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Washington (CNN) - President Obama launched his health care reform effort shortly after taking office, saying the country could not afford to continue to sustain the costs and the burden on families.

The House is expected to vote Sunday on the health care bill that the Senate passed in December, though many House Democrats remain opposed to it.

One of the options for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: having the House pass the Senate bill but following up with another vote in both chambers on a series of changes. The idea is to make the legislation more acceptable for House Democrats opposed to the Senate's version.

Although some of the provisions in the reform bill won't be implemented immediately, here's what Democrats say would go into effect in the first year after passage:

Eliminating caps: If you buy a policy, a health care company will not be able to place a lifetime - or annual - cap on how much they will cover. This is will be especially important for those diagnosed with serious illnesses, such as cancer, who face steep medical bills.

Pre-existing conditions: The Senate bill includes $5 billion in immediate support to provide temporary coverage to uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions. The money would help you until the new health care exchanges in the Senate bill are put into effect in 2014.

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A. Smith, Oregon   March 19th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Republican lawmakers are now threatening America their majority in the Supreme Court would defeat America's Health Care Bill !!!

Like Vultures waiting on the wings of the once honorable US Senate Chambers, the Republican US Senators are poised to obstruct the Health Care bill with a multiple cascade of Point of Order requests in their last dieing attempt to obstruct and stop America's Health Care bill from passing the US Senate and being signed into law.

I find it entirely ironic that Republican's are warning the Democrats on their election chances in November. The Republican's are doing everything they can to dissuade all Americans from ever voting for any Republican candidate ever again.

I suggest all Americans vote for those that are actually working in the US Congress and US Senate Chambers. The Democratic lawmakers.

The Republican tactic is to prevent a US Senate vote until after Spring Recess, banking on their Republican corporate sponsors (masters) to pressure the Democratic US Senators in their home States to defeat the Health Care Bill using millions of dollars in an array of confusing and distorting advertisements against Health Care reforms.

And when/if that fails Several Republican Governors are vowing to prevent the Health Care reforms from taking place in their States under constitutional challenge.

Republican attorney generals will challenge its legality; Republican-controlled state legislatures will vow not to enforce it; and Republican candidates will pick out pieces of the bill to cry havoc about: Medicare cuts, tax increases (even though they're focused on upper-income types), short-term budget deficits (though the measure is supposed to save $1 trillion in the long run).

They will decry the Democratic parliamentary methods—even though the Republican party led by the horrific Bush-Cheney used many of them.

I suggest all Americans vote for those that are actually working in the US Congress and US Senate Chambers. The Democratic lawmakers.


Kat   March 19th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

They need to pass this bill and stop messing around.
How can they say that MOST Americans do nto want it when my family and I took no surveys or oppose it?

The Publicans need to stop creating boogey men and vote for the bloody bill if they care about Americans more than their almost done careers! They had their chance in charge and they ran America down to the ground and put China in charge! Obama is trying to retake it but in order to do so, he NEED to spend! Bam, not too much, treat the budget like the one for your house, please.

YES, to HC Reform! Yes, Yes, Yes we can change things once and for all with those rip off insurance companies!


Apple   March 19th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

For YEARS, blacks have voted and supported white politicians and presidents.

For ONCE a black man wins the presidency and yet so many white people still fight against him. This means that they are fighting us blacks!

Many refuse to acknowledge it but they are giving him such a hard time because he is B**L**A**C**K but face it, he has already made history and that you cannot take back. Even if he fails, he will make history again.


John H   March 20th, 2010 12:15 am ET

@Apple...I wish you wouldn't make a Black/White thing about this. President Obama was elected because more of us felt he was the best man for the job. He was elected with the help of millions of White Americans and we are not all fighting to defeat this bill in which he places such great importance. For me, I have to admit that I don't fully understand what is in this bill since there is so much propaganda going back and forth. I feel an update of our Health Laws is necessary and the need to help those who can't help themselves is critical but at the same time, I am extremely worried about all the money we are spending and what our National Debt is currently looking like. We have to find a way to live within our means or we will destroy ourselves from within. It is a question of priorities and I don't trust either party to do what is right.


jack   March 20th, 2010 12:24 am ET

I am getting rather sick at the spoiled brat antics of the GOP. They had years to get a health care bill through. Instead they embarked on a bloody , costly war based on false pretenses. Now they are bent on obstructing the other party from doing anything. I hope people wake up and vote the rest of that warmongering ,uncompassionate party of the uber rich out of office. The neocons had their time on stage, and utterly failed us. They bring the country lower every day they are in office.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 20th, 2010 12:56 am ET

@ Jack, I completely agree with you.

