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  • Morning Bell: President Obama's Health Care Strategy

    Campaigning in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this past summer, then-candidate Barack Obama told a 1,800 person town hall meeting: “If I were designing a system from scratch, I would probably go ahead with a single-payer system.” So while President Barack Obama indicated yesterday that he is open to altering his health plan, Americans should always keep in mind what President Obama’s true end goal really is. And after just six weeks in office he has already made two significant steps towards that goal. If Americans hope to retain and expand their right to make their own health care decisions, there are two elements of President Obama’s future health care reform that must be avoided at all costs.

    This past August the U.S. Census Bureau released a study the results of which will probably surprise many Americans listening to the rhetoric from yesterday’s White House health care forum. Both the rate and number of people without health insurance declined from 15.8% in 2006 to 15.3% in 2007. The reason for this drop? The percent of Americans with private health insurance is on the decline, mostly as a result of the steady erosion of employer-based coverage, while the percentage of Americans with government insurance is rising even faster. This trend is due entirely to the never ending expansion of government run health care eligibility and the inevitable private sector crowd out that accompanies government growth.

    President Obama achieved an acceleration of this trend when he signed into law an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that removed requirements that participants either be poor or a child. But President Obama’s call to create a public health care plan that will “compete” with private plans is far worse. According to a study by the Lewin Group a public health plan open to all Americans and set at Medicare reimbursement levels would force 118.5 million Americans out of private health care and into nationalized medicine.

    But the steady substitution of private health care for a government run plan is only half of the nationalized medicine equation. As even President Obama noted yesterday, expanding government health care to more and more Americans will be extremely expensive. That is where the health care rationing comes in. President Obama already laid the groundwork for health care rationing by dramatically expanding funding for the Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) council in the stimulus bill, and even without former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) his health care plan will include a Federal Health Board that will turn that research into regulation. There is no reason why private-sector or government officials should not have access to the best information on what works and what doesn’t. Nor is there any reason why such scientific evaluations should not be widely available to doctors and patients alike. But President Obama has made it clear he intends to use the data from CER to control health care costs from Washington in a completely top down fashion. Daschle was frank about this fact in his health care book: “Doctors and patients might resent any encroachment on their ability to choose certain treatments.”

    So that is the two pronged approach to the ultimate goal of nationalized medicine in America. Quietly expand the percentage of Americans that are in government run health care and then, when the costs inevitably explode, have unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington ration care. There is an alternative. Some of which the Obama Administration even supports like removing the tax benefit of employer-sponsored health care coverage. Removing this regressive tax benefit will untie Americans health care coverage from their employers and help move the country towards a truly market based consumer driven health care model. Health care coverage can be expanded in a cost efficient manner, but only by empowering Americans to make health care decisions with their doctors.

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    38 Responses to Morning Bell: President Obama's Health Care Strategy

    1. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      The SOLUTION FOR HEALTH CARE

      IS SO SIMPLE

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    2. ozzy6900 says:

      The best idea that I have so far heard was given by Rush Limbaugh on his show of 3/6/2009. That is TORT reform. I would suggest that people read the transcript at the link below.

      ***Instructions for Liberals***

      You do not have to listen to anything. Just READ the transcript and forget that you are reading what Rush said!

      http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_03050

    3. David Sayers, NC says:

      We do not need or want socialized health care nor anything else that has socialized attached to it.

      This is just more bla,bla,bla,crisis,crisis crisis

      to spend more money and get more folks dependent on government. Where in the Constitution does it say that I or anyone has the right to have our health care paid for by the government. You can bet if any form of socialized health care becomes law, all members of congress will be exempt,as usual.

    4. Melissa, Houston,TX says:

      We must push back. I just hope that by the time we retake the House and Senate it won't be too late. I don't want health care run by the government. Maybe the only great thing about having insurance with a private company is that if you don't like the coverage you can fire them and get another insurance company. Once we have the government, there is no firing them. They are it and they have no incentive whatsoever to provide the best healthcare for us due to the lack of competition. I feel very bad for the elderly who will undoubtedly suffer when all of us have government healthcare.

      God bless America!

    5. Robert Reilly, Virgi says:

      Stealth plan to socialize health MY BUTT! He his turning America into a socialist government and he is not hiding it. Please stop this. He is tearing the fundamentals of what made America what it is into a country of weak people sucking the life out of working people.

