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Today, President Obama signed the historic Health Care Reform bill that president's Teddy & Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton tried to pass. During the next 20 hours of debate; Republican senators will try to derail, delay, or try to find any word that is out of place in the reconciliation bill; deeming it necessary sent it back to the House for an up or down vote. This past Friday, Republicans were invited to a bipartisan meeting with Senate parliamentarian, Alan Frumin. They were a no show. If they would have shown up they would've heard Mr. Frumin rule in favor of the Democrats on whether the excise tax on the Cadillac plans could be run through reconciliation. Round one goes to Democrats (again) now for the amendments the Republicans will offer hoping to entice the steadfast Democrats.

This is coming, after black representatives were either spat on or called a racial slur, a Hispanic representative was told to go back to Mexico, and many anti-gay remarks were hurled at Barney Frank. It didn't stop with the Tea Party people, because a legislator from Texas, Andy Neugebauer, yelled out "baby killer” as pro-life Democrat, Bart Stupak, took to the podium in support of the Health-Care Reform bill. Leaders of the GOP keep saying they are isolated incidents but that has been their standard answer since last July. These isolated incidents have been mounting up because I didn't mention the four democrat offices that were vandalized, a man with Parkinson disease was yelled at, and mocked and a minor child was vilified by the right wing talking heads in the last ten days because they were in support of this legislation. The Democrats were not intimidated; Nancy Pelosi, John Lewis, Steny Hoyer and the rest of the delegation locked arms and walked right through the unruly crowd to go cast their historic vote.

The GOP is going to campaign on repealing the health-care bill but it would take a 113 seat turnaround in the House and 26 seats in the senate because I take it for granted, President Obama will veto any repeal. It won't stop there, 13 state Attorney General's are saying the bill is unconstitutional because of the mandates. That's funny because President Nixon wanted a mandate in his health-care bill and in the 1993-1994 Hillarycare bill, the GOP proposed the mandates; not to mention that Massachusetts's has a mandate. Mitt Romney is saying that it is unconstitutional but, as governor, he helped create the bill in Massachusetts. The Supreme Court rarely rules in favor of the states over the fed but with the makeup of this court; who knows. Then there are the secessionist, which no one pays attention to, and the daily gloom and doomsayers, who could save a lot of time by cutting-and-pasting in their daily rants every time the federal government mentions or passes legislation.

Sunday, Karl Rove was sent out to let out the word that this health-care reform bill was too costly, was going increase the debt and deficit and send this country into bankruptcy. That was like sending Tiger Woods out to give marriage counseling. It's funny; the numbers from CBO are only credible if there are in a party's favor. They're just projections because no one knows what will happen in 10 years and beyond. Hypothetical s always favor those that are spouting them.

When the dust settles, guns put back in the cabinet, Dixie flags back on their mounts, people go back to work, some people in need will finally get some sort of health care starting in six months. Like Social Security and Medicare this bill will need improvements as we go along. The Democrats will finally be able to talk about an actual bill; the facts will be able to be verified. Sure of the 32 million added; about half of those will go into Medicaid. If you are 61 years old today; you will be on Medicare (government run health care) when much of this bill is fully implemented. A lot of Democrats will lose seats but it won’t be in vain.I don't speak for the Democrats but I think most of us think health care is a right not a privilege.This is the issue my party ran on and if today is not the right time,when?The bill passed many committees ,many votes;two on a super majority;so just because some think they are the voice of the majority;doesn't make it so.We are still a 50 state union.

The GOP were quoting favorable polls but now the tide has turned because today's Gallup Poll showed:

More Americans call Congress' passage of a healthcare reform bill "a good thing" (49%) than call it "a bad thing" (40%). Reaction is predictably partisan, with independents evenly divided...

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

The GOP won the message war at first, but now the details will rule;good or bad. The polls might go the other way but for one to say that people hate the bill; is not a truth certain.