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How about if the same Congress that would tax cosmetic surgery (the wealthy will have been promised the usual deduction anyway) instead rid all of us of the biggest wrinkle in the system: the tax deduction.

Being bipartisan--Congress versus most of the rest of us--it would so please President Obama. And surely it wouldn't hurt for us to have access to the money that we long ago allocated for ourselves. We could use it to build a single-payer system of healthcare that would allow us to get on with the business of living.

J.E. Bernecky

Westover, PA

Dec 2 2009 - 1:18pm

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The Senate bill, as "scored" by the CBO, is limited to automatically accept the extremely unlikely plan to drop Medicare payments to an unreasonable level. In any half-way rational viewpoint, that is a fiction of the same chutzpah as Climategate.

If you can believe that, I have a bridge for sale. Cheap!

John D. Froelich

Upper Darby, PA

Dec 2 2009 - 1:11am

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In reference to the benefits provided by the Veterans Health Administration and Medicare, you state: "You don't get much more 'socialized' than that!" I beg your pardon, but I am a veteran and, sir, I earned those benefits. Likewise, those who worked under Medicare-covered employment for at least ten years also earned and paid towards that coverage. There is no equivalency between these earned benefits and "socialized" medicine. Rather, "socialized" medicine extends benefits to people who did not earn those benefits and are financed on the backs of others.

Look, the Democrats have designed their bills to impose a skimpy penalty for employers who drop their employees' coverage. The Democrats know full well that employers would rather pay the insignificant penalty than pay the much larger insurance premiums, particular when the "government option" will inoculate these employers from accusations of being heartless. This will result in millions of people being sent off to the "government option," just like the single-payer socialists want. So much for Obama's claim that: "If you like your insurance, you can keep it." He should have added, "If you can."

Eric Lile

Frederick, MD

Dec 1 2009 - 3:07pm

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You're either really gullible or you're a fellow traveler, as they used to refer to people who willfully aided and abetted the Communist party back in the days of Joe McCarthy, because you continue to propagate the myth that there are real differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

Lieberman is the best example of your deceit. He caucuses with the Democrats, but yet he votes with the Republicans. He reclaimed his Senate seat in 2006 as an independent; he was almost John McCain's running mate in 2008. And yet, you want the American people to believe that the Democrats just go along with his antics because he's basically a good Democrat at heart.

The Congress and the Senate are playing the public the same way the World Wrestling Federation plays its audience. There's always bad guys and good guys, and they call each other bad names. Sometimes today's bad guy is the good guy next week.

It's all being orchestrated by the men behind the curtain. They don't want a healthcare bill that will cut into the profits of the corporations. If Congress and Obama produce a healthcare reform law, it will be good for the corporations and bad for the people.

This country is already a "Third World" country, and that's the way they want it, the aristocracy and the peasants. Give America the truth, quit advancing the agenda of the New World Order.

Charles Lingenfelser

Brandon, MS

Dec 1 2009 - 2:26pm

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