Friday, September 4, 2009

Congressman Goodlatte calls public option a slippery slope to national healthcare – videos

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Obama Care, socialism, watered-down, slip-sliding that slippery slope to daemon national healthcare was the topic at Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s healthcare town hall meeting Thursday night. The auditorium at Hidden Valley High School was full.

The only thing missing were the “death panels.” Goodlatte assured an 85-year old women there was no such thing in any of the plans. He did call the current plan “rationed health care” but stopped short of actually calling them “death panels.” Instead Goodlatte took a more gentle approach by just calling them plain panels that would make medical care decisions based on age.  

I sat next to Warren Hargis from Roanoke who became a bit vocal and animated during the show discussion. He finally got to speak his mind reading words written by Abraham Lincoln. He became calm after that.

Brian Lang, chair of the Roanoke County Democratic Party tried to get traction on the public option (aka government option). Lang was shouted down without Goodlatte calming the crowd so he could equally be heard. Lang was but one of a few that challenged Republican Goodlatte. There was no doubt that he is against the public option and there would be no persuading him on that – “scrap it” repeated Goodlatte.

“Associations” is what Goodlatte wants to see. It was not clear what these associations would be comprised of – partly small business pooling together along industry lines. Pooling is what Democratic Congressman Rick Boucher favors. Goodlatte also wanted tax deductions for healthcare premiums and lifetime spending accounts. A major theme throughout his talking points was to allow insurance companies to compete nationally bringing more choices for everyone.

He also wants to see “liability reform” in the bill which played well with the crowd. Goodlatte said he would favor term limits as long as they applied to everyone in the congress and senate.

Both Chris Head, business man and Melvin Williams, attorney were fingered as friendly speakers. They spoke eloquently in line with Goodlatte. Head and Williams both ran in the Republican primary to replace Delegate William Fralin in the 17thdistrict. Head asked what could he/we do to help defeat the bill. Goodlatte jumped in with “call your U.S. Senators.”

Bill Cleaveland, the 17th district successful primary candidate running against Democrat, Gwen Mason said after the meeting that:

 “The town hall meeting was an excellent idea and there were a lot of good questions raised there and he [Goodlatte] was very helpful in explaining his position and its an indication of how serious the grassroots movement is and I encourage everybody to get involved and contact their senators and let their voice be heard.”

Goodlatte praised the crowd for their behavior compared to other town halls. I didn’t get a chance to ask Lang if he felt that way. (See Lang in the video).

Goodlatte called the 1000-page House Democratic healthcare plan “government interference … the government option would write the same rules for everybody.” Employers would drop their more expensive private health plans and then “everyone would go over to the government insurance option.”

President Obama has said lately that the government option is not an absolute necessity. This has not pleased some but “drew a negative response from those who wanted to see a single-payer health plan,” said Goodlatte. Now though he thinks the President has backed away from that and Goodlatte is looking to September 9 for direction when the President will address Congress.

Goodlatte would “scrap the current bill in congress and start over again.” This brought loud applause from the crowd. He believes Congress cedes too much authority to the executive branch – both Republicana and Democrata.

He touted his ever failing “balanced budget amendment.” To illustrate the trillion dollars in debt that the healthcare bill would accumulate Goodlatte said that the amount is equal to $1000 bills stacked to reach 75 feet high. “That’s where I’d like to put this bill,” said Goodlatte.

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Comments (3)

Newt

September 4th, 2009 at 7:41 PM    


I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed and saddened I am by Bob Goodlatte.

He should have worked to ensure a fair and balanced stage for discussion and give and take. instead he allowed flames to be fanned. Sad and disappointing.

In my view, Bob should have enforced his first campaign pledge when he was initially elected last century.

jacksmith

September 4th, 2009 at 8:18 PM    


NO CO-OP’S! NO TRIGGERS! A Little History Lesson

No Triggers! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-rosenbaum/a-trigger-for-the-public_b_277910.html

Young People. America needs your help.

More than two thirds of the American people want a single payer health care system. And if they cant have a single payer system 77% of all Americans want a strong government-run public option on day one (86% of democrats, 75% of independents, and 72% of republicans). Basically everyone.

According to a new AARP POLL: 86 percent of seniors want universal healthcare security for All, including 93% of Democrats, 87% of Independents, and 78% of Republicans. And 79% of seniors support creating a new strong Government-run public option plan, available immediately. Including 89% of Democrats, 80% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, STUNNING!! Senator Max Baucus, You better come out of committee with a strong government-run public option available on day one.

