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Exempted from Obamacare: Senior Staff Who Wrote The Bill
The New Ledger ^ | 3/22/2010 | Ben Domenech

Posted on 03/22/2010 4:18:39 PM PDT by Bell407Pilot

For as long as the political fight took over the past year, the abbreviated review process on the health care legislation currently pending on President Obama’s desk is unquestionably going to result in some surprises — as happens with any piece of mashed-up legislation — both for the congressmen who voted for it and for the American people.

(Excerpt) Read more at newledger.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhohealthcare; exempt; obamacare; staff
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To: Shqipo
Tar & Feather them...

Feathers are lighter than pink slips. Mailing is certainly one way to get them there.

51 posted on 03/22/2010 5:38:01 PM PDT by taraytarah (Victim of massive tagline layoff.)
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To: roses of sharon

Wow, that’s quite the threat, and not even veiled. But thanks for announcing your game plan, you know, just for confirmation...


52 posted on 03/22/2010 5:40:01 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: Bell407Pilot
So has anyone actually broke(pun intended)en down this monstrosity to an actual details level? I see the NYSlimes(great source /s)has a little number on the details...one such area of the bill states(as to the penalties)

Starting in 2014, most Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

The penalty will be phased in, starting at $95 or 1 percent of income in 2014, whichever is higher, and rising to $695 or 2.5 percent of income in 2016. But families would not pay more than $2,085.

American Indians don’t have to buy insurance. Those with religious objections or a financial hardship can also avoid the requirement. And if you would pay more than 8 percent of your income for the cheapest available plan, you will not be penalized for failing to buy coverage.

Those who are exempt, or under 30, can buy a policy that only pays for catastrophic medical costs. It must allow for three primary care visits a year as well.<.i>

53 posted on 03/22/2010 5:50:24 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo
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To: Bell407Pilot
I just exempted myself from the health care "law." It was very easy.

I will use the same exemption code as these "senior staffers" who drafted the bill.

54 posted on 03/22/2010 5:55:09 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Bell407Pilot

this is going to be fun...BIG TIME


55 posted on 03/22/2010 5:58:58 PM PDT by OBXWanderer
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To: onyx; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

What evil overlords, devils, crooks and thugs ..

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“But as with a lot of legislative matters, the devil is in the details — or in this case, the definitions. As anyone who’s worked on Capitol Hill knows, the personal office staff for a member is governed by different rules than those who work on committees and in the leadership offices.

It appears from the way this language is written that those staffers NOT in personal offices, such as those working and paid under the committee structure (such as those working for Chairman Henry Waxman) or those working on leadership staff (such as those working for Speaker Nancy Pelosi) would be exempt from these requirements (emphasis added).

(ii) DEFINITIONS- In this section:

(I) MEMBER OF CONGRESS- The term `Member of Congress’ means any member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.

(II) CONGRESSIONAL STAFF- The term `congressional staff’ means all full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC.

According to the Congressional Research Service, this definition of staff will only apply to those staffers employed within a member’s “personal office” — meaning that it will absolutely not apply to committee staff members, and may not apply to leadership staff.

This problem was acknowledged earlier in the process — last year, Senator Grassley tried to repair it, but he was rebuffed.

As Speaker Pelosi said a few weeks ago, it’s only after this legislation is passed that we’ll truly find out what’s in it.”

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Their arrogance and power mongering know no depths.


56 posted on 03/22/2010 6:01:35 PM PDT by STARWISE (KILL DEMON PASS! CALL THE LIST TODAY!! http://tinyurl.com/yk6e2u2)
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To: STARWISE

LOLOL.

The very definition of shooting yourself in the foot.


57 posted on 03/22/2010 6:04:41 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Bell407Pilot

Evil, despicable, elitist. An effete corp of impudent snobs.


