Some call Rep. Broun mailing on health care misleading

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 5:54 AM
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A brochure from U.S. Rep. Paul Broun that hit constituents' mailboxes late last week implies that Democratic health care reform requires insurance plans to pay for abortions.

The opposite is true. The health care bill the House of Representatives passed Nov. 7 would not allow insurance plans sold through a proposed government-regulated health care exchange to cover abortions except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.

The mailer claims a "government run health care experiment ... federally mandates coverage of abortion."

The statements in the mailer are accurate, Broun spokeswoman Jessica Morris said.

"It states, 'Dr. Broun will fight to stop health care plans that: ... Federally mandates coverage of abortion,' and that is what he will continue to do," Morris said.

Some constituents who received the brochure complained it left the false impression that the House bill mandates abortion coverage.

"I think it's totally misleading," Athens resident John English said.

The mailer was finished two weeks ago, before the House passed an amendment to the health care bill by anti-abortion Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., Morris said. The amendment bars both the public option - a proposed government-run health care program - and subsidized plans offered by private insurers from covering most abortions.

The four-page color brochures were printed and mailed at taxpayer expense. They were sent to about 100,000 registered voters, Morris said.

Russell Edwards, a University of Georgia law student who runs an anti-Broun political action committee, called them a waste of tax money.

"Paul Broun Jr.'s use of taxpayers' funds and public resources for his own personal agenda is wrong," Edwards said. "His health care mailers are only meant to scare families in our district into giving him their money and their vote."

The Franking Commission, a bipartisan committee of lawmakers, vets all taxpayer-funded mass mailings from congressmen to constituents to ensure they are not too political.

Broun was criticized for his use of the franking privilege in early 2008, when he spent most of his office budget for the year to send about nine letters and brochures while in the midst of a hard-fought primary race.

"Dr. Broun values direct communication with his constituents and frequently sends important updates through the mail," Morris said.

The brochure also includes an outline of Broun's own health care bill and a survey that recipients can fill out and return to his office.

Broun's 10th District includes much of the Augusta region

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Junket831
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Junket831 11/17/09 - 07:04 am
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Shame on Broun for wasting

Shame on Broun for wasting taxpayers money. So much for being a fiscal conservative. I sure do miss Charlie in that role. He represented the district with more professionalism and leadership than the current clown that holds that office. Hopefully, the republicans will come to their senses and get rid of our version of the Democrats Mckinney!

guess who
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guess who 11/17/09 - 07:10 am
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I have told everyone brown is

I have told everyone brown is a devil.look at his eyes he cannot
look straight at you when talking.

guess who
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guess who 11/17/09 - 07:11 am
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he is full of lies,an you no

he is full of lies,an you no what

Notreally
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Notreally 11/17/09 - 07:38 am
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OMG this nut still at it.

OMG this nut still at it.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/17/09 - 07:41 am
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Politicians really know how

Politicians really know how to stir our emotions,,,we are such sheep...Lets talk about Good Health Reform,,Jobs in this country, Fair taxes,,Better pay for police(they deserve more) Pay teachers more when they prove they are making a difference..Just a few things we seem to forget.

robaroo
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robaroo 11/17/09 - 07:47 am
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What's this? A politician

What's this? A politician lying? I'm shocked.

lawyerdude
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lawyerdude 11/17/09 - 08:04 am
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you lie!

you lie!

disssman
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disssman 11/17/09 - 08:28 am
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Just another reason why the

Just another reason why the speaker of the house does not need to give the CONS 72 hours to read a bill before putting it out for a vote. They can't or won't read it anyway. The real question is, if mailers are going out, why dosen't the law require they be sent to every constituent and not just 20 percent of the voters?

ripjones
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ripjones 11/17/09 - 08:41 am
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What you naysayers are

What you naysayers are missing is that the Stupak amendment does NOT automatically flow into the Senate Bill. There in lies the problem. If you had listened to the Allen Hunt Show on Sunday you would have known this. As a matter of fact, president Obama is concerned that this amendment was allowed by Dear Nancy.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/17/09 - 09:08 am
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Broun's mailer also claims

Broun's mailer also claims government healthcare will put a Washington bureaucrat between patients and their doctors. But Medicare recipients don't have this problem. A recent column in the New York Times printed some health statistics extracted from a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute. And many of the statistics are bad news for America. But one American statistic was well above average: life expectancy for Americans who have already reached the age of 65. At that point, they can expect to live longer than the average in industrialized countries. That’s because Americans above age 65 actually have universal health care coverage: Medicare.

dashiel
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dashiel 11/17/09 - 09:11 am
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Will tattoos and piercings be

Will tattoos and piercings be included in the Senate version? And how about tanning beds? Fish oil? Vitamins? We need to know these important facts. Broun is as competent a congressman as he was a "doctor."

TechLover
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TechLover 11/17/09 - 09:18 am
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What about boob jobs and

What about boob jobs and tummy tucks?

2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 11/17/09 - 09:23 am
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Also listened in on his phone

Also listened in on his phone conference one night when I was working on something and just wanted to see what it was all about. he was answering questions that he has no clue about..Someone told him they were Medicare and Tricare for Life and asked what was going to happen to TFL, his answer was "it is going away". I WAS SO [filtered word] TO hear him say that. He has no clue what will happen to TFL. And to scare those people listening was so wrong. I'm so turned off by him right now and he will not get a vote from me nor do i care to listen or look at him. I'm not Medicare or TFL but work with it and we have not heard anything close to that answer.

noway
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noway 11/17/09 - 09:29 am
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Broun is an all around bad

Broun is an all around bad person. He's also a crazy, which may lead to the lying...I'm not sure.

