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  • Morning Bell: Obamacare Puts Transparency and Accountability on Death Bed

    The New York Times released a new poll today finding that 55% of Americans believe President Obama has not clearly explained his plans for changing the health care system and 59% said they thought the health care changes under consideration in Congress were confusing. In a follow-up interview, Paul Corkery, a Democrat from Somerset, N.J, said: “The Obama administration seems to have a plan, but I’m not understanding the exact details.” Corkery shouldn’t feel that bad. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the independent nonpartisan agency responsible for reviewing legislative initiatives with budgetary implications, has no idea what is in the legislation either. During yesterday’s Senate Finance Committee mark-up, the CBO realized only after the vote, that they had made a $600 million mistake in scoring an amendment by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

    The issues that the CBO does not have enough information to analyze are not minor either. In letters released on September 22nd, CBO Director Doug Elmendorf told Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) respectively that his agency simply had not been provided with sufficient legislative language and time to analyze whether insurance premiums would go up under Obamacare or how many unauthorized billions of dollars in health benefits illegal immigrants would receive.

    To ensure that the Senate would actually know what they were voting on, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) offered an amendment that would have required that actual legislative text, as well as a final Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the cost of the bill, be posted for 72 hours on the Senate Finance Committee website for public review before the Senate Finance Committee could vote on its final passage. The Bunning amendment was defeated on a largely party-line vote, with all Senate Democrats – with the exception of Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)- voting against it.

    Since proponents of Obamacare have shown themselves to be completely indifferent to what their legislation will actually do to the American people, conservatives have offered other amendments that would hold President Obama accountable for his promise that Obamacare would not cause Americans to lose their current doctor or health care coverage:

    • Sen. Cornyn (R-TX) offered an amendment that would have required the Secretary of HHS to certify that at least 75 percent of the physicians in the United States would accept Medicaid patients before the proposed mandatory Medicaid expansions are implemented. That amendment was defeated.
    • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) offered an amendment that would have required the Secretary of HHS to certify Obamacare would not cause more than 1,000,000 Americans to lose the current coverage of their choice. That amendment failed on a party line vote.
    • Another Hatch amendment provided that if the Medicare funding reductions in the Medicare Advantage program were to result in a loss of benefits for seniors using Medicare Advantage, those provisions would be nullified. That amendment was also rejected.

    The majority in the Senate has completely gutted any semblance of transparency or accountability in the health care debate. They refuse to provide the legislative language and time necessary for the CBO to analyze their legislation and they have rejected all measures that would protect the Americans people from Obama’s broken health care promises. Common sense dictates that Congress needs to step back and start over instead of passing a plan that would reorganize one-sixth of our entire economy without even understanding what the consequences to average Americans would be.

    Quick Hits:

    • According to a new New York Times poll, the percentage of Americans who approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy had dropped from 61% in April to 50% today while the percentage of people who approve of the way he has dealt with Afghanistan has dropped to 44% from 56% in April.
    • White House adviser Paul Volcker today criticized the Obama administration’s sweeping financial regulatory reform proposals, specifically one that he warned could lead to future bailouts by designating certain firms as “too big to fail.”
    • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez told the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday that he smells “hope” not sulfur in the United States now that Obama is President, and he later told reporters he “felt there was chemistry” between him and Obama.
    • Documents released Thursday show that leaders of the ACORN community organizing network transferred several million dollars in charitable and government money meant for the poor to arms of the group that have political and sometimes profit-making missions.
    • Today’s Featured Guest Blogger on The Foundry: Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on how trade is critical to US economy.
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    63 Responses to Morning Bell: Obamacare Puts Transparency and Accountability on Death Bed

    1. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      Where are the lawyers? Surely this is impeachable! Come on, when are impeachment hearing starting?

    2. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      We Must Eliminate the Career politician We all see what happens when they are allowed to stay in office. We must eradicate them, every one. Have YOU identified the trusted friend who will replace YOUR local career politician?