58 posted on 03/22/2010 6:05:36 PM PDT by Faith
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To: Bell407Pilot

this is a plain old-fashioned Democratic tax bill, disguised as a “health “ bill, designed to preserve and expand the jobs and benefits of the parasitic class in DC. Nothing more...nothing less. Yours and mine health care needs merely interfere with their career plans.


59 posted on 03/22/2010 6:06:34 PM PDT by mo
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To: Bell407Pilot

Mark...


60 posted on 03/22/2010 6:09:10 PM PDT by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: Bahbah; onyx; SE Mom; hoosiermama; rodguy911; StarFan; maggief; Liz; BP2; Red Steel; Fred Nerks; ...

Mark Levin on now

http://www.wkcyam.com/mediaplayer/?station=WKCY-AM&action=listenlive&channel_title=


61 posted on 03/22/2010 6:14:59 PM PDT by STARWISE (KILL DEMON PASS! CALL THE LIST TODAY!! http://tinyurl.com/yk6e2u2)
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To: STARWISE

Thanks SW!


62 posted on 03/22/2010 6:18:36 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat veteran)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

thanks Bell407Pilot.


63 posted on 03/22/2010 6:26:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SE Mom; onyx; Bahbah; fatima; The Mayor; hoosiermama; maggief; Liz; Alas Babylon!; rodguy911; ...

Welcome ... he’s so somber, historical and excellent.

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**So, please pass to our PA FReepers — call to action! Vote out Rep. Mike Doyle, primary enabler and accessory to the grossly unethical fiduciary malfeasance of Bart “Stooge and Liar” Stupak

~~ ~ ~

“The fate of health care reform may have turned on a single relationship.

When they needed to find a way to unlock the votes of a group of anti-abortion lawmakers led by Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak, Democratic leaders turned to Stupak’s roommate, Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle, to facilitate the critical talks.

Doyle urged Stupak to write his own version of an executive order that would bridge the abortion divide by reinforcing a ban on the use of federal funds for abortion — a plan that was circulating at the highest levels of the West Wing early last week.

“The idea was brought up, and I just said to Bart:

‘You write up an executive order. ... Write the one that you’d write,’” Doyle recalled in his thick Pittsburgh accent. “That started the process of the back and forth between Bart and the White House and the leadership. I just kept people meeting.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34789.html#ixzz0ixbmCyDJ


64 posted on 03/22/2010 6:27:09 PM PDT by STARWISE (KILL DEMON PASS! CALL THE LIST TODAY!! http://tinyurl.com/yk6e2u2)
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To: STARWISE; Rose of Sharon

Make sure you check out post #10 Starwise. The media is openly admitting now that they are going to help the democrats and Obama win this November.

It’s TIME to go after the media in this country like never before and this time, we need to make it personal and put a little fear in them by investigating and exposing them and their families! They are being bought and paid for by the democrats. It’s more than just a ‘bias’ at this point....it’s corruption.


65 posted on 03/22/2010 6:48:36 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Bell407Pilot

Is anybody really surprised by this?


66 posted on 03/22/2010 6:48:59 PM PDT by themoralcompass
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To: Bell407Pilot

Illegal.


67 posted on 03/22/2010 6:51:09 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Bell407Pilot

...didn’t some NY group (the Apollo something or other) write the first bill? I remember Beck talking about it last year


68 posted on 03/22/2010 7:27:32 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: penelopesire; onyx; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...
Lord .. that is despicable .. treacherous. The audacity!

They want a war, they'll get one, and for every lie and obfuscation, you're right .. we can report and send on their dirty linen to Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Rush, Mark, Glenn, etc. That door swings both ways.

We need to marshall OUR side to dilute the evil they do, those marxist, Soros puppets, America-hating sobs.

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"Democrats will be joined in the fray by much of the press.

For Republicans, this will seem like familiar ground, since generations of conservatives have complained that the so-called mainstream media have been biased against them.

Well, get ready, Republicans, for déjà vu all over again. The coverage through November likely will highlight the most extreme attacks on the President and his law and spotlight stories of real Americans whose lives have been improved by access to health care (pushed, no doubt, by Democrats from every competitive congressional district and state).

