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Sen. Brown blasts GOP plan



Published: Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

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The Vindicator (Youngstown)

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown spent time Tuesday at the Austintown Senior Center touting new benefits that took effect Jan. 1 under the health care reform law.

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Avon)

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The Vindicator (Youngstown)

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown spent time Tuesday at the Austintown Senior Center touting new benefits that took effect Jan. 1 under the health care reform law.

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown called the House Republican plan to vote to repeal health-care reform “a colossal waste of time.”

“They’re just playing politics,” Brown said Tuesday at the Austintown Senior Center. “I think we need to focus on job creation.”

Brown, a Democrat from Avon, visited about 80 people at the center to discuss changes to health care that took effect last Saturday as part of President Barack Obama’s health-care package. The package was approved by the U.S. House and Senate last year when both were controlled by Democrats.

But the results of the November general election gave Republicans a majority in the House, effective today, with Democrats retaining control of the Senate, but with a smaller majority.

Republican House members are to vote Jan. 12 to repeal the health-care legislation. But with Democrats controlling the Senate and Obama, a Democrat, as president, the effort won’t go anywhere, Brown said.

House Republicans are considering plans to eliminate funding for some of the new health-care policies and may vote other times to eliminate provisions of the bill, according to the Associated Press.

Brown visited the senior center to discuss benefits for seniors who are on Medicare from the new policies, including discounts on prescription drugs, free annual wellness check-ups and free preventive health screenings with no co-payments or deductibles.

Leta Sims of Austintown, a retiree on Medicare who was at the Brown event, said: “There’s good and bad in everything. Whatever the bad part [of the policy] is I hope and pray they work on that. I’m sure the government won’t short-change us.”

Eileen Klope of Austintown, also a retiree on Medicare, said: “I like the idea of health-care reform, but I don’t want people being taxed for health care. We’ve needed it in this country for a long time.”


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1anthonytuner(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Let us take an example of Texas. The "Wise Health Insurance" is quite popular in Arizona. It provides so many offers for the low income people.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Obamacare deserves a do over that includes limiting malpractice lawsuit awards and options for a single payer system that can supercede any existing state only or employer health insurance that you have.

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3timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Sen Brown Thanks for reinforcing the thought that this is all the Republican are good for! Wasting time and money.

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4WarrenRicheyKid(166 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The Republicans are grandstanding over the issue of the new healthcare reform law. The Senate won't agree to overturning it. In any case, the President would be sure to veto any attempt to do away with his signature legislation.

Let the GOP make all the noise it wants. This new Congress will go down in history as even more insane than Gingrich's in the mid-1990s.

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5arteesto(22 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The new health care plan is not a good one...however, why waste time trying to overturn it. Concentrate on what should have been the number one initiative right out of the gate for Obama and company...JOBS AND THE ECONOMY..

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6DJ0(72 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

...the idiot was lying on TV to these seniors who are for the most part apparently as gullible as the voters were who returned Brown to office. db2 is right on, Obamacare is nothing more than furthering the nanny state the dem's are trying so hard to foist upon us working taxpayers. It's our money, not congress'!Let's not follow Canada into the dumpster.

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7DJ0(72 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

...the idiot was lying on TV to these seniors who are for the most part apparently as gullible as the voters were who returned Brown to office. db2 is right on, Obamacare is nothing more than furthering the nanny state the dem's are trying so hard to foist upon us working taxpayers. It's our money, not congress'! Let's not follow Canada into the dumpster.

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8chuckscherl(25 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Obamacare is one of the the reasons why employers are not hiring. Repealing it would go a long way toward creating jobs.

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9James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Brown promised to bring back jobs that we had lost overseas and create new jobs during his ORIGINAL campaign in the 90's.
Since he's been in office, has he ever voiced opposition to NAFTA?, to GATT?, to the NAU/SPP?, to the EPA which is now in charge of 'Cap and Trade' legislation?
All of these he's been in support of and all of these are the major reason why the USA has lost its industrial base and all the jobs that go along with it.
And now he continues his same mantra of jobs, jobs, jobs when in reality he has played an integral part in destroying the industrial base and all the jobs he says they should be concerned with bringing back.
I see right through his hypocrisy.

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10nojimbo(221 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

James S, Sherrod Brown was one of Bill Clinton's worst enemies on NAFTA.

Brown fought and voted against NAFTA. The NAFTA vote was 234 to 200. Brown was one of the most vocal of the 200 AGAINST.

Republicans supported NAFTA better than 3 to 1 while Democrats opposed it by a 3 to 2 margin.

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11palbubba(664 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

This is typical of Brown. He believes it is a waste of time to do what the American people have said they want. What does he want to spend his time on, bringing drug using baseball players in front of Congress? Flying in oil company executives to testify? That sure has accomplished a lot. Brown could care less about what is best for the people, all he cares about is doing what his party wants. WAKE UP AMERICA

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12James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

nojimbo, I stand corrected.

