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Reid: Real People Understand The Urgency For Health Reform
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Posted on 12/23/2009 1:08:30 PM PST by Sub-Driver

December 23, 2009 Reid: Real People Understand The Urgency For Health Reform

Washington, D.C.—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor this afternoon. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

“The health care votes we have held this week have been procedural in nature. Each has been a party-line vote. And much of this debate has focused on politics.

“But health reform is not about procedure, or partisanship, or politics.

“It is about people. People like the thousands who write us every day. A small, small fraction of those letters are right here on my desk.

“Each one of these letters represents a story, a tragedy, a life, a death – a person. People who wake up every morning and struggle to get health care or struggle to hold on to it. People who lie awake every night second-guessing the agonizing decisions they have to make about what to sacrifice just to stay healthy.

“Here’s a letter that was written to Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania:

‘Dear Senator Casey: In a country like the United States, we shouldn’t need a tip jar at an ice cream shop to raise money for a kid with leukemia.’

“Here’s what another one of these letters says – a plea that a father in North Las Vegas, Nevada sent to me:

‘Can you imagine what it’s like to have a doctor look you in the eye while you hold your one-year-old child and tell you that you will likely outlive your son? I am certain my story is not unique. But it is real.

‘Stop forcing Americans to use the most expensive point of service – the emergency room – to get what the system won’t give them.

‘Let’s make all Americans equal in the eyes of health care. Please.’

“This is not about the number of pages in this bill. It is about the number of people whom this bill will help.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; harryreid; healthcare; obamacare; thebiglie; youlie
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He's high.........
1 posted on 12/23/2009 1:08:31 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Dingy, I don’t spell ‘URGENT’ four years from now.


2 posted on 12/23/2009 1:09:50 PM PST by JPG (Al Gore, the several million degree man.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They need to put down the crack pipe.


3 posted on 12/23/2009 1:10:35 PM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne (Merry Christmas))
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To: Sub-Driver

If there were urgency, it would lead to coverage within 90 days.


4 posted on 12/23/2009 1:11:36 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Actually, real people understand the urgency of getting those criminal looters out of office ASAP.


5 posted on 12/23/2009 1:11:44 PM PST by ScottinVA (The arrogance of this Congress is staggering. November 2010 can't get here quickly enough.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“equal in the eyes of health care”

I want your HC, Harr.


6 posted on 12/23/2009 1:11:57 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah."Our middle regiment, Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: Sub-Driver
we shouldn’t need a tip jar at an ice cream shop to raise money for a kid with leukemia

Yeah! To hell with giving to charities voluntarily! Let the government pay for that!

7 posted on 12/23/2009 1:12:08 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Sub-Driver

Reid said that two people die from no health care every ten minutes - but - this HC is four years out ... so how many people will die from now until it’s implemented .....


8 posted on 12/23/2009 1:12:10 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JPG

We need it “now” before they are tossed out flat on their asses as they were in 1994 when they failed to pass (but did attempt to ram through) Hillarycare.


9 posted on 12/23/2009 1:12:38 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: JPG

This guy is delusional.


10 posted on 12/23/2009 1:13:02 PM PST by Roklok
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To: Sub-Driver
Government version of reality.

Like something straight out of 1984.

11 posted on 12/23/2009 1:13:06 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Sub-Driver
Real people as in ACRON/Rock the Vote registered voters...The Cemeteries are full of them.


12 posted on 12/23/2009 1:13:36 PM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Brett66
we shouldn’t need a tip jar at an ice cream shop to raise money for a kid with leukemia

The March of Dimes now prevents some birth defects through abortion.

Do they still take charitable contributions at checkout counters too?

13 posted on 12/23/2009 1:13:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like they’re worried.


14 posted on 12/23/2009 1:13:59 PM PST by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Freedom's Fortress")
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To: SkyDancer

Just under 440,000!


15 posted on 12/23/2009 1:14:07 PM PST by rocksblues (Sarah and Joe, Real Americans!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I understand the urgency... to get government out of American healthcare. Let’s see some tort reform, removing of state boundaries on insurance plans, and 90% of all Congresscritters out on their butts.