    3. LeRoy Reed says:

      We all see that Obama is only interested in one thing only and that is being a dictator and ruining this country. He will do what he can to pass anything that will accomplish this! The democrats want this too, as do some of the Republicans. Who will stop this madness??? We the people, are trying,but it seems it falls on deaf ears. They must think we sre all stupid out here!!! Furthermore, I'm sick of it. I'm not sure what good it does to write this stuff!!!! Obama needs to read all of this!!! Don't think that will happen anytime soon, do you?????

    4. Eddina Symns, Hutchi says:

      I'm getting darned sick and tired of hearing

      about bills being passed without having been

      read (sometimes not even SEEN_, and things like The Senate Finance committee passing something

      (as above) and THEN realizing they have authorized huge amounts of money.

      What's with these people who are supposedly

      capable of running our government?

      Should we get them all out of there and

      start over from scratch?

    5. Gary, Texas says:

      Liberty and Free Enterprise – cures for America's SOROSis

    6. Mary....Lodi, WI says:

      This is insane! This healthcare issue is NOT a game but you wouldn't know that from the way the democratic party is handling the issue. I'm a real person! I want control of my healthcare…..my life! I feel like I'm a piece on a board game to them.

      The majority of the American people have spoken loud and clear……no nationla healthcare! We should all fear what might come next if this bill passes.

    7. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Do we all not understand Obama and the Demorats don't want us to understand nor be able to read

      what they intend to pass through Congress. They could "start over" time after time, but nothing will change. Obama wants his plans passed without

      giving the people the time to learn the details.

      This is his normal operating proceedure.

    8. Richard Cancemi, Arl says:

      The Progressive socialist movement, from its inception more than 100 yrs. ago, has been based on "stealth". It had the name of "Gradualism" applied to it because of the gradual insertion of its ideas and movements into society.

      Today they are entrenched everywhere. With Obama as President and the House and Senate under their control they "smell" victory.

      One of their earlier leaders remarked that they should avoid using socialist but rather a word like Liberal. He stated that the American people would never accept socialism but would embrace the word "Liberal", and one day wake up to find they were living under socialism and have no idea how they got there. Look at how all of them bristle when the word "socialist" is applied! They must not be given victory!

      They use the word Progressive to describe their regressive plans.

      and they continue never to be clear or truthful about what their real motives are. Just look at how much Flim-flam Obama has been throwing at us since the day he came onto the scene.

      Regarding health care, no matter what comes out of Washington, it will not good for us as long as the Government has the least bit of control. Eventually they will get full control! And, as long as the "Regressives" are in control we should do all we can to thwart anything they want to impose on this Country!

      They are masters of deceit and we should not believe a word they say!

      Our only hope is that they be stalled until next election when we should throw them all out! And Obama,too, when his term is over, (if he not impeached by then).

    9. Dean-Texas/Alaska says:

      "Chemistry" with Obama. Isn't that nice. I've always avoided horror movies, now I seem to be stuck in one.

    10. Ben C, Ann Arbor says:

      Given Debbie Stabenow has stated health care is a "right" I can only image what her amendment might have been. WE all what what is best for our country – the other side simply wants a huge government whereas I simply want a small, efficient, accountable government that stays out of my way while I pursue my dreams and ambitions and provide for my family. A simple request.

    11. John , Texas says:

      Because the Constitution of the United States does not give the Federal Government the power to be in the health care bussiness why is this still being debated? Why aren't they listening to the People whom they represent that have made it known in town meetings, tea parties and over one million Americans that marched on the Capitol on 9.12.09 – that we the People have spoken? I believe Democrates and Republicans alike will here us in 2010 & 2012.

    12. Shawn, Ind. says:

      Well said Mary. "By the people, for the people". Not by the government for the government.

    13. Don, Michigan says:

      Obama and Chavez. HMM. They do make a nice pair, don't they. Americans, wake up!!!!!!!!!!! OR IS IT ALREADY TO LATE.

    14. Benjamin Marcoux says:

      Look—The American public clearly opposes Government being ANY PART of their Health Care —the POLLS show this to be a considerable margin TODAY! What can the American tax-paying citizen SAY or DO to stop any further government intervention of this issue??? The Constitution clearly declares that our elected officials,including, the president,MUST OBEY the WILL and the OPINIONS of its citizens.I say that America must have another march on Washington DC IMMEDIATELY and shut this garbage down once for all.WE DO NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT IN OUR HEALTH CARE INSURANCE IN ANY RESPECT—PERIOD—PERIOD—PERIOD the old man 09 25 09

    15. Carol Anderson, Medf says:

      Transparency and Accountability are nothing compared to the fact that ANY national healthcare bill is simply unconstitutional! Read why below.

