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Fighting Healthcare Reform is Fighting a Better Future for Americans

Is it a last attempt to undermine the poor, or just the beginning of an even meaner, uglier American?

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(SALEM, Ore.) - Republicans are strapping on their gloves in their fight to benefit the future of pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and crappy healthcare for poor Americans. What the hell is wrong with people?

They want to throw poor Americans under the train but then what else is new. They're the same people who voted for Bush. They are the same ones who use Christianity as an excuse the way the Taliban use Islam as an excuse.

Maybe if I could see it from their point of view?

Well, that would be pretty impossible since Americans are suffering without proper healthcare. The fact that the whole American system only serves a lucky few is another reason.

I understand that people are poor and suffering in a post George W. Bush depression, but I am ashamed that people are so damned self-oriented.

Where were these "protesters" when Bush sent our troops to Iraq?

Where were these "protesters" and what were they saying when they learned that the WMD's were all a sham?

How much time have they spent following these troops around at war?

They are the same people who raise their kids with love and then encourage them to join the military and serve in Iraq.

They are the same people who refuse to acknowledge truth on many levels and who view people who talk about peace as somehow weak.

I've got news for you, being for peace is the most supportive stance a person can take when it comes to the military.

I'll bet some Rush Limbaugh types are probably crying in their beer because "liberals" and "hippies" didn't disrespect our military in the current wars. Nobody is "spitting on soldiers" at the airport.

Remember that Limbaugh and his ilk are the ones who said over and over that if you didn't support the idea of a war in Iraq, that you can't support the soldiers.

That man doesn't support our soldiers, neither does O'Riley- who smeared WWII American vets with his misspoken statements to General Clark over the Malmedy incident at the Battle of the Bulge. It's all a money thing with those AM radio morons.

I read in last month's Foreign Policy, the magazine's prediction of the "end of macho". I wonder if this intense rally against our President's attempt to bring healthcare to all Americans is a last attempt to undermine the poor, or just the beginning of an even meaner, uglier American.

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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), the first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several other awards including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
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bmims September 15, 2009 3:25 pm (Pacific time)

have you even read the damn thing. try page 429 thru 431


Jim August 24, 2009 1:56 am (Pacific time)

Thanks for your comments about the lack of health care in our country and all of the misinformation out there about health care. How can people miss the fact that we have been living with "death panels" for years in the form of denials by insurance companies for urgent health treatments needed by cancer patients. While our doctors argue with the insurance companies about the necessity for treating our disease the cancer grows. As the cancer grows, the effectiveness of any known treatment becomes less and less. At some point many of us die because we were not treated early enough or ever because of insurance company denials. Who among us have not experienced first hand or at least by way of a friend or relative the agony of being put off, ignored or threatened by insurance companies? If we had universal health care our taxes might need to go up but I say so what? Bring it on! Right now my health insurance company is "taxing" me $6,000 a year. year. So you see we have also been living for years with huge health care taxes, not by the government but by the insurance companies. We the people, need to take health care from the hands of the insurance companies for our own survival so let's do it. And good riddance to those greedy, inefficient, useless, good-for-nothing, parasites. Who needs health insurance companies? Now, if people want to call universal health care, Socialism, fine. It seems it is time for socialism. So I say yes, I want socialism and I want all the people in health insurance to lose their jobs and find something else to do and I want higher taxes. As Sara Palin would say "You Betcha."


LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS August 18, 2009 1:57 pm (Pacific time)