    6. Jerome Zacny says:

      Are you serious? Remove the employer tax credit for providing health insurance and all you will do is ensure that all Americans will demand national healthcare. You are going to have to do a whole lot better than saying this will "empower" Americans and their doctors to control health care decisions. How does losing employer provided health insurance "empower" anyone but the government that wants to take it over?

    7. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      To truly understand what's at stake regarding quality of care, go back and read some of the reader's comments from Rory's March 5th article "Government Power and Control…" Several respondents are veteran healthcare workers. Theirs is a story that will shake-up any liberal demagogue's fantasy with the hard facts of clinical life. Their message paints a realistic portrait of the services one can expect under nationalized care.

    8. CF, Claremont says:

      You say the opposite of what you mean, I think, here: "But the steady substitution of private health care for a government run plan is only half of the socialized medicine equation."

    9. rebecca kaminski says:

      You know, I guess not many comment on here who are disabled and humiliated in the resignation to poverty.

      Well, I am. Just four months ago my 19 year old son fell ill and had no insurance. He has fallen through the cracks of this wealthy country of those who seem to be the majority commenting on here, who obviously do not know how it is to be in perpetual disempowerment.

      When I heard our president announce his intentions on health care I fell to my knees and sobbed on my kitchen floor. I thanked (thank) our Lord and Savior for this man and for his party being able to have his back, for those like Tom Perriello.

    10. tom/coalvalley says:

      it seems mr obama and his gang have forgotten who really runs this country. it is time that all of these politicians be told this is the country of the people by the people for the people.if they want a socialist country i can suggest a few place they can go but not here!!!!!!!

    11. Seth - Litchfield, C says:

      Clearly President Obama ha shown us that not all the pirates are in Somalia.

    12. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      Rebecca, I'm sure most responders on this blog truly understand and appreciate your predicament. It's unfair, however, to assume they have not faced similar hardships. For them, it's simply a matter of deciding their own affairs. No one here is ignoring those individuals who fell through the gaps between public (Medicaid) and private care. What they are saying is if you think things look bad now, wait till you're forced to pay for and use socialized care. You'll quickly learn its just not worth the cost.

    13. Kent, Virginia says:

      Is it me, am I just paranoid, or do I detect some overarching government plan to deal with the growing problem of the aging Baby Boomers? We already know how hard it will be to provide social security for this mass of Americans when they begin to retire, as they grow older they will present a tremendous challenge to health care as well. With government control deciding what can be done and what cannot be done to keep people alive, will my children have to sit by and watch while their father or mother die because some bureaucrat has decided what is acceptable and not acceptable care? These Liberal Fascists in power have already proven they cannot be trusted with our tax money, who out there is willing to trust these power hungry social engineers with their life?

    14. michael hutchings says:

      location;CAPTAIN OBAMA standing by the sick bed of the nations economy on the hospital ship JUSTICE with witch doctor in chief SUMMERS;

      SUMMERS;the victim of the evil capitalists is weakening CAPTAIN OBAMA;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;what do you suggest as treatment;

      SUMMERS;we must draw more blood in the form of CASH by increasing taxes because the people need money to live on;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;what did that mean,i dont understand;

      SUMMERS;but you understand perfectly its your policy;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;if you say so,logic never made sense to me to begin with;

      SUMMERS; we draw CASH from a weak economy to lesson the evil humors causing the sickness of freedom to spread beyond our control before the body wakes up and defies its new owners;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA; i can see it will help to draw CASH from FREE HEALTHY AREAS and then target the areas of the body we control for retransfusion;

      SUMMERS;yes, yes,there may be some overall wasting away of the body but a full recovery would leave us where we started and that cant be permitted;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;get right on that SUMMERS and draw every drop you can to give to our toadies in the tower of the academics and the barren waste of journalism where we hold sway on both sides of any issue;

      SUMMERS;yes, yes, at once,it will not take much to entertain them but what if some question the truth about the illness of the economy and its death;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;lest they get to powerful SUMMERS,i want you to come up with a plan to tax the banquet of self importance my toadies feast on;

      SUMMERS;yes, yes,but it will be hard,as they produce nothing other than gusts of hot air and must be fed by those who do actual work;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;raise the tax on those who sell real food and produce goods to make up the shortfalls in actual products by my new goverment vassals and congradulate them, they are vassals in service of goverment and eat before the peasants that feed them, butter them up SUMMERS and hire some out of work JOURNALISTS to pass out welfare checks,they wont question the right or wrong of what they do, THEY ARE STRANGERS TO TRUTH;