Karl Rove-Bush-Cheney lied to the US Congress, US Senate and The American People about WMD's being in Iraq and over 4,000 American Soldiers died directly because of those men's LIES. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi's have died because of those men's lives and a countless number of American and Iraqi's have been maimed and suffer from horrific physical and mental wounds.

Republican lawmakers forced the Iraqi War down the throats of both Congress, Senate and The American People under Dick Cheney's promised budget amount of no more than 50 Billion dollars total. One Trillion dollars later and over 4,000 American soldiers lives and the amount of widespread corruption in Iraq is unchanged.

If the Republican lawmakers had a heart and actually cared about the American People over their KBR/Haliburton pals, One Trillion dollars would have PAID for Universal Health Care for America much like our neighbors in Canada now have.

A great number of American citizens feel One Trillion taxpayer dollars was poured into Iraq just so Big Oil could gain leases to Iraq's major Oil fields. My feeling this huge revenue loss is the same as pouring One Trillion taxpayer dollars down the drain into a 'Black Hole'.

Funding for domestic spending is severely lacking, tax revenues in many States after losing 8.5 Million jobs is severely lacking and across the board States are cutting essential services and pushing State employees to the very breaking point.

The Previous Administration of Bush-Cheney burned the bridges supporting America when it was obvious that a Democratic led administration would replace them.

When America was prospering under the peace dividend under the Clinton-Gore administration, Republicans stood united against Universal Health Care and took the extra step in continuously attempting to Tar and Feather Hillary Clinton. This treatment by the Republican party even followed Hillary Clinton on her recent campaign by Fox network pundits on a daily basis 8 years later!

I suggest all Americans vote for those that are actually working in the US Congress and US Senate Chambers. The Democratic lawmakers.


OneDirtyRat   March 20th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

We should have Universal Health Care. I agree with the posts here. But I think we should have UHC, period. Forget the health insurance companies and their huge profits being made off the illness of America. And screw anyone who wants to scream Socialization. If Hawaii can do it, so can the rest of America. I'm so for health care reform, but I think the insurance companies are going to make even more money off this deal, even with cost control. I say take out the middle man (Ins co.s) and let the government handle how the medical industry gets paid. Or make the medical industry compete for our dollars by giving the best service for the lowest price. It would create one pool for everyone to contribute to and no one would be denied coverage for any reason. But that will never happen, not as long as the dollar rules our society. But I'm really glad to see that our governemnt is doing right by the average joe, who makes up the majority of this country instead of the few rich. Too bad Republicans, you lose this time, and hopefully for many more to come. Thank you President Obama. Oh, and I haven't seen a president treated so rudely by other members of congress (Repubs) or some members of the press (Fox News). It's so obvious it's because he's black, and not just because he's on the other side of the aisle. I'm not pulling the race card as so many Repubs would cry but just stating the obvious.


Patrick from BâIe   March 20th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

The question facing individuals all over the world and especially in America is, what quality or virtue do I need to find or develope in myself which will empower me, "to do the right thing," in this matter and other matters of personal and social concern? There is a problem, however, that overshadows our time; if an individual has not gone through an stage of individual selfishness, it's difficult to feel responible for anyone else. Americans are one of the most generous people but one wonders how it would be if they had to really sacrifice something of their own for a greater good. What one sees out there are many of those who are still learning and going through a process of being 'selfish.' Once they have had enough of, "me, myself and I," and being in the shadow of those just like 'me', they'll begin to develope a new feeling, a responsibility for those less fortunate. And it is this 'new feeling' that fosters the healthy enviornment for the future development of that, "me, myself and I." Let's hope there are enough of the 'new' to outshine the shadow of the still to become.


Dodie   March 20th, 2010 1:40 pm ET

@ A. Smith and Jack

Excellent blogs...

Personally, I would like to see a vote that congress will have the same health care as all Americans. I am sure that would certainly turn many heads and major changes.

Unfortunately, I have the feeling that everyone in Congress is on the take which leaves the average American nothing more than out in the cold........

