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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:25 PM
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Boehner/McConnell: Democrats are denying insurance companies their rights
:dunce: :freak:


GOP raps Dems for hushing insurers on Medicare
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer


WASHINGTON Republican lawmakers rebuked the Obama administration Tuesday for telling health insurance companies to stop warning elderly customers they'll lose benefits in health care legislation, which some equated to a gag order.

At least one prominent insurer has misrepresented the pending bills to frighten older Americans, the administration says. But GOP leaders said the companies, whose income could be reduced by the legislation, are entitled to free speech and political debate.

Tuesday's exchanges came as a Senate committee began debating a health care bill most Republicans oppose. President Barack Obama supports the bill's main provisions, and the flap over insurance companies' mailers is the latest front in a long-running dispute.

"It is outrageous that the Obama administration is trying to keep seniors in the dark about the consequences of congressional Democrats' costly government-run health care bills," House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said.

The Senate's GOP leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said citizens and companies "have a fundamental right to talk about legislation they favor or oppose." ..........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090922/ap_on_go_co/us_heal...




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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:26 PM
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1. And insurance companies deny people coverage and/or care.
Boner can go stick his into a light socket.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:26 PM
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2. He probably already has.
nt
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:27 PM
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3. The GOP is loyal ONLY to big biz. One day, most republicans will finally realize this fact.
Oh wait...only 31% of Americans now identify themselves as republicans.

Huh.

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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:32 PM
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6. and dropping like a fucking champ with every crazy outburst of batshit.
Cuz let's face it! The kids do not the dig wacky antics of fat white dopey rejects.
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:28 PM
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4. Companies have no rights. nt
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:32 PM
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5. The only rights companies have
are the ones granted by their incorporation. That can be revoked.

Repeat after me: Corporate personhood is a legal fiction. Corporations aren't really people.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:33 PM
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7. i pay more to my insurance company
just because i'm a certain age.

they make money off of me every year that i don't cash in on an age related illness -- what is that exactly? -- they didn't inform me about that? -- so what sort of sympathy am i supposed to show?
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:38 PM
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8. Now There's A Persuasive Argument For You
:sarcasm:
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:38 PM
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9. Even if they did have rights...
what right do they have to stomp on people?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:41 PM
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10. ...and i thought the will ferrell video was sarcasm....bwhahahahahahahaa
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:42 PM
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11. Uh... guys... Wil Ferrell already beat you to this joke.
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 09:42 PM by BlooInBloo
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:43 PM
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12. Yes, those poor, poor, defenseless insurance companies.
Mitch and Boner are idiots.
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beltanefauve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 10:55 PM
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13. Why do the Democrats
want to "punish success"?

(Do I really need to use a sarcasm emoticon?)
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jtrockville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:20 PM
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14. I say NO government regulation of health insurance companies!
Let the free market rule. Give us a choice of a non-profit government-run health CARE program, and let the insurance companies do whatever they will.

This way, insurance companies are FREE to deny payments, or raise their premiums sky high, or institute enormous deductibles, or exclude dental care/mental health/eye glasses etc., or pay their CEO's hundreds of thousands of dollars per HOUR, or ALL of the above, and we're free to not participate in their SCAM.
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