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March 19, 2010

Bishop unmoved by cries against health care reform

THOMASVILLE — Horns blared and voices roared on the street and sidewalk in front Second District U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop’s downtown Thomasville office during the noon hour Friday.

The commotion, which was about opposition to the proposed health care bill, fell on deaf ears. Bishop announced several hours later Friday afternoon he would vote for the bill.

Jim Johns carried a placard that said : “District 2 was rooked by a Bishop.”

“I don’t think the American public is ready to pay for a health care bill that will bankrupt the nation,” Johns said.

In reference to U.S. House and Senate members swapping votes for the bill in exchange for funding for their districts, Johns expressed a strong dislike for “secret deals, the Louisiana purchase and Nebraska payoffs.”

“The public has indicated it does not want the health care bill,” Johnson said. “It is a black day in the history of the nation.”

For House members to OK the bill without a vote would result in a wholesale voter revolt, he explained.

Ronald Vaughn, also an opponent, said the protests have brought out people never before active in causes.

Everyone has health care, Vaughn explained. Those who do not pay for the coverage receive medical care that is paid for with tax dollars, he added.

Of the more than 250 people lining the 100 block of East Jackson Street, about 10 were in favor of the legislation.

Tift and Colquitt County protesters traveled to Thomasville by bus to express their opposition to the bill that is to be voted on Sunday.

“Who Would Jesus Deny Health Care For?” was the poster displayed by Willie Mae Burns. “Everyone needs affordable health care,” Burns said.

If the health care bill is not approved, insurance companies “will take over,” she added.

As to cuts in Social Security benefits, Burns said, “Tomorrow’s not promised for any of us. We need to take care of today.”

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