      SUMMERS;YES! YES! YES! YES!! YES;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;stop yelling SUMMERS you are starting to foam at the mouth and slobber on my new heliocopters;

      SUMMERS;YES !YES!YES!;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;i am not going to get you off of that am i SUMMERS,let them know my enemies list has many more pages,now SUMMERS bow and grovel your way out to do my biding, i have an important call to make;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;HUGO could you explain again how you get something for nothing,economically i mean, SUMMERS repeated back to me WHAT I READ OFF THE TELEPROMPTER and i had the strangest feeling that it didnt make sense;

      HUGO CHAVEZ;whats to explain you own the PRESS;

      CAPTAIN OBAMA;i guess you are right HUGO if you control speech you dont have to bother making sense;

    15. Jamey, Central Calif says:

      The greatest analogy that I heard about socialised medicine goes this way. In a private system, it is in the best interest of the doctor and hospital for them to diagnose, treat,and cure as soon and effectively as possible. That way word of mouth and statistics bring more people to said hospital. On the contrary, social medicine, getting funding from the government, NEEDS sick people on the books to justify the years budget. Therefore, it IS in the best interest to have a line outside. Careful what you wish for.

    16. Richard Cancemi,Arli says:

      Mr. Obama is not MY President and he never will be. He has been and continues to be a very skilled liar or, should I say, those who think for him and write what he delivers so very oratorically are the true liars. He is anti American, doesn't give a hoot about this Country and its citizens. He is a dedicated World Socialist and plans for us to lose our identity and have us be "absorbed" into the Socialist world community! I have no doubts about this. His programs to "fix" the economy are to destroy Capitalism and ensconce Marxism. In my opinion he and the other left-wing Democrats are all traitors and liars. They all swore to uphold the Constitution and are now violating it.

      People who don't see beyond his facade are the ones who empower these anti-Americans in their plans to ruin the best Country and form of Government the world has ever seen. There is nothing wrong with America! What is wrong is the way the hooligans and hypocrites have been running America, using the Liberties of the Constitution to destroy it.

      The trouble with a Democracy is that when you have more ignorant voters than informed, these hooligans and hypocrites are elected and do their dirty deeds.

      If there is no reversal, America will die and the majority will let it happen because they don't realize it is happening. Our birthright is being traded for a bowl of promised porridge! And, it will not have a pleasant taste!

    17. Ron, Derry NH says:

      I sympathy with people who think they have fallen through some crack that requires them to believe salvation lies in forced actions by some one else to insure their inaction's are responsibly covered.

      I have been self employed my entire life and have paid my way for all things including torn shoulders, knee injuries and back injuries that I am working through and with right now. Some the insurance paid some I paid myself.

      I expect no one to take up my burden. I want a fair playing field for all, meaning perhaps the economic leverage between the buyer and the doctor should have more leverage in favor of the patient and a little less support from insurances and the government. Capitalism works when interventions don't hamper buyer/shopper frictions to play out. What we need is for patience to have more buying leverage and choices not hospitalization given more financial protectionism.

      Socialism only insures the price will be dictated or that the quality will be dictated to all; it doesn't insure the buyer or patient won't have to pay more and more as time goes by and it doesn't unsure quality by any means.

      It would be better for people to worship their chosen deity and buy insurance than to pray to enslave us all because of a personal misfortune. But then socialism greatest appeal is that it does the stealing for you, rather than you do the earning.

    18. Bob Veigel, Arlingto says:

      If we do not defeat this monster we will be bankrupt sooner, rather than later. Add this to Social Security, Medicare, Prescription Drug and the soon to be very high interest cost on the National Debt and there will not be enough funds in the world to cover this mess.

    19. Ken, Atl. says:

      Why can't politicians just be honest and tell the truth. Our new president has been disingenuous to the people who actually got him elected….the trusting middle class. It truly appears that his mouth is not his. We need to find out what real ties he has towards George Soros and his Open Society.

    20. Sliver Wisconsin says:

      Ken I hope you are kidding and Qzzy you are right on I heard that when I was listening to him.

      Hey you elderly citizens myself being one, if you want national health care then you and I will be the first ones to go because the commie board will determine we lived long enough and it costs to much to keep us going, see Soylent Green the movie.

    21. Ken in Texas says:

      College Student Body knows how to get the job done and sets the benchmark for America……….

      A Christian University in a small Texas town votes to remove student body president.

      The United States votes to remove President Obama from Office.

