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Health care reform bill fuels debate in Raleigh

Posted March 15, 2010
Updated March 16, 2010

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— With the House of Representatives expected to vote on a health care reform bill in the coming days, both sides of the controversial issue held news conferences in Raleigh on Monday.

Tracy Walsh, a mother of five from North Augusta, S.C., is featured in a television advertisement speaking out against the President Barack Obama’s health care bill. Walsh believes the bill is an attempt by the government to take over health care.

“It’s not based on what’s best for the patient. It’s not based on what saves lives. It’s based on the lowest cost,” she said at a press conference at the North Carolina Civitas Institute on Monday.

Walsh, 44, a breast cancer survivor, said she fears Obama’s plan will limit access, provide fewer choices and lower the quality of care.

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Supporters of the bill say it will lower costs.

“There’s a lot in this bill that does that without raising the bugaboo the opponents are quick to raise,” Rep. David Price, (D-NC), said at a separate news conference Monday.

Price said the plan does not include a government-run public option.

Although Price said he hasn’t seen Walsh's ad, he has heard a lot about it.

“For someone to run an ad suggesting health reform is somehow about restricting…this is just about as low as it gets,” Price said.

Obama asked Congress more than a year ago to approve legislation that extends health coverage to tens of millions who lack it, curb industry practices such as denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions, and begin to slow the growth of health care nationally.

Now, lawmakers have embarked on a two-step approach that begins with the House approving the Senate-passed measure, despite misgivings on key provisions. That would be followed by both houses quickly passing a second bill that makes numerous changes to the first.

The House Budget Committee took the first step Monday, voting 21-16 for fast-track rules. Two Democrats broke with the largely party-line vote - Allen Boyd of Florida and Chet Edwards of Texas. Both voted against the health care bill last year.

In the Senate, that second bill would come to a vote under rules that deny Republicans the ability to filibuster.

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  • Finz Up Mar 17, 2010

    Robin Hood and his Band of Merrymen?

    More like Obamahood and his band of Chicago Thugs. Robbing from Peter and giving to Paul.....for Paul's continued support at the polls of course.

  • Finz Up Mar 17, 2010

    Hey ratherbgutless you gonna lie about yourself again today? You would make a heck of a liberal politician I'll give you that......

  • ratherbnnc Mar 17, 2010

    Note that one of the designees for the money (who actually gets the money from this would be determined by the politicians) sounds suspiciously like "ACORN".

    (b) Eligibility- To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall be--

    (A) a State governmental agency;

    (B) a local governmenta
    retroconsultant

    Okay, here we go again with latching on to this ACORN Thing again. Find another example! And who would you suggest get the funding? Robin Hood and his Band of Merrymen?

  • ratherbnnc Mar 17, 2010

    Do we actually know what they are doing? Do they? Where did you get your info, MSNBC? My understanding is the house is going to pass the Senate version HR 3590 and then "correct" it as another bill that won't need 60 votes in the Senate. But nobody knows what might be in the "correction" bill.
    retroconsultant

    Uh, Yes, It is actually public record to know what they are doing. All it takes is some self initiative to look it up.
    You want them to mail you a copy instead? The "correction" bill as you want to call it, will take out the "public option"
    ( yes, the govt run plan) and will also take out those "special deals that have been well publicized) and will take out the abortion clause. Its not that complicated to see.

  • ratherbnnc Mar 17, 2010

    welfare and intitlement free care must not be passed ,get a job and quit sucking off the working taxpayers lazy leeches! down with pelosi care!
    street fightin man

    Not sure where your getting this information from, but welfare is not included in the health care reform package. Welfare reform was supposedly done by Bush. If you are referring to the Health Care bill there will no longer be freebies. Everyone will have to pay their fair share.

  • ratherbnnc Mar 17, 2010

    If it passes, lots of villainous politicians will be FIRED because of their constituents not wanting it. If it doesn't pass, lots of villainous politicians will be FIRED because of the time and energy WASTED. I love it when a crook gets fired.
    Winston

    Dont count those chickens before they hatch! I remember when a few Republicans were fired in the last election because a MAJORITY of voters wanted Change! Remember that?

  • inquistitor Mar 16, 2010

    I noticed that WRAL is NOT covering the latest news out of DC. Pelosi is going to attempt to "deem" the health care legislation into being. That means NO VOTE, it would just be THEN the dems are talking resolution to force the modifications to legislation.

    If WE THE PEOPLE allow this to happen, we are giving up our rights under the constitution.

  • Winston Mar 16, 2010

    If it passes, lots of villainous politicians will be FIRED because of their constituents not wanting it. If it doesn't pass, lots of villainous politicians will be FIRED because of the time and energy WASTED. I love it when a crook gets fired.

  • prn13norm Mar 16, 2010

    Even if the Obamacare bill was good for America (and it is not) or if it were actually a writtne bill (and it is not) the corrupt backdealing process used by the Liberal Democrats to force its passage upon the American public stinks to high heaven!

  • streetfightinman Mar 16, 2010

    welfare and intitlement free care must not be passed ,get a job and quit sucking off the working taxpayers lazy leeches! down with pelosi care!

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