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According to the AJC, more than 600 people showed up to participate in an annual health fair conducted by U.S. Rep. David Scott. This year’s event was like none other since the health care reform bill, created to ensure all Americans have some form of health insurance, is a hot topic.

Although the forum got rambunctious at times, Scott and supporters on both sides voiced opinions without further public displays of ignorance like that swastika incident. According to Scott, 147,000 of his constituents are uninsured.

As per news reports, Scott has actually attempted to slow down the health care bill. Having missed only three votes this year, he usually sides with Democrats. However, thanks in part to the House Democrats’ Blue Dog Coalition of which Scott is a member, Congress will readdress the health care bill after the break.

Have you dared to try and decipher any of the lengthy health care bill? What are your thoughts on this issue? As a Clayton resident, how would you ask Congressman Scott to represent you on this, and why?

Four-term Democratic Congressman Scott’s district covers parts of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton and Henry counties. Click here to let Scott know your thoughts on this issue.

In addition, what do you think about State Rep. Celeste Johnson’s (D-75) sudden resignation? According to news reports, she is returning to Florida to care for elderly parents and concentrate on family. For the county’s sake let’s hope there’s no behind the scenes drama involved with this decision. Who in that district would you like to see replace her? Johnson’s resignation is effective August 31.

51 comments Add your comment


August 17th, 2009
12:15 pm

I do not support most of the current options for a government owned insurance company that will use our tax money to kill American companies. I have read parts of all 16 bills. They are all different and very hard to find much about any of them. They constantly change. The Congressional Budget Office gives cost estimates in the trillions. If the government cannot handle the VA, Mdeicare, or the Post Office, What makes anyone think they could handle or health care.
Jamie Dupree from WSB has put much of it on his web sight.

Supporting the President

August 17th, 2009
12:33 pm

If we can spend billions on wars we can spend to take care of our own. We probably spend that money in ER costs for the uninsured anyway. I voted yes.

Mom of Stroke survivor

August 17th, 2009
12:33 pm

My biggest fear with the health care reform is taking benefits away from my son. Since he had a stroke before he was born, he has a “pre-existing” condition. I’ve read material from both camps. One explanation said he could be without insurance in the future, one made it sound like the pre-existing condition disclaimer would be removed. I’ve read so much conflicting material that I don’t know what to believe. Does the healthcare system need reform? Yes. Its a shame that my son only gets 20 occupational therapy, 20 speech therapy and 20 physical therapy visits A YEAR. How is one expected to recover from a stroke with so little intervention? Or that I have to meet a deductible before insurance will pay for his ankle brace.
From what little I have read, I do like the sounds of the insurance co-ops. I DO NOT like the idea of the government running the health care industry.

Supporting the President

August 17th, 2009
12:34 pm

and Celeste Johnson … I was surprised she got releected given her ties to Rod Johnson and the mess he made of the school board. Her voting record doesn’t look like we’ll be misisng much. Good riddance hopefully we’ll find someone better who’s not double dipping and really cares about this county and that district.

Scot Free

August 17th, 2009
12:46 pm

Was Rep. Johnson forced to pay back the any monies she was alleged to have illegally received by double dipping, taking her pay from CCPS while working at the General Assembly?

Larry OKeeffe

August 17th, 2009
1:26 pm

No matter what your viewpoint is. The current debate over healthcare should concern everyone. There are basic factors at work in this country that affect everyone regardless of their economic situation; Healthcare is one of the major ones. Others include energy, housing, food, and sustainable full employment opportunities. I like many Americans of my generation spend more on healthcare than we pay in taxes, when you figure the true total cost both direct and indirect of healthcare services and insurance.

Healthcare or more particularly the availability and ready access to adequate healthcare must be of concern to all of us whether we currently have coverage or not. This is a very complex issue that needs to be addressed in a significant manor. I am not saying the current plan is the answer, however we as a country can not afford to maintain the status quo in regards to healthcare. The issue is approaching critical mass and if not adequately addressed will soon blowup in our face.

