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MrBadExample
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01:35 PM on 03/18/2010
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i am not thinking about Bush...I am thinking about November.
BTW: dont underestimate how disenfranchised Independents feel about this administration. remember scott brown?
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Didn't Scott Brown get his divorce papers from the Teabaggers after he voted with Obama for a jobs program? And will the teabaggers sit home if the Repubs nominate people who the baggers consider RINO's? And if the Repubs cater to the Baggers to the point of getting lots of clones of loose cannons Steve King and Goehmert, won't that energize the dems without necessarily engaging independents?

Or will the Baggers think that the Repubs aren't paying attention and run their own candidates as they did in NY 23? I have no crystal ball, but the Teabaggers have a very mixed electoral record.
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Bronxdude
Integrity has no need of rules
01:33 PM on 03/18/2010
Uninsured Americans can use hospital emergency rooms to receive quality healthcare. That’s the republican solution for granting healthcare access to 50 million uninsured Americans. The other republican solution is to privatize Medicare, which, according to the CBO, would generate $7 trillion in annual profit for the insurance and pharmaceutical cartel. The Republican Party – the quintessential party of lies, exaggerations and distortions – is aware that any costs associated with uninsured Americans using the emergency room will be passed on and absorbed by private insurance subscribers, not insurance or healthcare providers. Privatizing Medicare and encouraging uninsured Americans to continue using hospital emergency rooms increases the profit margin for insurers and healthcare providers. Every year, insured Americans pay on average an additional $934 in premiums to cover uninsured Americans. Universal coverage would end this practice and reduce the cost of premiums and healthcare coverage for every American. America spends 17.6% of GNP on healthcare, while France, Canada and Britain spend less than 10%, respectively. Yet America ranks 50th among industrialized nations in life expectancy (France, Canada, Spain and Britain rank in the top 20). Healthcare in America is a $3 trillion-a-year industry, but a cost/benefit analysis would appear to indicate that there is no correlation between the amount of money spent and improved outcome, i.e., spending more does not produce better outcome. Obviously, fixing the system is not what republicans want; for republicans, throwing more money at the problem is the solution.
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Bronxdude
Integrity has no need of rules
01:32 PM on 03/18/2010
The average American refuses to accept that republicans are at war with the working-class. The insurance cartel is spending millions to protect its profits. Republican senators from fringe states with fewer residents than Brooklyn are leading the charge to deny every American access to life-saving insurance. According to the Association of Free Clinics, at a recent free clinic in New Orleans, of the 3,000 who showed up, 86% were employed full-time but had no insurance because they couldn’t afford it or because they had been denied coverage due to a preexisting condition. Mary Landrieu rejects insurance reform, yet 700,000 Louisianans have no insurance. Because of republican deregulation, 94% of all insurance markets are not competitive, which leads to price fixing and gouging. Under republicans, the deficit set a new record, 38 million loss health insurance, insurance premiums increased by 347%, regulatory oversight and cost containment were abandoned, pork-laden legislation reached new heights, and we were duped into war, while the wealthiest American’s received unprecedented tax cuts, which many found perverse, even by Reagan standards. Having received millions in payoffs from parasitic insurers like UnitedHealthcare and Aetna, republicans are fighting hard to defeat reform, which is why republicans from Alabama and Georgia recently voted against an amendment to HR 3590 that would have made cancer screenings for women more affordable. Republicans like Boehner and McConnell are disgusting degenerates with no sense of ethics.
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coveark
Obstructionists, get off the hill !!!
01:27 PM on 03/18/2010
De Mint...........................that should say it all.....................
01:27 PM on 03/18/2010
There are too many things that don't take effect right away....so they may actually get away with this bs.
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zendem1
Sometimes I like to touch other people's food
01:06 PM on 03/18/2010
Bring it.
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SweetestTaboo
12:30 PM on 03/18/2010
Good luck with that. Many conservatives publicly agree with their masters, but privately avail themselves of the services of the socialist government.

There are plenty of conservatives that don't have access to healthcare because of a pre-existing conditions. These people will immediately benefit and will be able to buy into the a pool right away and get coverage. I wonder if they will be delighted with the Republicans taking that away from them.
12:29 PM on 03/18/2010
and it will literally be over our dead bodies.. but they've never given a damn...
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01:01 PM on 03/18/2010
Then you will not want to read the Texas Text Book....the Alternative HistoryAmerican Story. It will void your claim of this group never giving a damn.
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KDog76A
Radical Centrist
04:54 PM on 03/18/2010
meh,

you'll actually die waiting in line for subpar healthcare under the new government bureaucracy.
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juanjo
Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est.
05:15 PM on 03/18/2010
I think you have been reading too many sub par second rate tea bagger blogs.
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juanjo
Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est.
05:15 PM on 03/18/2010
But don't worry. If that happens you can do what Palin did and sneak across the border into Canada and get some decent health care.
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hrc04
put on your pants and go home.
12:29 PM on 03/18/2010
Maybe I'm slow, but how exactly would the GOP repeal health care if Obama's still the president and has veto power? I'm still flipping through my pocket constitution, bear with me...
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zendem1
Sometimes I like to touch other people's food
01:10 PM on 03/18/2010
They wouldn't and they know it. They're planning to take control of the Congress and then the White House in 2012. But what they are really frightened of, is that after the good stuff in the bill kicks in,people start realizing it was a good thing. Same thing happened with Medicare after the GOP said it was going to bankrupt the world and the sky would fall.
The bottom line is they know that giving Obama a major political victory will not bode well for them, and it's driving them crazy because they know they can't stop it.
02:41 PM on 03/18/2010
I couldn't have said it better myself.