WILL OUR WEALTYHY ELITE AMERICANS STOP THEIR ASSAULT AGAINST POORER AMERICANS USING THEIR MONETARY CONTROL OF OPUR U.S.CONGRESS ??? RALP NADER ATTEMPTED TO EDUCATE AMERICAN VOTERS ABOUT U.S.CORPORATE POWER IN AMERICA AND HOW THEY CONTROL OUR CONGRESSIONAL PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR POCKET BOOK (POLITICAL DONATIONS).WITHOUT THE DOUGH $$ THESE U.S.CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD DO NOT GET RE~ELECTED TO CONGRESS.TO STAY IN POLITICAL OFFICE IN AMERICA, SADLY ONE HAS TO BARTER YOUR VOTES IN CONGRESS AND REPRESENT POWER INTERESTS IN RETURN FOR THE BUCK$. POORER AMERICANS HAVE NEVER HAD THE $$$ LOBBY TO INFLUENCE THIS CORRUPT POLITICAL CONCEPT (OF HORSE TRADING VOTES FOR POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS)AND GET THE PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR ALL OF OUR MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS (FALSELY ACCUSED OR OTHERWISE). ***TROY DAVIS IS ONE OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF POORER AMERICANS WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN AFFORDED THEIR PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION OR PROPER DEFENSE INVESTIGATION AT THEIR INITIAL TRIALS. THE GENERAL PUBLIC REALLY HAS NO IDEA IF THIS MAN IS INNOCENT OR GUILTY UNTIL HE HAS PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION AT HIS NEXT REAL TRIAL. IMPROPER MURDER TRIALS TAKE PLACE IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES ALL THE TIME. WHY SHOULD AVERAGE MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD BE TREATED AS IF THEY ARE LIVING A THIRD WORLD LIFE ~ STYLE? AMERICAN IVORY TOWER U.S.CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS OF THE FREE WORLD HAVE PASSED FEDERAL LEGISLATION IN WASHINGTON DC TO SPEND 50 BILLION AMERICAN TAX $$$ ON THE INTERNATIONAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WHILE THEIR OWN AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE BEING TOLD BY THIS SAME U.S.CONGRESS THAT NATIONAL HEALTH CARE AND PROPER LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR MIDDLE CLASS AND WORKING POOR CITIZENS IS UNAFFORDABLE. *** WEALTHY ELITE AMERICANS (WHO ARE ONLY 1% OF OUR USA POPULATION) SADLY ALSO CONTROL HOW OUR U.S.CONGRESS SPENDS THEIR BUDGET TRILLION$ AND HAVE OBVIOUSLY FOUND MORE WORTHY INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS THEN OUR OWN DESPERATE AND NEEDY POOR TO ASSIST !!! ~Poorer Americans Nationwide only get 400 million $$$ per year for legal representation allocated them by CONGRESS~ Middle Class and Working Poor Americans are unable to afford proper legal representation in their Civil, Criminal and Family Courts of law all across America causing tremendous hardships nationwide,but these great minds and callous hearts in our American Congress have found others Worldwide more needy then their own citizens who are being falsely incarcerated,wrongfuly executed,losing their homes or apartments,losing child custody or visitation with their children etc… Not being afforded proper legal representation by our U.S. Congress has created a total breakdown of the American judicial system for our poorer Americans because the our U.S. Courts punish all of us little people if we are not assisted with proprer legal counsel.it is a known fact that our average Middle Class and Working Poor Americans without proper legal representation in all of our American Courts of law lose their legal cases to the better financed who are able to afford lawyers. Lawyers For Poor Americans is now actively in the hunt for International Countries and Leaders Worldwide to help raise 5 Billion Dollar$ for our slighted poorer Americans who have had their own American Congress turn their backs on their desperate needs in not affording them proper legal representation. Troy Davis and Mumia Abu – Jamal are 2 perfect examples of American citizens who never had proper legal representation afforded them by our U.S. Congressional Leaders Of The Free World in their initial criminal trials in (Georgia and Pennsylvania) who might very well have to pay the ultimate price of possibly being completely innocent and falsely executed in the near future. This is the first of many www International pleas by Lawyers For Poor Americans for other leaders and countries to help raise the needed monie$ to correct these blatant injustices that have been inflicted on poorer Americans for the last few decades. Lawyers For Poor Americans has many other written articles that can be viewed with any www search engine by our name or our telephone number. Lawyers For Poor Americans is a www lobby group of volunteers that sing out about the decades old neglect,abuse and injustices being inflicted on our poorer Americans that have become Crimes Against Humanity issues for the International World Court to investigate. lawyersforpooreramericans@yahoo.com (424-247-2013)


Skipper Osborne August 10, 2009 11:13 pm (Pacific time)

Tim, good job. To All my "Anonymous's" out there do you all not think that it is 'interesting' that the insurance companies are against President Obama's health care reform? Tim is right ' Fighting Healthcare Reform is Fighting a Better Future for Americans.' 8 years of Bush crap can not be blamed on President Obama. President Obama IS FIXING THE MESS, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU 'ANONYMOUSES." Yes, I like that last one.


Anonymous August 10, 2009 9:23 pm (Pacific time)

goldman sachs gave obama millions to support his campaign. what part of this are you not getting??????? IT IS A ONE PARTY FACIST SYSTEM!! ok..I know I ranted much, I will go now, but heck Tim, both parties SUCK! :-) Thats why the town hall meetings are getting crazy!! yeesh bro!!! Sorry for all the ranting, but its time to wake up sir.


Anonymous August 10, 2009 8:57 pm (Pacific time)

one last thing..the protestors are not out there because of republican/democrat..they are out there because the truth is gaining momentum. We have a rogue government, both parties are to blame. I am encouraged so many are waking up to this fact.
Tim: I re-read your article, and see you have a heart for truth. But you are just not getting the full picture. Take one moment.. wars under obama have expanded greatly. Opposite what he said to get elected. Bigger government/no transparency, pass bills without reading them etc. Take a breath, admit you were wrong, move on and you will be respected. Hold on to the lies, you will go down in flames. You are cool, its ok that you made a mistake.. but correct it now!

 Tim King: Obama has downsized Iraq and moved the war to Afghanistan where it started and should have remained.  I do not object to that though I wish the wars weren't being fought at all. 

I want Americans to have healthcare and I am tired of people making such a stink out of a move to benefit the poor and uninsured.  We have had a horrible life taking war in Iraq and now people are pissed off because the President wants to do what needed to be done long ago?  Health versus war and death... there is no question about what is better. 

No big lack of transparency is taking place, in fact Obama is enormously better than Bush when it comes to that.  Your charge of a rogue government is a joke man, and that was a lame line about "going down in flames" too, it doesn't even make sense and don't bother trying to explain.  In the end people like you have absolutely no idea how dedicated I am to my own ideals and I am making a lot of progress as is Salem-News.com.  My biggest interest is PTSD and taking care of veterans and all of the people protesting Obama are doing JACK to help our veterans.  Have a nice day.     


Anonymous August 10, 2009 8:47 pm (Pacific time)

still fighting over the left/right paradigme. keep it up, its exactly what they want. Divide and conquer. You are living in a pre-historic world Tim my friend. People are waking up, maybe by the millions. Democrats and Republicans are a one party system, and the arguments are a distraction, and you are only enabling the entire collapse, or, possibly revolution. You might want to check page 431 of the health care bill..Or, did you even browse it at all?

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