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Health Care

State of Play: Obama Selling, Americans Buying?

By Ceci Connolly
President Obama embarks on a round-the-clock personal lobbying blitz for his cherished health-care overhaul this week, while key congressional chairmen continue to search for compromise as the August recess nears.

On Monday, the president hosts a roundtable discussion with doctors and nurses at the Children's National Medical Center and is expected to continue a recent wave of broadcast interviews to pitch the idea that health reform needs to happen ASAP.

On Wednesday night, it will be the Obama Live show with a presidential prime-time news conference about--you guessed it--health care.

As Obama continues to push for House and Senate votes before the break, interest groups are also increasing their visibility. The industry that brought you "Harry and Louise" returns to the airwaves for the first time this week with a soft sell for health reform.

Majority of Americans Favor Democratic Reform Plan

Up on Capitol Hill it may feel as though Obama's top domestic priority has hit a rough patch, but beyond the Beltway the American people are in favor of the sort of sweeping overhaul envisioned by Democrats, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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Posted at 8:58 AM ET on Jul 20, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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The healthcare reform bill released by the House Of Representatives is an excellent bill as I understand it. It's a bill with a strong, robust, government-run public option, and an intelligent, reasonable initial funding plan to cover almost all of the American people. It is carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. This bill will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives. It is also now supported by the AMA.

This is the type of bill that all Americans can feel good about. And this is the type of bill that has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Rich, middle class and poor a like. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all other party affiliations. This bill has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

The house healthcare bill should be viewed as the minimum GOLD STANDARD by which all other proposed healthcare legislation should be judged. All supporters of true high quality healthcare reform should now place all your support behind this healthcare reform bill released by the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

You should all now support this bill with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. This healthcare bill is a VERY, VERY GOOD! bill for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of this bill if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for this bill.

From this time forward, go BIGGER and DEEPER with the American people every day until passage of healthcare reform with a robust, government-run public option.

FIGHT!! like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES!


Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (

God Bless You

Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 20, 2009 2:14 PM

What Good is Health Care Reform When a Fed-Enabled Multi-Agency Coordinated "Program" Violates the Civil and Human Rights of the Unjustly "Targeted"?


FEMA, Secret Service, FBI, the U.S. military and intel agencies are among the federal enablers of volunteer community policing, anti-terrorism and town watch organizations transmogrified by Bush-Cheney into fronts for a nationwide, civilian Gestapo-like army.

This grassroots-based extrajudicial targeting and punishment "torture matrix" uses covertly implanted GPS tracking devices to stalk, harass, vandalize and terrorize unjustly "targeted" Americans and their families.

When "targets" travel, the GPS system alerts local units of this American Gestapo, and the harassment follows. Local police cooperation denies these targeted Americans their Constitutional right of equal protection under the law.

Silent, injury- and illness-inducing microwave and laser radiation "directed energy weapons" are being used to torture, and to degrade the lives of targeted citizens -- what could be described as a quiet, ideologically-motivated genocide.

This cruel bypass of the American judicial system makes a mockery of the rule of law -- and political "dissidents," "whistle-blowers" and those considered to be social "deviates" are among its prime targets.

Civil rights advocates: Wake up and smell the police state that has co-opted POTUS and a deluded Congress into becoming enablers of vigilante injustice and domestic torture.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

See "GESTAPO USA" at ("stream" or "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 20, 2009 9:38 AM

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