Obama to Congress: 'Time for bickering is over'

" President Barack Obama urged Congress to enact sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night, declaring the "time for bickering is over" and the moment has arrived to help millions who have insurance and many more without it. Full Story
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Oh My

Monroe, CT

#22 Sep 11, 2009
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That would pose a health threat to the rest of us if we did.
If we can't hold-off contagious diseases, we are all at risk.
Got news for you. We are not holding off contagious diseases in the least. They come here; their diseases come here. My son was exposed to an active case of TB when he was 11. No clue where he got it from. We hadn't traveled out of the country, no one in the entire school system had a case of TB. He was on antibiotics for 9 months to prevent the exposure from becoming active. For the rest of his life, he will always test positive for TB, because he has the "characteristic" in his body.

When I questioned where he would have been exposed, he said it was because of the people that come here from countries where it is prevalent (Asia and Mexico in particular)have no regulations on innoculating their children, like we do in the US.
Gwynmar

Litchfield, CT

#23 Sep 11, 2009
Tired of Chris wrote:
Most people don't like the health plan.
Connecticut Sam and I agree with you.
Think about it

United States

#24 Sep 11, 2009
Oh My wrote:
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Got news for you. We are not holding off contagious diseases in the least. They come here; their diseases come here. My son was exposed to an active case of TB when he was 11. No clue where he got it from. We hadn't traveled out of the country, no one in the entire school system had a case of TB. He was on antibiotics for 9 months to prevent the exposure from becoming active. For the rest of his life, he will always test positive for TB, because he has the "characteristic" in his body.
When I questioned where he would have been exposed, he said it was because of the people that come here from countries where it is prevalent (Asia and Mexico in particular)have no regulations on innoculating their children, like we do in the US.
I am so sorry you had to go through that with your son. I hope he is better. I am also a mother and I live with auto-immune disease.

Thank you for posting your story. You have proven the point I was trying to make.

We do have real issues with illegal immigration but "cutting our nose off to spite our face" (re: health) doesn't make sense and it's to our own detriment.

I also believe we need to do something about our borders, about our government enforcing our laws, including penalties to those Americans that hire them and hurt their fellow Americans for profit.

The "health" of this country should be as important to all of us any other security issue because wether here legally or illegally, any human can spread disease.
Oh My

Monroe, CT

#25 Sep 11, 2009
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I am so sorry you had to go through that with your son. I hope he is better. I am also a mother and I live with auto-immune disease.
Thank you for posting your story. You have proven the point I was trying to make.
We do have real issues with illegal immigration but "cutting our nose off to spite our face" (re: health) doesn't make sense and it's to our own detriment.
I also believe we need to do something about our borders, about our government enforcing our laws, including penalties to those Americans that hire them and hurt their fellow Americans for profit.
The "health" of this country should be as important to all of us any other security issue because wether here legally or illegally, any human can spread disease.
He is fine, thank you. He is 18 now. He never actually developed TB, because they found out about his exposure before the disease became active, and because of the extensive antibiotic treatment that prevented that from happening.
His case, however, is an argument for vaccines and routine wellness tests. If he wasn't getting routine TB screens, his exposure would not have been found, and he would have been carrying the virus around dormant until it finally became active. The only residual effect on him is that he can no longer be tested, because once you have been exposed to it, your tests will always come back false positive. Hopefully, the 9 months of antibiotics built up enough TB antibodies to combat any further exposure.

Thanks for your interest, you are spot on with your comments.

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