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Comcast CEO endorses Senate health bill
http://www.politico.com ^ | December 03, 2009 | Carrie Budoff Brown

Posted on 12/05/2009 11:12:49 AM PST by Maelstorm

The chairman of Comcast endorsed the Senate health care bill in a letter Thursday to President Barack Obama, saying, "We cannot allow perfection to stand in the way of critically needed and very good legislation."

"While there has been much controversy and debate over hundreds of provisions and alternatives, it is my view that the current legislation pending in the Senate provides a workable framework for this country to take an important step toward enhancing health care accessibility, promoting operational efficiencies and technological innovation, and reducing the cost of health care and the federal deficit," CEO and Chairman Brian Roberts wrote.

Roberts said he intended to make his statement in person Thursday at the White House jobs summit but could not make it because of his company's $30 billion merger announcement with NBC Universal.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; baucus; bhohealthcare; bloggersandpersonal; comcast; endorsed; healthcare; liberalmedia; obamacare

1 posted on 12/05/2009 11:12:49 AM PST by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

“Fear not! We’re going to be just as liberal as GE was!”


2 posted on 12/05/2009 11:14:03 AM PST by Rastus
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To: Maelstorm

Well, those of you who held out a small amount of hope that Comcast’s acquisition of NBC would balance that particular “news” division out, think again.


3 posted on 12/05/2009 11:14:06 AM PST by Terpfen (FR is being Alinskied. Remember, you only take flak when you're over the target.)
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To: Maelstorm

I know someone who knows the Roberts very well.

They are flaming leftist socialists.


4 posted on 12/05/2009 11:14:30 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Maelstorm

Another corrupt member of the elite class.


5 posted on 12/05/2009 11:14:39 AM PST by headstamp 2
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To: Maelstorm

Glad I don’t subscribe.....I’d have to cancel.


6 posted on 12/05/2009 11:14:41 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Terpfen

FIOS here I come.


7 posted on 12/05/2009 11:14:42 AM PST by Der_Hirnfšnger
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To: Der_Hirnfänger

ditto.

Shades of Progressive Insurance.


8 posted on 12/05/2009 11:15:31 AM PST by headstamp 2
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To: Rastus

Wonder if this endorsement had anything with the merger being allowed?


9 posted on 12/05/2009 11:15:43 AM PST by lynn4303
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

Just what we don’t need. A Wealthy capitalist, no less, but wants the rest of us to endure Marxism.


10 posted on 12/05/2009 11:15:58 AM PST by Achilles Heel
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To: Der_Hirnfänger

Crap, I just switched from Verizon to Comcast.


11 posted on 12/05/2009 11:16:25 AM PST by Roklok
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To: Maelstorm

Lessee any bets the deal passed thru the FTC in a quid pro qou for this letter?!!!Any stock options I wonder?


12 posted on 12/05/2009 11:17:10 AM PST by mo
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To: Maelstorm

What Roberts meant to say was that he would be happy if the cost of health care was removed from his ledger sheet.


13 posted on 12/05/2009 11:17:34 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Achilles Heel
Yeah, these leftist sure don't mind Marxism once they become billionaires
14 posted on 12/05/2009 11:17:44 AM PST by lynn4303
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To: Achilles Heel

They are the epitome of the rich elite that have the luxury to support socialism.


15 posted on 12/05/2009 11:18:26 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Maelstorm

There is a lot of free money to be had if you just support the Marxist agenda and jump aboard their money boat.


16 posted on 12/05/2009 11:18:42 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that hopey changey "diversity" thing workin' out for ya?)
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To: Maelstorm

He’s gotten the message — to get along, go along. Otherwise COMCAST could be in for some rough political sailing.


17 posted on 12/05/2009 11:21:22 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Maelstorm
Comcast CEO endorses Senate health bill”

Quid pro quo.
0bama to Brian Roberts : You back 0bamacare or the DOJ kills your attempt to buy NBC/Universal.

Brain Roberts to n0bama: How high do you want me to jump, sir?