The History:

Our last great economic catastrophe was called the Great Depression. Then as now it was caused by a reckless, and corrupt Republican administration and republican congress. FDR a Democrat, was then elected to save the nation and the American people from the unbridled GREED and profiteering, of the unregulated predatory self-interest of the banking industry and Wallstreet. Just like now.

FDR proposed a Government-run health insurance plan to go with Social Security. To assure all Americans high quality, easily accessible, affordable, National Healthcare security. Regardless of where you lived, worked, or your ability to pay. But the AMA riled against it. Using all manor of scare tactics, like Calling it SOCIALIZED MEDICINE!! :-0

So FDR established thousands of co-op’s around the country in rural America. And all of them failed. The biggest of these co-op organizations would become the grandfather of the predatory monster that all of you know today as the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry. And the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry.

This former co-op would grow so powerful that it would corrupt every aspect of healthcare delivery in America. Even corrupting the Government of the United States.

This former co-op’s name is BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD.

Do you see now why even the suggestion of co-op’s is ridiculous. It makes me so ANGRY! Co-op’s are not a substitute for a government-run public option.

They are trying to pull the wool over our eye’s again. Senators, if you don’t have the votes now, GET THEM! Or turn them over to us. WE WILL! DEAL WITH THEM. Why do you think we gave your party Control of the House, Control of the Senate, Control of the Whitehouse. The only option on the table that has any chance of fixing our healthcare crisis is a STRONG GOVERNMENT-RUN PUBLIC OPTION.

An insurance mandate and subsidies without a strong government-run public option choice available on day one, would be worse than the healthcare catastrophe we have now. The insurance, and healthcare industry have been very successful at exploiting the good hearts of the American people. But Congress and the president must not let that happen this time. House Progressives and members of the Tri-caucus must continue to hold firm on their demand for a strong Government-run public option.

A healthcare reform bill with mandates and subsidies but without a STRONG government-run public option choice on day one, would be much worse than NO healthcare reform at all. So you must be strong and KILL IT! if you have too. And let the chips fall where they may. You can do insurance reform without mandates, subsidies, or taxpayer expense.

Actually, no tax payer funds should be use to subsidize any private for profit insurance plans. So, NO TAX PAYER SUBSIDIES TO PRIVATE FOR PROFIT PLANS. Tax payer funds should only be used to subsidize the public plans. Healthcare reform should be 100% for the American people. Not another taxpayer bailout of the private for profit insurance industry, disguised as healthcare reform for the people.

God Bless You

Jacksmith — Working Class

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(http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/)

Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSM8t_cLZgk&feature=player_embedded)

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(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbWw23XwO5o) CYBER WARRIORS!! – TAKE THIS VIRAL

SUE

September 4th, 2009 at 10:39 PM    


YOU MUST NOT HAVE BEEN THERE, 7:41 POST—?? GOODLATTE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN FAIRER AND MORE BALANCED AT LAST NIGHTS MEETING—HE WELCOMED ANY AND ALL COMMENTS, CALLING ON AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE—HE DIDN’T INTERRUPT THEM, HE JUST LET THEM SPEAK THEIR MIND—
you AND I MAY DISAGREE ON GOODLATTE’S POSITION ON THE HEALTH CARE PROPOSED PLAN, BUT YOUR ASSESSMENT OF GOODLATTE WAS WAY OFF BASE. THIS CONGRESSMAN PROVED TO ME,HIS ENCOMPASSING AND EXCELLENT KNOWLEDGE OF THE PLAN.

HE WELCOMED MORE COMMENTS, STAYED AFTER THE MEETING, AND OPENED HIS OFFICE FOR YOU AND ANY OF US TO COME AND DISCUSS WITH HIM, ABOUT ANY federal ISSUE, AS WELL AS THE HEALTH PLAN, NOW ON THE TABLE.

THIS IS WHAT I CALL A FAIR, AND BALANCED APPROACH TO GOVERNMENT–IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT GOODLATTE’S OPINION IS, THEN HE IS OPEN FOR YOUR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS.
GIVE THAT APPROACH A TRY, BEFORE YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT HIM….

WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM TO REPRESENT US IN DC.

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