I would also add Rumsfield to that list!


caasi   March 20th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

health care shmealth care


Angela Savage Austin   March 20th, 2010 6:08 pm ET

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

An albumen silver print from approximately 1870 by Randall Studios
Born Isabella Baumfree
c. 1797
Swartekill, New York
Died November 26, 1883 (aged 86)
Battle Creek, Michigan
Occupation Domestic servant, Abolitionist, Author
Parents James and Elizabeth Baumfree

"Sojourner Truth (1797 – November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from 1843, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York. Her best-known speech, Ain't I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio".
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Was called to TRUTH for a cause that reflected the human rights of white woman. Yet her duty to stand for the truth, her responsibility to stand for what was right, even though she herself or other Afro-Americans woman or men, would not benefit from that movement...her courage and wisdom was a beacon for the rights of all mankind in years to come. It was the right thing to do. Today, America finds itself having to take an inventory of their hidden agendas and answer themselves, what is the right thing to do regarding the human right for all Americans to have affordable health care? Can we take the same risks as she to do the right thing. Will we be a beacon to a better day for all Americans? Are we going to be courageous in the valley of death and fear no evil? Her speech proclaimed her right as a woman should be sufficient. Our rights as human beings should be sufficient. The truth calls us as it did her.


Brenda   March 20th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

All great points. Whether Democrat or Republican is not at issue. The issue is Washington is broken. Takes a year to try and pass a bill. In this day and age. The backroom deals, promises to Unions for getting Are President elected. So, there were already problems getting Health Care OFF the ground. Yes we made history with Electing A Black President. But don't we have to go back to who was IN POWER 67 years ago because that is how long Washington has been working on Health Care. For me I don't care about the labels of being one party or the other. Who can do the job.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 20th, 2010 11:28 pm ET

Tea Party members sink beneath utter humanity in their latest clash with Congressional members.

Tea Party members welcomed John Lewis a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s with a chorus of 'Kill the Bill NIG***'!!!

Another congressional colleague stated he repeatedly heard the N-word directed at the honorable Rep. John Lewis.

Not to be undone, the Tea Party members then confronted US Rep. Barney Frank and let loose with a chorus of 'Kill the Bill Fa g***' !!!

It appears the Republican Party and their fellow neo-con White Supremacists in the Tea Party have run out of arguments and coherent sentences beyond mere psyco-babble.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D- S.C. , said Saturday's ugliness underscored for him that the health care overhaul isn't the only motivation for many protesters.

"I heard people saying things today I've not heard since March 15th, 1960 , when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus," Clyburn said. "This is incredible, shocking to me."

He added, "A lot of us have said for a long time that none of this is about health care at all. It's about extending a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful."


deviladvoket   March 21st, 2010 1:39 am ET

This is going to destroy America . Who would work if they can stay home get health insurance & unemployment. We already have no work ethics & the only thing that keep people working is health insurance


Luis B Rosario   March 21st, 2010 2:05 pm ET

The Republican Congress is so scared that the Health Care
Reform bill will pas that they have put a huge campaign blitz
using 'tea party" fans, disorderly racist protesters and
other sleezey tactics to discourage others from voting in
favor the bill. Even CNN Republican contributors are saying
that if the bill passes it could signal the end for the Democratic
majority and the chances for Barack Obama's chances to
win a second term. Isn't these remarks by Republican leaders
so cynic it makes you feel like vomiting. Imagine Republican
warning the Democratic majority not do anything that may
jeopardize their chance for re-election. This maneuver is a xerox
copy of "ow to avoid a hungry shark from attacking you by
sticking your head in his mouth." It is so ridiculous that I just
can't believe that the Republicans will be so naive and gullible.
If the bill is going to bring so much despair and agony for
the average American, Republican leaders are allegedly trying
to prevent the Democratic White House from pushing a bill
that will be countrerproductive to the Democratic party.
The Republican leadership accusations and conspiracy to
prevent passing of the bill has to mean that this time health
reform is going to pass despite all the machinations by
Republican terrorists who are even willing to use the " race
card to attack Rep. John Lewis. D-Ga., House Majority Whip
James Clyburn, D. S.C. with racial language at the steps of the
Capitol, following a speech by President Barack Obama to
House Democrats on Saturday," according to the St Petersburg
Times and "McClutchy Newspapers (Washington). Also,
Rep. Barney Frank, D. Mass, an openly gay member of Congress,
says he was insulted and the victim of sexual obsenities .
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver , D. Mos., said that he was behind Lewis
and distinctly heard racial epithets and slurs been hurled at
James Clyburn and that he(Cleaver) was also spat at by the
angry multitude(crowd). A writer for the Huffington Post said
the crowd called Rep. Barney Frank a "f___," and Frank said
the crowd called him a "homo." I'm very surprised that the
police made no arrests. Clyburn said Saturday's ugliness
underscored for him that the health care overhaul isn't the only
motivation for many protesters. " It appears to me that Repubican
leaders and lobbyists may have hired goons to provoke a
serious altercation and disruption of due process using race
and other dirty tactics attempting to overthrow the legitimate
government in the White House who was elected by the people
for the people."
The Republican leadership dirty laundy include possible
violence blessed by many top Republican leaders including
John Boehnner, Scott Brown, I-R Massachussets and other
nasty hoodlums elected to represent us in Congress.