16 posted on 12/23/2009 1:14:25 PM PST by pgyanke (You have no "rights" that require an involuntary burden on another person. Period. - MrB)
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To: Sub-Driver

‘Dear Senator Casey: In a country like the United States, we shouldn’t need a tip jar at an ice cream shop to raise money for a kid with leukemia.’

No, we need a system where the money is taxed right out of one’s labor and diverted to ACORN and elections fraud years before a kid with leukemia is able to stand in line in government run health fiasco style.


17 posted on 12/23/2009 1:14:52 PM PST by Voter62vb
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s low.....


18 posted on 12/23/2009 1:15:02 PM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Reid is going to understand that real people don’t like mandatory health insurance when real people vote him out of office.


19 posted on 12/23/2009 1:15:31 PM PST by pallis
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To: Sub-Driver

Article I submitted for an on-line publication:

Dear Congress:

There’s been a lot of speculation about the people who attend the town hall meetings, tea parties, or who marched on Washington. We’ve been called right-wing fanatics, Nazis, and extremists by our own representatives and senators in an effort to brand us irrelevant. But, since none of those labels come close to who we really are, I’m going to tell you a little about myself and my neighborhood to give you a snapshot of the rabble rousers that are causing all this unwelcome commotion.

I work in the IT field and probably make better than average money. I live in a 60-year old house, a ranch in a nice neighborhood. Being older, the house really needs new siding, the existing siding is buckling and starting to crack. I got an estimate and, with the garage, it’s around $8,000. I can’t afford that right now so it will have to wait. I have another neighbor who needs a new window, hers is leaking. It’s around $1,500 dollars for the window and repairs and has to be paid in cash so that too will have to wait. I took a walk in my neighborhood the other day and noticed a new red door on one of my neighbor’s home, long overdue but nice.

That’s when it struck me that while we struggle to scrape together the cash for a new window or door, you guys sit up there on Capitol Hill and throw hundreds of billions of dollars around like it’s loose change, each of you eager to add another few billion for some pet project in your district that will help your image and political career. How much has your reckless, selfish, immoral spending cost us? How much could we have done for our families and homes with the subsidies you gave other people for their old cars much less the stimulus, bank bailout, auto bailout, and other pending blockbusters?

We’re the protestors, the people who need a new door or window, who want you to stop pushing us around, telling us what we can and can’t have, how much of our hard-earned money you’ll let us keep, and even what doctors you’ll allow us to see. The people who are trying desperately to be heard by a government that arrogantly and steadfastly refuses to listen.

We didn’t vote for a powerful leader when we elected you, we voted for a representative of the people back home in your district or state, not just those who can give you a plum committee chair or add millions to your war chest, but all of us. Yes, even the ones you don’t personally like or those of us who don’t agree with your ideals. You were elected to represent us, not to impose your will on us. I don’t know when I started worrying about what my government is doing to me instead of for me but sadly, that’s where we are.

So, who are we really, all these people who dare to show up at town hall meetings ostensibly being held for us to voice our concerns, who burn up your phone lines and fax lines with those annoying calls and emails, or who join the nationwide tea parties and marches with that irritating first amendment thing about “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Who are we? In the words of George Bailey:
“Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you’re talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community.” … It’s a Wonderful Life.

It’s us, Dear Congress, We the People


20 posted on 12/23/2009 1:15:36 PM PST by Kenny
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To: Sub-Driver

“Real people?” This guy is unreal.


21 posted on 12/23/2009 1:15:42 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Sub-Driver

Wow, Harry the hypocrite. If Obama Care is so great, WHY DON’T YOU SIGN YOURSELF UP??? This has NOTHING to with health care, and he knows it!! This is about balancing the budget by raising taxes by the hundredfold while claiming to “give” something to the American people. BEing from DC, I can tell you that Capitol Hill is inundated with every time of mind-altering drug, and this guy acts like he’s not with it!!


22 posted on 12/23/2009 1:15:52 PM PST by browniexyz
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To: Sub-Driver

Harry Reid is insane...if there were a “true” urgency ...the benefits would kick in January 1.


23 posted on 12/23/2009 1:16:37 PM PST by mo
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To: Kenny

Well done!


24 posted on 12/23/2009 1:18:18 PM PST by Voter62vb
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To: Sub-Driver

Are the people of Nevada likely to reelect this POS socialist moron?