During the Clinton administration an attempt was made to address this issue and by the time legislation was passed the lobbyists had succeeded in rendering it meaningless. This time their efforts on the hill were not as successful as they had been in the past. So they are turning their efforts on the public, in hopes that public opinion will defeat this attempt at reform. They seek to manipulate us by spreading doomsday scenarios in hopes of evoking unthinking emotional responses from us. We must remember that there is BIG money involved, and those invested in the healthcare economy have deep pockets and will do everything they can to maintain the status quo as it benefits them.

I urge all of you; do not be influenced by the scare tactics being employed by the healthcare lobby. Take time to express your true feelings and concerns to your elected representatives. Seek out the truth and make informed decisions. Below is a link to a White House website. See what they have to say then use the link in Kimberly’s article to send Congressman Scott your concerns and opinions regarding the proposed plan whether for or against, I assure you he will listen. Just make sure they are yours. Do not let the lobbyists’ put their words in your mouth.

Pray for our Schools
Larry OKeeffe


August 17th, 2009
2:14 pm

I have taken the time..have read parts of the bill and like little that I have read. Nothing written yet addresses the uninsured or illeagals( who we should not have anyway). The “government” insurance plan for health would be like asking the government pay for auto insurance or homeowners insurace. They are all necessary and all an individuals responsibility.

Larry OKeeffe

August 17th, 2009
3:58 pm


Unfortunately we have to deal with WHAT IS rather than what SHOULD be.

Everyone SHOULD have the opportunity for sustainable full employment. They do not!

Everyone SHOULD have ready access to affordable healthcare. They do not!

Everyone SHOULD have an affordable home to live in. They do not!

Everyone SHOULD have affordable energy for transportation, heating, Cooling, and light. They do not!

You talk about the uninsured. Drive to downtown Atlanta, look under the overpasses. There you will see the uninsured and uncared for. 90% of these are mentally ill and unable to hold a job. Who will care for them? There is a great disparity regarding healthcare coverage for the mentally ill. This and other shortcomings need to be addressed.

What about the cancer patient who is lucky enough to survive the disease only to loose their job because their mere existence causes the employers insurance rates to double or triple.

What about the hospital that closes because they are required to care for the disadvantaged but are not compensated for this care? Why do you think aspirin administered in a hospital costs so much.

What about the lawyers that take malpractice cases and charge fees at 50% of the award given. Tort reform is long overdue!

What about Doctors that give up the practice of medicine because they cannot afford to stay in practice.

I have personally seen examples of all of these and yes we SHOULD NOT have to endure them but we DO!

We need CHANGE and we need to start NOW!

Government funded PUBLIC ACCESS coverage may not be the answer but then what is?

Tell us What IS the answer. And don’t just say leave it as it is because what we have is not working!

Pray for our Schools
Larry OKeeffe

Not Invisible

August 17th, 2009
10:27 pm

I Quote, “Everyone” is entitled quality Health Care”, not just the greedy rich! A rich country like this can afford it. Some people just don’t like anything the president does. They about national debt, they didn’t talk about national debt when the last president “BROKE” the country. Anybody that listen the Hannity and Rush is crazy! It isn’t about “Right” it about Race!

Godd News

August 17th, 2009
10:39 pm

Celeste Johnson will not be missed! Did she have “Tax Problems like the rest of Clayton County Delegation that sold Sonny the School accreditation.


August 17th, 2009
11:47 pm

David Scott is showing his stripes. He is very temperamental.

Pray for Larry O’Keffe,



August 18th, 2009
12:56 am

I attended the forum and yiu are invited to sign on to at 8pm Friday for my internet TV talk show, SynamonSays…What do you say? I will have guests and comments from others who attended as well. Let me share with you what AJC and other media outlets did not.


August 18th, 2009
7:29 am

While I hate hate HATE paying more tax no matter who’s president don’t think a person’s economic status should determine whether or not you receive health care. That’s setting us on the patth to become a third world country. How can we call ourselves the greatest country in the world when we won’t even take care of our own citizens? And I get that the other poster said about illegals I don’t want to pay for them, either I don’t mind paying for U.S. citizens. There has to be a middle ground where everybody can benefit.

Lenny Gene, V

August 18th, 2009
9:45 am

Talking about novas. Bright, shining lights that quickly pass away. Rod Johnson’s legacy? He and Ericka Davis along with co-conspirator Eldrin Bell sold out the Clayton County community by handing over the school system to SACS for a full scale SACS Occupation of the Clayton County School System. Sheer stupidity and sheer selfishness. Why did they do it? They were losing power on the school board.