Has Brown since the NAFTA vote of 1993 done anything to bring about the repeal NAFTA?
Do you agree that the repeal of NAFTA would help bring industry and jobs back to the USA?
Has Brown done anything since he's been in office to stop the NAU/SPP, another major reason why industry and jobs have left this country?
Was Brown in objection to Clinton's making China the "most favored nation"?

Brown voted against legislative measure (Senate Joint Resolution 26) that would disapprove an Environmental Protection Agency endangerment finding that greenhouse gases may be regulated as pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
In other words, Brown wants Cap and Trade legislation passed. And we all know what Cap and Trade would do to our economy.

Brown has voted in favor of The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act all along- basically, amnesty for "illegal aliens". And we all know what that would do to our job situation here in this country if illegals are favored over legitimate citizens.

Brown voted against the Arizona Immigration Law. Arizona (like any other state) has the right to stem the tide of illegal immigration into the state.
If Brown is for illegal immigration in Arizona, he's for illegal immigration in Ohio also.

I'm not favoring Republicans over Democrats- I believe BOTH parties are corrupt.

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13James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

No wonder Brown wants us to focus on jobs, jobs. jobs and not Obamacare:

Obama Returns to End-of-Life Plan That Caused Stir

Published December 25, 2010 in the New York Times

WASHINGTON — When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1....

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14nojimbo(221 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

James S, I can't respond on each of the issues you ask about regarding Brown without a lot of research.

I do know he has been against most favored nation trade status for China (http://www.ontheissues.org/internatio...).

In general I agree that both parties are under heavy corporate money influence. The Republicans are beyond hope on trade issues and would do virtually anything to cut labor costs for multinationals no matter what devastation takes place to American workers.

The Democrats are better on trade issues but continually sliding closer toward the Republican position of "what's best for business".

All I know is that Brown is one of the few allies left in the Senate/Congress against NAFTA like destruction of American jobs.

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15James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

White House Strikes Death Panels
Wednesday, 05 Jan 2011

"Conservatives opposed to medical death panels have something to celebrate. The White House is making an about-face on the issue, striking references to end-of-life planning as part of annual physical exams in a Medicare regulation that took effect Jan. 1, administration officials tell The New York Times."

We'll see if the Republicans will repeal Obamacare altogether... I doubt it. The Republican Establishment won't allow it. The epublican Establishment is all for compromise, but not all-out repeal.

In the meantime Brown will continue to tell us that he, along with his other cohorts, will bring back all these jobs and industry that they were responsible for destroying in the first place.

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16nojimbo(221 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Regarding the "end-of-life plan that causes stir", that article from Christmas is already out of date.

Today's New York Times has an article from noted medical reporter Robert Pear that the Obama administration has caved yet again and any reference to end of life planning has been taken out of the new Medicare regulation (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/hea...).

And that's a shame. Because it means that idiots like Sarah Palin, and I use the term "idiots" intentionally and accurately in this case, have blocked many seniors from having a much needed discussion in private with their family physician about what specific treatments they would (or would not) want to receive in the event of a life threatening medical event.

What this can mean in reality was brought home to me personally when my mother suffered an aneurysm and was put on life support. My sister and I, each under 21, were left to decide whether to "pull the plug".

At that time no one talked about "end of life care" so surviving family members were left to muddle through.

Thanks to idiots like Sarah Palin and her false BS about "death panels", seniors are less likely to discuss these scenarios with their doctors.

And surviving family members will continue to stumble through these life or death decisions without any clear help from the seriously ill senior.

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17nojimbo(221 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Rudy56,

Yes, the idea is to pay a doctor to talk about "it" every year. And "it" is only one of the most costly drivers of U.S. health care costs.

Meaning, in simple language that even Sarah Palin and you can understand, that if seniors understood all the heroic (and sometimes painful) measures that WILL be done to prolong life without the senior saying "no" in advance, we will continue to spend BILLIONS on end of life care for people who would not have wanted all the tubes, machines, and crash carts if somebody had told them in advance what would happen.
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As you say Rudy56, "great use of the money".

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18James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Brown voted for (H.R. 4899) to appropriate an additional $58.8 billion in “emergency” supplemental spending, most of it for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Senate passed the bill on May 27, 2010 by a vote of 67-28 (Roll Call 176).
The spending is over and above what the federal government already budgeted
for that fiscal year.

Brown voted against (Senate Joint Resolution 26) that would disapprove an
Environmental Protection Agency endangerment finding that greenhouse gases may
be regulated as pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
A motion to consider Senate Joint Resolution 26 was rejected by the Senate on
June 10, 2010 by a vote of 47-53 (Roll Call 184).
Brown wanted the EPA to regulate "greenhouse gases" but the majority of the Senate rejected the idea. The EPA is in the Executive branch of our government and is going to force "Cap and Trade" down our throats. And Brown is all for this. This will kill us once it is passed. Everywhere else in this world people are rejecting this "man-made global warming" HOAX. Except here in the U.S. government of which Brown is a part of. Once this is passed, which Brown is in favor of, industry will be destroyed here, the jobs that go along with industry will be lost to other industrialized and industrializing nations and this economy will be close to being destroyed altogether.

