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August 27th, 2009
01:49 PM ET
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  1. Janine Williams

    I want to point out that Joseph and Robert Kennedy were preparing the Mini-van in front of the bus... and Bobby (I think) led Joan Kennedy by the arm into the lead vehicle.... I thought this was compassionate...

    August 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  2. James Foley in Idaho

    You know what I want to know? What's all the hubbub about the public option? Where's the confusion?

    It's an option the public would have that covers what traditional helathcare doesnt' at a reasonable price. It's basically a pool of money, budgeted up to a certain amount that we the peopel are willing to pay so that the less fortunate in america can have the minimum standard of care for their health issues.

    Where's the controversary, except with those callous few who just don't give a crap about their fellow man.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  3. James Foley in Idaho

    As well, there's an obvious difference in the definitions of Option and Obligation. It would just be one of the options. Liek the abortion debate... Abortion is an option, adoption is an option, serrogate motehrhood is an option, joint custody is an option... so... it's an option. So what?

    August 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  4. Chris

    I saw a story on television where one country has this social healthcare plan, but guess what? Everyone has to pay to be in it! Now, that alone would stop Obama from paying for all of those poor votes he received wouldn't it? The working people of this country simply cannot keep raising generations of former 'disadvantaged people' without their contributiing to society.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  5. Randy Jordan

    The Austell Community Center, located at 2625 Joe Jerkins Blvd, Austell GA 30106, is the location for District 13 constituents on Friday, August 28. AARP is sponsoring Congress David Scott's Healthcare Town Hall meeting that will be held between 10:00 am and Noon.

    Immediately following AARP's meeting, Dr. Brian Hill and one of his colleagues will hold their own Healthcare Town Hall meeting from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Dr. Hill is personally incurring the cost of renting the Austell Community Center to provide the public with information heretofore avoided by the Congressman and AARP.

    Many will recall that Dr. Hill was thrust upon the national scene because he asked Representative Scott a question related to healthcare–a question that sent the Congressman into his now infamous “meltdown.” Scott has called Dr. Hill “that not-so-good doctor” and accused the local physician of trying to “hijack” the meeting.

    In truth, Dr. Hill wanted honest answers regarding the proposed healthcare legislation from a doctor-patient perspective. At the recent Jonesboro Health Fair, Dr. Hill again sought answers from Congressman Scott and attempted to join in the debate with Scott, but was not allowed to speak.

    In an honest effort to rise above partisan politics, Dr. Hill has and will continue to invest his time respecting the public's right to know the answers to questions that so many politicians have refused to answer regarding this critical national debate.

    For additional information, contact Randy Jordan, 770.560.6243.

    August 27, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  6. Bruce from Newport Beach, CA

    Caitlin's story illustrates how the public health insurance option can be a lifeline for people who are turned away from the greedy health insurance companies.

    August 28, 2009 at 1:27 am |
  7. Lenny, Mansfield, TX

    I commend their efforts to educate Americans on the need for affordable healthcare. The special interests and their cohorts in the republican party would rather kill healthcare reform with lies and misinformation. When you have seniors on Medicare saying the are against "socialized" healthcare, you know that the level of ignorance on healthcare is simply alarming.

    August 28, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  8. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Its too bad that this happend but there is a such thing as SSI that takes care of disabled people and if her pride is so much that she dont want to turn to them for help then why should any body feel sorry for her you automaticly get medicade when your on SSI.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  9. Jean

    This criminal, a wicked man who abducted an 11 year-old child, held her for 18 years and fathered two children with her is a real scamp. How could he have hidden her and the children for 18 years! I hope he will be imprisoned for life. Excecution should be the end result.
    It would be interesting to hear what this lady will state about her experience.
    His wife, what type of woman is she to encourage her husband and live with him under those conditions? A similar situation which occurred with this other young lady "Smart". If she had remained longer in her abductor's possession, he would have had children with her. The world has some very sick people and sadly. It is not fair to these children and their family.
    These criminals/murderers when caught need to be incarcerated for life. Better yet, if the State has capital punishment, they should be executed. I do not have sympathy for those people who pose a menace to society, who abduct young children and also women depriving them of their human rights, freedom and life while they walk around in freedom and want to live.
    Criminals/murderers need to know this. If they are not caught they should know that God who knows, sees and hears all things, whom nothing is hidden from and cannot be deceived, they cannot hide on earth forever. God has seen them and knows what they are doing and what they are up to. They are heaping "burning coals" on their heads. They have already condemned themselves into Satan's cauldron of everlasting fire. Better believe it!
    Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Vengeance is Mine! I will repay!" God is patient. They can get away from the earthly Law but not from God's Law and his fair and just recompense as they deserve. It may take years but they will get it alright. This is a great consolation. God's justice will always prevail. Praise be to God!