August 18th, 2009
10:34 am

I believe if the Bill possibly mirrors some of the same features as those of the foreign countries who practice this, for example, Australia, then yes. I have a problem with knowing there are people dying because they can’t afford a heart, lung or kidney transplant. The movie that comes to mind is John Q. (with Denzel Washington). It’s ludicrous, but happens every day.
I believe the hospitals make up the cost of those who don’t have insurance by charging us higher co-pays and over billing the insurance companies for medical services that don’t measure up to their costs. I can understand the argument, because the greedy insurance companies are afraid they will lose.

But on one hand, those who don’t have a job or decent healthcare will be able to get the care they need (of course, this will increase their mortality in the long run, as opposed to if they didn’t have healthcare at all). On the other hand, the insurance companies are fighting against gov’t intervention so that their profits won’t be minimized, however it will be hardworking citizens who will pick up the extra costs of those who lack coverage (totally not fair).

By the way, the countries that practice gov’t run healthcare, have lower rates of death, disease, and fetal mortality rates. I see it as a sure thing; it’s been working for these countries, if we model our healthcare program after what they’re doing, then maybe we’ll receive better health grades as a country.

Larry OKeeffe

August 18th, 2009
10:51 am


Thank you for your prayer request.

I am not sure from your post whether the prayer is for me to see the light, or that I continue my current path, but I need and will graciously accept any and all prayers on my behalf.

Another concern I shared with Congressman Scott’s office regarding Healthcare is the lack of choice we have in selecting coverage. Yes I have coverage with my employer, however our only choice it to take it or leave it. Over the years the cost of coverage has increased while the benefits have decreased. In the past we were given the choice of paying more for higher benefits. Now there is no choice and quite frankly the coverage is minimal. When I was younger I did not need the coverage but I took the higher option anyway. Now that I need the coverage it is no longer available. This is just another reason we need reform.

I have tried to read the House bill. I am willing to admit that I do not have full understanding of the current proposal; I don’t think anyone really does. President Obama is making the attempt to hold faith with those that elected him seeking CHANGE. I support that, and Congressman Scott’s support of that initiative. I do not believe however that this will be the end of the issue. Healthcare is such a complex issue that it cannot be adequately addressed in one session. This must be an ongoing process of review and adaptation. But we must start somewhere and we must start now.

My support is more for the process than for any individual PLAN! My support is also for everyone to make their voices heard. This should be done in an informed and civil manner. But it must be done.

Pray for our Schools
Larry O’Keeffe


August 18th, 2009
11:04 am

Stop the maddness! Not invisible the only thing you are entitled to is “life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Don’t ask the government to take any more of my tax dollars for anything other than those functions specifically listed in the Constitution. You can not name a current “entitlement program initiated by the gov. that has succeded in fighting the “war on poverty” or taking care of people in their old age. That is what they are supposed do be doing but they fail misserably and so will government run healthcare.
There is the same number of people today in poverty as there was when the war on poverty began and social security and medicare are virtualy bankrupt. Housing projects and welfare programs have proven to be nothing more than tools to trap those who were gullible enough to begin the cycle of accepting government handouts. Proven by stat after stat. These programs were sold to the people with all sorts of promises when they were no more than social experiments and oh how these experiments have failed. No more experiments, No government run healthcare, not on my watch.


August 18th, 2009
11:46 am

what else do you people think your entitled to?


August 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

I’ve always felt that good health care and good educational services should be affordable for everyone who needs/wants it. Is that not true “patriotism?” If all sides just sit down and get a plan started, the rest should follow pretty easily. The “public option” is essential.


August 18th, 2009
1:35 pm

Please do not mention the word education in conjunction with healthcare if you are trying to convince anyone to support the current healthcare plans being proposed by our elected officials. PUBLIC SCHOOLS are as much an object failure as the other government run programs, or maybe not seing as the original goal of the public education system was to create a worker class of people who would only follow and not lead.
Our current system lags behind every other industrialised countries yet you don’t hear any of our elected officials wanting to create a private option to provide competition for the public option. We onlly get the tired old platitude of “we need to spend more money.” We spend more money than any other industrialised country with worse results. Think about it


August 18th, 2009
4:18 pm

When I was raising a family my state health care was called “hospitalization”. It did not pay for well check-ups and shots for my children or office visits if they were sick. It did not pay for mameograms or any other preventive care. It was there if we had an unexpected illness. We have more coverage now and we pay more. We go to the doctor a lot!


