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Imzadi
Proud Progressive for decades
08:10 AM on 10/16/2009
I find it very interesting that Mr. Frist is NOW speaking rationally now that he is no longer an elected official.

IF he is serious, he is one of the few who have chosen rationality over politics.
08:13 AM on 10/16/2009
No kidding - since when has Bill Frist become a rational person? Brain...hurt...must lie down...can't comprehend...
08:25 AM on 10/16/2009
Many former GOP legislators are supporting healthcare overhaul, including Bob Dole and James Baker. There are others and I can't remember them this morning.

the ones who don't need to be reelected see that this needs to be done
07:50 AM on 10/16/2009
Sorry Mr. Frist, the flock has already been told otherwise by the likes of Beck and Hannity. Who do you think they're going to believe?
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07:21 AM on 10/16/2009
I didn't know Frist had such a good curveball. The Mets ought to sign him up.

Watch out, folks, this is a TRICK. How far can you throw this guy? OK, that's how much you should trust this cretin.
10:52 AM on 10/16/2009
Hey Bannorhill, you need to get with the program.
Yes it is for medical and hospital services.
It is for anyone that wants it not just the poor.
Yes it is administered through the government,
and you still pay a percentage out of pocket.
Listen up please, the government run option
has one thing missing. GREED!
04:58 PM on 10/16/2009
Then why does it cost $829 Billion or $11,500 per person per year.

Private insurance from those greedy insurance co costs less per person covered than the government program.
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takeabigdeepbreath
...and another.
06:57 AM on 10/16/2009
Bizarro Republican Frist, keep talking! I keep hoping for the day when people drop whatever banner they're supposed to be carrying instead of just being one OF THE PEOPLE or toting whatever bucket for corporate interests they're supposed to be using to put out the fire of self-determination BY THE PEOPLE and speak up FOR THE PEOPLE here! Could that day be coming...? That's not socialism, that's just the American way!
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takeabigdeepbreath
...and another.
07:04 AM on 10/16/2009
Well, no, I take that last statement back because it's not the way we've been doing things lately at all, is it... But it's the WAY I want AMERICA to be...
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spicegal
06:53 AM on 10/16/2009
I was never a fan of Bill Frist when he was a politician, but watched him on Bill Maher, and he seems like an okay guy, at least on this healthcare issue. I'm a nurse, and don't see how anyone working in medicine could not think our healthcare system doesn't need a major overhaul. People in medicine on the front lines (like physicians and nurses) understand that this is and should be about people and human suffering. It's a moral imperative, and has increasingly become an economic one.
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S E Martin
07:27 AM on 10/16/2009
Well put! It is both a moral and economic imperative.

When will others see this? Or they simply hopeless because they are blinded by their ideology and misinformed by the right-wing media personalities? (Notice I didn't say right-wing "news". That would be giving them too much credit.)
07:42 AM on 10/16/2009
Considering the insurance companies reap huge subsidies without risk from this miserable excuse for health care reform, what's not to like about it, if you're Frist speaking on behalf of his cronies at HCA?
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marecek
Lawyers for argle bargle.
06:23 AM on 10/16/2009
Well, thank God for at least one Republican who is willing to admit the truth. The rest of them either repeat obvious falsehoods, suggest obvious falsehoods with their slanderous labels (he's a socialist, communist, fascist; he's destroying the American that we have always known and loved, etc.), or just sit mutely by and raise no objections to the obvious falsehoods and slanders. For shame, YOU PIGS.

Thank you Senator Frist for actually putting "Country First" (the GOP motto at its 2008 Convention).
06:21 AM on 10/16/2009
God, a Repulican talking sense. Someone wake me up! But do you notice how he practically winces in speaking the truth that is so different from the rhetoric coming out of his camp. If Snowe was seen as melting and traitorous, Frist's name is awfully like fist...so what's he risking?
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marinara
04:49 AM on 10/16/2009
I guess it's unusual to complain about the lack of press on an important topic, but where is the press on unemployment? It's not just relevant to the "Forbes" and "Fortune" types.
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03:42 AM on 10/16/2009
The Frist Family founded HCA and owned about 250 hospitals around the US of A. Google it.