eJay   March 21st, 2010 2:17 pm ET

The Insurance Companies have been holding People hostage for years with their for profit greed, hopefully this bill will put a stop to it. It is wrong to tell a person that they are uninsurable, or take their premiums for years until they get sick and then cut them off. Their day has come.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 21st, 2010 2:43 pm ET

The Only Republican recommendation for improving Health Care in America was to totally remove regulations on their Health Insurance Corporate masters!

Could you imagine the horrific health crisis here in America if Health Insurance company's had no regulations blocking their corruption?

One clause in the Democratic Health Care Bill ALONE places stiff regulations on MD's who own their own MRI's and other medical equipment who have routinely bilked Medicare and American taxpayers BILLIONS in needless MRI's and non-existent Cat-Scans.

There is no question this reform of Health Care will save BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars and help cap the vast corruption in American's health care industry.


Willie Computerman   March 21st, 2010 4:23 pm ET

This spitting on Emmanuel Cleaver is crazy the only ones that acting like kids in high school are the spoiled brats of the Republican Party ... they know that before Obama their only platform was the war in Iraq after that the Republican went silence in office refused to show up at Obama speeches in the audience silence ...This also sounds like the civil rights bill when most people that was opposite didn't want change they just want the same ... They made it sound like something that would hurt Americans but time showed that it help Americans instead without it Good old boys systems would have kept a lot of minorities back ... If the Health Plan is good enough for the congressmen whom against it then its good enough for all American if this means more
American will be insured then that's what we want .... Everyone who opposed this bill is either ignorance, stupid or Well To do themselves .... Fuel is obviously coming from folks who has much more to lose than the rest of us .... Great Americans who have sweated on jobs that paid below wages, the American Dads who done whatever it takes to keep their families together .... the American Mothers who had to see her children refuse from medical care just because kids 18yrs or pre-existence conditions insurance company dropped policies....How many Homeless family are Homeless because of Job market ... Wake up America the reason He's our President is because we wanted changed ...Our President is not like Bush He's not playing pa
Politics He's playing American Politics and We are not recognizing it ... its happening right before our eyes ...its time to stop the big people from Doing whatever they
please..He's our President we need to support this change for the Good of the Seniors, New Jobs, New Electronic Health Care ... And for the Politicians Who get to Washington and not Vote when they need to Vote (mostly Republicans) they need to turn in their resignations ... We don't want somebody to go up and play games because of your particular party says so We need you to vote for the best of your particular state
crying for and that is Health care and Jobs anything less than that is crazy politics. Republican do not have a plan for the Jobs, Senior, etc ; unless you talking about the
money Feds give the Insurance for Medicare Advantage... We know what happens with that money, they pay themselves and never reach the senior at all... never create jobs ...
Business as usual is the same way we been operating that is why we in the hole right now and that is why its going to take that much money to get us out of the hole...
( The longer we played the further we got the more we pay the quicker we get out) My vote is for Obama ..." We don't want the same We want Change" ... People think about it ... Something is better than nothing ... if not Now, When? if not When? How ? These are the questions that we must ask ourselves after everything is said and done...May God Continue to Bless Our USA and My Uninsured Family.
WillieComputerman/Family man (My Kids Dad My Wife's Husband)


Jim Carroll   March 21st, 2010 5:44 pm ET

SHAME ON REPUBLICANS FOR VOTING NO ON HEALTH-CARE.
ALL WE WILL HAVE TO DO IS LOOK FOR THE (R) BEFORE YOUR NAME. WE WILL DEFEAT YOU IN NOVEMBER 2010. READ MORE
AT INTERNETFREEPRESS.