Cheers!
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MrBadExample
Friends call me ‘exampleicious’
03:33 PM on 03/18/2010
Also, Repubs don't take pledges seriously. Part of their Contract with America was a pledge for term limits. How's that working out?
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17ladyslippers
12:29 PM on 03/18/2010
I read recently that it might be time to divide the United States into two countries - one named Progressive and the second named Conservative.

This is just the kind of article that makes me want to endorse that idea. Why go head-to-head, toe-to-toe every time legislation is in the crosshairs? There is no bipartisanship or consensus anymore. Americans aren’t getting news and information from unbiased journalists anymore. It’s boiled down to the Faux folks versus the MSNBC folks, the Limbaugh listeners versus the Hartmann listeners. It’s a crying shame.

Maybe it’s time for consensus at least. Two countries: Conservative and Progressive. Would be interesting to see what kind of discord would ensue within each country after the divide…
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01:06 PM on 03/18/2010
The article sounds like BS.
The name of the article is the first clue to move on.
Who the hell could sell an article claiming Progressive and Conservative in this way?

Now had its' point been Pro-gressive and RE-gressive, I might have read it.
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KDog76A
Radical Centrist
04:59 PM on 03/18/2010
I agree, and since many conservatives are farmers, they'll control most of the food supply, the liberals will all starve to death.

Talk about biased news, you don't even realize the cost of healthcare will actually go uip for the average individual. Glad you read up on the bill and how it works.
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Coinyer101
King of Doobiestan
12:28 PM on 03/18/2010
Good. Because if dems don't fix it with a P.O. or a state option for single-payer, before 2012, I will support repeal of the law based on unconstitutional mandates and vote accordingly.....,Centrist corporadems have left me little choice, but, to hold them accountable for this stoopid bill, and while I support passage, it MUST BE FIXED........,
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PWM
Eisenhower Republicans are liberals
03:02 PM on 03/18/2010
In Canada, or even the UK for that matter, healthcare reform was a slow painful process. The Bill needs to be improved, but it is a step in the right direction.
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MrBadExample
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03:36 PM on 03/18/2010
Social Security didn't initially cover domestics, meaning most African Americans didn't get it. It was changed.

What we've got with current HCR is the camel with its nose in the tent. It took sixty years to get there, and it was a bloody fight all the way. But going back to status quo is not an option. I don't want to wait another decade for us to join the rest of the world.
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KDog76A
Radical Centrist
05:01 PM on 03/18/2010
a step in the right direction wouldn't cost a trillion bucks, it would reduce the real cost of healthcare rather than force every American to buy insurance.
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KDog76A
Radical Centrist
05:02 PM on 03/18/2010
you're right, we need a PO, mainly to show how silly it is to pay 20% more to buy public insurance than the equavalent private policy. Heck the government is going to have to find some sort of way to pay for the mess they create
12:27 PM on 03/18/2010
This is GREAT news.

This will give every dem a reason to turn out in November just to defeat the repubs repeal scare.
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01:42 PM on 03/18/2010
Fight these people at all cost,In my home in Texas I will fight them at every election I can join me and do the same in your state, the time for toughness is now till Obamas reelection in 2012,God Bless,
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kinogod
word farmer
12:23 PM on 03/18/2010
Double dawg dare the party of nuttin' to repeal this modest money saving plan. Vote against nuns at your own peril. Can't wait to run the ads against The Party Of No. Already vuttin' the video.
12:22 PM on 03/18/2010
The republicans are behaving like they are trying to save us from ourselves.Yep,like telling us that stiffer bank regulations on banks and an effective consumer protection agency are bad for us.You know something go to Hell you guys!
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12:20 PM on 03/18/2010
Don't you guys KNOW that the conservative mantra is, "If you can't AFFORD healthcare in the first place you shouldn't HAVE healthcare...Learn to live within your means!" ?

And...

"If you get sick or injured, it's YOUR OWN FAULT and it's up to YOU to take care of yourself...NOBODY should have to PAY for YOU to see a doctor....If you can't AFFORD to see a doctor, that's YOUR problem and you should have, (name the first 1,000 things you should have done in your life to be able to afford things you cannot afford now), so you would be able to pay to see a doctor"

Not to mention the ever popular...

"Healthcare insurance is for the wealthy...If you are poor, weak, sick or injured you should be left in the woods for the animals to feed off of....THAT'S what AMERICA is all about!"
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Mystic01
Proudly pro-union
01:23 PM on 03/18/2010
Yup, good ol' Social Darwinism.