August 18th, 2009
4:19 pm

Having lived in Germany. ( a Country with universal cradle to grave heath care) I can tell all you supporters of health care it is not free. Germany has a 50% income tax on Everybody. Not just the supposed rich. You get benefits? you get taxed, You have a job you get taxed. You win the lottery? YOU GET TAXED. Plus they have a 16% VAT ( for you who don’t know what that is. It is a Value Added Tax) on ALL goods and services. So basically they have a tax base of 65%. And other European countries are worse on the taxes. which is why so many of the Brits, French, Turks, and so on come to Germany to work. SOOOOOOOO are you willing to give the government 65% of YOUR income. be it wages or welfare? Think real hard about what it will do to YOUR lifestyle before you answer.


August 18th, 2009
11:10 pm

Does anybody think Rep. Scott cares about voters’ opinions?


August 19th, 2009
10:00 am

No I don’t think Rep. Scott cares what the people who voted him in opinions. But he will wish he had after the next election. We voted him in and we can vote him out. And this time there will be no Presidential election to save him.

Covered by Healthcare

August 19th, 2009
10:19 am

I am a federal government employee and I will tell you that my options for healthcare is pretty good as it relates to employer and employee. Being in Human Resources I am very familiar with the overall coverage and eligibility to all federal employees. What the government has done is told the insurance carriers if you want to give coverage to our employees, you cannot exclude them for pre-existing conditions, they are eligible immediately, the cost will not change for the contract period of one year, family coverage is a set amount no matter how many family members are covered as well as single coverage and as a retiree you will pay the exact same price as a current employee. Also, if there is a dispute as to an expense that the carrier denied, we have the option of sending this dispute to the administrators of the health benefits group and they will act as an independent third party to see if the insurance carrier is liable for this procedure as outlined in their contract.

Now this may not sound like much but it covers the basic things that exclude most individuals from coverage. To be in the middle of cancer treatment and change jobs and not have to worry about “will my new insurance carrier accept me” is a wonderful thing. I am happy with my coverage but I know that not everyone have those options. As a Human Resources Professional, the very first thing that our new hires get taken care of is signing up for health insurance and immediately start making appointments. Even before the money is taken out of their checks. If a public option is needed to make some of these insurance carriers to change the way that they do business, so be it. Access to Health Care is not a right but for some of our families and neighbors it is a matter of life or death.


August 19th, 2009
11:59 am

I’m not sure what to believe on this. there is too much information out there and I can’t tell fact from fiction either. Hopefully the President will take some time to explain it and address all the stuff being said.

Interesting read

August 19th, 2009
1:12 pm


August 19th, 2009
2:27 pm

Jamie Dupree has a link on WSB to health care plans. Try and read ‘um. Will keep lawyers employed for years. But you will learn something.


August 19th, 2009
8:56 pm

No, David Scott does not care what I think. I agree that we need to decrease the number of uninsured in America. Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc. or not, we must first fix the current healthcare system before we do anything else. Everything the government gives us is designed and built by the lowest bidders. And health care will be different? Sure it will!! Most major government programs with exception of the military are huge failures with huge amounts of fraud, abuse and waste. Save money and improve quality? Hardly. If you want a glimpse into how the government will run things, just look at the current Indian Health Service! The government has no incentive to produce higher quality products more efficiently for less cost. All they need to do is print more money. Private sector businesses, however, do. They have to or they go out of business. We must continue to utilize them.

Some point to other countries and the report by WHO as their argument that the United States does not have the best health care in the world. It’s a deception for many reasons. Our culture, size, and diversity differs from other countries. We have a greater proportion of immigrants, a richer racial mix, more violence, more dynamic population growth, and greater regional variations in a vast continental nation. The U.S. receives 85% of the world’s immigrants; our population is now nearly 1/3 African American, Hispanic, and of other ethic origins. American culture tends to be less “pure” in its population mix, more conservative, less trustful of government, more litigious, less tolerant of rationing, and more desirous of having quick access to the latest technologies. These cultural factors don’t lend themselves to neat and swift health care reform. We must take our time and do it right!