      The paragraph below is really frightening…

      “This legislation also provides for access by the appointees of the Obama ?administration of all of your personal healthcare information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital… All of this is a direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.

      “If you decide not to have healthcare insurance or if you have private insurance that is not deemed "acceptable" to the "Health Choices Administrator" appointed by Obama there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a "tax" instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However, that doesn't work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the "due process of law”.

      “So, there are three of those pesky amendments out the original ten in the Bill of Rights that are effectively nullified by this law. It doesn't stop there though. The 9th Amendment that provides: "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people;" The 10th Amendment states: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people." Under the provisions of this piece of Congressional handiwork neither the people nor the states are going to have any rights or powers at all in many areas that once were theirs to control.

      “I could write many more pages about this legislation, but I think you get the idea. This is not about health care; it is about seizing power and limiting rights. Article 6 of the Constitution requires the members of both houses of Congress to "be bound by oath or affirmation" to support the Constitution. If I was a member of Congress I would not be able to vote for this legislation or anything like it without feeling I was violating that sacred oath or affirmation. If I voted for it anyway I would hope the American people would hold me accountable.”

    16. Rachel, Cookeville, says:

      I feel like we are living in the Twilight Zone under this administration. If not there, then I feel like the City limits of Chicago have been expanded to cover the entire country. What happened to free speech? Why do the Black Panthers get off on charges of voter intimidation under this group of thugs? If we don't vote out 95% of Congress (I think maybe 5% may be okay), then we're in for one heck of a change in this country!

    17. Rachel, Cookeville, says:

      Mr. Whicket, you ask, "where are the lawyers?" They're IN BED with this administration. I personally think that all of us should consider a 'different' kind of TORT reform: since the majority of this Congress as well as this administration ARE lawyers, I think that is a huge part of the problem. How about if we all agree to elect ONLY NON-LAWYERS from here on out?

    18. Bill, Little Rock says:

      Sen. Blanche Lincoln is an AR, not an AK. I have been peppering her and Mark Pryor with emails about health and cap and tax.

      I will send her an email of congratulation on this vote.

    19. Bob Veigel, Arlingto says:

      Should come as no surprise. Obama, like most politicians, is a liar. However, he has lowered that lying speech to a new and disastrous level. It is impossible for him to tell the truth. Lying is normal and compulsive for him. America, with his 'so-called' leadership is in for a very unpleasant future. Pay no attention to his words, just watch what he does. He is a LIAR, without compare.

    20. Jamey, Central Calif says:

      We are very close to what the second amendment was put in the constitution for. How long do our elected officials get to IGNORE the will of the people and act like King George?

    21. LeRoy Reed says:

      Yes, We must Vote Them ALL out!!!!!!

    22. Wayne Murray Columbu says:

      We the Statists of Socialist America, in Order to form a more utopian ideology, establish Tyranny, insure bureaucratic paradise, provide for the median protection, promote the general Welfare state, and secure the Blessings of Dependency to the people and their Posterity, do prescribe and establish this Constitution for the Elitists of America.

    23. JKassel St.Louis, M says:

      Jim Bunning's Amendment to allow 72 hours to read the legislation means that every Congressman must first take a "speed reading" course! How can they read through thousands of pages and over 500 amendments in 72 hours?? If Congress can pass measures WITHOUT reading them, they can DEFEAT unintelligible legislation WITHOUT reading it, too. Stop the insanity on Capitol Hill.

      Call your reps and senators to scuttle the bill! Ask them to fight for tax cuts across the board and the extension of the Bush tax relief. Ask them to fight to save $8 Billion form going to ACORN! Demand they fight against the DOJ attacks on the CIA! Ask them to keep GITMO open to protect our Military Heroes' families and the American citizens from suffering "slaps" in our face when terrorists step on American soil. Tell them to "turn the water on" for the farmers in California – destroying the lives of thousands of farmers along with millions of dollars in food sources is equal to HUMAN RIGHTS Violations by Americans own government!