Daniel Bahlke   March 21st, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Hi Folks,
I realy find it amusing, that the Republican party has no problem spending 1.5trillion dollars on a war overseas (or 10 billions on tax cuts for the rich) , but realy seem to have a big problem spending 1.1 billion on the American people health care!
But okay right now cost of not insured people is covered mostly by people that are insured (rising health insurance cost), so its covered by the middle class ( so why should they care? Not realy there clientel).


Luis B Rosario   March 22nd, 2010 12:00 am ET

Congratulations to all those who participated on these blog
and gave their honest and valiant opiniion. I believe that someone
out there in Congress and the Senate was reading our input
in the final hours of this historic vote affecting not only 43 million
Americans but all of the USA. We have to show the Republican
leadership that we are tired of the hostage taking of the White
House and the badgering of the president by irresponsible-
dishonest Republicans who were trying to bask on the failute
of the Health Care Reform Bill to attempt to humliate the
president of the United States and to gain momentum for the
November elections. They(Republican leaders) were desperate
and they tried to make their last stand not with dignity but full
deceit, vindictiveness, vile and scorn. Theirs was to protect
the rights of all USA citizens but theirs was an attempt to
destroy the American dream by displaying complete disregard
for our Democratic values." Together we win-disbanded with lose."
Our next battle is to unite as a nucleus to defeat the aggression
and opression exibited by Iran in the last 4 years.(foreign policy)


Luis B Rosario   March 22nd, 2010 12:36 am ET

@Williethe Computerman
You are absolutely correct. Racial epithets and racial slurs were
directed at Rep. James Clyburn, House Majority Whip, Rep John
Lewis, D. Ga., one or more spat at Rep Lawrence Cleaver and
called the "N--word by the unruly crowd who gathered on
the steps of the Capitol. Also, Rep. Barney Frank was called
the "f--word and your a homo(homosexual) by the same angry
crowd whivch was out of control. ( Surprisingly there were no
arrests).. Last night during the voting proceedings, one angry
senator, ( still remairns unidentified) called Sen Mark Stupak
a " baby killer." A totally "barbaric and outrageous remark
taking place in a such a sensitive location, by supposedly and
allegedly the "gentlemen and ladies " who represent us
in the White House and throughout the world. What a shame.
Incidentally, no one is taking credit for the atrocious remark, at
this time.


Tom Kelly   March 22nd, 2010 12:54 am ET

Ok! So now that we've got health care reform let's move on to working the public option into it. Otherwise, the insurance companies will conspire to still rake in huge profits and wreck the system.
True health care reform cannot work without the PUBLIC OPTION.
Let's place a cap on doctors and nurses wages, lower the cost of medical equipment. Let's form a medical board that monitors doctor performance. After so many poor performances they're fired. If they are normally good doctors and they screw up, they get fined a certain amount and have to do community service (work without pay for a certain amount of time). However, they can't get sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Also, let's allow medical students to perform the duties of nurses and physician's assistants. They can take care of all of the minor cases that enter into medical facilities, or at least spend the most time with them. This will allow actual physicians to spend more quality time with more serious cases.

Also, now that this most historic bill has passed, I think that the people in oppostion to this bill (that will guarantee over 31 million Americans quality health care) should look introspectively in order to find the true source of their opposition.
I rather doubt if its the actual bill itself. Is it the bill or Obama?


Fidel Braylock   March 22nd, 2010 1:02 am ET

I want to know why no one seem to be concerned with the take over of student loans and why did it need to be inclued in this bill. Where was the transparency or a decision. Look I'm a small business man, this bill is a huge mistake for American's. Dem's should be careful for what they ask for.


Cindy   March 22nd, 2010 1:24 am ET

@Fidel Braylock,
Many are wondering why student loans are in the bill. Now when people default on those, the taxpayers can pay for those too I suppose.