Medical care accounts for only about 15% of the health status and longevity of any given population, life style for 20% to 30%, and other factors – poverty, inferior education, income differences, and lack of social cohesion of the other 55%. This isn’t ideal or what most Americans want, but it’s reality, and it negatively impacts infant mortality and life expectancy statistics – the chief measuring rods of national health comparisons. In the U.S, there are vast differences in longevity among races (whites 81.5 years, other ethic groups 74 to 75 years), and in northern Midwestern states (81 to 82 years) and Southeastern states (74 to 75 years). This differences, and such things, such as “urban killing fields” within our cities, are beyond health system or physician control.

Superimposing universal care on our current system would likely break State Budgets and the Federal Treasury. Somehow we must find a way to lower costs within the context of the current systems before proceeding to coverage for all. Many states –among them, Massachusetts, California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania – are finding universal coverage may cost more than their budgets will allow.

Just my two cents.

If I could have my way

August 19th, 2009
10:03 pm

Eliminate ALL federal entitlemnt programs
No More:
Foreign Aid
No More Social Security
No More Vetrans benefits
No more Unemployment Benefits
No More VA Care
No More Railroad Employees Benefits
No More Subsidized Police Survivors Benefits
No More Section 8
No More Farmers Subsidies
No More Tennessee Valley Entitlements
No More Native American Benefits
No More Retired Military Benefits
No More Corporate Subsidies
No More Homestead Exemptions
No More giving ANY money to ANY group…PERIOD!

Luther Jeans

August 19th, 2009
10:32 pm

Will this new ObamaCare cover police officers who wear their jeans too tight? Would Donna, Joy, Wilbur, Yonce, Dickson, and the other mayors have gotten their panties in a wad over blue jeans with nice sports coats? Who encouraged Luther? Was it his friend Eldrin? I hear that the court just ruled in the Joe Murphy case and rule AGAINST that joke of a commissioner Eldrin Bell. Boy, Clayton County is in trouble when it has as its school board chairman Alieka Anderson and its commission chairman Eldrin Bell, two products of Atlanta. (Alieka’s mom worked for Eldrin in the Atlanta Police Department.) Clayton County, the New Atlanta. Fayetteville, Baby Riverdale. Atlanta, the New White Flight Area. Things have changed a wee bit, wouldn’t you say? But, have no fear, Jonesboro is in safe hands…with no police officers wearing blue jeans. Have y’all checked on Janie Mae’s? Check the shot house on _______________ Street too if you are so determined to “correct” Jonesboro, starting, of course, with the blue jeans. Check on that Cali Superintendent Edmond Seatley or Steeley or Stedman or whatever his name is and see if he has changed his Cali tag so that he won’t be pulled over again in The Park. Heatley? Is that his name? For real. I can’t remember his Chino Valley name. I think that it is Edmond Heately. Yes, this sounds right. How many years did he teach? Two? Yes, I think two. Gotta run. Still taking over the world.

Pray for Larry O’Keeffe,

Luther Jeans


August 20th, 2009
7:50 am

Rep. Scott made himself available for about 4 hours this past Saturday and answered all sorts of questions. Next, he is going to participate in an AARP town hall meeting in Cobb. It sounds as if a lot of the bill is still open, so please make your voices heard.

Pete Stroud

August 20th, 2009
10:39 am

What has happened to the Clayton County School System? Edmond Heatley has been on the job – what? – about a month and is already violating school laws. He’s just a typical “big city” (so-called trained by the Broad Institute, that “incestuous” fraternity/sorority of Urban Supes) who comes sweeping into Georgia thinking that he is above Georgia laws. It’s not like the old days when the school leaders at least had a modicum of respect for the laws. Arlin must be rolling over in his grave! Arlin wouldn’t would put up with this cr_p!

