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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:33 PM
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Rep Zach Wamp (R-TN): "Health care is a privilege"
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:36 PM
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1. He's right - it is. But it shouldn't be
Health care should be a RIGHT, like access to legal care and access to clean water.

But as the system is NOW - I'd say it IS a privilege that fewer and fewer are enjoying.
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 04:26 PM
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18. The ENTIRE Purpose of Government is to "Maintain the HEALTH and Welfare of the Nation"
There must be something in the water in America to get such retarded people as Elected Representatives.
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 06:16 PM
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21. No, even that is wrong, though it has been repeated so often for so long
that far too many believe it.

From the Declaration of Independence; ...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

There is no exclusion and the right to live is specifically expressed. Health care is certainly a requirement to live.

From The Constitution of the United States; We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare

Again, the general welfare must include health care as the population requires it to exist.

(Original spelling and capitalization retained)


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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:37 PM
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2. Keep it up, Republicans!
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Kalyke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:37 PM
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3. 809,000 people in Tennessee have no health insurance, Zach.
Maybe you should go to each and every one of them and let them know that, hey, curing their cancers or broken arms or pneumonia is a privilege.

This assclown is running for governor of my state, too.

:banghead:

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:42 PM
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5. May this pronouncement of his be his undoing.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:39 PM
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4. he's a real dumbass
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kiranon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:44 PM
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6. Than let's delete health coverage from the Congressman's compensation package
and see if he objects.
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SandWalker1984 Donating Member (533 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:45 PM
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7. Spoken by a person that obviously has health insurance....
...paid for by US!

In Florida, the unemployment rates are double digits and many are going without health care. I have access to health insurance but because my spouse & I are over 50 and one of us has a "pre-existing condition," the annual cost for coverage starts at $17,800 for 2 of us (and that policy excludes the pre-existing condition for 5 YEARS). Being self-employed, we cannot afford to pay such a huge amount. Therefore we are always 1 major illness away from bankruptcy -- think about it.

The state legislature is grappling with huge budget deficits and the #1 budget item is healthcare expenses.

The US is the only major industrialized country without a single payer system of healthcare for it's citizens. How can our companies compete globally if the playing field is so uneven?

Obama is talking as I type about health care reform but meaningful healthcare, ie AFFORDABLE and AVAILABLE TO ALL healthcare will not happen if the corporate health care industry keeps buying off Congress. We must take the profit out of healthcare to have meaningful reform of the system.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:45 PM
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8. With people like this representing the people of the United States,
is it any wonder that things are so fucked up?
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:46 PM
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9. The ZWamp creature is clueless. He needs some time without that fat Cong. health package.
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:49 PM
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10. Any Tennesseans out there call Wamps office and let
him know about his comment. I just got off the phone after talking with a rep of Wamp's. I told her that people that are in the middle lower class and working poor don't feel that healthcare is a priviledge. I informed her that the difference between parties is one believes in helping the working poor and the other believes in helping themselves. I told her that her boss makes good money and get a good healthcare plan just like she does because they work for the government. I told her that my husband and I get good healthcare plan because he retired from the military and we get their medical coverage that was once free if you stayed in over 20 yrs and now we pay. I told her am fighting for the kid that is out there working and paying high cost of health care on a little above minimum wage.

(202) 225-3271 THAT IS HIS NUMBER PLEASE CALL HIM. LET HIM KNOW
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:49 PM
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11. "Choosing not to pay for health care." Is that like choosing to live under a bridge? What an ass.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:50 PM
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12. I got into an argument with a doctor over this very thing. n/t
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:50 PM
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13. And there we have it. The idea that some are more deserving than
others and that all must earn it.

I'm relieved he put it so succinctly. I hope the Democratic leadership wraps it around his neck and the collective neck of the repub party and uses it to drag them into the homes of the "undeserving" sick.

This ideology really needs to receive an enormous amount of air time and print coverage.

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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 03:50 PM
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14. Zach! Wamp. I believe that's the sound of...
a lying noper getting struck by lightening and hitting the ground.

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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 04:00 PM
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15. well well well
So we finally have an admission from one of them. If health care is a privelege, then anyone who can easily afford healt coverage without having to struggle for it must truly be a member of a priveleged class. Say it loud and repeatedly "Priveleged class, Priveleged Class!!!!" The priveleged class is waging class warfare against the rest of us. :grr:
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 04:04 PM
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16. he he he.... keep talkin'... Americans want to hear more
much much more
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Liberal In Texas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 04:13 PM
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17. A statement worthy of Marie Antoinette.
And we know how that ended up.

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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 05:11 PM
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19. Just be glad that he's not your Rep. He's like herpes, we can't
get rid of him. Yes, he's serious. I called his office when his wife, Kim, had a kidney stone or some such, and she became incredibly ill. She went through the ER and recovered. He commented on just how fortunate they were to have insurance.

When I called I mentioned that I help to pay his salary and he gets to participate in federal health insurance and what about people who don't get paid by the government that he claims to hate, nor have access to insurance coverage through the gubmint.

I'll be calling again tomorrow with the same, plus requesting where I can get info. for all those millions who just refuse health care, and 'go nekkid', as he put it.

And then I'll have to mention that as a patriotic American, I'm sure he's going to lead the way in prosecuting John Yoo and his Constitution busting cohorts.
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Geek_Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 05:58 PM
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20. Wamp is a disgrace
and so are the folks that elected him to office. I hate to say this because he's my Representative but I'm tired of the idiots around East TN.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 06:19 PM
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22. Fuck him......
.....Twice. In the ear.


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onethatcares Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-05-09 06:30 PM
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23. all we could possibly want
is the same healthcare provided to our elected representatives. no more/no less.

In these times of great uncertain finacial difficulties, let's reign in their benefits.

the whisper campaign starts with a little card in the newspapers in the rack.
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