@Tom Kelly,
Yea, right, let's put a cap on physician wages with the average Family Practice doc making less than $200,000 a year and that would be without the benefits that many employees are provided via their employers. What do you think would be a fair salary for someone who goes to college for 4 years, med school for 4 years and then does residency programs, etc.? Just so i am clear, you want to pay docs less but you want them to spend more quality time with more seriously ill patients.

You ask if it is the bill or Obama; I ask of you is it common sense or jealousy?


Apple   March 22nd, 2010 7:51 am ET

@John your politeness is appreciated. Am not referring to the general public. Am referring to those in the GOP who has put Michael Steel in the seat to do black and black all because they have not the balls to go after the president themselves.

Had it not been for Obama, Steele would never have been chairman of that white party. I bet you that he is not calling the shots. He is their puppet! Is he blind and thinks that the rest of us are just as foolish as he? Even if the president serves only a term, he has already made history and will again and ain't nothing that they can do about it.

Our foreparents built that white house so he has every right to it!


dottie   March 22nd, 2010 9:24 am ET

l'm soooooooooooo happy the healthcare bill pass, my question is now are:to the house speaker and President Obama,does this bill carry Dental care ? when you 're signing on the dotted
line,think about it, most people need affordable dental care,as well maybe , a $10 a month,monthly plan for smiple procedure such as extraction , molding,crowning and dentures and partials for the elders people. if so, l wonder if it could be done at a later date.l hear this is a dog gone good bills , for the people that are uninsured.sail on ,sail on ,sail on by......
God Bless ours ,
President and The Democratic parties especially ours whips and house speaker.oh, this is for the Republican parties , grow up.
and enough with the name calling,among congressmen members.
American is better then that.


dottie   March 22nd, 2010 9:37 am ET

typo correction................................
l'm soooooooooooo happy that the healthcare bill pass, my question is now are:to the house speaker and President Obama,does this bill carry Dental care ? when you 're signing on the dotted
line,think about it, most people need affordable dental care,as well maybe , a $10 a month,monthly plan for smiple procedure such as extraction , molding,crowning and dentures and partials for the elders people. if so, l wonder if it could be done at a later date.l hear this is a dog gone good bills , for the people that are uninsured.sail on ,sail on ,sail on by......
God Bless ours ,
President and The Democratic parties especially ours whips and house speaker.oh, this is for the Republican parties , grow up.
and enough with the name calling,among congressmen members.
l thought Americans are better than that...politics is a risky business.


