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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-17-07 10:21 AM
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17. Edwards is responding to what voters are saying.
He is listening to voters. I know because I am out there talking to voters on Edwards' behalf every week. Voters want Congress to pass health care funding legislation or give up their own freebies. People are absolutely incensed about the fact that members of Congress have free health care while the rest of us pay huge amounts to these companies.

I am looking at a document entitled NewDemPAC Second Annual Retreat. It is dated June 7, 2007 and addresses "Retreat Participant"s.

It is a conference to discuss "important and challenging issues facing Congress, including Trade, Health Care, and Energy Independence and Security. The "Honorary Members" include Brian Baird, Adam Schiff, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ellen Tauscher to name a few. And who are the proud sponsors? Among others Peter Begans, Medco, Victoria Blatter, Merck, Holly Bode, United Health Group, Tammy Boyd, Johnson & Johnson, Jeff Cohen, Federation of American Hospitals, Megan Cundari, American Hospital Association, Sean Donohue, Eli Lilly and company, Bryant Hall, PhRMA, Janet Howard, MetLife, Eli Joseph, BIO, Peter Lawson, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (???? how right-wing can you get?????), Jennifer Luray, Abbott Laboratories, Buddy Menn, BI Parmaceuticals, Howard Moon, Amgen, Cynthia Morton, American Health Care Association, Peter Muller, Genentech, Charles Nau, Johnson & Johnson, Cathy Nyce, State Farm, Peter Rubin, Merck, Peter Slone, Medtronic, Jerry Steffle, Wellpoint, Wendy Sussman, Caremark RX, Jonathan Topodas, Aetna, AJ Wociak, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Duane Wright, America's Health Insuance Plans.

http://www.ndcpac.com/files/PRECON_JUNE2007.pdf

This is what Edwards is talking about. It's the corruption guys. Congress gets special deals, and the American people pay for it. Congress serves the guys who pay for their retreat weekends and we who pay for their health insurance get left to pay for our own too -- all by ourselves. And if we get sick and lose our jobs, we also lose the ability to get insurance even if we could pay for normal insurance. Do you realize how much the insurance companies charge to insure someone like Elizabeth Edwards with a history of cancer? It is astronomical, I assure you. This is criminal greed. It kills just as surely as other weapons. And Edwards was the first of the candidates to present a plan. And now he has a plan to make sure his plan or something like it gets enacted.

Hurrah for Edwards -- He is the best of the candidates. He is for the American people, for change and he is the only one with a real plan to enact change.
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  -John Edwards: I'm pulling THEIR coverage in 2009! (Congress, President, etc.) jsamuel  Sep-17-07 09:48 AM   #0 
  - As if they could not pay for private insurance...  Mass   Sep-17-07 09:50 AM   #1 
  - That is the point. They could pay for health insurance,  JDPriestly   Sep-17-07 10:06 AM   #6 
  - SO what ! How does Edwards propose to pass this if he does not have the vote to pass the full bill.  Mass   Sep-17-07 10:08 AM   #9 
     - He will make it politically uncomfortable for Congress  JDPriestly   Sep-17-07 10:29 AM   #18 
  - You forget about those "pre-existing conditions."  rateyes   Sep-17-07 10:06 AM   #7 
     - Uhm! Let see! How long would it take for an insurance company to waive that  Mass   Sep-17-07 10:10 AM   #10 
        - Yeah, a private insurer is going to agree to pay out  rateyes   Sep-17-07 10:12 AM   #12 
           - How would he have such a bill passed, anyway!  Mass   Sep-17-07 10:15 AM   #15 
              - Why I support John Edwards?  JDPriestly   Sep-17-07 10:33 AM   #21 
                 - Geez, no call for that insinuation...  CarolNYC   Sep-17-07 10:40 AM   #24 
                    - I didn't realize you were asking a question.  JDPriestly   Sep-17-07 01:20 PM   #28 
  - Well, that's different  WesDem   Sep-17-07 09:53 AM   #2 
  - If he can't get his health care plan passed,  seasonedblue   Sep-17-07 09:55 AM   #3 
  - Edwards is responding to what voters are saying.  JDPriestly   Sep-17-07 10:21 AM   #17 
  - I didn't say anything about what the voters want,  seasonedblue   Sep-17-07 10:31 AM   #20 
     - No shortage of people who like being pandered to...  CarolNYC   Sep-17-07 10:38 AM   #22 
     - Because the Congress won't dare vote health care for itself  JDPriestly   Sep-17-07 01:16 PM   #27 
  - He won't  Freddie Stubbs   Sep-17-07 10:38 AM   #23 
  - It's a nice applause line  Apollo11   Sep-17-07 10:01 AM   #4 
  - Well now................ Edwards playing hard ball.  jojo54   Sep-17-07 10:02 AM   #5 
  - Seems kind of gimmicky to me.  Sparkly   Sep-17-07 10:07 AM   #8 
  - Agreed, Sparkly  WesDem   Sep-17-07 10:13 AM   #13 
  - I'm considering changing my avatar now! n/t  IanDB1   Sep-17-07 10:12 AM   #11 
  - Woooo!!!  jsamuel   Sep-17-07 10:17 AM   #16 
  - With the WH and Congress in the 20% approval vicinity, setting oneself up  TOJ   Sep-17-07 10:14 AM   #14 
  - More grandstanding...  IA_Seth   Sep-17-07 10:31 AM   #19 
  - Wicked awesome!!! n/t  MaineDem   Sep-17-07 10:50 AM   #25 
  - k n r  nashville_brook   Sep-17-07 11:20 AM   #26 
  - Is this a new form of a unitary President?  karynnj   Sep-17-07 03:01 PM   #29 
  - He can't do it? Think again.  slick8790   Sep-17-07 03:09 PM   #30 
  - It looks like it's unconsitutional:  seasonedblue   Sep-17-07 03:11 PM   #31 
  - I thought the populist idea was to cover everyone......  FrenchieCat   Sep-17-07 03:52 PM   #32 
 

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