      Ask them to "try harder to do their job" inspite of the POTUSA's appointment of Czars' to REPLACE Congress – his "shadow government"! JKassel

    24. Ella QUINN N.C. says:

      Old Chavez likes obama, because he is just like him.They donot need to come to our country.Do away with the un.The health care plan is to harm seniors.Obama,and the rest need to get out of the white house.We do not need or want his crew.This is very despressing having a president who is a liberal who does not love america.

    25. Penny - Evansville, says:

      The reason this Congress and Obama are SO DESPERATE to pass a single payor health care bill is that this will be the PORTAL to creating a society that puts a few who are in power hungry in control of the many. After all, when one person or entity has the power to decide the scope and availability of an individual's health care, then they ultimately control that individual – remember this old saying? "When you don't have your health, it makes no difference how much money you have, or anything else for that matter". Government should never be allowed to have the power to provide or withhold medical care from anyone! By Congress' refusal to tell Americans what they are proposing, they are clearly hiding something. It is obvious where government controlled healthcare would lead for the entire country. Just think of the doors that this would open for Obama and his czars to "fundamentally" change this country.

    26. Carolyn, Illinois says:

      We've known what we're getting from obama almost from the beginning and with every passing day it gets worse. No transparency forever is what is happening here to say nothing of the rape of our country and our people. This cannot be allowed to go on. We must fight this with every breath in our bodies and we must fight together.

    27. JD, alabama says:

      Look around, this healthcare monstrosity is just one of many initiatives this administration has underway. All being done secretively, underhandedly and without any transparency whatsoever;

      Immigration Reform (Legalize all here illegally now giving them access to healthcare benefits, make them citizens asap and give them a vote)

      Cap N Trade (huge financial blow to US companies, massive job losses, tremendous increase in cost of gas, electricity, everthing else) which will not reduce carbon emmissions. And for which the US intends to pay the cost of compliance for China, India, Africa.

      30+ csars, more coming, who are not subject to approval or even review by American congress. Many of whom are known leftist radicals, racists, and criminals.

      Obama is not just redistributing wealth from American wealthy to American poor. He's redistributing American wealth to the whole world. He is doing this knowingly, intentionally, and believes it's the right thing to do.

      Treason indeed.

    28. Edwin Fritz, Kentuck says:

      The research you are detailing is critical to ferret out the true nature of what I consider criminal activity in congress. By refusing to allow bill content public scrutiny will come back to haunt the parasites. I am deeply concerned for our children and their children as they will be taxed so badly I don't believe we will ever recover from this insane time table and govt. abuse. Vote them out!

    29. Randa Perry, Friends says:

      ALL TRUE… but here at HERITAGE we are singing to the choir. Lets make sure we are involved with local groups around our home areas and are staying REALLY IN TOUCH with these legislators on a DAILY BASIS.

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    31. Prevailer76AZ says:

      "A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of free people." From the Declaration of Independence.

    32. phyllis, texas says:

      Just my two cents!

      Do any of you support your local groups that are in opposition to Obama's tryany?

      Do you send material to read to your friends and families?

      I do and what an eye opener that is!

      I can't believe my nephews, who never served their country, do not see anything wrong with OBAMA!

      But their sitting pretty with high salaries and blinders on. Where did they come from? The liberal public schools and Colleges.

    33. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Our President lies to his countymen! He sells out his Nation to our enemies, and spits on our Constitution.

      I would not believe a single word coming from his lips!

      Hozro

    34. Suzanne, PA says:

      Can the Democratic Party itself be liable and sued for all of the tax dollars it has funneled into their elections?

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    36. Michael - New York N says:

      The only transparency about the Obama administration are: the utter lack of transparency, the utter contempt for our great country, his love for despots, and his utter and omni – present childlike approach to governance of a great Republic. Also let’s include his lack of defending our great country and its citizens. He has already failed us.

    37. Bill San Antonio TX says:

      I never want to hear the word "transparency" from a politician, again.

      No more fancy terms.

