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Editorial

October 9, 2013

Dear editor, To quote a previous President, “There you go again”. Rep. Kelly isn’t the person you should be scolding; Sen....

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st0newa11

Oct-14-13 11:09 AM

"The phone program was started under Ronald Reagan." I'll give you that one, PARTIALLY. The program that Reagan started was to give those without phone service access to 911 in case of emergency. They were given 10 minutes of time per month. Obama has exploded the program and expanded those who are eligible. They get 250 minutes/1000 texts per month. This is not exactly what Reagan had in mind. MY true colors: personal responsibility, thank you!

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MTOMTO

Oct-10-13 2:19 PM

"Well how many elections do want to give them?"

How about long enough to put a system on line where people can actually sign up? Or long enough not to need a one year small business exemption? Or a permanent exemption for Congress and their staffers? Or exemptions for selected unions?

Face it, they don't seem to know what they are doing or what the effects of this will be. But, full steam ahead with no negotiation, well except for those mentioned above.

Even those in DC trying to defund it don't understand it.

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Brazil

Oct-10-13 12:30 PM

MTOMTO - Well how many elections do want to give them? The bill was passed well prior to the 2010 elections. I'd say 3 years was long enough to get informed....Wouldn't you? When the Democrats retain the Presidency in 2016 will that be good enough? Stonewall - The personal responsibility I am referring to is the Individual Mandate penalty. I'm tired of covering for people who can afford insurance, don't get and then have me cover all their unpaid bills through higher rates. You showed your true colors though with your Obama phone remark. The phone program was started under Ronald Reagan.

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Frugaltaxpayer

Oct-10-13 9:27 AM

There is no desire in Washington to lower healthcare costs. The lobbyist from the insurance companies and the lawyers see to that. Free enterprise would bring down the cost. The government is preventing that from happening. They prohibit the selling of insurance across state lines, this along with refusing to support tort reform are the real reasons there is no true competition in the insurance industry. Get rid of every politician that has been in office more than two terms, and the stink level will lower.

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MTOMTO

Oct-10-13 8:36 AM

"The Affordable Care Act was on the ballot in 2012. If a majority of the Country considered it to be such a significant issue they would have thrown out the President."

"You have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill." Do you really believe that the majority of uninformed voters would have read or even researched the ACA before the 2012 election?

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Rancor

Oct-10-13 12:32 AM

st0ney (may I call you st0ney?)

I have admitted before that I do not believe the ACA can answer all of the problems with healthcare.

The next question should be, "why then Rancor do you support it?"

That's a great question.

For one thing we NEED to try something different than what we have been doing... it just wasn't working and this is the first credible step twards doing so in a very long time.

Privatizing healthcare has had its chance... companies are failing to work for the mutual benefit of the people.

I understand your concern that this moves us twards socialism and we should approach this carefully. But corporations have become the new aristocracy and that scares me more.

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st0newa11

Oct-09-13 4:12 PM

Brazil, how can it be called "personal responsibility" when someone else is paying for it? "Personal" means that you take care of things yourself without outside (read "government") interference. I think EVERY foodstamp purchase should be made public, since it's paid for with public funds. All publicly funded medical procedures should be posted in the paper. Public housing should be available for inspection by any taxpayer at any time to ensure it's not being destroyed. Texts/conversations made on ObamaPhones should be published. You want privacy, pay for it with YOUR private funds. There is no "personal" in socialism.

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Riggle

Oct-09-13 3:56 PM

Rep. Kelly has shown himself to be under the spell of the teapartiers who are to blame for this current state of affairs. GT is my Congressman and he (so far) has shown a lack of leadership to rally his people and pass a clean CR. Both gentlemen are disappointing; showing a lack of common sense to do what is best for the entire country. Be sure to remember this at polls next time.

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Backwoods

Oct-09-13 1:30 PM

Sad to say but the majority of the American voters are uninformed about the issues. This applies across the board to both Democrats and republicans. To prove this point there was a survey taken not to long ago asking which healthcare plan people thought was the best one or the one they supported. The question people were ask was, “What healthcare plan is better, The Affordable care act” or “Obamacare”? Surprisingly more people supported the ACA than Obamacare….it was interesting to see there response when the were informed they were the same thing.

Yeap, and there are you that think man is going to fix the problems that man has created….now that really is scary.

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Brazil

Oct-09-13 12:20 PM

The individual mandate is the tax not the entire legislation. As for Mr. Kolacharno the same could be said for you "There you go again". The Affordable Care Act was on the ballot in 2012. If a majority of the Country considered it to be such a significant issue they would have thrown out the President. Last I looked he won by several million votes. Your party showed zero leadership for 8 years under Bush on health care, letting a huge problem get even worse so you shouldn't be lecturing someone who did. I love the individual mandate. I'm sick of completely subsidizing insurance costs for those that can afford to pay but don't. It's called personal responsibility.

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