Comcast is doomed anyway. Sooner or later, who the heck would want to pay for cable when most TV programs can be seen online for free with no cable bills? And no, the ratings challenged Keith Olberman's NBC is not going to save them either.

18 posted on 12/05/2009 11:22:38 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Maelstorm

Time for everyone on Comcast to move to DSL or FIOS for internet and over-the-air or satellite for the networks.

Starve the beast!


19 posted on 12/05/2009 11:25:12 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: Maelstorm
"Comcast CEO endorses Senate health bill"

Three words..."SWITCH TO DISH".

These companies, like Comcast, Progressive, etc...are pulling the same wool over our eyes that the government is...they're using OUR money to take our money...i.e. socialism.

Maybe we can't stop paying taxes, but we can sure as hell dump all of the commie-left companies and supporters, like Comcast, Progressive, GEICO, General Motors, etc. We don't need them...THEY NEED US.

Do you want to know who really runs America...just look in the mirror. That's right, the People run America...it's our culture, it's our legacy, it's our right.

The leftists are bullies, however they can dish it out but they can't take it. Very thin-skinned and narcacisstic that bunch.

The only non-violent weapon we have left is...our money. WHAT we buy and WHERE we buy it could mean the difference in our future. If you keep trading with companies that support the left, or companies with unions that support the left, you may as well be sending money directly to the DNC.

Money is their "oxygen"...time for us to stand on the tube.

Surely we can do without cable for a year or two to stifle out the communists in Washington.

Without some sacrifice, we will not defeat them.

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS, MARCHING AS TO WAR - FEAR IS NOT AN OPTION.
20 posted on 12/05/2009 11:25:34 AM PST by FrankR (SENATE: You cram it down our throats in '09, We'll shove it up your ass in '10...count on it.)
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To: Maelstorm

I’ll kiss Comcast goodbye on Monday.


21 posted on 12/05/2009 11:31:37 AM PST by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: Maelstorm

Corporate America loves this bill because it will undercut rising medium size companies poised to compete with them ten years from now. This is the same logic they used when Clinton proposed mandatory daycare at workplace. The more regs the government can create in the name of children and etc, the more hurdles are thrown in front of medium size companies.


22 posted on 12/05/2009 11:33:35 AM PST by Fee (Peace, prosperity, jobs and common sense)
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To: mylife

BINGO !!!! You win.


23 posted on 12/05/2009 11:35:12 AM PST by COUNTrecount (Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither)
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To: Maelstorm
Quid pro quo. He wants Feds to sign off on his plan to purchase NBC. There are all ready rumblings on the Left that that concentrates too much media in Comcast hands and should be blocked by Fed Regulators.

He is merely buying favor at the King 0's Court

24 posted on 12/05/2009 11:38:22 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Demand Constitutionality)
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To: lynn4303
Wonder if this endorsement had anything with the merger being allowed?

Bing! Bing! Bing! We have a winner!

No doubt he is also a flaming Leftist but the reason he is doing this now is to buy political favor when the regulators decide if Comcast can buy NBC.

25 posted on 12/05/2009 11:40:04 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Demand Constitutionality)
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To: Maelstorm

Not a customer.

Now never will be.


26 posted on 12/05/2009 11:44:25 AM PST by HKMk23 (In the end, life contains only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.)
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To: Maelstorm

Comcast is making sure it’s going to be a big part of the NWO. Unknown to most is its association with community organizer City Year.

“...partnership to carry throughout 2010 at a cash and in-kind value of more than $50 million. Most importantly, Comcast is the proud sponsor of six Comcast City Year teams across the country.”

http://www.comcast.com/corporate/about/inthecommunity/partners/cityyear.html


27 posted on 12/05/2009 11:44:50 AM PST by Bhoy
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To: Bhoy

drop Comcast and go with someone else.


28 posted on 12/05/2009 11:55:37 AM PST by gibtx2 (End Tenure)
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To: Maelstorm

Sounds like a good time to take a look at some satellite providers. I hate Comcast anyway.

