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Chan Lowe cartoon: The Party of No

illuminated.gifThings are starting to jell in Congress.

The final contours of health care reform are yet to be defined, but the fractious Democrats, possibly prodded by the President's speech, are beginning to see the advantages of passing some kind of bill, even if its contents don't completely mesh with their individual dreams.

Meanwhile, there are misgivings in Republican ranks. So far, just saying No has pleased the base, but while the base is well-organized, it's shrinking compared to the number of moderates who are being alienated by their behavior. The "You lie" comment didn't help make them look reasonable.

As I've said before, once a program is in place, people start to think of it as their birthright. Even if all the Democrats pass is a skeleton, it'll be enough to start hanging the Christmas ornaments on down the line. As Americans begin to enjoy (maybe) health care that for many was previously beyond their reach, and discover in the process that we haven't all started speaking Russian, they'll start looking at the GOP as the party that wanted to deny them the goodies.

Look at Social Security--which is certainly socialism--or Medicare, which is just what Obama wants for everybody, except limited to old people. Nobody dares even question those programs now.

The train's pulling out the station, and the Republicans are in danger of being left on the platform, looking in the wrong direction.

Can you hear that lonesome whistle blowin'?

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I hope that this health care bill is as good as the president says it is.

If the President would tell us what the plan REALLY is, it would help. I do not want "medicare" for my insurance plan. its bad enough i may have to use it if i ever get to retire.

Chan, you mention Social Security and Medicare, how are those working out so far? Lots of corruption and they are broke due to poor management. Yeah Government run health care will be much better. Name one government run program that works? The Post Office? Broke, constantly raising the cost and now talking about stopping Saturday service. UPS, FedEx and DHL are all doing fine.

I'm all for fixing health care, but lets start with Tort reform and allowing competition over state lines.

As for Joe Wilson, I applaud a man who shows emotion in a city (D.C.) without any. It's about time politicians started showing what their constituents feel. I'm willing to bet he gets reelected in 2010.

Here's an idea for your next cartoon. How about one with the ACORN prostitution assistance program? Maybe you haven't heard of it if you only read this paper, seems they won't report on it.

This is a fabulous cartoon. I really like it. Too bad I'm still on the side of the elephant, and this cartoon shows even more to me why I am...

Why should a speech change a view on healthcare? The facts are still the facts. So, the response is still the same.

Maria, what facts are you talking about? The fact that some in the richest country in the world do not have healthcare. What are the facts you are talking about? Did you even listen to the speech, with a mind open enough to listen to what he was saying?

CHAN, you are not listening to the other side on this issue.
Conservatives support purchase of health insurance across state lines to improve competition and lower cost. We don't need a public option to do this.
Although 70% of Americans are satisfied with their current health-care, many would like to see some real reform. Conservatives have long proposed reforms that would work to make things better not worse. In addition to tort reform to lower malpractice insurance and thus all our bills, conservatives have urged a patient-centered approach. This would mean individual ownership of insurance policies and more use of tax advantaged Health Savings Accounts. Simple vouchers for low income individuals to purchase their own insurance is also proposed.
Why not use this approach instead of a big government approach?

Here's a simple recipe to at least start the process:
1. Get rid of HMO's
2. Do not let insurance companies decide what you medically need.
3. Hold insurance companies accountable.
4. Regulate insurance companies.
5. Set costs/rates. example: if you break your leg it costs $100 to fix it whether you live in Florida or Kansas and reardless of your physician.
6. Allow preventive care (check ups, mamograms, colonoscopies, etc.)
7. Regulate pharmaceutical companies.

Obama's options are just that: options. Not socialism, not brainwashing, not telling you what you should do..

The answer... is No.

If the Democrats want the Boondoggle, they have the votes to pass it on their own and own it.

If it's sucessful, they then deserve full and total credit. If it ruins us, then they can recieve full credit for that too.

I don't understand why Democrats are all gung-ho about having Republicans "bless" this mess. Last I checked, the Republicans had NOTHING to stop the democrats other than the fact that american people capable of predicting government failure based on a long history of government ineptitude and failure can see the obvious

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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