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Friday, August 07, 2009

Small Biz Health Care Daily: Universal Care?

An August 6 Associated Press story noted:

About 20 protesters gathered in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Thursday to let Democratic Rep. Scott Murphy know they oppose the health care plans in Washington. They carried signs saying: "Obamacare Seniors beware! Rationing is here," and "If socialized medicine is best ... why didn't Ted Kennedy go to Canada?" Motorists honked as they drove by.

Most said they learned about the event from various community groups that oppose the health care overhaul. All rejected the notion that they had been organized on a large scale, or had connections to the insurance industry…

At one point, a constituent asked Murphy if he thought the country was headed for universal health care. "That phrase means a lot of things to a lot of people," Murphy said. His answer was greeted with a chorus of groans.

Raymond J. Keating, chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, stated:

“Those advocating more government involvement in health care don’t like the fact that their proposals are falling in the polls, and gaining greater opposition at health care town hall meetings around the nation. They also don’t like to admit that increased regulation, more government funding, and government-run or created health insurance are in fact pushing us further down the road to universal health care. What does that mean? As evidenced in other nations, high, runaway costs for taxpayers – both individuals and businesses – and rationed care for health care consumers. That warrants groans, to say the least.”

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