25 posted on 12/23/2009 1:18:47 PM PST by Common Sense 101
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To: Sub-Driver
The Urgency For Health Reform??

I seem to recall a report which stated that it doesn't matter what form of healthcare we get, they just need to pass something. And why would that be?

Once the bill is passed they can reframe it any way they wish.

The goal is not to help those unfortunate souls who don't have healthcare.

The goal is to get as much control over us as they can possibly get.

If somebody can control access to my doctor and impede how my doctor cares for me, then I no longer have control over my person.

This healthcare bill is supremely hideous.

"The key to Marxism is medicine" -- Vladimir Lenin

26 posted on 12/23/2009 1:19:02 PM PST by Slyfox
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Here’s the urgency folks...

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2009/12/07/uncle-sams-collections-crunch-record-deficits-continue-press-coverage-vi


27 posted on 12/23/2009 1:19:17 PM PST by mo
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To: Kenny

Wow, that was just perfectly articulated. It’s exactly right!! ANd imagine their prescribing this kind of health care for US and not for themselves!!!!


28 posted on 12/23/2009 1:19:19 PM PST by browniexyz
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To: Sub-Driver
Hey Harry, people of intelligence understand that health care can be reformed through Congress observing immigration laws.
29 posted on 12/23/2009 1:19:49 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier whose wife is expecting twins SONS.)
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To: Sub-Driver
If it were so urgent the effective date would be January 1, 2010!
30 posted on 12/23/2009 1:20:19 PM PST by zeaal
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To: ColdOne

“Let’s make all Americans equal in the eyes of health care. Please.”

I would like to be equal to an Oklahoman or a Louisianan, who got special deals, Harry. You’re not making things more equal. You’re making them less equal—and in a perverted way. You’re going to use the American people as political pawns by abusing your power to decide who gets health care and who does not for the purpose of influencing the voting process.


31 posted on 12/23/2009 1:22:19 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Sub-Driver
Dear Harry: I am "real people" and what I understand is the need for Congressional Reform.
32 posted on 12/23/2009 1:24:20 PM PST by Thom Pain (Defending the Constitution is CENTRIST; not RIGHT WING! Don't be labeled!)
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To: rocksblues

There’s got to be a slogan in there someplace ... “Health Care Will Kill 440,000 Before It’ Implemented” ... Harry Reid ...


33 posted on 12/23/2009 1:24:32 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Sub-Driver

Ah yes. Emotion rather than common sense.


34 posted on 12/23/2009 1:26:57 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Sub-Driver

I wanted some reform, but not a total over-haul, the fool!


35 posted on 12/23/2009 1:27:10 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe he should have just said: the people who COUNT understand.....


36 posted on 12/23/2009 1:29:04 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

If it was urgent, they wouldn’t have scheduled it to begin after the next major election.


37 posted on 12/23/2009 1:30:33 PM PST by TheLurkerX (If you want renewable energy, I'm sure the founding fathers are spinning in their graves.)
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I was driving down the street the other day when Harry and Dodd came on the radio. They started droning on and on about how the regular people hate their insurance, and their insurance companies.

85% of americans like their insurance.

I sat with my Dad for four months, a couple of times a week, going to radiation and dialysis; through CAT scans, PET scans, and all sorts of biopsies and appointments.

His insurance company could not have been more helpful, cooperative, and dare I say it, compassionate.

My wife works at a hospital. They treat everyone who comes through the door. There is never any question about treatment, except whether or not you have it. They focus on getting you fixed first, and then worry about the payment.

My best friend as a kid, grew up to have a degenerative bone disease in her back. Before it killed her, the State of Vermont provided her with outstanding care—again, in a compassionate and reasonable manner. Yes, even us conservatives realize that people who are unable to work, without supporting families, need some help.

The system works for those who are willing to work with it, and within it, and who are willing to take responsibility for their own care.

These guys are delusional. They are bad. They are disconnected. How come my individual examples of care and service are not held up as the examples. No one got denied anything. No one was turned away.

People are great. Government is bad.

With a nod towards Michelle Obama: I have lived here all my life, and now is the first time I am ashamed of my government.


38 posted on 12/23/2009 1:30:46 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I have lived here all my life, and now is the first time I am ashamed of my country)
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To: Sub-Driver

I hate it when these out-of-touch beltway jerks tell me (”the people”) what we think. He’s so out of touch with reality that his home address should be on Pandora.