The louder Republicans yell, the more they will be characterized and caricatured as sore losers infuriated by the first major delivery of candidate Obama’s promise of “change.”

The focus on the weekend’s alleged racial and gay-bashing verbal attacks by opponents of the Democrats’ plan should be a caution to Republican strategists trying to figure out how to manage the media this year."

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I'll begin:

The author of that press prediction piece is Mark Halperin.

He was sounding fairly reasonable on his book tour interviews, but due to that sanity, (perhaps that position was calculated to appear reasonable to sell the book), the lefty bloggers have been dissing and mocking him. I can't tell if he's inferring he's part of the press herd who'll behave this way, or if he's reporting what he knows THEY'LL be doing.

Gotta give him kudos, however, for this .. sounds earnest

Halperin at Politico/USC conf.: 'extreme pro-Obama' press bias

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 11/22/08 3:15 PM EST

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Media bias was more intense in the 2008 election than in any other national campaign in recent history, Time magazine's Mark Halperin said Friday at the Politico/USC conference on the 2008 election.

"It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war," Halperin said at a panel of media analysts. "It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."

Halperin, who maintains Time's political site "The Page," cited two New York Times articles as examples of the divergent coverage of the two candidates.

"The example that I use, at the end of the campaign, was the two profiles that The New York Times ran of the potential first ladies," Halperin said.

"The story about Cindy McCain was vicious. It looked for every negative thing they could find about her and it case her in an extraordinarily negative light. It didn't talk about her work, for instance, as a mother for her children, and they cherry-picked every negative thing that's ever been written about her."

Nevertheless, take it all with the knowledge that he's someone steeped in a VERY liberal and activist heritage.

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"Mark E. Halperin (born January 11, 1965), is an American political analyst for Time magazine and Time.com. He is the co-author (with John Heilemann) of Game Change as well as a board member of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. The book Game Change has held the number one spot as both the #1 bestseller in books on Amazon.com and #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List (nonfiction).

Mark Halperin is the son of Morton Halperin and Ina Young. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where he attended Walt Whitman High School. After learning the Japanese language for two years there, he spent the summer of 1982 living with a family in Japan under the auspices of Youth for Understanding. After graduating high school in 1983, he earned an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1987."

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Morton H. Halperin (born June 13, 1938) is an American expert on foreign policy and civil liberties. He served in the Johnson, Nixon and Clinton administrations and in a number of roles with think tanks, universities and other organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations and Harvard University.

*snip*

Halperin served in the Department of Defense in the 1960s as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and was dovish on the Vietnam War, calling for a halt to bombing Vietnam. When Nixon became president in 1969, Henry Kissinger, his new National Security Advisor announced Halperin would join the staff of the National Security Council.

The appointment of Halperin, a colleague of Kissinger's at Harvard University in the 1960s, was immediately criticized by General Earle G. Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; FBI director J. Edgar Hoover; and Senator Barry Goldwater.

Kissinger soon lost faith in Halperin. A front page story in The New York Times on May 9, 1969, stated the United States had been bombing Cambodia, a neutral country. Kissinger immediately called Hoover to find out who might have leaked this information to the press. Hoover suggested Halperin and Kissinger agreed that was likely.

That very day, the FBI began tapping Halperin's phones at Kissinger's direction. (Kissinger says nothing of this in his memoirs and mentions Halperin in passing about four times.) Halperin left the NSC in September 1969 after only nine months but the tapping continued until February 1971. Halperin was also placed on Nixon's Enemies List.

He was a friend of Daniel Ellsberg. When Ellsberg was investigated in connection with the Pentagon Papers, suspicion fell on Halperin, who some Nixon aides believed had kept classified documents when he left government service. John Dean claimed that Jack Caulfield had told him of a plan to fire-bomb the Brookings Institution, Halperin's employer, to destroy Halperin's files.