      It is the first time a president has not completed a term since 1942. The Student Congress voted 25 to five with two abstentions for removal.

      Americans call for no confidence vote for President Obama. News media supporters are furious!!! Blames Talk Radio Hosts.

      Here is the reason why…….

      Failure to lead the Students’ Association in a positive manner, failure to adhere to ethical standards of conduct as noted in University campus policies.

      Failure to lead America in a positive manner; Spends more money and creates more debt that can ever be paid back. Failure to adhere to ethical standards as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, And the Bill of Rights, Failure to keep campaign promises i.e. reduce the deficit, cutout pork spending, bring unity to the House and Senate, and bring change we can believe in. Lied about socialistic ideas of share the wealth. Reduce job loss in America, Strong support for securing America’s borders. Reduction of big government. Placing unqualified people in position of trust. Instead of change we have the same people on his staff that were on President Clinton cabinet. Failure to investigate fraud waste and abuse in the government.

      Included in the accusations were the president had not fulfilled the 20 hours per week as an executive officer, often showed up late for meetings, disrespectful to faculty and staff members and calling others derogatory names. Others said that he had broken office equipment worth $400.00.

      Senator Obama, cast his vote as, present or abstained indicating a lack of experience in representing his constituents. No experience in running a company or has ever been an executive officer. Disrespectful to those who disagrees with his ideas, programs, policies. Calls those he is suppose to represent derogatory names. Makes deals with America enemies such as Hamas, Russia, Iran and North Korea. President Obama and his administration is breaking Americas’ banking system, auto industry, and financial institutions.

      Note;

      Student Association members, met behind a close door session with the president, present and explained the charges. The class president was given time to rebut each accusations. He was excused from the meeting so members could debate and vote by secret ballot. We now know the outcome.

      Could we the people have the same intestinal fortitude to require our Congress and Senate to do the same to our President?

      I will endeavor to present a clear picture of the similar charges between their president and ours. This is why President Obama should be impeached.

      I have placed the charges against President Obama so we can see the parodies.

      Note;

      President Obama’s stimulus bill has failed to stimulate anything except more debt. President Obama has lost, misplaced, or no idea what a veto pen is for.

      The hate sermons preached in a church President Obama sat in for twenty years but never heard is coming to roost. Cannot investigate fraud, waste, and abuse in the government because most but not all are his supporters and or party members.

      That’s my opinion what’s yours?

    22. ella quinn kinston n says:

      I have talked to a lot of people lately,they all agree this is the worst president we have ever had.One of them is a democrat and he is scare now.Some are buying guns now.Others are praying some are fussing others are cussing. They are frighten for our country.We go out to eat a lot it is on a lot of peoples minds.All you have to do is look at some of them and the words start about our country and the fear for it. Obama, reid ,peolis and the cruel democrats are-down right mean,They only want to be rich and in power,and control of us the american people.They think we donot matter,they also think they are better than us.My blood boils when i think about what they are doing to all of us.

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    24. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      This is the way the dems and obama want this country to go. It will not be much longer before the USA is no longer around, we will be know as the SRA-SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. This is a good time to open up a sign shop, think about how many new signs will have to be made.

      I have experience with socialised medicine, through the VA. How mwnay vets do not get the care they need because the system is underfunded, procedures are put off or just not done. When medicine is federally controlled the doctors will not be able to make good decisions on your benefit. They will be told what they can and cn not do, when this happens who will loose????

    25. TREVOR MERCHANT BRON says:

      RE BARACK OBAMA AND HIS AGENDAS AND OR MOTIVES SHOULD I WRITE AND OR DOCUMENT MY ARGUEMENTS OF KNOWLEDGE TRUTHFULLY AGAINST THIS MAN YOU WOULD NOT PUBLISH AND OR PRINT THEM EVEN WHEN THEY ARE TRUTHFUL AS MY FIRST COMMENTS AND OR DRAFT TO YOUR WEBSITE YOU DID NOT PUBLISH EVEN THOUGH EVERY DOCTRINE AND LANGUAGE THAT I HAD SET FORTH WAS TRUE CORRECT FACTUAL AND KNOWLEDGE THAT IS TRUTHFULL LEADING TO EMPOWERMENT . THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON WITH BARACK OBAMA I AM BEWILDERRED SAFE WHEN I READ DICK MORRIS ARTICLE ABOUT BARACK OBAMA ABOUT FIVE DAYS AGO WHERE HE DICK MORRIS ARTICULATED THAT BARACK OBAMA IS ONLY CAMPAIGNING NOW AS HE WAS DOING DURING THE ELECTION . THIS WAS THE PART AND OR SEGMENT THAT I WERE MISSING I COULD NOT COME UP WITH IT THEN . HOWEVER AFTER DICK MORRIS I FULLY GATHERED AND ATTAINED THIS MESSAGE WITH COMPELLING AND OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE AND FACTS EVEN JUST YESTERDAY THURSDAY MARCH 05.2009 WITH HIS BARACK OBAMA FRADULENT HEALTH CARE MEETING WHEN AT THE SAME TIME THE DOW INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE FELL TO 287 .9 POINTS MORE TO COME TREVOR MERCHANT BRONX NY CITY FRIDAY MARCH 06.2009 KNOWLEDGE IS POWER AND THE SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE TRUTHFULLY IS EMPOWERMENT . TO QUOTE .UNQUOTE . MORE COMES FROM KNOWING MORE TO QUOTE .UNQUOTE .

