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Posted on Dec 16, 2009
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, was far from pleased with certain of his Republican colleagues Wednesday when his attempt to add a single-payer amendment to the Senate’s health care reform legislation was met with stonewalling tactics from his GOP peers. Here, he lets it rip, slamming what he calls their bid “to bring the U.S. government to a halt.” —KA

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By KDelphi, December 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment

To me, Sanders Amendment was a fricking symphony—a symphony for a US first step towards human rights.

My sister is a concert pianist…she understand what I mean when I say that this is beautiful music to a person who believes in human rights…than, came the sharp discords of dems asking the amendment to be tabelled..it shouldve been required listening for every Dem who thinks they know what universal heatlh care is…and universal human rights!

Without life, no rights….

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By Big M, December 17, 2009 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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Boy, you weren’t kidding about moderating comments.

Did I upset you by stating that the best thing would be for the feddle gummint to be brought to a standstill? You know, the very same gummint that has its fingerprints all over every single crisis this country faces? The same one that has, by direct action, caused or abetted every one of said crises? Does that get your knickers in a knot?

Remind me to never post a comment on this ***hole site again.

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By dihey, December 17, 2009 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

Please correct me if I am wrong by assuming that the Senate rules would have allowed 60 Senators to nip the reading in the bud and move on to a debate of the amendment?

If I am correct do not blame the Republican but blame the Democratic Senators. I have a hunch that the Democratic Senators were relieved that they did not have to show their true colors in that debate.

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By Austintaeshus, December 17, 2009 at 9:42 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Senator Sanders for speaking truth to power, and for calling a spade a spade. What a disturbing process we have witnessed in the healthcare-jockey-for-more-profit “debate”. The current state of the legislation could hardly be more disappointing, and Obama’s role in his “signature” legislation is truly anticlimax. Senator Sanders speaks for me when he just about loses it in the Senate chamber. It really is that bad, people, and reform is not going to happen without millions of Americans drawing the line about what is and what is not acceptable. Universal healthcare is acceptable, the status quo with private insurance is not acceptable.

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By RobertinWestbury, December 17, 2009 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

Well the GOP should be blamed for being nothing but obstructionists and the minions of Corporate America.  But it is the Democrats who should and will be blamed for this mess. 

Not even the Lieberman and Nelsons are to blame.  It is Obama and Reid that is to blame.  How dare they refuse to use reconciliation when it is a perfectly legitimate means to push the agenda through, and a means used by Bush and other Republican administrations. 

They are going to pay for their spinelessness.

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By Never voting Republican, December 17, 2009 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever vote for a Republican. They’re an absolute disgrace to this great country.

Tell your friends, tell your children, tell your students: NEVER VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN. Their tactics are disgraceful, unproductive and COSTING AMERICAN LIVES.

I cannot wait until there are 0% Republicans in the House and Senate. And I think it will happen. They’re the Whigs of the 21st Century.

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By Jeff Laadt, December 17, 2009 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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Bernie Sanders is, or should be, a true hero to the American people.  He is one of the very few in the public arena to tell the truth about the so-called “greatest health care system in the world.”  It is far from that, unless you have enough money, the right job, or are the right age.  The rest of us are screwed.

The Republican ploy on the Sentate floor was a shameful disgrace.  And I share Senator Sander’s frustration and anger.  But he is right: one day, one day this country will wake up and join the rest of the civilized world.

And like Bernie, I will not give up the fight.

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By Big M, December 17, 2009 at 7:07 am Link to this comment
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“to bring the U.S. government to a halt.”

Sorry, Bernie, but I can’t think of a better idea to save my life.

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By Bronwen Rowlands, December 17, 2009 at 6:45 am Link to this comment
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Go, Bernie, go!

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By KDelphi, December 17, 2009 at 12:34 am Link to this comment

I watched the entire thing and wished that the Dems wouldve shut the f*ck up and let them finish reading the amendment…

I can see why they wouldnt; it would be terrifying to have the Merkin people hear what other industrtialized countries have for half the price we pay for crappy care.

I listened to the part of the amend that was read, and, thought, “now, THAT is omeone who actually gives a rat’s ass about human rights”—then, he tabled it.

Coburn, Lieberman, etc can no longer be blamed for the Dems lack ofballs…they should nut the f*ck up or shut the f*ck up

what are you guys waiting for??? If you still blame GOP for this fiasco, you are a fool.

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By Jack, December 16, 2009 at 11:53 pm Link to this comment
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Nader would have done this -McKinney too - Kocinich too - but they can’t even get
into the debates - the oligarchy that runs this nation and the world is running scared
- for good reason - too many of us have got their number

if any among them found themselves alone in a room with me and/or many I know;
they know they’d quickly be feeling our pain and the pain of many, many others at
our hands and if they could walk away from it under their own power, they’d be
feeling it for a long, long time!

It’s getting bleeding serious - I challenge Robert Scheer to give up the civilities that
none of those bastards would ever show him and take off the gloves - it’s war, and
we all know it - our enemies deserve nothing better than faces in the dirt and the
reaming of their lives!!!!!!!!!!! - a little Abu Grehib for them - how about it, are we
ready to roll?

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By Mack TN, December 16, 2009 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment
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I’m glad to see someone in Congress still has some cojones. Maybe we ought to elect Bernie Sanders for president.

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By what are you guys waiting for!!!!!!!!, December 16, 2009 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment
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The GOP are evil…..they are the minion dogs of the Hydra of Wall street Big Business/Pharma/Oil/Agro/Insurance etc…whores of Babylon selling there “influence” to the highest bidder. Single payer universal health care is NOT the end of the USA as the GOP and hysterical media want you so desperately to believe. It is actually the NORM in the REST OF THE WORLD. wake up people and turn off FOX news!

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By WriterOnTheStorm, December 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm Link to this comment

Bravo! Can somebody please clone Bernie Saunders!

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