Brown voted for legislation to tighten federal regulation of the nation’s financial sector (H.R. 4173). The Senate adopted the final version (conference report) of H.R. 4173 on July 15, 2010 by a vote of 60-39 (Roll Call 208).
Brown was in favor of ramping up regulatory control of the financial sector by the Fed and the federal government which is not only unconstitutional but makes it exceedingly more difficult for the economy to recover.

Brown has supported and voted for ObamaCare 1099 Requirement. This part of ObamaCare law requires businesses to file 1099 forms with their vendors and the IRS for any purchases totaling more than $600 per year with a vendor. This will force 40 million business entities to file untold billions of new reports
with their vendors and the IRS each year.

Brown has supported and voted in favor of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2009 which would “provide a pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants who attend college or join the military.” This act would provide amnesty for up to 2.1 million children
of illegal immigrants. It would also permit states to offer them in-state tuition rates. The DREAM Act was first introduced in the Senate in 2001. Although it was voted down as a stand-alone measure in the Senate in 2007, pro-amnesty forces have continued to promote its passage.

Brown has supported and voted in favor of the DISCLOSE Act (“Campaign
Finance Disclosure”), H.R. 5175 which would restrict the freespeech rights of corporations, unions, and special interest groups.

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19Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

The House of Representatives and Republicans should be the least of Brown's worries. He should be more concerned with the Supreme Court deeming this new healthcare legislation unconstitutional.

Hate to break it to the good Senator, but the commerce clause while regulating interstate commerce cannot force anyone to buy anything.

If they could force you to buy health insurance they can force you to buy an electric car for the greater good if they could justify the reason, and trust me, they would find a reason somewhere.

This law was unconstitutional from the very beginning, and Senator Brown can be a blow bag all he wants, but it is not going to change the fact that the law is doomed.

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20Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

If government wants to do something productive, and that is either Federally or at the General Assembly level, they should try to figure out a way to address long term care so we can ease the Medicaid burden rather than trying to figure out how to get everyone enrolled onto a healthcare plan that eventually will be backdoored into a single payer system.

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21nojimbo(221 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Actually, the government forces us to buy automobile insurance. So blame them/it for forcing us to listen to the "minimum coverage" jingle from Safe Auto and other low end providers.

As to addressing long term care, probably the only solution is for government to require some sort of mandate for long term care insurance for all adults.

Only by having ALL adults pay into the system, including people aged 20 to 70 who are unlikely to need long term care, can we afford to provide for the huge costs to provide 24/7 care for years to people who are mostly aged 80 and over.

The current voluntary system of individual purchase of long term care insurance doesn't work because younger people (anyone under 65 or 70) don't think they'll need the protection for years until they're very old. That leaves the bulk of purchasers in the 65+ age range where the premiums are astronomical because the likelihood you'll use the coverage at that age is much greater than if you were 35.

Ideally, having the whole population in the premium paying pool would spread the risk and make for a more equitable system than the current Medicaid program with its spend down provisions, spousal impovershment rules and liens on estates.

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22James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I 'm sure Brown approves of Obama's appointment of former Clinton administration Commerce Secretary William Daley as his new Chief of Staff.

Daley served as special counsel to President Clinton as they pushed through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) against heavy opposition in 1993. He then served as Commerce Secretary for Clinton until 2000, when he resigned to become national chairman of Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign.

And we all know who foisted the "man-made global warming" hoax upon us which in turn is going to force Cap and Trade legislation upon us which in turn will destroy our economy and send industry and jobs that go with it overseas.

Jobs that Brown says he is going to bring back or create in America...

There's more to be said of Daley regarding his role with J. P. Morgan Chase and his being on the boards of Boeing, Merck, Boston Properties, and Loyola University Chicago.

The media far has portrayed Daley as a man "steeped in business" (USA Today). But they have failed to mention J P Morgan’s $722 million settlement in 2009 with the Securities and Exchange Commission over a “pay to play” fraud taking place right under Daley’s nose.

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23Robert_Neville(114 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

US Sen Brown is right we need jobs in this valley! We need to reinvest in the area and make it attractive to investors. This health care bill is a done deal. The Democrats have already started to put into place. That is why the GBO stated (NOT TOLD) it will increase the budget. The Republicans acted to late on overturning it and now it will cost them billions. I do not agree with the health care bill but the Republican gave in.

Now the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Americans have helped President Clinton because we did not hold the Congress and the Senate responsible. It is like the trade deal with South Korea and the one with China before that. Someone needs to build cars and washers. So who cares if it made in China. We buy the items anyways because the Government knows we need them.

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