Breaking: Perdue will sue feds over health care on his own

By Jim Tharpe/jtharpe@ajc.com and Aaron Gould Sheinin/asheinin@ajc.com

Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday he will appoint a “special attorney general” to challenge federal health care legislation signed into law this week by President Obama.

Perdue made the announcement a day after state Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat running for governor, told Perdue, a Republican,  he would not pursue a lawsuit.

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“He’s refusing to do that and I can’t force him to do that,” Perdue said of Baker.

Meanwhile, Georgia Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kidd this morning sent Perdue a lengthy Open Records Act request, demanding copies of correspondence between his office and Republican organizations around the country.

The governor said the state constitution gives him the leeway to appoint a special attorney general if the elected attorney general fails to carry out the wishes of the governor.

Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free. He said he expects to make a decision on a team as soon as possible, but did not set a deadline. Perdue  has the support of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and the Senate Republican Caucus, all of whom said late Wednesday the support the governor’s efforts.

The governor said the state will probably go it alone on the suit to avoid any costs. If Georgia joined with the other 14 state challenging the health legislation, it would incur some legal costs, Perdue said. One of Baker’s objections to filing a suit was its possible financial impact on the state during a time of withering revenues.

When asked if Baker broke the law by refusing to carry out his instructions to initiate a lawsuit, the governor said,  “I think the (state) Constitution is is clear. I think the people of Georgia can make their own determination about that.”

Asked about talk in the state Legislature that Baker should be impeached, the governor said impeachment is a legislative perrogative and declined further comment.

Perdue appeared at a Buckhead press conference with former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gringrich condemned attacks on Democratic congressman who support the health care bill, and urged voters to funnel their outrage toward the ballot box in the November elections.

The former congressman said “there’s no place in America” for political violence, threats or intimidation.

However, he said Democratic leaders must take some responsibility for the recent outbursts of anger. He blamed Democrats in Washington of using “corrupt tactics” and of “bullying”

He accused some Democrats of being “disingenuous.”

“This is a game they are playing,” Gingrich said.

The Democrats’ Open Records request to Perdue is for all documents “between the office of the governor and the Republican National Committee, the Republican Governors Association, Republican Attorneys General Association, FreedomWorks, American Solutions, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican National Conservative Caucus and insurance companies related to opposition to the federal health care reform legislation signed by the president on March 23.”

Perdue is embroiled in a showdown with Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker over Baker’s refusal to sue the federal government to block implementation of the national health care overhaul. Perdue wanted Baker to either sue on his own or join 14 other attorneys general in the country in their joint lawsuit.

Baker, a Democratic candidate for governor, said in a letter to Perdue Wednesday that the lawsuit is almost surely to fail and would be costly in a time of plunging state revenues.

“Georgia citizens have a right to know about Perdue’s motivations for overturning legislation that will assist 1.7 million uninsured state residents from obtaining affordable health insurance,” said Kidd. “We believe that Perdue is pursuing this strategy as a purely political calculation, and ignoring the needs of 2.6 million children in Georgia who are protected from insurance denial due to pre-existing conditions by this legislation.”

In response to the Democrats’ request, Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said the governor’s office will “be glad to search for documents and respond, but given that many, many attorneys have offered to take up this case pro bono, which means free of charge for any Democrats who are reading this, we do not expect any state resources to be spent in this effort.”

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Road Scholar

March 25th, 2010
10:58 am

I hear a guy named Richardson is available!

Former StateEmployee

March 25th, 2010
11:02 am

Come on, Sonny. You’re complaining all the time about the budget, but you want to spend our tax dollars on a suit that will probably go no where?

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dj

March 25th, 2010
11:05 am

first and Baker is a LOSER!!! Glad he and the rest of the Democraps will be unemployed come November!! Viva Liberty!

Sonny screws us again

March 25th, 2010
11:05 am

Nice use of our time and money, Sonny.

Anthony

March 25th, 2010
11:06 am

Good Lord, Is this bozo STILL the governor? Sonny, what have you done for me lately? You refuse to take responsibility for the state fo the state, but you want to waste time and money on this? How does it feel to be the worst thing for Georgia since Sherman?

Joseph

March 25th, 2010
11:07 am

At least Sonny isn’t going out without a bang. This should be entertaining.