      I'll only accept statements like, "We will tell you the truth and publicize it well before the bill is signed. And, we will put the bill into language that both you and we can understand. And, yes we will read and understand the bill before we vote on it."

      While so many are stuggling, the Grifters run rampant.

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    39. mike hutchings texas says:

      we are how we are,

      when we are,

      where we are.

      And where are we now?

      And what are we now?

      And when did this happen?

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    41. Mike L - Texas says:

      Obama is perfectly transparent–we all know he lies.

    42. Harry, Illinois says:

      As I have advocated in previous messages, the most important thing we need to know in anything that is presented by this administration and congress, is not only what is contained in the bills but also what is NOT included. Otherwise it leaves to many things subject to different interpretations. To much LEGAL MUMBO JUMBO as far as I'm concerned.

      I was watching CNN the other night when they were going over the health care bill and most of them gave the apprearance that they had not a clue as to what they were discussing. They were just trying to look important that's all. These people call themselves legislators? Give me a break. John Kerry looked as if he just wanted it to end and could care less. Just my opinion.

    43. Judith in Michigan says:

      This is now confirmed. Politico has reported that, if you don't pay the $1900. fee (tax) for not buying the Obamacare ins., you will be subject to a fine of $25,000. or 1 year in jail.

      This coming from Thomas A. Barthold, chief of staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.

      No wonder Democrats do not want the public to read this bill.

      Had enough yet?

      .

    44. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      Well, pretty soon everybody will lose their cushy jobs, and then they will be ready to vote the career politicians who gutted the country out! by then it will be to late.Better go find a friend and start running NOW! By the time elections roll around, the grass roots will have already picked an Honest candidate and bypassed the media

    45. Doug Simmons, Twai says:

      Yes, the congress needs to take a powder from this health care farce. They should back up and start with serious tort reform and repeal the regulations which prevent purchasing insurance from out of state.

      I heard a report on KSFO, Brian Sussman show, that predicts the total collapse of all western health-care as we now know it if this current legislation is made law. From loss of incentive and pay, doctors, medical manufacturers, and suppliers would begin to disappear.

    46. Carl Stuebner, Kings says:

      Heritage Thank You!

      I am going to apply for the overexposure and Ego control Czar.I would get paid very well,just think what a health insurance policy I would have!

      Carl RN

    47. Bill - GA says:

      Secede now …… Avoid the rush!

    48. Jennifer, Cary, NC says:

      This has got to be the most corrupt government in our nation's history. It is absolutely unbelievable that we have gotten to this point. I'm trying to figure out which country I want to move to – unfortunately the U.S. has always been that place for millions all over the world for decades. The last, best hope is sinking further and further into the sea of corruption that the rest of the world has been drowning in for years.

    49. Harry, Illinois says:

      Will these so called LAW MAKERS be willing to forgo their current health coverages and sign on to the package that they eventually will shove down our throats?? I doubt it. It evidently will not be to their liking. They don't want to do it right, they just want to get it done so they can get on with CAP & TAX and other TAXING measures. 2010 and 2012 can'g get here fast enough as far as I'm concerned.

    50. Rhonda, Texas says:

      Our politicians are absolutly ignoring the concerns of the American people. We must wake up this country and vote everyone of them out that thinks we're so stupid.Please write your Senators and congressmen, let them know what they're hiding from us is not acceptable.If it has to be hidden from us and snuck through in the middle of the night you know it's not what's best for us and I still haven't heard one politician volunteer for this Obama healthcare, whatever it is.

      VOTE THEM ALL OUT OF OFFICE!!!!

    51. gary,ohio says:

      it is spooky,all the inside issues that would severly hurt seniors the most in some cases,with all this "health care reform"ie[obamacare]as some call it. as a senior we have been on the system for many yrs.an paid into the system for many more yrs.an now they want to take it away,make it unaffordable to us??or worse!!exit interviews,pay your dues we did,don`t destroy the car fix the flat!!ohiogary

    52. paul collins.the vil says:

      Let's hope that we remember next year what is happening now.Then when we vote these people out of office we can regain control of our country.With the right people in control we can stop this idiocy.We can remove pelosi and reed from their positions and stop obama from becoming a dictator and insure he is not reelected.If we don't accompish this,by 2012 he will have destroyed our country.It does't matter what is passed be cause he has said "I will own it". He wants to rule this country and eventually the world through the criminal U.N. Making illegals legal is one of their main steps and making the U.S. into the NAU(north american union) along with canada and mexico.THEY MUST BE STOPPED.

