Singer Paul Simon urges health care reform

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon tried to lend a little harmony to the raucous health care debate today by pushing for a health care overhaul with Democratic leaders of Congress. Full Story
RIOT

Madison, WI

#1 Sep 16, 2009
Paul Simon, why don't you give a little more money to the causes that benefit the children rather then just speak the speak. I do not care what you want. Quite frankly I do not want the health care reform, I do not want my parents or other elderly people put on a death list. I do not want to be told when and if I can have a medical procedure. Obama care is not the right way to reform health care. We cannot afford this type of reform. Taxes went up, Obama lied.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 16, 2009
Its always gratifying to see how these wealthy entertainers confer their marxist wisdom upon how the working class ought be managed by the government.

They also have good ideas about how the middle class ought be taxed more to pay for the lower class. And of course, if a charity event yields enough publicity, they are so kind as to donate a few hours of their time as well...
Kato

Denver, CO

#3 Sep 16, 2009
Shut up & sing as they say.

covering 40 million more american by the staff of doctors we have now means long lines and rationing
The Big Bopper

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Sep 16, 2009
Instead of singing "50 ways to leave your lover", he's singing "50 ways to screw the tax payers" in regards to socialized medicine.
Beaglehound

Chanhassen, MN

#6 Sep 17, 2009
OMG - the four previous postings show incredible ignornace and selfishness. Just because "you got yours" you cannot fathom anyone else who might need a helping hand. We're talking about children here. Children, folks! If the U.S. allows this lapse in healthcare to go on much longer, what health problems are these underserved children going to deal with when they grow up? Please reconsider your cold-hearted response to these ideas. Please consider the common good and community.
Local 49

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Sep 17, 2009
Well, if he Supports it,, It must be a Good Idea!
If a DOG Supported this Communist Style Health Care Bill, The Media would make a Big Deal out of that! The Media is Just a Arm of Government,Worth-Less!!
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Sep 17, 2009
Beaglehound wrote:
OMG - the four previous postings show incredible ignornace and selfishness. Just because "you got yours" you cannot fathom anyone else who might need a helping hand. We're talking about children here. Children, folks! If the U.S. allows this lapse in healthcare to go on much longer, what health problems are these underserved children going to deal with when they grow up? Please reconsider your cold-hearted response to these ideas. Please consider the common good and community.

Polly want a cracker?
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Sep 17, 2009
Oh, good lord. The name of a saltine snack is blanked out... c r a c k e r.
Max Bogus

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Sep 17, 2009
Democrats Worry (Baucus) Bill Will Cost Families Too Much (13% of income)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1253038455534...

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus came under new pressure Tuesday from Democrats concerned that his health bill could force some middle-income families to take on sizable new costs for health coverage.

The Montana Democrat said he will formally unveil the legislation on Wednesday. That would set the stage for Finance Committee action next week, and debate in the full Senate next month.

...

But even as Republicans remain unhappy with key aspects of the bill, liberal critics complain that it would force many lower- and middle-income workers to shoulder a greater financial burden when complying with the bill's mandate to buy insurance, by paring federal tax subsidies.

"This is not like shaving off things, this is reducing coverage for poor and working people," House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.) said Monday. Mr. Rangel is an architect of the $1 trillion House health-care bill, which provides more generous subsidies.

Some Senate Democrats are voicing similar concerns. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D., W.Va.) on Monday said there was "no way I can vote for the package" without changes. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) vowed to seek additional subsidies, or possibly a new tax break, aimed at helping working families, when the bill comes before committee. "Fundamentally, we're doing this for American families, and we need to make sure this is affordable," she said.

The Baucus bill would provide federal subsidies to individuals and families with incomes as high as 300% of the federal poverty line. For people whose incomes fall between 300% and 400% of the poverty line, the bill would cap premiums at 13% of income.

Critics complain the 13% cap is too high and would impose unreasonable costs on middle-income family budgets. But Finance Committee aides argue that tens of millions of Americans would still benefit



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they will pay for expanded benefits with a huge tax increase on the “rich”. When people work less and revenue projections fall short, they will raise tax rates on the rich even higher and lower the threshold for “rich”.

Standard Dem SOP.

The idea of allowing catastrophic-only coverage is the only good thing I can find in the bill.





Rasmussen : ObamaCare more unpopular than ever


http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_conten...

And on the seventh day since Barack Obama gave The Word to a joint session Congress, the voters have seen ObamaCare and pronounced it … not good. Rasmussen now reports that opposition to ObamaCare has hit its highest level yet at 55%, with its low equaling its August nadir:

One week after President Obama’s speech to Congress, opposition to his health care reform plan has reached a new high of 55%. The latest Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll shows that just 42% now support the plan, matching the low first reached in August.

A week ago, 44% supported the proposal and 53% were opposed. Following the speech last Wednesday night intended to relaunch the health care initiative, support for the president’s effort bounced as high as 51%(see day-by-day numbers). But the new numbers suggest that support for health care reform is now about the same as it was in August.
human too

United States

#11 Sep 17, 2009
Beaglehound wrote:
OMG - the four previous postings show incredible ignornace and selfishness. Just because "you got yours" you cannot fathom anyone else who might need a helping hand. We're talking about children here. Children, folks! If the U.S. allows this lapse in healthcare to go on much longer, what health problems are these underserved children going to deal with when they grow up? Please reconsider your cold-hearted response to these ideas. Please consider the common good and community.
If this were a program whose scope was to provide care to truly needy children, then there would be far less opposition. But you know that's not the case. The left, in effect, uses children as human shields to stifle debate and to try to silence opposition. Not buying it.

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