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Supporters of health care overhaul rally in Raleigh, Charlotte

Posted September 3, 2009

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— A nationwide tour supporting President Barack Obama's health care overhaul held rallies in Raleigh and Charlotte Thursday.

Proponents of reform rally in Raleigh Proponents of reform rally in Raleigh

The bus tour stopped in Charlotte in the morning, and moved on to Raleigh, at the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center Plaza, for an evening rally.

The rallies are part of 2,000 nationwide being held by Organizing for America, the Obama campaign organization now melded into the national Democratic Party, which reputedly has an e-mail list of up to 13 million names.

Rep. David Price, D-4th District, is expected to speak in Raleigh, as well as representatives of the State Employees Association of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Community Health Centers

The rallies follow a forum in Charlotte Monday in which Sens. Richard Burr, John McCain and Mitch McConnell criticized the Democratic-backed proposals in Congress.


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  • afairlane500 Sep 4, 2009

    I was there, off work b/c I work in construction and we know how that is right now, probably about to lose my insurance if things don't turn around, I'll figure it out. I did sell health insurance many years ago, its pretty sad to play with rating software and see how dramatically it changes based on age, male/female, other conditions. Not fun to tell someone they'd have to pay a ridiculous amount a month for insurance, not fun to put applicant through the ringer about their medical history when applying, have the ins co go through the Medical Info Bureau to try and dig up any little condition they can charge a customer more for. Not fun having to coach applicants on getting corrections made to their records in the MIB or incorrect doctor records. Not fun to tell someone they have been DECLINED from receiving insurance. Travel outside the US for all that don't want reform, open your mind a little, its ok to be skeptical, I still am, but we all know what the definition of insanity is.

  • blueridgerunner Sep 4, 2009

    Good bye Rep. David Price, D-4th District. May this be your last term in public office.

  • 5Rs Sep 4, 2009

    "Back in the 1960's the Democrats passed, without a single Republican vote the Medicare coverage bill." - wildervb

    And Teddy Kennnedy, during the prescription drug bill angst, stated "It took three tries to get Medicare through. Who would vote against it now?" The government coverage we have now is deeply flawed, somewhat beneficial and hundreds of times more expensive than originally anticipated. Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.

    To say that Medicare is only 3% admin cost is a misrepresentation right out of the liberal playbook because it doesn't take into account the real admin expense of the program to people who must participate. I could give away money for less than 3% overhead.

  • 5Rs Sep 4, 2009

    "Today, millions of ederly citizens are being terrorized by Republican politicians, because they think their government run health care plan may be adversly effected by the proposed reforms. The irony and hypocracy truely run deep." - wildervb

    What tripe, readable even through your bad spelling.

    The current proposal, HR3200, is just plain a bad bill with little healthcare and no reform in it. We all should be against it. Those who are in favor are cluelessly following the liberal mantra.

  • Plenty Coups Sep 3, 2009

    Deb- believe me, Obama would goive everyone a Medicare style healthcare plan if the country would allow it. Unfortunately, Republicans and many citizens aren't ready for that type of commitment yet. He needs to take small steps to convince the reasonable independents. However, anything is better than the subpar (as measured against other countries) for profit system we now have. It needs to change. The sooner the better.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 3, 2009

    These Communists getting together to push for their liberal health care reform proposals remind me of the lipstick on the pig joke - you can add the lipstick but you still have a pig (which is what the current health care proposals are).

  • MSN93 Sep 3, 2009

    "These small businesses would be helped greatly by the bill since it would allow them to by insurance in larger pools with other companies."

    I assume you mean "buy". But it would also allow employers to stop paying for decent insurance for us all together and just dump the government coverage on us. The coverage that Congress refused for itself.

  • Deb1003 Sep 3, 2009

    If the plan is so gosh darn wonderful, why won't the President and Congress be using it?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 3, 2009

    Illegals will be covered by Obamacare because the hospitals aren't allowed to ask you if you are a citizen of the United States before providing you health care services.

    Unless the hospitals are allowed to check citizenship status, illegals by default will get free healthcare.

    It just won't be written into law.

    Same thing happens with the public school system.

    I've heard numerous teachers in Wake County complain that they have illegals in their classrooms creating a crowded and disruptive situation for those students who are their to learn and improve themselves.

    Yet the teachers can't report the illegals or do anything about it because of our liberal courts that legislate from the bench.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 3, 2009


    Thank you for the Obamacare commercial funded and paid for by ACORN, Moveon.org, and the Democratic National Party.

    Obamacare is the first step toward single payer government controlled healthcare.

    Obamacare isn't about reforming healthcare.

    Obamacare is about destroying the Health Insurance Industry and allowing Obama and the Democrats in Congress to seize control of our healthcare.

    It's a control issue, pure and simple.

    It's the first step towards Socialism in this country.