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The report begins: "In a symbolic show of opposition, resurgent House Republicans are eyeing an early up-or-down vote to repeal the Obama administration's health care overhaul, though a successful overturn of the controversial measure is well beyond their reach."

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and White House staff react as the final health care votes are counted, 03/21/10. (photo: Pete Souza/The White House)
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and White House staff react as the final health care votes are counted, 03/21/10. (photo: Pete Souza/The White House)

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+30 # lou 2010-11-07 01:28
since the republicans are so determined to play political games and have been so adamant that democrats "forced the healthcare reform down their throats" the democrats in the lame duck session should pass improvements and all needed funding and ram it thru the senate using the approach that republicans used to pass the bush tax cuts.
 
 
0 # Sukumar 2010-11-07 17:54
we can, of course, dream.
 
 
+40 # ER444 2010-11-07 02:30
Well, well... don't fund it ??? Haven't we heard that somewhere before. Oh yeah, that was how we were going to keep Bush and now Obama from fighting unwanted wars. Never happened. Just goes to show you what kind of prĂ­orities have been set in the good old US of A. Lots of money, and I mean LOTS for war. But don't spend any of my taxes to help Americans get health care. That is too much. Big government is only ok if it goes to the Military, but stay out of my private business when it comes to helping prevent illness from destroying entire families' futures. Good Lord in heaven, how sick are these people ??!! Aren't they listening to what they are saying?? This is simply deranged and not at all in line with any Christian values that I know or any other religion for that matter. Hypocrites!!
 
 
+9 # Homer Peters 2010-11-07 07:11
I'd like to see the numbers on new passport applications as people prepare to leave this sinking boat of a once proud nation.
 
 
+14 # rm 2010-11-07 07:35
I think most republicans really know that the health care bill is just what their corporate paymasters want. It channels billions of dollars into the private, for-profit healthcare insurance industry. They are not going to repeal this bill. They set up a straw man so that they could pound away at it in order to impress their followers, many of whom really do not want any more people (esp. poor and non-whites) to have access to doctors and healthcare.

The republicans are sick -- mentally. I would say they need to be exposed but they already are and it does not work. Americans are sick, too.
 
 
+6 # genierae 2010-11-07 15:02
rm: Here is a Sufi poem that seems to have been written for Republican hypocrites:

Man in his stupid acts,
iron mail from head to toe.
Why bother to raise your bow?
No arrow can pierce that.
 
 
+4 # Tom1943 2010-11-07 08:54
No IRS agents, don't be silly. The IRS can get those new agents not as government employees necessarily, but as federal contractors. Their costs won't matter since most the federal contracting companies are owned by major Republican supporters. You can that President Ronnie for phenomena. This will be a boon for those unemployed who have MBA's auditing.
 
 
+2 # charsjcca 2010-11-07 09:40
The Obama administration has a legitimate option, accept the repeal and use the long process by which it came to be as a basis for formulating a workable public system. We, the People, can agree to participate or have our private plan that we, personally, will pay for. That is freedom and liberty.
 
 
+15 # Jonathan Back 2010-11-07 10:09
Dear Mr. Barton, you are hell bent on embarrassing the President of the United States. That is clear to millions of Americans. Sir, if you have a backbone please introduce a Bill in the House of Representatives today. This bill should simply be Titled "Joe Barton Repeal of Medicare and Medicaid 2010". If you don't have the guts to do that then all your bellyaching is just that - a Texas sized hot air balloon and another gutless Texan airing his shortcomings publicly. God bless President Obama and God bless the United States of America. The poor are grateful for this health care bill no matter how much you mislead them.
 
 
+10 # Pat Rigler 2010-11-07 11:19
Since we are so upset about mandated healthcare insurance, I have a question. Is car insurance mandated in all states in this Country? If so, let's start a movement to repeal mandated car insurance. What's the difference between mandated car insurance and mandated healthcare insurance? Shouldn't we also be free to choose whether or not we want to pay premiums for care insurance?
 
 
+6 # Jonathan Back 2010-11-07 12:45
Quoting Pat Rigler:
Since we are so upset about mandated healthcare insurance, I have a question. Is car insurance mandated in all states in this Country? If so, let's start a movement to repeal mandated car insurance. What's the difference between mandated car insurance and mandated healthcare insurance? Shouldn't we also be free to choose whether or not we want to pay premiums for care insurance?


Pat Rigler, yes all states mandate "Financial Responsibility Laws aka auto insurance requirement". The argument is that if you use state highways and cause another injury then you should pay for it. But if you have a infectious disease you can go to the mall and infect everyone within distance and no one is going to come after your hide. Health care should be a fundamental (not a right). It is good for the republic to protect its citizens. Fourteenth amendment says, "equal protection of the law" So all the tea baggers yelling about the Constitution shows how demented they are.
 
