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N.C. GOP attempts to block health care overhaul

Posted January 19, 2010

— North Carolina Republicans say they'll take their fight over the federal health care overhaul to the Legislative Building if the Democratic plan passes on Capitol Hill.

House and Senate GOP leaders said Tuesday at a news conference they would file legislation when the General Assembly returns in May letting North Carolina residents "opt out" of requirements that they get health insurance or face cash penalties.

"Republicans will not stand idly by and watch as citizens' rights to make their own health care decisions are taken from them by the federal government," Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger said. "The people of North Carolina are overwhelmingly opposed to this blatant abuse of power."

House Minority Leader Paul Stam said he believes the U.S. Constitution gives states the right not to participate in parts of the overhaul.

"This should not be about partisan politics; it should be about the individual freedom of our citizens," said Stam, R-Wake.

Passage in the legislature is a long shot because Democrats control the General Assembly.

House Speaker Joe Hackney told reporters later Tuesday the GOP news conference sounded like a political event, not a substantive one. Other states are examining similar legislation.

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  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jan 20, 2010

    "Republicans will not stand idly by and watch as citizens' rights to make their own health care decisions are taken from them by the federal government," Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger said. "The people of North Carolina are overwhelmingly opposed to this blatant abuse of power."

    This is stupid. The people will have choices with the Healthcare Reform, which includes staying with the private plan already in existence. This particular Republican keeps harping the very old news.

    Reference:
    Healthcare Pro and Con: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2009/12/health_reform_pro_and_con.html

    The question should be: What is the "latest" version of the Healthcare Reform bill?

  • RaleighMan Jan 20, 2010

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! It's nice to know at least SOME of our representatives aren't DEAF!

  • ICTrue Jan 20, 2010

    we need to replace about 95% of the people in the house and the senate (and the white house), then maybe they can come up with a resonable solution to the healtcare mess. Trusting these liars and theves that are running the country now will lead to ruin. How did we end up with all of these fools running the country? Let's wake up and elect some people that realize that they are there to work FOR the people.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jan 20, 2010

    I'll skip reading all the bitter back and forth. Just want to chime in as one polite voice not against a health care over haul. I'd like smart people from both sides to work out a good solution, please.

  • Hapicampr Jan 20, 2010

    I say we completely clean house and senate and start all over with some fresh ideas from elected officials who would be too green to know how to play with the lobbyists,etc.

  • Alexia.1 Jan 20, 2010

    Premiums will not skyrocket. If they do, we all get on the government program. Things will normalize -- that's the way it works.

    Keep costs lower by getting rid of the things that cost lots of money, which include insane prices on drugs (and I mean insane). Government should put a cap on prices that can be charged. Put a reasonable cap on malpractice suits and revoke licenses in cases where negligence is seen. There is no reason for health care prices to go through the roof -- prices *can* be controlled. The question is whether we actually want to go all the way. We cannot half-way fix this.

  • affirmativediversity Jan 20, 2010

    "ha ha ha The do nothing repubs want to have a voice now? We asked you to take part of the debate all year and now that you think you have it licked you want to stand up an act like you did something." per ksillsbury

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    I believe it wasn't just the "repubs" who wanted a voice.

    AND would you please define "We", as in "We asked you to take part"...I mean you can't possibly be defining "We" as either Obama, Reid, Pelosi or the any of the Admin Czars? Do you mean the Unions or Big Pharm then...although I didn't hear any invitations issued from the SEIU, UAW or Glaxo?

  • donnied1952 Jan 20, 2010

    I think that if the obamas in DC want to change healthcare they should start with tort reform and crossing the state lines to purcase health insurance.

    If they just made those changes and sit back see how well that change does, then maybe add some other reform in a year, then people would be so much against it. But the way they are jumping into everyone's personal business and costing us more and more with every step closer to reform , then NO, we don't want it.

    The way this bill is written, the only people it will benefit in any way is the illegals and the people that don't want to work for a living. It is likely to hurt the working person by taking money from thier pocket and giving it to others.

    And that is called socialism and that is not what the US citizens want.

    GO GOP!!

  • NCAries Jan 20, 2010

    Premiums for all of us working folks will skyrocket!
    etshoney

    You mean like they already are...my premiums continue to rise and my family is hardly ever sick...whoever came up with the idea of paying for stuff just in case it happens couldn't have possible forseen all of this...or could they?

  • affirmativediversity Jan 20, 2010

    "House Speaker Joe Hackney told reporters later Tuesday the GOP news conference sounded like a political event, not a substantive one"

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    Uh-um...Are they not "politicians"?? Then wouldn't any "event" by either party be "political"!!!

    Maybe Joe Hackney should worry more about how the people of North Carolina are going to like paying Nebraska and Louisianna's medicaid bill FOREVER! Oh and how we are all going to enjoy paying a 40% tax on our healthcare while all those union heavy states get a pass. Oh and how the people of North Carolina will enjoy paying double health insurance premiums from BCBS so they can set up their new Fed Government Insurance Exchange.

    I know I'll certainly enjoy paying TAX on MY WHEELCHAIR courtesy of THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!!!!!

    Maybe Mr. Hackney should be just a little more concerned for the people of North Carolina and not his friends in DC!!!!!

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