*snip*

Morton H. Halperin is Senior Advisor for the (((SOROS)Open Society Institute. Halperin created the OSI DC office and oversaw all policy advocacy on U.S. and international issues, including promotion of human rights and support for open societies abroad.

In 2008, after controversy concerning his support of new surveillance powers and immunity under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, his status was changed to that of a consultant in order to in his words "leave myself free to speak out more freely on the substance of these issues".[1] He became a full time employee of the Open Society Institute in May 2009.

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Self-Determination In The New World Order

Morton H. Halperin and David J. Scheffer with Patricia Small Reviewed by Andrew J. Pierre - Winter 1992/93

____________________________________________________

"Fishbowl DC reported this morning that Time's Mark Halperin "has a filthy, dirty mouth," quoting from his interview yesterday with Sirius Radio's Bill Geddie:

BILL GEDDIE: Haven't we heard all along that [John Edwards] doesn't like [Hillary Clinton], haven't we heard this?

MARK HALPERIN: Yes, that's right. And I can tell you, he's really skeptical of her ability to be the kind of president he wants. But, he kinda thinks Obama is..he thinks Obama is kind of a p***y.He has real questions about Obama's toughness, his readiness for the office.he has real doubts about Obama, not just as a president, but as a general election candidate.

This afternoon, Halperin issued a very vague apology on Time.com's The Page:

________________________________________________________

**Start keeping a list of those commentators, journalists, political analysts, etc. whom you note are employing these scurrilous practices, and especially those who don't counter the lies they know are lies in interviews, and post a vanity and ping a few of us so we can take action. We fight on!

69 posted on 03/22/2010 8:06:10 PM PDT by STARWISE (KILL DEMON PASS! CALL THE LIST TODAY!! http://tinyurl.com/yk6e2u2)
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To: roses of sharon
The louder Republicans yell, the more they will be characterized and caricatured as sore losers infuriated by the first major delivery of candidate Obama’s promise of “change.” The focus on the weekend’s alleged racial and gay-bashing verbal attacks by opponents of the Democrats’ plan should be a caution to Republican strategists trying to figure out how to manage the media this year.

The media is going to cover for him no matter what. They still want the Republicans to play by the rules while the dems put the finishing touches on their socialist takeover. Sounds like a threat to me.

70 posted on 03/22/2010 8:24:58 PM PDT by azishot (J.D. Hayworth...U.S. Senator FOR Arizona...http://www.jdforsenate.com/)
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To: holdonnow; STARWISE

Of course they’re exempt! Laws are made for others.

This section alone has to make it UNCONSTITUTIONAL!


71 posted on 03/22/2010 8:25:24 PM PDT by onyx (God save our Republic!)
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To: azishot

Yep, the MSM have been running a 24/7/365 political campaign against Republicans for 40 years.

Why can’t we do anything about it? What can we do?


72 posted on 03/22/2010 8:29:48 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: STARWISE
Rep. Mike Doyle, PA - 14 District (looks union heavy to me)


73 posted on 03/22/2010 8:29:49 PM PDT by onyx (God save our Republic!)
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To: STARWISE
iAfter learning the Japanese language for two years there, he spent the summer of 1982 living with a family in Japan under the auspices of Youth for Understanding. After graduating high school in 1983, he earned an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1987."

Like someone can learn Japanese in 2 years living in America. Inflated resume.

74 posted on 03/22/2010 8:49:37 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: onyx

Figures ...... sigh ...


75 posted on 03/22/2010 8:50:29 PM PDT by STARWISE (KILL DEMON PASS! CALL THE LIST TODAY!! http://tinyurl.com/yk6e2u2)
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To: STARWISE
names, addresses, phone numbers, routes to and from work, watering holes...
76 posted on 03/22/2010 8:50:48 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Bell407Pilot

So much for Equal Protection....