Luis B Rosario   March 22nd, 2010 11:44 am ET

@A. Smith Oregon-
I agree with you about Karl Rowe and Dick Cheney's hypothesis.
But even if the USA and its allies were justified for an invasion
of Iraq- it does not justified the events that followed our intended
mission thereat. Once no WMDs were found and Saddam
Hussein and his top commanders were on the run, or had
been captured, Iraq should have been secured and ready for
a new government. , Instead we left the oil fiedls
abandoned and pockets of insurgency set them ablaze. We
left weapons stockpiles abandoned and the insurgents
re-armed and we let Iran, North Korea , Syria and other countries
continued re-arming the insurgency which grew to
enormous proportions to a point of no return. A sea- land
weapons embargo should have been implemented since
the beginning. American soldiers casualties have been mainly
as a result of IEDs. If we cannot have control of guerrillas
and insurgents using IEDs, against our formidalbe army then
we have no business in policing Iraq, Afghanistan, or any
other region in the world. The same thing that is happening
in Iraq is happening in Afghanistan,now. The increase of IEDs is
causing a lot of casualties to our soldiers .
The other important aspect of" a mission gone awry," is
supporting corrupt governments. It happened in Iraq and it
is happening in Afghanistan now. Warlords control the provinces
and the provinces control the president, the prime minister
and the parliament. Opiium is the "gold of of Afghanistan-
an asset so powerful that the United States Army has decided
not to eradicate Opium fields from Marja because Army
commanders are afraid of the repercussions. " The effort to
win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put
American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of
aruguing against opium eradication, pitting them against some
Afghan officials who are pushing to destroyh the harvest,"
according to Gen. Stanley Mc Christal on down, (and others
on the top Command and Control Center) the military's position
is: U.S. forces no longer eradicate, as one NATO official put it.
Opium is the main livelihood of 60 percent to 70 percent of the
farmers in Marja, which was seized from Taliban rebels in the
offensive last month. American Marines occupying the area
are under strict orders to leave the farmers' fields alone,"
according to the New York Times (report reproduced by the
St Petersburg Times, 3/21/10).
The big problem here is that USA troops have to leave the
Opium fields untouched. Why? Because these fields are not
only the livelihood of the farmers but big time warlords are
in charge of the fields and these warlords control Afghanistan's
parliament and influence the presidency greatly. Opium farmers
earn only meager wages enough to sustain them from day to
day, living under deplorable conditions with no proper medication,
nutrition and shelter while the warlords live like kings. Is this
the kind of democratic government that the United States and
NATO are planning to foment in this region? Under these
conditions it is no difference having the Western Alliance
(USA and NATO) present thereat, or the Taliban. Eventually a
new insurgency will sprout supported by the opium cartel and
protected by the warlords heavy weaponry. Then what is the
purpose of invading a country to put a "band-aid " on a large-
deep wound."? The USA army will continue to sustain heavy
casualties from IEDs and things will return to the old days in
less than a year. If we eradicate the "Taliban, another militant
group is waiting to supplant the Taliban and al-Qaida because
opium and warlords are a lucrative business. It is the same thing
that is happening now on our door step in Mexico where corrupt
government officials allowed drug warlords to take the nation
hostage. It is still happening now, in Columbia despite the
billions of dollars, DEA and U.S,. Army support to Columbia.
It is the same that is going to happen in Haiti as soon as
recconstruction begins. It is happening now where militants
are asking for foreign troops and foreign aid to leave the
country. Why? Because there is always a lot of money , power
and the good life for corrupt officials and private business in
third world countries, suppored by the world powers. The first
thing world powers do is equip the government or insurgents
with the latest state of the art weapons systems. If the government
is legitimate at the time of the transition it gets voted out the
next elections, or it is taking over by force leaving all this heavy
weapons arsenal in charge of irresponsible murderous leaders.
OUR INTERNATIONAL PEACE EFFORTS were never as such
a" low ebb" as we are nowadays. It is time that we must change
our strategy in dealing with international crisis or else we will
go bankrupt and relinquish our superpower status. I trust that
now the USA and the world community embark in new endeavors
and new efforts to control world piracy(happening now in
Somalia) and world insurgencies(happening now in all Africa,
the Middle East and parts of Asia). These insurgencies serve
no country, no good. They create hunger, land devastation
and disease plus it leaves a void in the regions concerned
that it will take 50 years to recuperate. How long has it been
since the war in Vietnam. How much has Vietnam recuperated
since 1975? It has been 45 years since USA forces were evicted
from Vietnam. Hardly anyboldy remembers Vietnam anymore,
of the bloggers who wrie comments on these blogs, except
Cajazz, Jack, Dodie,A Smith, Navajo Joe, Michael Armstrong
and Navajo Joe(I don't know what happened to him -lately he
has been MIA). The rest of us don't even know where Vietnam
is located in geographical terms and in warfare consideration.
The world superpowers arm these small nations to the teeth.
While weapons are outlawed for the average citizen in the
United States and most Europen countries it is not the case
in third world countries. Even 10 year old children now how
to fire heavy caliber semi-automatic weapons and participate
in IEDsdeployments. The same thing is happening in Mexico,
Columbia, El Salvador, Honduras, Ecuador, Guatemala,
Nicaragua,, Bolivia, Haiti and most of South America. We
are raising children to become mobsters and monsters of
the future world by providing them with access to heavy weaponry,
hate and greed. In these countries education takes a back seat
to bellicose training in preparation to destroy an enemy invented
by corrupt government and top army personnel.
IT IS HAPPENING NOW IN THE UNITED STATES, TOO.
Our children go to bed watching American Idol and playing
destructive games on the internet helping to feed their ignorance
and inmaturity to deal with the real world. Ask the average student
what he knows about Iraq, Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti and world
affairs, including hunger, malnutrition, banks fraud, energy
crisis and the current debate on health care reform and they
don't know anything( and if they know-they don't to talk about it).
But if you ask them about an ultra-destructive weapon-they see
it everyday on internet games. Ask then about American Idol
(the producer is British) and they will recite all the names of the
people who visit and have visited in the last few years(literally ).
Ask them about Avatar and Harry Porter and they will recite a
chapter or two for you. Ask them about tuberculosis and
hepatitis on the rise in the USA and they don't know and they
don't want to talk about it. These topics are taboo for them
and most people in the household now more about American
Idol and Lebron JAMES


Luis B Rosario   March 22nd, 2010 11:54 am ET

than what they know about the price of a gallon or a gallon of milk,
or what the president and congressman had to say about the
"health care reform bill," the USA economy, the war in Iraq and
Afghanistan and current world affairs. These topics are apparently
not discussed in school or they are emphasized.
It is a shame that we have reached this state of chaos around
the world but it is not too late. WE must regroup and start all over
before it is too late. The world as is today will come to an end
A terrible catastrophe is awaiting in the wings that will destroy
humanity as we know it today.