    26. Larry B says:

      Now I am not saying I agree with Obama Strategy, actually I am opposed, but… consider the source of your information. Who owns The Lewin Group? Yes, UnitedHealth Group, the largest private health care plans in the nation!

      According to a study by the Lewin Group a public health plan open to all Americans and set at Medicare reimbursement levels would force 118.5 million Americans out of private health care and into nationalized medicine.

    27. Dr. Pete F. says:

      I pay approximately $1300.00/month for my wife and myself in a self-employed group policy. I have access to quality health care…it is worth the cost to me. I dread the onset of federally run health plans which would lower the standard of care for all. Socialism doesn't work…socialized medicine will fail as well. The role of quality care will be replaced by financially expedient decisions made by bureaucrats. God help us!!

    28. Ken in Texas says:

      Rebecca,

      You are thanking the wrong god for Obama. See need to see Obama for who he really is, a demigod. He Obama does not care about your or any other ill person in America.

      Obama only cares about power, he craves it. He does not want Americans relying on the government he wants everyone relying on him. If he is not stopped now Chavez I mean Obama, he will be the one who decide who gets help, who receives medical aid, where you can live, what type of house you can live in cause you will not own it, and the kind of car you can drive, that is if you get one. Obama will decide what kind of job you will have and where you will work. The monies you receive for this employment will be determined BY him. In fact Obama will decide the god you worship. If I had to guess it would have a K O R A N in its spelling.

      Praying in these trying times is a good thing. Just be sure to whom you are praying and what you are asking for. The word of God says that in end times He God will let use believe in untruths as fact. Allow us to seek after the unholy one. I am not saying the end will come very soon, but be very careful what you ask for you just might get it.

      Obama will be sitting on mount Washing D.C. luaghing at though that put him in power.

    29. Mary Kirves says:

      I am very fearful of the Socialized Medicine and Health Insurance, that Pres. Obama and his followers want us to have. We already have Medicaid for the poor, and illegals who say they have no means to pay. We have Medicare for the Senior Citizens, we have private health insurance offered by employers, and individuals who want it. I have many friends who do not want any health insurance, they would rather just pay when they get sick. ( Wow, that is what all of us used to do.) Of course costs are soaring on the medical treatments these days. But many of the thee uninsured people do not want to spend a dime on healthcare, and they would rather all the lates expensive gadgets, new cars, etc. They take their chances with staying well. Healthcare is not a right in this country, but we are told it is, whether you choose to have it or not. Doctors and Nurses are against these government plans, as they will not be able to choose the correct treatment if it is not in the Governements plan.

      I say this: If we have to have socialized healthcare in the USA, we should all be able to have the same topnotch healthcare that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, and all the other Senators, and Congressmen have. They have the best, go to the best hospitals, get the state of the art care. We all deserve that and I would bet my last Dollar that it won't happen. Canada has universal healthcare, and many of their citizens are coming to the USA to get faster care, and better care. Does that tell you that the Government cannot do a better job than private care, President Obama.

    30. frankz, brewster, ny says:

      Medicare works fine, we should clean up the abuse and constantly strive to improve the system, we should not create another monster to administer poorly. Please go out and vote all incumbent senators and congresspeople out of office. That's change for the good.