Boar Hunter

August 20th, 2009
5:49 pm

These “Rethugicans” don’t care about actual healthcare, they only want Obama to “Fail”. If they were so “Fiscal Responsible” we would not be in a recession. They were given 8 years, they screwed the the entire world. They started 2 wars and spent “Trillions of dollars for the military industrial complex, owned by Bush, Cheney and friends. Now, the Hannity’s and the Rushes of the world want us to care about what they think. Yah right! Who care about what they think–some swine.

From a lifelong democrat

August 20th, 2009
7:36 pm

all republicans aren’t evil & neither are all dems or any other political group. I’ve found myself slowing becoming more conservative as I get older. I’m not sure what should be done about this healthcare bill it has potential but definitely needs tweaking. let’s hope it will be really do what’s intended before they just role it out & hope for the best. American people can’t afford any more financial mistakes.

Barbara Hairston

August 20th, 2009
10:40 pm

I am perturbed that a once beautiful county is now being run by a thug like Eldrin Bell.

Pray for Larry O’Keeffe


Voters Reform

August 21st, 2009
10:29 am

Rep. Scott is working for the people of the county and is doing a good job. However, Glanton and Buckner need to be voted out of any office. They sold the School System’s Credentials to Sonny for a statewide school reform that failed thus destorying the county and costing the children well over 44 million in educational funding.

John Stewart

August 21st, 2009
2:36 pm

@ Voter Reform. Are you serious? Have you actually looked at Scott’s voting record and what he has accomplished for his district?


August 21st, 2009
6:57 pm

Another Trotterite breaks in to talk about the school system.

If you know Glanton and Buckner – you find that the public interest and their constituents are foremost in their hearts. These are true public servants.

Rep Scott found himself a good public’s work program (US rep) like so many of his constituents in the metro area look for.

Obama and healthcare. Of course, healthcare could be reformed – but use common sense – use the free market system and incentives, Use something called personal responsibility – not taxes and government absolute control. They have yet to run any program – with fiscal responsibility. Of course, as always – as a geneous nation we need to provide safety nets but not cradle to grave care. This country cannot afford it. Other countries that have tried it – their populations are only a fraction of ours – Try to imagine getting an appointment with a doctor or a procedure at a hospital – with no more doctors and competing against 300 million Americans.

Voters Reform

August 21st, 2009
7:07 pm

John Stewart, Healthcare for “Everyone” is a good thing. Stop Crying.


August 21st, 2009
11:25 pm

Vote all incumbents out for they have failed the populace!


August 22nd, 2009
9:34 am

David Scott has done nothing for anyone. He has been voted one of the most corrupt politician in congress. He plays on uneducated, low income people to keep himself in office, and in the money.

John Stewart

August 22nd, 2009
11:09 am

@Voters Reform. I believe that everyone should have Healthcare; however it is not something guaranteed under our Constitution. It is my opinion before the Healthcare system can be reformed we need to reform our economy and that starts with our tax system. Fairtax!!! You do that and watch how the economy explodes.

Voters Reform

August 22nd, 2009
11:40 am

BB, watch too much FOX News with Hannity, O’Reilly and listen to Rush to make an informed decision about anything. They are Rethugician! a Party of NO! To any thing Obama does. It’s not about “Right to them it about Race! Rethugician have NEVER been “Fiscallly Responsiblie” why worry now!

Voters Reform

August 22nd, 2009
3:29 pm

Glanton and Buckner will be voted out of office. They sold the School System’s Accreditation to Sonny for a statewide school reform that failed thus destorying the county and costing the black children of Clayton well over 44 million in educational funding. The majority of the voting populace WILL NOT FORGET!


August 23rd, 2009
9:41 am

“Voters Reform”
This has to be another politician setting himself up for a run! Which office is it you are after?LOL!


August 24th, 2009
8:16 am

@ Voters Reform
I see several keywords in your post that alludes to your true ID.

@ Please!- It’s so obvious


August 25th, 2009
9:28 am

trotter, is that you?


August 27th, 2009
5:14 pm

so the people at the rallys with handmade signs are the organized ones?? – it seems the supporters who have the paid for (Democratic party)signs are the ones who are organized and bussed to these events

let talk we talk

September 7th, 2009
4:59 am

Mr. Scott had a meeting with me he had give me his word that he was going to help me he said this to me ,when you head is in the Loin mouth patties with the other hand and easy your head out but he never help