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With all the noise and screaming, and the 33 (or is it 34, or maybe 40 by now?) votes by Republicans in Congress to repeal the Patient Protection Act, and the irresponsibly dismal media coverage of this critical issue to all of us; you, a member of the People of the United States of America, have been prevented from learning the truth about how the Patient Protection Act will actually benefit not only you, but your state and everyone else in it, as well.

Bill Frist is not only the former majority leader in the Senate during George W. Bush's presidency, he also has his share of bona fides in understanding how the U.S. health care system operates. Frist is a Harvard-graduated cardio-thoracic surgeon, having specialized in health care policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has practiced medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Southampton General Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he founded the Vanderbilt Transplant Center.

And he wrote an impassioned op-ed, imploring us to actively work to support the implementation of the exchanges in every state.

We bring you both the truth about these exchanges as explained by Dr. Frist, and the absurd letter that 73 Republicans in Congress sent to the National Governors Association that is made up entirely of lies about what the exchanges are, how they'll work, and what they mean for health care administration across the country. ...

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

    by jillwklausen on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 02:03:47 PM PDT

  •  This is Pleasant/welcome Surprise (1+ / 0-)
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    Chi

    Frist is an MD, correct?

    he's busted out with some stupid statements in the past.

    RWNJ heads will be exploding shortly over this position

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 02:06:30 PM PDT

  •  Another Rat jumping the sinking GOP shipwreck (3+ / 0-)
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    Chi, SherwoodB, Calamity Jean

    Frist!

    Perhaps the doctor will first apologize to all the Kittens.

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 02:13:07 PM PDT

  •  Of all people, Bill Frist? (3+ / 0-)
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    Chi, SherwoodB, Calamity Jean

    I guess he's decided that it's better business to accept the new system than fight it. Or maybe, just maybe, he feels a bit sorry for everything he did to block even modest healthcare reforms like mental health parity while he was in office.

    Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

    by fearlessfred14 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 02:16:30 PM PDT

  •  what is the distinction between the terms (0+ / 0-)

    Patient Protection Act and the Affordable  Care Act?

    •  The full name is The Patient Protection and (3+ / 0-)
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      Clember, We Won, yella dawg

      Affordable Care Act.

      Democrats decided to abandon the part of the name that speaks to its moral correctness as legislation as well as what it actually does—protect patients—in favor of the easily-shot-down financial wonky part of the name when framing it to bring to the American public.

      We're all about better framing at The Winning Words Project and are advocating for calling the bill by the first part of its name and not the second.

      http://www.winningwordsproject.com/...

      Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

      by jillwklausen on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 03:36:41 PM PDT

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  •  You don't suppose . . . (0+ / 0-)

    [cynicism alert]

    . . . that Frist is just bein' a good businessman and tryin' to clear up some of the "uncertainty" that job creators hate so much, do you? I'd like to think he wrote this piece for all the right reasons, since he was on 'em about it last year 'n all, but . . . well . . . just sayin'.

    I imagine the job creators at HCA are just beside themselves with "uncertainty", maybe so much so that they wanted one of their largest shareholders, who happens to be a doctor, to come out and call off the attack dogs so they can get back to figuin' out how to maximize profit on the new health care playing field. Again, just sayin'. I'm sure he's on the up 'n up. ;-)

    To these unfortunate citizens aid must be extended by Government--not as a matter of charity but as a matter of social duty. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by rudyblues on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 04:01:56 PM PDT

    •  If that were why he'd have used the "job creators" (2+ / 0-)
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      rudyblues, yella dawg

      reasoning in his plea. He spelled out very clearly why the state exchanges are good for every state and for the country in detail. Actually unsurprising given that they were a Republican idea in the first place.

      Stop the party of Gut & Spend policies that gut our Earned Benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare and spends on tax breaks for the wealthy elite.

      by jillwklausen on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 07:50:12 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry for the snark there . . . (0+ / 0-)

        . . . and he has been on the same message since early last year, so if he's not sincere at least he's consistent, which is more than can be said for his party's nominee. And good work on the layout at TWWP. I sent the link to my conservative Mom's email forward list. Should be lots of heads exploding tomorrow in Sun City West!

        To these unfortunate citizens aid must be extended by Government--not as a matter of charity but as a matter of social duty. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

        by rudyblues on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 08:02:11 PM PDT

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  •  Do you have a link to Frist's op ed? (0+ / 0-)

    I can only find mentions of it and not the actual op ed. Thanks.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:57:35 AM PDT

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