Bill

March 25th, 2010
11:07 am

Let Perdue and the others pay for the lawsuit from their own pockets if they feels so strongly about it. Perdue has embarrassed this state one too many times. He hasn’t exhibited to me that he cares one whit about the citizens of Georgia. And let me make it clear, I am a Moderate Independent. I’ve always voted for the candidate not the party, however, the antics of the GOP are pushing me toward the Democrats. Until I see some common sense from the GOP I personally will not cast another vote in their direction no matter how qualified the candidate.

Sonnysux

March 25th, 2010
11:07 am

God, I can’t wait for this clown to leave office.

Gary

March 25th, 2010
11:08 am

ONE NAME DOES THIS MAN JUSTICE….Well 2 IF we Include MORON But can we all say @$$HOLE????

Sarah

March 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Go ahead Sonny and the rest of the Republicans in Georgia – here is so more rope. Take all you need. Idiots.

Monica

March 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Former State Employee, from the article… “Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free. “

atllady626

March 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Thank you, Sonny! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

AH

March 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Time to man up folks.

This is all about politics to think it has anything to do with ‘health’ care is delusional. The bill passed and the bill in consideration does nothing to elevate any medical or health problems in this country and everyone knows it. Heck, this old bromide that it ”helps the children’ isn’t even true. There is nothing of substance in Obamacare that helps anyone. Zero children will be helped by this bill.

Rebecca

March 25th, 2010
11:08 am

Creating a bunch of dust to hide what you’ve done to the schools, Sonny?

Can we appoint a ’special governor’ to care for the citizens of Georgia?

jbarkatl

March 25th, 2010
11:09 am

Can you all not read… he just said he was going through an appointed attorney general group that would do it for FREE.

While I agree Sonny isn’t the brightest crayon in the box, if he can get this for free, let him.

NoBama

March 25th, 2010
11:09 am

Finally!!! What a slap in the face for Baker.

Baker just submitted his resination yesterday by not going forward with the gov’s request.

But I do agree that sonny needs to go….. Ga needs change just not Baker.

Jetjoy

March 25th, 2010
11:09 am

More of our tax money to be used. Please enjoy your term in office because it is about to an end.

Georgia Born and Raised

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

Sonny is a jaded product of the,”Good O’l boy system” why waste the states money, you idiot!

James

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

Time for the GA House to step up and send Purdue packing.

“Ga. Const. Art. III, § VII, Para. I (2009) – PARAGRAPH I. Power to impeach

The House of Representatives shall have the sole power to vote impeachment charges against any executive or judicial officer of this state or any member of the General Assembly.:

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

The open records act is grossly wrong if it allows for these kinds of emails/letters to be obtained. How is he supposed to do his job if he can’t obtain information from other republicans in peace? I hope he has the right to tell “Georgia Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kidd” where she can stick that kind of request. If not, this is a law that needs to be rewritten. Only official government records should be available in such a manner.

Steve

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

Sonny you are a waste of money and space. Get out of office and maybe a more intelligent governor won’t waste our money and time like you have. WHat a joke!!

IdiotPurdue

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

I cant wait til this LOSER of a Gov. leaves office…he’s done to Georgia what Bush did to the U.S…screwed us over…

Peadawg

March 25th, 2010
11:11 am

“Come on, Sonny. You’re complaining all the time about the budget, but you want to spend our tax dollars on a suit that will probably go no where?”

My thoughts exactly!

Georgian in the Bluegrass

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

What’s less expensive, lawyer fees (some apparently offered their services for free) or Obamacare? IMO he’s saving GA money by blocking a Washington scheme set to bankrupt the state with forced Medicare contributions and other services that are uncovered daily from the 2400+ page bill and it’s “fixes” due to pass within a few days…

Big Red

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

This lawsuit is gonna rob my grand kids in the future. No way.

Mark

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

What a joke. Wasting taxpayer money, but it is a large contributor (payback time).

E-Roll

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

So I guess that the kids that will not be denied coverage for pre existing conditions or have their coverage cap at a certain level determined by the insurance companies will not be helped by this new law, right AH?

IdiotPurdue

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

AMEN @ James!!!

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
11:12 am

Did nobody read the article? He pointed out that several attorneys have volunteered to do this for free. He’s not going to pick one that will charge the state, as we obviously have no money to pay.