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justthefacts 11/17/09 - 09:29 am
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gaspring, so what you are

gaspring, so what you are saying is that socialized medicine stops for those who reach 65 in other industrialized countries. What, are there like death panels or something?

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Lakeside95 11/17/09 - 09:33 am
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Broun's mailer is factually

Broun's mailer is factually true. The Stupak amendment that 'bans' federally funded abortions will not remain in the Senate bill, nor will it remain in the conferenced bill that returns from the Senate. Since none of the above commenters seem to understand the way a bill becomes a law, it is vital that Congressman Broun continue to send out his mailings.

I appreciate that while not everyone voted for Dr. Broun, the majority of those in the 10th district did vote for him. He represents those of us that voted for him very well. In fact, when asked 'Did you call your congressman to encourage him to vote against the health care bill?' I can answer 'No, I dont have to call him. I know he will vote correctly.'

Dr. Broun is not Charlie Norwood...but he doesnt have to be. He is doing just fine as Congressman Broun.

Lorraine
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Lorraine 11/17/09 - 09:36 am
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I am not amazed or surprised

I am not amazed or surprised by what Mr. Broun says or does. He is akin to a run away train with no clear sense of direction.

mable8
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mable8 11/17/09 - 10:02 am
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The bill passed by the House

The bill passed by the House DOES contain federally paid abortions; if that were not true, they why the press release that the big O is "working on" addressing that particular issue? And thank you, Lakeside85 for standing up for Congressman Broun, he is doing a wonderful job in representing us. I email him frequently and always get a reply that addresses the issues of my concerns; most representatives will send a canned reply that has nothing to do with what you have asked. At least he takes the time to READ those bills and his constituents mail.

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Niko Mahs 11/17/09 - 10:16 am
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Why are there political

Why are there political loonies in Congress? Because there are constituent loonies in the districts they represent. Vote Dr. Broun out of office, he is just plain incompetent. I would not go to him for health care at all.

UrbanMeyerHater
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UrbanMeyerHater 11/17/09 - 10:34 am
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All of you can go to hail!

All of you can go to hail! You know dam well that before the bill is through all committees mandatory abortion coverage will be included. A liberal cant pass up a chance to kill an unborn child.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/17/09 - 11:08 am
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justthefacts - Socialized

justthefacts - Socialized medicine in Europe is whole life and does not stop. We're talking about one comparison between Americans and Europeans. For American who reach 65 - they can expect to live slightly longer than their Europeans contemporaries. The longer American life is attributed to the benefits of Medicare coverage. For example, say an American and a European both reaches the age of 65 on 17 Nov 09. The American has Medicare and the European has socialized medicine. Chances are - the American will out live the European.

corgimom
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corgimom 11/17/09 - 12:01 pm
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This is just nonsense. All

This is just nonsense. All health plans pay for abortions, the doctor just calls them D&C's. And all a woman has to do is say "I will kill myself if I have my baby" and then she can have one. This is just to appease the anti-abortionists, it doesn't mean anything.

sjgraci
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sjgraci 11/17/09 - 12:01 pm
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Augusta, GA has their very

Augusta, GA has their very own radical right wing nutcase to represent them in the US Congress. Imagine that.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 11/17/09 - 12:43 pm
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The ignorant usually claim

The ignorant usually claim things to be misleading.

1941
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1941 11/17/09 - 12:50 pm
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So what if it pays for

So what if it pays for abortion? Some of you people want it both ways!! Stop all abortions, and you have thousands of children that the taxpayers have to take care of!!! You don't want the healthcare plan, you don't want the mothers on section 8, you complain about everything that the poor get, that your tax dollars pay for. So what do you suggest? Abstain? Have men fixed so they can' make babies, have women fixed, so they can't make babies? Guess what? Your tax dollars will pay for all of the above!!! As long as it is not your wife or daughter, getting an abortion, stay out of others buisness!!!!

Philo-Publis
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Philo-Publis 11/17/09 - 12:53 pm
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"...except in cases of rape,

"...except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger."

This is called the government telling us when it is and isn't right to kill a human being.

And all of you missed it. Shame on you all.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 11/17/09 - 12:54 pm
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1941 I'd suggest a very

1941 I'd suggest a very strong dose of social Darwinism. Time to clean up the gene pool.

gnx
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gnx 11/17/09 - 01:11 pm
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Lakeside and mable - Thank

Lakeside and mable - Thank you for voicing my thoughts exactly. I'm also glad to have Dr. Broun working in Washington for us. He does take the time to read and consider what he's voting on, and we can be proud that he isn't voting "Present". As for the mailers being paid for with taxpayer dollars? You folks can thank the Dems for recently increasing the amount of federal funds each senator and representative are given to use in this manner. Perhaps you may want to send your complaints directly to the higher-ups in Washington instead of posting them here.

ripjones
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ripjones 11/17/09 - 01:20 pm
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1941 -- if you are

1941 -- if you are unemployed, generationally on welfare, and are Section 8, yes, you should be chemically prevented from being able bring more children into the world. Until you can provide for yourself, you do not have the right to make the government pay for your active sex life. If it consumes my tax dollars, you dam straight it is my business !! And once they have a male birth control pill, the same goes for low-lifes that spread their "seed".

Notreally
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Notreally 11/17/09 - 01:54 pm
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Broun only works for the

Broun only works for the conservatives/repub I for sure didn't vote for that nut.

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