    August 28, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  10. Kathy

    A simple question: How often do the guards change will standing for Ted Kennedy's repose?

    August 28, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  11. Steve

    While watching Tony Harris on CNN he had a segment with Gerri about student loans for teachers. My daughter teachers at a high school in Boston and she has a large debt in student loans paying for her education which includes two masters. Gerri gave out a web site she gave out for teachers to go to for help. Sorry to say, I missed it. Could you pass it on to me or even send it on to my daughter at If she could get forgiven for even some of these loans, it would make life a lot easier for her.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  12. Jean

    I am saddened to know that Senator Kennedy passed on to eternity. The day will come for each one of us, sooner or later.
    I have considered that politics took its toll on Senator Kennedy. It is not easy to be a politician. It consists of hard work, a lot of talking, discussions, debates, a lot of convincing people, travelling alot, a lot of sleepless nights or very little sleep including anxiety and stress. Good concerned politicians are working for the people and not for themselves. This is why politicians should be respected and appreciated, whether we agree with them or not. We must have compassion for them while we speak up for what is right to do. Having the urge to be a politician and being in politics is a calling as all good careers.
    President Obama has lost a great political friend and an advocate of National Health Care.
    As I think of those who cannot afford to pay for health care including the poor, I endorse that every American should have health care.
    I reside in Ontario and I do not have to worry if I get sick and how am I going to pay to as much as go to a doctor or the hospital. This is one problem which I do not have. I do not run to the doctor for every cold or headache which I have as some people do. In fact, I seldom catch colds and have a headache. I do not take medications and will try to avoid it. I will only take it when it is absolutely necessary. Rather than take an Aspirin or Tylenol, etc., I will drink a glass of milk with one or two Vitamin C tablets or drink some herb tea. Personally, I am not a strain on this system. So far, so good, thanks be to God.
    We need to take charge of our health and ourselves. There is a saying: "Precaution is better than cure." Do doctors really cure us if we have an ailment? They will prescribe medication. Some of it may or may not be good for us and also may not be necessary.
    Thanks to the Ontario Health Care System for Ontarians which we call OHIP – Ontario Hospital Insurance Plan. The Other Canadian provinces do have a health care system. It is a good thing to have a national health care system.
    As CNN broadcasted the life and times of Senator Ted Kennedy, I happened to hear what he said about the Canadian Health Care System. He spoke in praise of it so as to prove his point; not like some others, the opponents of establishing an AHC who criticize our Health Care System to prove their point why President Obama should not establish one. This is foolish thinking and talking. They search for what which is not in the AHC.
    Having stated this and on behalf of Senator Ted Kennedy who also labored for an American Health Care System, my heartfelt sympathy goes to Senator Ted Kennedy's wife and family including the American people and his political colleagues. Those in the entire world who knew Senator Ted Kennedy and those as myself, who heard about him and through the Media as CNN, our hearts are with all of you. Also in prayers.
    Mrs. Ted Kennedy is looking well. I am impressed and pleased to see how she has greeted the people. This is a humble and appreciative lady.
    As I heard and saw on CNN Mrs. Ted Kennedy was surprised to see the crowd lining the streets. Senator Kennedy was well known and he did much good during his lifetime. There are many who loved him and if possible would not have stayed away from paying their last respects to a great, important American and a dedicated one, a Senator who loved his country and its people.
    What more can I say that his family, political friends, other Americans and other Presidents and Prime Ministers of the world have not stated.
    Senator Ted Kennedy has worked for and struggled for the rights of Americans, especially the down-trodden. This is a good deed in the eyes of the Lord and should be in our eyes. We have, at least, heard him and his speeches in this regard. He had his flaws and so do we. No one is exempt from flaws and making mistakes.
    God is love, compassion, mercy and forgiveness. I love to hear the good deeds which people perform. Our deeds precede us to eternity and also follow after us to eternity. These are good examples which everyone should adopt and practice as Senator Ted Kennedy.
    God rewards all good deeds. God called Senator Ted Kennedy home when his work on earth was completed.
    Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Senator Ted Kennedy and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
    May the soul of Senator Ted Kennedy and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
    God bless you!
    God bless America! God bless the entire world!

    August 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  13. James Foley in Idaho

    @Chris The 'Disadvantaged people' you speak of ARE the working class.

    @Randy Jordon Dr. Hill went to a metting COMPLETELY UNASSOCIATED with the healthcare issue. What else is the representative supposed to think? Especially when all the rabble rousers are so covered by any given media outlet.