Sonny days ahead

March 25th, 2010
11:13 am

Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free. He said he expects to make a decision on a team as soon as possible, but did not set a deadline.

The governor said the state will probably go it alone on the suit to avoid any costs.

Reading comprehension goes a long ways sometimes.

NoBama

March 25th, 2010
11:13 am

Read the article people, FREE. It will not cost anything. Unlike your soon to be fed ran healthcare…

Hellon Wheels

March 25th, 2010
11:13 am

Just maybe…..Sonny is looking at the cost of Medicaid to the State of Georgia (created by the new health bill). Where will the money come from for that bill?? Health care is not free or cheap. The new bill says who will be covered but the bigger question is: Where will the money come from? Oh yeah…I remember, the middle class.

marcia

March 25th, 2010
11:14 am

Is it bulling or just standing up against a bully? I’m not 100% for dem answer to health care issue but at least they came up with something to try I didn’t see rep bring anything to the plate other than it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I’ve been voting rep for years over entitlement issues but I have no clue how I will vote in the future sick of both.

KD

March 25th, 2010
11:14 am

It’s is FREE, attorneys are taking in on for FREE. GOOD FOR THEM!!! Thank you Sonny and thank you for fighting for our rights as American Citizens!!!!
Learn to read people……..FREE….taking it on for FREE…not costing the state a dime!!! And why are you folks complaining about paying taxes…that’s what the Democrats love to do pay taxes to give out FREE handouts.

William

March 25th, 2010
11:14 am

Listen to the liberals cry when someone defends the constitutional rights of citizens. Just because some of the healthcare bill is good for some does not justify violating the constitution. But you just do not get it–or do not want to.

We've reverted back to the 50's

March 25th, 2010
11:15 am

Wow, I really want to see Lawyers do this for free maybe since they will appoint a special attorney general he will use funds from a special not for education account to fund it. If people think this is free they need to read up on court costs, investigation costs, witnesses. Seriously I’m not surprised, I was born and raised here but I thinks it’s time to say Goodbye Georgia and your racist conservative ways!

livingdilbert

March 25th, 2010
11:15 am

Gee, thanks Sonny for making me embarrassed to live in GA once again. You are a conservative terd. Thanks for wasting taxpayer dollars…I guess this will cost more than when you prayed for rain – equally embarrassing.

Tech Man

March 25th, 2010
11:15 am

Thank you Sonny.

Lets get common sense reform passed that doesn’t bankrupt the state and Georgia employers.

Get ready for large increases in medical premiums January 1 due to underfunded mandates!

georgiagal

March 25th, 2010
11:15 am

For those of you carping about wasting taxpayer money, if you had actually paid attention, you’d know that several attorneys have offered to work this case pro bono. That means they’ll do it for free.

Even if the taxpayers of Georgia were paying for it, it would be far cheaper to defeat this monstrosity of a power grab now than to end up with all the taxes and fees in the new healthcare bill. This is not about healthcare, it’s about CONTROLLING YOU. If they control your access to physicians, hospitals, treatment and medicine, they control YOU and you have little or no recourse. This is the government folks, and you know how it is to have a complaint or problem and be forced to deal with any government body or pin-headed bureaucrat. I’d rather deal with an insurance company any day.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

In this case you have to spend money to save the tax-paying American’s money. I am certain the reason the country is divided on this is because of the huge gap between the heathly (tax-paying American’s that pay for their own insurance) and the unhealthy (non-tax-paying American deadbeats that want free hand-out from the governement for the rest of their lives) Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

Let the Big Dawg Eat

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

Did I read that correctly? The party of “no such thing as a free lunch” thinks that someone is going to take this case without compensation. They may not ask for money in return, but it won’t be free. Count on it.

Rob

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

Yes, Sonny. Don’t waste our money on this! Don’t waste our money on stopping the Federal Government from wasting our money!!
Just let the Health Care Reform mandates waste the state’s money! I mean, why spend a couple hundred thousand now when we can spend untold billions later?
Come on! Take the short view. None of the long-range planning stuff!
I wish the states the best of luck (they’ll need it) to stop this blatant power grab. If somebody controls your health care, they control you.
My body, my choice.

moomoosweetbaby

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

I for one APPLAUD the actions of the Governor.