    31. Gerri B., Flemington says:

      I find it both ironic, but mostly hypocritical that Obama is recommending a universal healthcare program that would ration or deny surgery and services to the elderly (reference Tom Daschle's plan)when in fact the President and Congress carry their own very inclusive healthcare plan. I wonder how Senator Edward Kennedy being of advanced age would fare under this new recommended plan as a candidate for brain surgery??? I'm sure this scenario would never cross the mind of a Congressman or our President as they are exempt from any of their preposterous proposals and will remind so.

    32. Gerri B., Flemington says:

      I find it both ironic, but mostly hypocritical that Obama is recommending a universal healthcare program that would ration or deny surgery and services to the elderly (reference Tom Daschle’s plan)when in fact the President and Congress carry their own very inclusive healthcare plan. I wonder how Senator Edward Kennedy being of advanced age would fare under this new recommended plan as a candidate for brain surgery??? I’m sure this scenario would never cross the mind of a Congressman or our President as they are exempt from any of their preposterous proposals and will remain so.

    33. Jennifer, USA says:

      The facts:

      1. Americans are paying more for health insurance and receiving fewer and fewer benefits

      2. Health insurance companies continue to raise their premiums while decreasing and denying coverage

      3. Healthcare insurance companies deny healthcare claims on a regular basis, and change their coding schemas frequently to avoid paying legitimate claims

      4. Physicians are forced to pay huge administrative costs and employ large staffs to deal with health insurance companies

      5. The severe shortage of primary care physicians—due in part to declining reimbursements and impossible administrative hassles from third-party payers — seriously threatens the quality of healthcare US citizens receive now and in the future.

      6. Millions of Americans cannot afford or have no health insurance—50 million have no health insurance and 87 million have been without health insurance at some time in the past 2 years.

      Only a single-payer approach to healthcare reform will END THE INHUMANITY OF OUR FAILED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE SYSTEM, WHERE PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PATIENTS’ HEALTH.

      Only a single-payer approach will end the current disgraceful practice of insurance companies refusing to pay for medical treatment, denying claims, and engaging in rampant price gouging that discourages patients from going to the doctor and has resulted in 50 million Americans without healthcare and 87 million Americans without health insurance at some point in the past 2 years.

      HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act, would ensure that every American, regardless of income, employment status, or race, has access to quality, affordable health care services.

      The United States National Health Insurance Act, H.R. 676. You can read about it here: http://www.healthcare-now.org/hr-676/

      If you want to learn more, go to:
      http://www.insurancecompanyrules.org/learn_more/t

    34. Sarah, Virginia says:

      A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT SINGLE-PAYER REFORM WOULD BE MAJOR STIMULUS FOR THE US ECONOMY and would provide:

      ** 2.6 Million New Jobs,

      ** $317 Billion in Business Revenue,

      ** $100 Billion in Wages, and

      ** $44 Billion New Tax Revenues

      You can find out more about this study here: http://www.CalNurses.org/

      The press release is here: http://www.calnurses.org/media-center/press-relea

    35. cynthia overland (tr says:

      I am gratified to read the comments of my fellow Americans, especially my brethern in Texas. Since the "Great State" was once a republic, Texans in particular are hypersensitive to any encroachment on their freedom and liberty. I pray that the movement to regain our country begins in Texas. "Don't Mess With Texas"!! is a clarion call to all 50 states. "Don't Mess With Our Country"! or suffer the consequences come election time for your congressional, senate, or presidential seat.

    36. Arka, NYC says:

      I am surprised at how many people are using the term government run health care as a dirty word. Every American is lucky that government either pays for or operates a safety net of hospitals, clinics, doctors, and nurses that care for our seniors, our veterans, our armed forces, and our lower income groups. If you are not in one of these groups, you are somehow connected to all of them. And we take care of them through either government paid health care or government operated healthcare. These are vital and noble institutions that really should not be disparaged to take political jabs at the president. I have seen firsthand how "government run" healthcare employees may indeed be the noblest employees and institutions in the nation.

    37. Al, The Villages, Fl says:

      I don't think that government control of our healthcare system will solve anything. Even the one who has a disabled son without insurance will find, in the long run, that a plan envisioned by the administration is more likely to determine, in the name of responsible cost control, that he is not treatable. Even now medicare patients cannot get certain healthcare because the government requires that the affliction be cureable for the patient to have certain support. I do think that government help for disabled (physical and mental) is a good thing but that does not equate to universal health care. Problem is those who sneak under the "deservable" tent that are a problem.

    38. Ken Hughes USA says:

      If Obama care is enacted I intend to start a Leach farm and make a million dollars. Doctors will be required to go back to bleeding people as a cure.

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