medicine, so idiots such as yourself can get medical care.

KSL
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KSL 08/11/09 - 05:59 am
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Glad to see you, used to be.

Glad to see you, used to be. jedex, for the 10th time I will tell you that our insurance company did not deny payment for the repair of pre-existing conditions. My husband had congenital defects in his heart and had to have surgery, expensive open heart surgery to repair the condition.We had not one whit of a question about any of the charges.

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KSL 08/11/09 - 06:01 am
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Our private insurer has never

Our private insurer has never rationed any care that we needed. I don't appreciate your lies.

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KSL 08/11/09 - 06:02 am
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IT GONNA PASS HAHAHAHA Posted

IT GONNA PASS HAHAHAHA
Posted by cajunnana2000 on Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:15 AM Your tax dollars for education at work, folks.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 08/11/09 - 06:33 am
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If a person does not agree

If a person does not agree with you, attack his level of education. People wonder why so many are turning their backs on the Republican party, just need to read comments like the ones above. Just because your company did not deny you care, does not mean that others were not denied.

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TechLover 08/11/09 - 06:34 am
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ksl: Group policies are

ksl: Group policies are limied by law on the length of time pre-existing conditions can be excluded. Example, the exclusion is 12 months, you start work and in 6 months you need the surgery, you're out of luck. Also since it was congenital, was your husband aware of it prior to signing up for the insurance? If he'd had no problems prior to joining the policy, even if it was congenital, it might not have been considered pre-existing. THe problem is if your husband has to change policies. If it's a group policy, it would still be limited by law on the time excluded. A private plan could exclude it or make the rate so high as to be unaffordable. Glad your husband is well now.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 08/11/09 - 06:38 am
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TECH ksl is like the Ronald

TECH ksl is like the Ronald Reagan of the world. Until it happens to them, they do not give a damn about the rest. It is amazing how Nancy was for stem cell research, after her beloved Ronnie was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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TechLover 08/11/09 - 06:47 am
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princess: As I've posted

princess: As I've posted before, ALL people should go over their option for end of life care and have a living will, advance directive, and health care power of attorney. Since the elderly are, at least by the odds, closer to the end of life, it is especially important for them. This section just requires that the discussion will be done (and that the Dr can be reimbursed for it). It will be, just as it is now, the individual's choice as to what they want. If you want to lie there on a vent with catheters in you, tubes for feeding, frequent expensive and painful procedures done, that's your choice. Not suprisingly, many people choose not to go through that. I respect both choices. If it's the former, I do everything in my power to bring them through, if the latter, I do everything I can to make them comfortable.

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TechLover 08/11/09 - 06:52 am
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col: Many are misinformed,

col: Many are misinformed, I'm sorry her husband was ill. I've worked in open heart recovery and know it's a b*tch (imagine the pain when coughing after your chest is cracked and held together with wires). Just trying to let her know of how it is for others and for them if they didn't have their particular policy.

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teharper428 08/11/09 - 07:18 am
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Princess, did you read the

Princess, did you read the bill or listen to beck, palin, etc? The proposal states, "To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare Program for consultations regarding orders for life sustaining treatment and
to provide grants for the development and expansion
of programs for such orders." Nothing mandatory, not a government official.
You can bet the insurance industry is laughing all the way to the bank about getting uninformed citizens up in arms about health care reform.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 08/11/09 - 07:30 am
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The juvenile attitude of many

The juvenile attitude of many of those supporting THIS horrible prezbhocare shows they can't discuss the plan and attack those that disagree with this plan that congress hasn't even read and prezbho says he won't read. Discuss and disagree but at least try to discuss it with a level of intelligence. This discussion should be about the prezbhocare plan and not about some person that may lose their job and not have insurance.

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createyourfuture 08/11/09 - 07:51 am
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I prefer a novel

I prefer a novel approach,Health Savings Accounts and high deductible policies. My group premium is 1/10 of indemnity insurance and 40% of HMO. Once I have my account fully funded, then I can use my own money to buy my own healthcare and likely get a discount because I'm paying cash (with a debit card.) Government and insurance companies are not the solution, they are the problem. OH, and I do get care at the VA, and have for over 10 years. I like my physicians, the service is decent considered it is government and for out patient care, it works great for me.

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