As usual our “trusted leaders” failed to ask us what we thought about Health Care. None of the American public knows anything about it. We have not been advised as to what it is about. What it means for the average tax-payer. What ramifications this bill puts in place.

The Democratic leadership Palosi and her gang just ramrodded this through. I can tell you this, they don’t speak for me becuase they never bothered to ask me.

Go SONNY – do us proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

buckgood

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

LOSER FROM THE GET GO! DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS BUBBA!!!

Emerald green couch

March 25th, 2010
11:16 am

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JSNEAD

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

What an IDIOT!!!! Perdummy would rather waste tax payer’s dollars on a lawsuit instead of providing affordable health insurance to those in need….WOW, this is the BEST GA could do by electing a straight IDIOT!!!! President Obama has done what previous Presidents could not, so now they want to protest and act a fool cause he is doing what he said he would do. These cowards are calling the offices and homes of our elected officials and threatening them and their families…which is a crime called Terroristc Threats.

On another note, I think the congressmen(women), senators, legislators, etc should only be able to serve for 10 years, not 20,30,40 years. Some of these individuals thought it was OK to hang someone, call someone a derogatory name, separate people from the same privileges and rights…the list goes on. It seems like they want to revert back t the old days. We need a new voice in GA and Washington, DC.

Bryan

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

When people complain of the mandate, how many DON’T have insurance already? What exactly are you being forced to do? Suddenly drop your insurance in protest? And how are you being punished by the government? “I’ve got insurance, but you can’t tell me that I have to have insurance!!!” Makes no sense.

Bill

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

A lawsuit still costs money whether the attorney is free or not. It cost to file, it costs to have witnesses, it is costly in time and effort, and the list goes on and on. Mr. Sonny needs to remember that everyone in the State is not a Republican.

Emerald green couch

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

Some of you believe everything you read.

Man of Morehouse

March 25th, 2010
11:17 am

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March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

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William

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

The democratic plantation is entitled! For free!

Corey

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

For all of the ding bats who think this is going to cost the state, the lawyers who volunteered are going to do this pro bono, that means “for free.” It isn’t going to cost the state anything. Read the whole article before commenting.

Mark

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

Agree or not at least read the article. The attorneys are doing it for FREE!!!!

The governor said the state will probably go it alone on the suit to avoid any costs. If Georgia joined with the other 14 state challenging the health legislation, it would incur some legal costs, Perdue said. One of Baker’s objections to filing a suit was its possible financial impact on the state during a time of withering revenues.

Suing is Cheaper than doing nothing....

March 25th, 2010
11:18 am

You all are complaining about the cost of a lawsuit????? How about the unfunded additional cost to GEORGIA TAXPAYERS of over a billion more medicare dollars a year that this abomination of a bill forces on the state! SUE EM’ SONNY, SUE !!!!!

Melly

March 25th, 2010
11:19 am

Apparently some of you missed the part about groups of attorneys offering to represent the State pro bono. Taxpayer problem solved. Find something valid or original to complain about.

Socialization of this nation is not in the interest of the States or the people. Georgia has a responsibility to it’s citizens and to its own sovereign interests to stand up against this blatant and inappropriate power grab by the federal government.

Georgian in the Bluegrass

March 25th, 2010
11:19 am

I just love how the liberals who comment always wax poetically how intelligent they are and how conservatives are redneck idiots. In reality, they are blinded by ideology. Case in point – why complain about wasting money to challenge the constitutionality of the Healthcare bill when it’s stated in the article that lawyers have offered to perform the work for FREE! Try reading the facts before convulsing into your typical rhetoric…

Cathy

March 25th, 2010
11:19 am

It angers me that Gov. Perdue assumes that all Georgia residents disagree with this healthcare reform bill. I support it, and am glad that it passed. It will make a difference for many people and is a step in the right direction. I do not feel that our great state should be added to the list of other states who are fighting this. I do not care if there are attorney’s who are willing to do it for free. Sonny, just finish out your term so we can elect someone else who will represent ALL of Georgia.

Reading Rainbow

March 25th, 2010
11:19 am

When reading an article, it is best to look at the words from left to right. Comprehension is not always easy, but people that make such blatant and intense calls for impeachment should understand what free means. You guys know healthcare doesn’t cure your stupidity correct?