77 posted on 03/22/2010 8:59:53 PM PDT by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: STARWISE

Just to correct one detail here—Helperin was NOT on Nixon’s “enemies list” because there was no such thing. The concept was an invention of the MSM/Dems of the time. As Ann Coulter once put it, Nixon did not need a LIST to know who his enemies were.


78 posted on 03/22/2010 9:02:40 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: PaleoBob

Thank you .. ;)


79 posted on 03/22/2010 9:21:00 PM PDT by STARWISE (KILL DEMON PASS! CALL THE LIST TODAY!! http://tinyurl.com/yk6e2u2)
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To: STARWISE

Ping to me


80 posted on 03/22/2010 9:27:23 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: STARWISE

Cracks me up.

So the rest if Amerika and the proletariats must purchase something they don’t want while Staffer overlords get what?


81 posted on 03/22/2010 9:34:32 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Bell407Pilot
No longer Democrats, now simply...... Leftist!
82 posted on 03/22/2010 9:45:21 PM PDT by topfile
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To: roses of sharon

Pathetic and shows how much they really believe in this horrible law.

The TIME quote in here is laughable. False story about racist comments with video proof to the contrary and that’s what makes the news.


83 posted on 03/22/2010 10:15:42 PM PDT by TigerBait
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To: Bell407Pilot

It should be unconstitutional for them to have a different health plan. What, one for the corrupticians and one for the masses? That one needs to be challenged.


84 posted on 03/22/2010 10:43:21 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (The Feds will USE the Census data to enumerate all the people who will be on their CommieCare.)
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To: roses of sharon

They republicans should be screaming for BO to veto this bad piece of legislation.


85 posted on 03/22/2010 11:27:03 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: roses of sharon; All

After the November elections, Republicans should pass a bill in the House repealing congressional (and staff) exemptions from Obamacare and make Dems filibuster it in the Senate or make Obama veto it.


86 posted on 03/23/2010 5:19:39 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: Orange1998
If so then why is it good for us and not good enough for them.

In a communists society, only Party members have good health care.

87 posted on 03/23/2010 5:20:57 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Pat Caddell: Democrats are drinking kool-aid in a political Jonestown)
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To: Bell407Pilot

The Republicans shoud do everything in their power to force a vote on a provision to make all government employees subject to this bill. Keep it in the headlines day after day, and use every procedural trick in the book.

There are a fair number of conservative representatives fighting for us, but I wish I were more convinced that the Republicans had a solid road map to move forward. They did a good job of staying united but there is always room for improvement. They need to stay on the offensive - they have the public on their side!


88 posted on 03/23/2010 5:32:21 AM PDT by cvq3842 (No one said that maintaining freedom would be easy. Let's get to work!)
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To: Bell407Pilot

We all need to write letters to the editor of our local papers, the media is not going to point this out - and this is just one of the issues that will enrage ordinary people that read it. There is no justification for anyone to be exempt from this heinous legislation - except that they are TOO GOOD to have to submit to it!

@!#@$^$#@!@#@@!!!!!! (I can’t say what I really think)


89 posted on 03/23/2010 5:34:33 AM PDT by alicewonders
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To: Bell407Pilot

May they all die a painful death.


90 posted on 03/23/2010 5:57:29 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: unixfox

Had a good conversation with a fellow employee last night and there was another female employee standing alongside during our conversation. This young man asked why everyone was so upset about the healthcare. Before I could even start in, the other female employee (who I thought was a liberal), just went off on how they are forcing us to pay for healthcare, taking it forcably from our paychecks, and of course the trillions it will cost WHICH WE DON’T have! I felt better just listening to her! And the young man got more than he bargained for (I also printed off something from Heritage.org’s website on the constitutionality issue surrounding Obamacare). He thought it was very informative and in the end started to understand why everyone was so upset! This whole business may just serve to wake up the IGNORANT MASSES! (though I’m not holding my breath there~)


91 posted on 03/23/2010 8:18:43 AM PDT by princess leah (1)
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