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Old March 26th, 2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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Dear Mr. Kozak:

I thought you might appreciate knowing that Thursday afternoon the Senate passed important health care reform legislation.

This bill, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R.4872), is the second and final step by Congress and the president to enact necessary health care reform measures. This legislation now must be approved by the House of Representatives, which will likely occur Thursday evening, and signed into law by President Obama. The first step in this process, the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L.111-148), took place earlier this week. Together, this landmark package will vastly improve access to and the affordability of health care for millions of Americans.

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law this past Tuesday. Immediately, small businesses got a tax cut to help defray the costs of providing insurance to their employees. Within three months, people with pre-existing conditions will have access to a special fund to help cover the gap until insurance exchanges, where they can obtain coverage, become operational. And retiree health plans will qualify for a reinsurance program to help lower costs. In October, the federal government will begin helping states set up agencies to help consumers choose new health plans or to challenge unfair decisions by their current insurance plan. Eventually, these agencies will assist consumers enrolling in the insurance exchanges where millions of people will find dependable coverage that meets minimum quality standards at a price they are more likely to afford.

Within six months, insurance reforms will begin to take hold. New health plans will be required to let women see an ob-gyn without seeking insurance company approval. They will be prohibited from denying coverage to children based on pre-existing conditions and required to allow children to remain on their parents’ policies until age 26. Health plans will have to provide preventive care without co-pays or deductibles, and they will be barred from setting lifetime coverage limits. These are historic improvements in our health care system, and they will take place within the first six months after the enactment of this legislation.

With the passage of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R.4872) further improvements to the health care reform bill were made, improvements that many called for so loudly during our December debate. Among other measures, this reconciliation bill will provide equitable Medicaid funding for all states, instead of a select few, will close the Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole” that hurts so many seniors, and will cut the deficit by an additional $143 billion dollars.

In one sense, the health care debate that came to a close this week has been going on for more than a year. But in another sense, it has been going on for a century. Presidents and members of Congress from both parties, seeing health care costs continually rise, have grappled with this issue ever since President Theodore Roosevelt. Yet, attempts at reform have largely fallen short. They have foundered for many reasons: the subject is personal and complex; the timing has been wrong; the politics have been difficult; and leaders on all sides have failed to find the compromises that would have enabled them to move forward. But, the recurring theme is that time and again, reformers have failed to overcome the enormous obstacles that those who profit from the status quo have been able to erect. And because we have fallen short in the past, Americans today face a health care system that costs too much and too often delivers too little.

The health insurance industry has dominated health care decisions in this country for too long. I voted in favor of this historic legislation to finish the task of bringing landmark change to health care in America.

You may be interested to read my full statement, which is available on my website, at [http://levin.senate.gov/newsroom/release.cfm?id=323359].

Sincerely,
Carl Levin





What a piece of work this guy is. Anybody that every voted for him is a fucking retarded asshole.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #2
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WTF? so now the government is going to dominate it? what a fucking douche. Why is it a crime to be successful?
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Old March 26th, 2010, 08:36 AM   #3
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WTF? so now the government is going to dominate it? what a fucking douche. Why is it a crime to be successful?
It wasn't, until this regime.

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Old March 26th, 2010, 11:47 AM   #4
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I got that this morning, my responce probaly has me on a gov watchlist by now, if I wasnt on one already
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I got that this morning, my responce probaly has me on a gov watchlist by now, if I wasnt on one already
funny. I sent a nasty email after reading toes post.
I got the same thing to the letter.
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Old March 28th, 2010, 06:00 PM   #6
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I did not vote for you, nor did I approve of this shambles of a health care bill.

You are a self-serving megalomaniac, and an embarrassment to your constituents. Had you any shred of decency, you would have voted against this bloated monstrosity that required OVER 200 AMENDMENTS - not related to the original spirit of helping those in need. Instead, as ALL career politicians are wont to do, your decision was one of greed and of personal gain.

I would challenge you, Sir, to honestly tell me you would have voted for this mockery of legislation IF YOU WERE TO DEPEND ON THE SAME HEALTH CARE OPTIONS AS YOUR CONSTITUENTS. Taxing "Cadillac" health plans? Taxes you and your fellow fraternity brethren are exempt from, even though the benefits you receive are far in excess of the scrutinized "Cadillac" plans.

I do not use this word often, and you would do yourself a favor to study the history of it: Shame. You should feel ashamed for what you have helped bring upon the people of the United States of America.

I'll be very interested to see what the next elections hold for your seat.

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Old March 28th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #7
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got the same email.
i replied as follows:

SHAME ON YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS BILL.

WHEN CAMPAIGNING THE PRESIDENT SAID HIS HEALTHCARE PLAN WOULD REDUCE INDIVIDUAL HEALTHCARE COSTS BY OVER $2000/YR YET HE SIGNED A PLAN EVERYONE AGREES WILL INCREASE COSTS.

THERE ARE > NO < PROVISIONS IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO REQUIRE CITIZENS TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE, NOR FOR THAT MATTER, ANY OTHER PRODUCT.

YOU >HAVE NOT< REPRESENTED THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. YOU AND YOUR PARTY VOTED AGAINST WHAT ALL THE POLLS INDICATED ABOUT PUBLIC SENTIMENT.

I WILL SUPPORT ANY CANDIDATE WHO RUNS AGAINST YOU IN AN EFFORT TO GET YOU OUT OF WASHINGTON.

YOU ARE PAST YOUR PRIME.

YOU ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE VOTERS. YOU PUSH YOUR PARTY AGENDA WHILE IGNORING THE "WILL OF THE PEOPLE."

so my question to fellow 4x4 members is: does anyone know whether anyone in michigan's congressional delegation spends their summers in MI? or do they 'vacation' in the hamptons with all the bankers, lobbyists and their staffs?

also think of it this way........their salaries come from our taxes, just like welfare payments. therefore, they are living on the dole with a better standard of living than most of us!

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