If Bill likes it, I've got to say, "what's in it for Bill?"
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Peter007
08:34 AM on 10/16/2009
The Medical / Industrial Complex.
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03:10 AM on 10/16/2009
It's not socialized medicine--too bad......................
02:55 AM on 10/16/2009
Unfortunately, Bill Frist is right.
08:58 AM on 10/16/2009
Not according to the Merrium Webster dictionary.
02:25 AM on 10/16/2009
Bill Frist is trying to get to heaven!

Repent!
01:56 AM on 10/16/2009
Finally, an honest Republican. I don't think that the Republicans in Congress (except the extraordinarely dumb ones) think for a second that Obama's health insurance and other plans are actually socialist. The guy barely qualifies as a liberal! Yet they keep pushing the socialist scare to get their constituents riled up. I don't know how anyone could stand being a politician.
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msgirlintn
Magnolia's mom!
03:29 AM on 10/16/2009
He should know about owning the hospitals and the doctors. His family owns HCA Healthcare which. is the nation's largest for profit healthcare system. He wants the Baucus bill to pass because that would make him an even richer man. Rick Scott with the CPR groups that are running the ads against healthcare was with HCA when he was fined a huge amount for defrauding the government.
NorquistNemesis
I'll vote Republican when I'm in the top 0.000001%
03:40 AM on 10/16/2009
"Honest Republican"? Frist was instrumental in making that term an oxymoron. The fact that he's even getting into "the debate" after leaving the Senate is suspect from the start!!! He's no dummy and sees where this is going. He's looking long term at some sort of political advantage. Look for him to be jockeying for 2nd on a future WH ticket.
03:56 AM on 10/16/2009
I meant "honest" in a limited sense. In this particular statement.
05:10 AM on 10/16/2009
You're right about that. Means he's observed the landscape, identified an opportunity for a Republican willing to state actual facts, and taken advantage of that opportunity. Still a good thing he's doing it, though. Once one of them starts placing their bets on opposing the party line, others start feeling "brave," too. That's how it is with these types of personalities.
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cliffhammond
Onward through the fog!
01:52 AM on 10/16/2009
Well, who straightened his wig?
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Bloggerrogr
Resist !
01:25 AM on 10/16/2009
This may seem off topic, but I find it interesting and encouraging:

Last Wednesday (Oct. 7) During his hour-long commentary on Health Care in America, Keith Olbermann put up $50k of his own money toward setting up free clinics in 5 locations around the country, Much like one which took place in Houston, Texas recently. Then KO set the challenge: to see how many Americans would open their wallets, purses, whatever to make the events happen. Tuesday night the latest numbers came in: 10 thousand 500 donors have contributed $817,000, enough to fund three of the five clinics. The math: an average of $77.81 per donor. Americans DO care about the least of those among us. That's a good thing.
FWIW
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msgirlintn
Magnolia's mom!
03:30 AM on 10/16/2009
As of tonight, KO said they had raised over a million dollars and the first health clinic is going to be in Little Rock.
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Bloggerrogr
Resist !
10:54 AM on 10/16/2009
Thank you, msgirl!
Don't know how I missed it, burt thanks for the update.
Americans have always shown they have big hearts and care about those who are less fortunate. This is the kind of thing that illustrates that the USA is a great nation.

Have a terrific weekend!

FWIW
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Peter007
08:28 AM on 10/16/2009
So he is setting up free health care clinics? Will they be in competition with private health care clinics? How long will they be funded and by who?
What is the annual cost to run a clinic? What type of procedures are they allowed to do?
What is Keith Oberman attempting to do other than a publicity stunt that has only a short term news value. ?
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Bloggerrogr
Resist !
10:52 AM on 10/16/2009
Peter, you need to go to the "Countdown" website, watch the entire broadcast (there's a link to it as a "special comment"). Then all of your questions will be answered.
Keith is NOT setting up free health care clinics. They will be temporary 1 or 2 day affairs in the hometowns of those Democrats who either have no empathy for the suffering of the working poor or no spine to pass meaningful health reform legislation.
This is not a 'publicity stunt' as you phrase it. This is a teachable moment. You COULD learn something.

FWIW