    53. Michael J., Valdez, says:

      I had wrote the Heritage Foundation a couple of years back stating during the big "Terrorism" scare that it was not terrorism that was the greatest threat to our liberty. I clearly stated it was radical liberalism. Now here we are trying to figure out how we got into this mess. It is called APATHY. We, the American People, allowed ourselves to be lulled into a slumber as these dictators gradually cut away at our constitutional liberties. Now with our backs to the wall, what will we do? How far are we willing to go to preserve the republic for which it stands? Are we willing to put our lives and fortunes on the line like our Founding Fathers? Only time will tell. I will keep my faith in our soverign Lord Jesus Christ and pray for deliverence from this evil that has gripped our nation. As the preacher from the movie "Patriot" said, "In order to protect the flock, a preacher sometimes must ward of the wolves". May the people of this country wake up from their slumber and humble themselves in prayer to a soverign Lord, then take it upon themselves to ward off the wolves. May God continue to bless America.

    54. Cheri says:

      If the health reform they're trying to pass isn't good enough for them, the servants of the people, then it's sure not good enough for the rest of us. I'm looking forward to 2010, hopefully a great start to getting rid of the rest of the socialists that have taken control of our great Country.

    55. Nedine Thera St Pau says:

      Scarey times! Scarey people! Did we remember to vote?

    56. Carl - Choctaw, Okla says:

      Who's duty and responsible is it to put a stop to the madness in D.C.? The government, well that's not going to happen. The Military, the FBI, The CIA, what other group or organization is it going to take; or is it going to be the PEOPLE, the good honest law abiding American citizens that will have to march on D.C. and take back the country, who in God's name is it going to take and WHAT WILL IT TAKE?

      At what point in time can we forget about the Constitution, laws, policies, checks and balances and voting these people out of office; Obama has disregarded every notion of the American way of life and violated… raped, plundered and pillaged the USA. Somebody please answer this simple question, “WHO”.

      I am almost incline to believe as Don from Michigan does… Americans it may ALREADY BE TO LATE.

      Carlton

    57. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      it is time for concerned patriots to pick their candidates from trusted friends NOW. the republicans are trying to position themselves to take advantage of our outrage. We cannot Allow career politicians to steal our only chance to retake our country. Do Not let them get ANY career politicain in office, regardless of the lies he/she spouts. They have kept us divided and confused long enough! Get YOUR trusted Friend on the Ballot, and get EVERYBODY behind OUR candidate! Ignore that D/r lie, and get ALL career politicains OUT!!

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    59. David, Berkeley Heig says:

      Even 72 Hours is not enough time to evaluate legislation of this magnitude; but Democrate will not even support that. The Republicans should demand 2 weeks; and walk out if the demand is not met. Would it pass in their absence? We shall see if the Democrats have the nerve to roll this through. But when all the details come into the light there will be hell to pay in 2010 for any politicians who have voted for it.

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    61. Bettye Jo Georgia says:

      I am a 75-year-old retired school teacher. I have paid into Social Secuity since 1955 (49 years) and Medicare since 1965 when it was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson. And of course, I still have to pay my share of Medicare. It does not stop just because one retires. In addition I carry a supplemental medical policy and perscription drug policy. In other words, I am responsible for my health care expenses. And I am very satisfied with my coverage. While I was employed, I had to pay my portion of our group health plan at the same time I was paying Medicare tax. I am not alone; probably just about everyone who is retired has a very similar story. The politicians tend to forget that we paid our own way. P.S. I took a 12-hour bus ride to participate in Washington on 9.12. First protest of my life, but as my mother would have told me, "you can't start any younger."

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    63. Russell, Boyd, Tx says:

      I guess they didn't like my last comment, so I will keep it simple. NO MORE LIES and if the healthcare program is not good enough for them to enroll themselves and their families, then it's not good enough for the people of America.

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