They constantly spam horrible commercials on many of their channels. The commercials have a ‘smug’ feel to them. You can tell the people writing them believe the viewers are a bunch of gullible dumb asses.


29 posted on 12/05/2009 12:07:24 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Maelstorm

I understand this is a JV and GE will still retain 49% ownership in NBC.

Goodbye Comcast!

Hello Uverse or satellite dish.


30 posted on 12/05/2009 12:11:59 PM PST by justapicker (I don't want the cheese, I just want out of the trap)
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To: Maelstorm

Comcast is hereby banished from my home.


31 posted on 12/05/2009 12:24:46 PM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Gaffer

I DO have to cancel.


32 posted on 12/05/2009 12:30:43 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: lynn4303

You must recognize, the elites DESERVE this wealth because of the burden they’ve assumed in caring for us. Afterall, they KNOW better, after accomplishing little more than patting themselves on the back. Us prols shuld be thankful they exist, to guide us and lead us even though they’ve accomplished little themselves outside the their little contained circle of marxist purity.


33 posted on 12/05/2009 12:41:11 PM PST by easttennesseejohn
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To: lynn4303
Wonder if this endorsement had anything with the merger being allowed?


34 posted on 12/05/2009 12:47:32 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Maelstorm
Dear Brian Roberts,

Just to let you know, we have more than enough rope for you as well.

Sincerely,

The Angry Mob


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

35 posted on 12/05/2009 12:57:43 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: MNJohnnie
Quid pro quo. He wants Feds to sign off on his plan to purchase NBC. There are all ready rumblings on the Left that that concentrates too much media in Comcast hands and should be blocked by Fed Regulators. He is merely buying favor at the King 0's Court

This is why I believe big business is just as corrupt as big government and, as we have seen recently, often virtually one and the same.

Regardless of what some "conservatives" think, I believe CEOs like this are just as much an enemy of the people as avowed one-world socialists like Soros.

36 posted on 12/05/2009 1:03:01 PM PST by Prokopton
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To: Gaffer
Glad I don’t subscribe.....I’d have to cancel.

Cancelling my TV cable on Monday.

37 posted on 12/05/2009 1:13:37 PM PST by penowa
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To: Maelstorm
Cut them off at the knees. Comcast is an easy target and a large one. Their service stinks.
38 posted on 12/05/2009 1:22:22 PM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
I fully expect Comcast to pull NBC from DirecTV and Dish Network. They have already done it with Versus, and here in Oregon, Comcast is trying to charge all national satellite subscribers to carry their Oregon network (which is the only way to see Blazer games). As it is now, 50% of the state and 40% of the Portland area is unable to watch all but a handful of games.
39 posted on 12/05/2009 1:24:50 PM PST by Carling (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: Maelstorm

Screw Comcast. Go DirecTV.


40 posted on 12/05/2009 2:05:45 PM PST by Heliand
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To: Maelstorm

Of course he’ll endorse it. He can dump insurance on the government at some point.


41 posted on 12/05/2009 2:09:11 PM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Maelstorm
You can find what appears to be a complete list of recent political contributions here:

link

Regards . . . Penny

42 posted on 12/05/2009 2:31:08 PM PST by Penny
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To: Carling

Eventually, they’ll be broken up like AT&T was.

It will serve them right.


43 posted on 12/05/2009 2:35:17 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Penny

Thanks Penny.


44 posted on 12/05/2009 9:03:23 PM PST by Maelstorm (Party like it's 1776)
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To: FrankR

I’m switching to Dish.


45 posted on 12/05/2009 9:04:33 PM PST by Maelstorm (Party like it's 1776)
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To: Prokopton
I believe CEOs like this are just as much an enemy of the people as avowed one-world socialists like Soros

There is one very significant difference.

CEO like this can only profit from corruption in Government, Government is dangerous with, or without, these sorts of CEOs.

CEO's like this do not have the ability to lawfully deprive you of Life or Liberty or the Pursuit of Happiness.

Government does.

46 posted on 12/06/2009 4:54:04 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Demand Constitutionality)
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