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Being an Independent, I get emails from both the left and the right, and frankly, the right wing emails have made me angry. They are not only encouranging people to go to town hall meetings to interupt and out shout and discussion on health care, they are ready to bus people from outside the area the town is located in to do it! This is a time for concise, open, polite fact finding discussions- not a bunch of outside radicals being bussed into to any neighborhood to cause so much noise and rudeness there can be no discussion. I have yet to see anyone who is on the shouting fringe who has actually read the bill being discussed...they are only repeating the junk that Fox news and other loudmouths have been shouting, which is mostly junk and not in the bill at all. I have read it, and I have discussed it with people I trust who worked in Social Security at a high level for many years, dealing with not only Social Security paperwork on those disabled covered by it, but also on medicare and medicaid issues that came up as part of their job. They understand the language used in writing bills in Congress. We have gone over many of the issues that are floating around out there being put out by Fox and others. Euthanasia is one- which is NO WHERE in that bill. It only states that doctors, for once, will be paid to help seniors understand how to contact Hospice, when it is needed..(and having worked closely with Hospice with an aunt that was dying with leukemia, I can honestly state that the nurses who come to the home from Hospice to help families going through caring for a dying realitive at home, they are angels!) Doctors will be paid for any counceling time seniors require when trying to decide about testing for Alzhiemers, and any number of other end of life medical issues we face, like parkinsons, how relatives can help care for them. All that has been done by doctors when insurance companies did not pay for it as time limits for office visits and their payment is set by insurance companies, and any time over than was 'on the cuff' or not paid for....the doctors just did it on their own. That is all the bill states. NO Euthanasia is implied-it is AGAINST THE LAW! The one doctor in the country that was doing assisted suicides for people who requested them and who were proven to be beyond recovery in their illness, is now serving a prison sentence! Has everyone forgotten that? Do you seriously think Congress would pass any bill that would alter that ?
As for 'thugs' -does no one remember the people sent by Washington Republicans to Florida who pounded on the windows and caused such disruption that the recount on the election of 2000 was halted and the people who voted in that election had their votes thrown out because of it and the Supreme Court, for the First Time in Our Nations History decided who won a presidential election instead of having a legal recount, which the Constitution states should have happened. Does no one remember the money paid to reporters just to print propaganda for the Bush White House who ended up being fined or tossed in jail because they took the bribe money to print it? Does no one remember the Patriot Act that took away 6 of the 10 Articles of the Bill of Rights? Does no one remember that Bush, Cheney and Rice all stated that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 and that they had weapons of mass destruction to do more damage to the US and that is why we should go to war there? Good LORD, where has memory gone over the last 9 years? The bank bailouts, with no supervision, happened under Bush before he left office. The deficit, the trillion in debt , were all done under Bush; the economy collapsing all started before Bush ever left office! Yet to hear those dunderheads, all of a sudden, Obama is responsible for it all! The noise had better settle down about health care so we can have serious, polite discussions about the facts or the medical system in this country is going to either melt down, or become so expensive only the top 1% of citizens will be able to afford it. Ask any doctor, nurse, technician who work in the medical fields....do you really think they want their private practices taken over by the government? Of Course not! They are FOR a national health care system #1) Because it WON'T take over their private practice, it WON'T tell their patients who they can go to but it will 1) Bring down their cost and the cost to all of us and 2) they will be able to treat their patients better because they will be able to give preventative care and stop illnesses before it becomes untreatable or catastrophic in cost! The ONLY people it will hurt are the insurance companies that have had a strangle hold on how we are treated, IF we are treated, who have made a profit of over 1080% just in the last 5 years alone! Is it any wonder they are paying millions in t.v. advertising and to those on the radio to come out against it???
Wonder if the President has read the bill yet or how many in Congress have read the bill. And you are presuming no one who opposes the bill has read it. I know a few people myself who have read it and they are laymen and have busy lives too. That's Congress's job.