    @Mike in TX In order to collect SSI [which doesn't seem liek a valid arguing point coming from someone who doesn't want 'freeloaders' suckling the public teet] Caitlin would have to be disabled; unable to work. This woman seems liek she can work just fine, but wants a good paying job so people like oyu can't call her a freeloader. 😉

    @Kathy ... now, we're not going to have to alert the Secret Service to your question are we 😉 😀

    August 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  14. Laura

    I am in Canada! Everybody here is covered, working, not working, sick or healthy and that's just the way it should be! I don't get what all the fuss is about. There is no "death panel". The doctor decides what care I need. I can pick any doctor I want anywhere in the country. I can go to any hospital in the country. I don't have to fill out forms. I don't get a bill in the mail.
    Do you want to know the biggest problem we have in Canada? Waiting times for elective, non life threatening surgeries. Why? Because the ENTIRE POPULATION can and does go to the doctor. It's not because our system is bad. It's because the system is not big enough to support the population. When I want to go to the doctor I just go. I don't give it a second thought and that's the way it should be for absolutely everybody in the US too.
    If I were sitting in the states right now I would not be worried about government take over. But I would be asking the question...Do we have enough doctors, nurses and hospital beds available to support an additional 50 million people suddenly accessing the system?

    August 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  15. Ines

    James Foley,
    still arguing with dinning room tables I see.
    By the way, at the other blog which is now closed (surprisingly, ha)
    they never even posted some of my comments.

    August 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  16. Ines

    Some people call themselves Christians but when it comes right down to it, they can care less.
    Oh almost forgot James Foley, I think you baited them a bit in that other blog.

    August 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  17. Ines

    I'd rather have a public option for everyone that needs it, so they do not have to use and Emergency room for what ails them.
    We all pay for them now one way or another, our premiums keep going up and Health insurance companies rake in big bucks, some of that could be used to pay for that public option in way of a fee, since that sounds better than tax. ( which of course is still a tax, ha)
    I wonder how many know how much their employer pay's for their great plan now, most are to ignorant to even find out.
    They'll just say I like my insurance until of course they get denied a claim.

    August 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  18. Judy Wilson

    Why in the name of heaven, when there are so many positive comments about Obama and his speech, do you insist on trying to find something negative?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  19. Nancy Vanpelt in Phoenix

    As a retired secondary school teacher, a parent and a grandparent I find the President's speech to be very inspirational and moving. I hope there is a movement in the US in which all who care about education to re-name this the 'Year of Getting Serious' - and make it happen!

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  20. Jogindra Kohli

    It is so refreshing to see a President who cares. I am disappointed that schools in Virginia are depriving their students to learen about responsibility. I think Media should play in exposing all those who are roadblocks to children's progress.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  21. Lucy Packert

    God Bless President Obama! What a wonderful man. He could have spoken to my children any time. It would be an honor........My children are all grown up, but I know they feel the same way as I do........

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  22. Angela Salerno

    Speaking as a mother and former educator I think President Obama's message to our students was right on the mark. He said nothing that could be interpreted as trying to sway young people to accept or promote his health care policy. To say that the president is a communist is ridiculous. I'm sure the Conservative and Republican media will extract something from this message and continue to profit from "Obama bashing" and frightening the American public.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  23. Jaqueline

    The President's speech is exactly what our young people needs to hear ongoing. The speech was encouraging and it let the youngsters know that regardless to what they have encountered or what they are going through at this point in time, they are in control of their destiny, and with hard work and dedication they can achieve their educational goals and aspirations in life.We need to encourage our young people and give them the tools to succeed,
    What was all the anger about?

    September 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  24. Warren (Jeff) Jefferson


    President Obama will never, never, EVER give a more important speech than he gave to all the children of America on education.

    I pray that my grandchildren had an opportunity to listen to this important message on education from the President of the United States.

    And to every parent who prohibited their children from hearing this incredible speech from the President of the U.S....

    September 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  25. Monica Zacharia

    I taught school in Southern California for over 30 years, from "culturally deprived" areas to schools for the gifted. The President's speech was perfect for all school populations. He said things that need to be said to students and their parents. His message of the hard work necessary to achieve success, that failure should not discourage, but encourage students to try again, and that it is up to each student to do their very best are all vital for students, parents and teachers to hear, believe and act upon.

    September 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  26. Dr. Charles R. Parker, Child Development Specialist

    Tony-President Obama's choice of Harry Potter as an example
    during his speech didn't improve his image with Christain leaders,
    parents and students since the Bible rejects witches and wizards.

    Dr. Charles R. Parker
    Child Deveopment Specialist

    September 8, 2009 at 1:36 pm |