39 posted on 12/23/2009 1:31:51 PM PST by piytar (Ammo is hard to find! Bought some lately? Please share where at www.ammo-finder.com)
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‘Can you imagine what it’s like to have a doctor look you in the eye while you hold your one-year-old child and tell you that you will likely outlive your son? I am certain my story is not unique. But it is real.

Indeed, such stories are real. Universal health insurance, or health care, or whatever it's called this week, won't solve the problem. Fathers will still hear that they will likely outlive their one-year-old son. The one thing hcr will likely guarantee is that MORE fathers will hear this sad news. Not only will there continue to be incurable diseases and conditions, but fathers will hear the cost of medical treatments are too steep to be spent on just one child. They'll hear that there was a promising drug being developed, but after the government took over health care, the pharmaceutical companies couldn't afford to continue its development. Fathers will hear that their child will be put on the list for to see the appropriate government-approved specialist, but the list is approximately 39 months long and the child will likely only live an additional 6 days.

Yes, Senator Reid, real people do understand the urgency of the government to keep their hands off health care.

40 posted on 12/23/2009 1:32:18 PM PST by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Sub-Driver

It is indeed urgent that a majority are shown the dangers of theft by government so that we can finally put a stop to it with term limits.


41 posted on 12/23/2009 1:32:40 PM PST by alrea
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To: ColdOne
People like the thousands who write us every day.

What a load of BS. The "thousands" he refers to are from the rank and file SEIU, ACORN, NEA, and assorted Democratic shills that have always sucked at the government teat.

How often have these "sob" stories been investigated only to find that they are bogus? Tip jar for the leukemia child? Walk over to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and ask for help; the caveat being they do a financial impact statement on the family and ask them to contribute money that normally goes out for movies, restaurants and the occasional crack hit.

42 posted on 12/23/2009 1:40:43 PM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: Vermont Lt

My father had an Aortic Aneurism repaired. We never saw a bill. I had an Inner Ear Infection that caused my Blood Pressure to go so high I almost had a Cerabral Hemmorage. I stayed over night. never saw a bill. My follow-up visit to my PCP cost me a $20 copay. We have different health plans. Are we so lucky to have the only two health plans that cover their customers? I doubt it.


43 posted on 12/23/2009 1:42:57 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SkyDancer
[Reid said that two people die from no health care every ten minutes - but - this HC is four years out ... so how many people will die from now until it’s implemented .....]

ohhh my god......

288 dead per day

105,120 dead per year

additional 288 dead for leap year!!! 420,768 dead in 4 yrs!!!!

ohhhh myyy godddd....the humanity of it all!!!!!

reid is an idiot!!!!

44 posted on 12/23/2009 1:43:24 PM PST by is_is (VPD of Sgt Dan, Former 2/5 MARINE - "Sleep Well America......Your Marines have your Back")
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To: Sub-Driver

These guys are total phoneys. They know it is about buying political control and making fortunes for themselves and their cronies. Don’t be fooled by their bs for a moment.

If they believed any of this they would have held hearings to hear from common people and from experts. They wouldn’t have had Harry Reid write a new health care system on tp in the senate restroom.


45 posted on 12/23/2009 1:43:34 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: Thommas

If you read some of the gory details about certain cancer hospitals in the house bill, places like Dana Farber and Shriners Burns will be gone. No fee for service is allowed. Just like in HillaryCare. No raising money. No Jimmy Fund.


46 posted on 12/23/2009 1:45:38 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Williams
Health care reform is "so urgent" for Dingy Harry, he's delaying its inauguration until 2014!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

47 posted on 12/23/2009 1:46:57 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Brilliant

In Harry Reid’s world, we’re NOT real people. We faceless drones who live in flyover country. “Real” people work for the media or the Federal government.


48 posted on 12/23/2009 1:50:24 PM PST by Little Ray (Cheney / Norris in 2012!)
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To: is_is

There has to be a bumper sticker made ....


49 posted on 12/23/2009 1:50:43 PM PST by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Little Ray

I prefer the term “nonperson.”


50 posted on 12/23/2009 1:51:16 PM PST by Brilliant
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