 
+2 # Nancy Eddy 2010-11-07 12:59
Federal jobs have excellent benefits but the pay tends to lag behind the private sector. So when the private sector is having hard times - which for the most part are a smokescreen as the companies found that their workers were so afraid of losing their jobs that they worked much harder and therefore they can get by with fewer - maybe the government employees can catch up a bit. Perhaps you've heard that Mott is trying to lower their employees' pay because others in the area are being paid less. Not only unfair, but cutting off your nose to spite your face; until the middle class makes enough money to BUY things the economy will not recover. And perhaps Mott's actions will lead their employees to buy generic brands - thereby hurting Mott as well as the overall economy.
 
 
+10 # genierae 2010-11-07 15:14
The brutal Republican onslaught against President Obama, from the beginning of his presidency, is evil and anti-American. They care nothing about this country, they only want to exploit its workers and resources, and if some have to die from lack of safety regulations, then so be it. The children of the rich will continue to prosper, as long as ignorance elects Republicans. Willful ignorance is the root of all evil.
 
 
-1 # billwolfe 2010-11-07 20:00
Er444,
I am with you just as long as my helping my fellow Americans doesn't touch my little pot of gold.
 
 
+2 # henry george 2010-11-07 21:11
The two real complaints from the right against the law are some of it's revenue provisions (1099 filing), and the individual mandate. Both were concessions by Obama (the idea it had to be revenue neutral, which delayed implementation, and the bargain with the insurance and pharma companies). This would be a good time to repeal the individual mandate (the insurers certainly didn't live up to their end of the bargain), and replace it with a buy-in provision similar to Medicare Part B (when you want insurance, you have to pay all the back premiums from when you were eligible). It would give sufficient incentive to folks who want to play their odds when they're healthy to buy insurance anyway. The back-up would be a triggered public option if the uninsured rate exceeded 5% in any state beyond 2014.

There are 45 days to get alot done.
 
 
+2 # Sassina 2010-11-08 00:06
Go single payer, otherwise the GOP should cut their No Sense nonsense crap. GOP, the only party that gets ahead by sucking at their job.
 
 
+1 # wunkman 2010-11-08 01:06
ER444: It's a shame 52% of Americans aren't as smart as you. We spent about five trillion on Bush's wars and the military during his administration, but nobody seems to notice that. We needed those wars for the MIC. Can't let those rich Bassets run out of cash. My grandchildren can pay for their good life today. And let's hurry up and get into a war with Iran. The industrialists don't care if China makes the arms as long as they get paid in dollars. Not a damn one of them will die offshore like our sons and daughters. Which war would Jesus start?
 
 
+2 # LeeBlack 2010-11-08 09:36
For now, let's focus on health care - representatives need to hear from those of us who want to retain health care benefits. Enough of us to be heard over the Tea Party nay-sayers and special interest lobbyists.
 
 
-1 # Ron Cuevas 2010-11-08 12:17
Quoting Pat Rigler:
Since we are so upset about mandated healthcare insurance, I have a question. Is car insurance mandated in all states in this Country? If so, let's start a movement to repeal mandated car insurance. What's the difference between mandated car insurance and mandated healthcare insurance? Shouldn't we also be free to choose whether or not we want to pay premiums for care insurance?

AMEN!!
 
 
+2 # Paul Elder 2010-11-08 15:40
I don't know how people who so loudly claim to be "pro life" are also the same ones so adamantly opposed to helping 40,000,000 fellow Americans get life saving health care.
 
 
+2 # heraldmage 2010-11-08 15:46
The GOP is assuming the people are against the health care bill because of supposed effect on deficit when in reality the peoples 2008 mandate was for single payer insurance not negotiate with GOP to come up with the gift to insurance companies that is the current legislation & do the peoples will. So if the Dems want to get back in the good graces they need to add single payer legislation votes now & every time there is a vote on health care or to force a vote.
There needs to be a record of your willingness to listen to the people not the loud mouths that drown out the voice of the people.

It is up to the people to get rid of the loud mouths using Roberts Rules to remove anyone who interrupts a speaker or refuses to relinquish the floor so that the truth can be told.

We must insist that all politician, their staff & other speakers must disclose in writing for publication prior to meeting & verbally prior to speaking any contributions, employment, contact with corporations, PAC & lobbyist or other involvement that may create a bias.

It up to us to get the truth out & not let lies stand, and make sure any acts of violence or gestapo tactics are publicized
 
 
+1 # Marti Williams 2010-11-08 18:24
We need single payer insurance. The Us can no longer afford the hoge-poge financing of health care that has evolved. It is unbelievable the wages of the insurance executives and the hospital administrators while the front lone care-givers are paid so low they cannot even afford to pay for their own families premiums.
 

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