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Posted on Feb 23, 2010
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Here we have Linda Douglass, communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, lending her interpretive skills to C-SPAN to talk up some of the details of Barack Obama’s health care reform proposal, which she calls an “opening bid” by the president ahead of Thursday’s big bipartisan health care huddle. Hers is an unenviable task.  —KA

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By MarthaA, February 27, 2010 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

Glad you cleared that up.

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By Blackspeare, February 27, 2010 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

marthaA…are you OK?!  I never said driving is mandatory——driving is a personal choice.  If you choose to drive then you must have insurance.  There is such a thing as public transportation.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment

Why would the government make driving be mandatory?  That doesn’t make sense.  Nothing you wrote makes sense.

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By Blackspeare, February 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

MarthaA…Yes, auto insurance is mandatory, but driving isn’t.  If you “volunteer” to drive a car, then insurance is required.  Just like commercial or professional licenses——if you opt for one of those professions, then you have to pay the fee.  But when the government mandates an outright involuntary fee without any redress on the part of the public, then it will be judged unconstitutional.

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By MarthaA, February 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

You’re kidding, aren’t you?  Auto insurance is voluntary in your state?  Auto insurance in the State of Oklahoma is mandatory.  If you are caught without auto insurance, your can go to jail and your car can be hauled off to storage for a storage fee, if the officer so decides; if you are unable to talk fast enough to convince him you have insurance, just don’t happen to have it in your glove box.

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By Blackspeare, February 26, 2010 at 10:59 am Link to this comment

Involuntary public mandates, if so enacted, will be unconstitutional.  While the public does pay for certain governmental services and mandates such as licenses and auto insurance, these are voluntary.

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By MarthaA, February 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

I am retired and the cost of living is so high that even though I get a little over $2,000/mo. retirement check, it is gone in a heartbeat and I can’t afford to pay for insurance and medicine.  I wonder if I will be mandated to have insurance or go to jail?  $2,000. is nothing in today’s world.

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By Steve E, February 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

It’s good to see many are getting wise to these bullshit newspeak interviews. Every
question had its prepared answer. Deceitful liars and con artists. This shill is on
her last legs after being put out to pasture by some network.

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By ofersince72, February 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

Please any constiutional lawyers out there
i want to know

will the mandates be deemed unconstitutional…

if so , where will that leave us with health care???

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, February 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm Link to this comment
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Democrats can’t play hardball ‘cuz it’s not nice.  If
republicans held large majorities in both houses of
congress and democrats complained about them passing a
bill by partisan vote, repubs would just unzip their
pants.

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By ofersince72, February 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment

Its gonna work out,,, its in the entropy

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By ofersince72, February 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

and we also have a progressive caucas

Can’t you hear Kucinach, Lee, Woolsey and Waters
banging their shoes???

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By ofersince72, February 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment

I’m tellin ya,,not to worry

They have an INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE both in the
House and Senate…

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By samosamo, February 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

By general jinjur, February 24 at 5:25 pm

Glad to have joggled a memory, because the whole ‘Alien’ quad-
trilogy is everything about the company and the
mmicc(military,money,congressional complex) trying to ‘control’
something for their benefit, no matter the cost to others.

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By general jinjur, February 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

@ samosamo, who, on February 24 at 1:40 am wrote: #


“Well, let me see, we’re still collating information and watching
to see what is happening and we will get back to yall soon
enough.:”

Thanks for the wonderful visual of the android in Alien telling Ripley, who is anxiously waiting for some life saving information “still collating.”  And we know what that meant…

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By ofersince72, February 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment

What will our lofty Supreme Court
do with these mandates…...

no tellin what dem dudes will do.

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By samosamo, February 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

Well, let me see, we’re still collating information and watching
to see what is happening and we will get back to yall soon
enough.

What is it that she is saying besides saying NOTHING!!!!

Wooo wooo, o is getting some of his bipartisan lovey dovey
with his republican friends and none of it will give many
people anything.

Newsfuckingspeak.

Fee, tax what is that?

But americans will be required to pay a private corporation
taxes owed it, slickest way to increase those private insurance
corps profits and also the right to deny coverage.

Another big slap in the face of america, home of the
aristocratical traitors you know the people will never just tell
them to ‘go fuck themselves’.

This isn’t america anymore nor has it been for a long time
now.

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By thebeerdoctor, February 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

Is this what happens to former ABC news employees, they become shills for the Obama administration? You have to marvel at government newspeak that claims surrendering your money to the insurance corporations is an act of personal responsibility. Meanwhile, the real agenda of servicing the wealthy elite and murdering for gasoline, continues without any objections.

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By Vic Anderson, February 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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Douglass: BS (Bush Shadow) shill, espousing exponential Obama junta YADA!

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By egc, February 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t there ANYBODY in the White House paying attention to
how badly they come across?

Here’s the HCR Communications Chief showing almost no ability
to give a clear, succinct answer capable of advancing
understanding and support.

Instead of constructing and illuminating clear, positive
images for the listener, we get infomercial-style buzzword
diarrhea guaranteed to turn off potential supporters long
since impatient with this White House crowd capable of no
more than goddamn smarty-pants talk.

Yes they can: yak yak yak.

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