Luis B Rosario   March 22nd, 2010 12:47 pm ET

@ Dodie
Your comment is great. Dental decay is so prevalent in the deep
South, the West and even in the Northeast that it is a shame.
In the deep South I see people with rotten teeth. fallen teeth or
or completely toothless. It is not that they like it that way. It is that
they can afford a dentist. A dentist visit is more expensive than
a doctors visit $50 for a clinic visit compared to $75 for a dentist's
visit with no attachments (X-rays and evaluation). General cleaning
is another $50 bucks and if you a filling is another $75. A crown
is $800 to $1000.00. New false teeth is between $3,000 to $5,000.
Permanent teeth(if you can afford it) the whole mouth (32 teeth
and molars) between $7,000 to $15,000.00. IF YOU GO TO
COLUMBIA, MEXICO, SANTO DOMINGO OR PUERTO RICO,
they will give you a car, termporary housing and even a wife/
husband(only kidding) for the less than half of the USA dental
fees(even in Hungary, Poland and in many parts of the old
Russian enclave -dental work is very cheap including the trip
there compared to the USA prices). The American Dentristy
Association will not touch any work done at this sites not because
they do bad work but because they are losing money. Any dentist
(even without an M.D. license) earns about $200.000 a year
after expenses. My perdiodontis doctor (for gingivitis) earns
much more. He has fancy cars, is a land baron with fancy horses
and travels around the world.

Like Dodie said " Politics is a"risky business" It all depends.
Politics is a business for the wealthy and for entrepenuers who
want to become wealthy. That is why lawyers, doctors and
big business become politicians to drain the economy and
then retire to pasture. Consider the following. The average
senator expends more than $25 million to get elected. Mayor
Bloomberg of New York City spent more than $50 million of
his own money running for re-election as an Independent.
Why? He is a billionaire. Does he need the headaches caused
by a super metropolis as is New York City. Is he doing for
the good of the average citizen? No. He is doing it because
there is a lot of money in New York(especially in Manhattan)
the mecca of world trade. Show me a poor politician and I
will say he/she is the exception rather than the rule.


Herb Mahanay   March 22nd, 2010 1:56 pm ET

I am a WWII veteran on Medicare and am concerned about the effect the new health bill will have on Medicare.
What are the negetive effects foreseen in the next 10 years?
Will suppliments be required?


CHM   March 22nd, 2010 2:24 pm ET

@Luis,
I don't agree with your comments about Mayor Bloomberg. If it's just about money, why is he creating so many enemies for himself by going after the excessive use of sugar and salt by restaurants and others in NY. Maybe like a lot of people with money, he felt he wanted to do something further of value with his life.


Luis B Rosario   March 23rd, 2010 2:16 am ET

@CHM
How much can he lose out of his pocket by going after sugar
and salt. It is not his money if the restaurants have to change
their recipe. About people with money wasting money , only
hard core gamblers and drug addicts do that. He used his
own money because he knew he will make it back on all his
miscellaneous investments with big business. Do you truly
believe that a candidate for mayor of NYC will spend $50
million out of his own pocket just he loves the city of New York?
I believe that Mayor Bloomberg's salary is under $500,000.00
a year. How many years will it take him to get his $50 million
back. The answer if 100 years. Is he a philanthropist (one who
loves and seeks to benefits mankind without asking for
compesation). I have never known him as having donated
large amounts of money to charity. Then you wonder why he
spent so much of his money promoting his re-election. And this
is the second time that he spends a lot of money out of his
pockets to make sure that he defeats his adversary.


Luis B Rosario   March 23rd, 2010 2:23 am ET

@ Herb Mahanay
The bill is not supposed to alter anybody's present medical
insurance including Medicare and Medicaid,


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