Locals React to Health Care Reform Vote

The health care reform measure that passed Sunday in the U.S. House of Representatives is still not a done deal.

Within the last year , Dr. Scott Anderson of Meridian served as one of the policy making delegates from Mississippi for the American Medical Association.

Anderson said house members approved a 'big bill' from the Senate on health care reform and a smaller bill to 'fix' things they thought were wrong in the big bill.

Anderson says those changes must now be approved by the Senate.

"The problem being, this could go on and on and on," said Dr. Anderson. "They're trying to get this down by Easter. And you can imagine, with a 3,000 page health care bill, how easy it's going to be to get a line by line review to get that squared away."

Meanwhile, local opponents of the bill say their work is also not finished.

"The only bipartisan part of this was with the opposition," said Paul Tarver of MeridianTeaPaty.com. "So for all tea parties across the country, it's not over. November's coming."

Immediately following Sunday's vote, Tarver says tea party members nationwide started working on strategies to defeat all 219 Democrats in the House who voted for the bill.

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  • by good try on Mar 29, 2010 at 03:03 PM
    lynn,you got it right.Buttt,there are folks who dont comprehend/get the idea.They cant relate all the tax increases imposed just on business will cost jobs .They think " just print more money". Shows what they know.They heard the words"GIVE/FREE".They have no idea how the system works.They need to just look around this town and ask why many areas look so bad . Its to many give aways and not enough tax paying citizens .Ive read the over view of the health care and its was clear enough .Some will just refuse to see right from wrong .The devil will lead them to his den.You know the majority disagree with the hc reform.Thanks for trying to educate/help someone.
  • by Lynn Location: Meridian on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    Boy Laura, you sure have a chip on your shoulder! Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but as of yet, you haven't given any valid credance/support to your position one way or the other on the healthcare bill. Several posters have brought up points supporting their opinions (for or against the bill). What are your points? You keep telling everyone to read the bill- but have you done so? I think we all know the answer... because if you had ACTUALLY read the bill and still felt inclined to accept another govt handout, you would actually have some valid debating points to make. Instead, you keep suggesting everyone else read it. As I mentioned before, I have read some of the 2700 pgs. Sure, there are some good things about the bill, but overall it will raise our taxes, cut funding to programs, cause small businesses to close, and cause the cost of goods & services to rise. In weighing the few good points, the bad FAR OUTWEIGH the good! What were they thinking?!
  • by SEE on Mar 27, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    This is what i've noticed .Those in favor of heathcare reform does not make a connection to the cut back on govt. benefits because they dont know about govt. spending.If they are spending on GMC ,GE,Banks, Insurance Compamies etc. they/govt. are/will reduce your benefits.Guess you think they'll print more money ? Watch your benefits,see if more money is being printed or surely you're getting less.When I say watch means anything you think comes from the govt.is no longer available or reduced/cut back . The Govt. loves to play on words because to many want every catch it . Hope this is not you .When they/ govt.say " they are gonna reduce taxes", means it'll pop up some where else, usually something that does'nt sound like a tax increase.EX. Lauderdale CTY. once said reduce rate on car tags (about mid 90's )Guess what ? Thats when we were charged $60.00 for the garbage bin fees. When you are paying more for anything,ask why ?
  • by whats free ? on Mar 26, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    If you believe in this health care reform you must believe in the tooth fairy too .Ask yourself why the welfare/govt. income recipients didnt and want get an increase in their monthly check for 2 years,why their food stamps have been cut back,why medicaid is cutting back ? All of this news has been in the paper and on the news .Yes this health care/goverment will effect everyone.If you pay attention you'll see more of it hitting you .Wait till your doctor want see you or cant see you .Dont listen to things that lead you to the path of destruction . But Listen closley at the doctors office because you may be told at 50 or 60 you are to old to live on .If not you one of your relatives just because its a good way to cut cost to the goverment .Yes, I have actually already heard you are old old .Pay attention! If you are not already on medicaid you will be .Remember, three hundred million are being added to it .
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    To finish up, ANONYMOUS/BUBBA, it is none of your business how I feel about the parts of the health care bill, other than how it affects me, my adult children, and my grandchildren. And you are SO wrong about the items you mentioned; you obviously are not informed, which doesn't surprise me, and why bring up, of all things, Viagra? If it is covered under the health care plan, it would be because there is a prescription needed in order to be able to get it, which would have to go through the health insurance coverage. Where are you getting your information? Surely you don't have the sense to read the whole health care bill. You are like so many of the people in this area who hear a small part of one sentence of the health care bill, and then magnify it and twist it to suit you, and to try to stir up you ignorant Tea Party people---who are so dissatisfied that the Republicans couldn't defeat the health care bill. I am really tired of listening to your absurd comments.
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2010 at 03:29 PM
    ANONYMOUS: How many times to I have to tell you to reread all my posts for clarification? How many times do I have to reiterate that I AM NOT advocating violence against our elected senators and representatives? If you will go back, if you are capable, to one of the earliest posts I made, I stated that the media, such as CNN and Fox had reported threats of violence against ten of the members of the Congress of the United States, which means senators and members of the House of Representatives. Then, you can read AGAIN my post, stating that the threats of violence are no way to settle a difference of opinion on the health care bill. And where do you come off questioning me about the Viagra, who is covered, those who make minimum wage and can't get subhsidized insurance, and that the IRS is managing the new "bill"? I never brought that up; all I said on ALL the posts was a strong suggestion that you really read and try to understand the health care bill. Reread, Bubba.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    OK- I said I was leaving this alone, but this is just too good to pass up. Laura- I am the same anonymous. That is a quote from YOUR post. The one you claim your didn't make suggesting that we could only handle our problems by being violent. You remember, the one before you went back and added terrorists to it. I have refrained from calling you names, why can't you do the same? Your comments are not focused on the topic, but solely about me. You have focused on grammatical errors, education, etc instead of focusing on the issue at hand-health care. Maybe this will get it back on topic. Viagra and other sexual enhancements are covered under the new bill. How do you feel about that? There will still be roughly 30 million Americans who will not be covered under the new bill. How do you feel about that? Plus the points from earlier posts: min wage workers make too much to get subsidized insurance and the IRS is managing this new "bill". How do you feel about either of those?
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    Thank you, "other" Anonymous for your comment of 3/26 at 12:46 p.m. That is what I have been trying to get across regarding the threats that have been made against our elected senators and representatives. In addition, on the third line of my post, dated 3/26 at 11:55 a.m., I did have a spelling error---in my haste, I typed in "susggest" instead of "suggest". I was in a hurry---sorry. I agree with you Anonymous at 12:46 p.m.---it is a stupid attitude to have, and if these posters that are condemning me by twisting my words had any sense, they would try to read ALL the posts for comprehension's sake, instead of opening their ignorant mouths and vocalizing false statements. OK, Bubba---are you listening? I certainly hope so.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    per Laura 3/24 at 6:42pm So what are you all going to do----those of you who are so up in arms about Presidant Obama and the health care plan? Start to threaten your senators and congressmen with bodily harm, just as some have in the earlier hours of today? What a stupid attitude to have---
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    ANONYMOUS: "fars outweighs"? GEE---did you make a little error----among the others you have made? And yeah, obviously, my intelligence level is at least a little higher than yours.
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