GT3O

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Thank you! Someone needs to sue those idiots in Washington. I am glad Sonny is finding a way to do it for FREE (for those of you idiots who cannot read).

I refuse to pay for some disabled, poor, dependent leach’s healthcare too. We are already paying for wel-fare, unemployment, disability, and foot stamps. NO MORE PROGRAMS!!!!

People who actually work and care about hard work aren’t paying for another one, especially healthcare.

Guess Obama is looking out for his own kind. I can handle myself just fine.

faye

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Hello!! Governor have money to afford to pay Dr bills but what about other and what’s if one of his family member can not afford it. Can he please just accept it and be bless. I am not surprise he was going to do something like this. It’s look bad in the State of Georgia but there isn’t nothing no one can do but not from the TAYPAYER to pay for it

Cope

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Folks, read the article again. It says that there are attorneys available that will handle the case for FREE and if GA joined the other 14 states there would be incurred costs. Also, our tax money will now have to pay employee’s of the state to look through records and copy and supply the Democratic Party the Open Records request that they have filed.

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Elmer Fudd aka Sonny Perdue strikes again (yep he done, done it again). Jawjah’s finest and cream of the crop always rises to the top. :) OMG.

Based on the size of his girth I am sure he is not helping the cost of healthcare in the state.

Sonny has never missed a meal in his lifetime.

Wait till he appears on fox news and flashes his trade mark “I have no idea what’s going on smile.”

Americanprinciples

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

Don’t be cowed by the cowards, Sonny. I think your plan to have a group of attorneys represent Georgia in a lawsuit against this legislation is creative, and needed. An Attorney General who defies his Governor is outrageous and should be impeached.
This is a critical time in the maturing process of freedom and republican democracy. Stick to your principles, and to those who fought for freedom. I commend you.

Jon

March 25th, 2010
11:20 am

The left wingers are all over this one. All 12 of you that live in Grant Park and have your own cucumber gardens.

Scott

March 25th, 2010
11:21 am

Remember at the ballot box? I sure as hell will Sonny…NO REPUBLICANS…NO MORE OF YOUR CRAP! They are just deflecting everyone from the budget and their FAILURE to ONCE AGAIN pass a transportation bill

Avery

March 25th, 2010
11:21 am

Why isn’t Sonny praying on the courthouse steps that the legislation disappears? That was his solution to the water problems.

James

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

chris

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Thank you Governor Perdue! The Majority of citizens both in Georgia and across the country are against this health care bill. If the AG has the right to refuse to file the suit and the Governor has the right to appoint someone else to do it great!! Lets get on with it. The reporter on this story quotes “will assist 1.7 million uninsured state residents from obtaining affordable health insurance” Well the majority of those 1.7 million aren’t looking for affordable health insurance, they are looking for FREE health insurance.

healingtime

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Sonny Perdue, your hatred would not allow you to accept the entire stimulus package thereby severely hurting school kids of all races and ethnicities. Now your hatred cup runneth over. The real question here is who do you represent? Bottom line is, you too should pack before or during the elections. Doesn’t appear you likable meter is registering midway these days….

Evita Broughton

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

I’m not a fan of Governor Perdue but this takes the cake. It’s one thing for him to consider wasting Georgia’s precious resources to file a frivolous lawsuit; it’s quite another for him to appoint a “special attorney general” because the elected attorney general told him no. How incredibly disrespecful and underhanded!

MJ

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Obviously people do not understand the meaning of the word FREE or didn’t take the time to actually read the article before blasting with their comments.

GT3O

March 25th, 2010
11:22 am

Cathy,

so you are in favor of the government raising self-employed tax from 2.8% to 3.8% and making the small businesses provide healthcare?

So it’s OK with you to suffocate what makes America run so that bums can have free healthcare?

You’re an idiot. That is all.

Debnga

March 25th, 2010
11:23 am

No wonder Georgia is at the bottom in education, reading these posts shows your ignorance, you people did not read the article at all!! The lawsuit will be handled for FREE and Baker just officially screwed himself. LOL You will be crying when state taxes go up to pay for this horrible healthcare bill, the federal goverment put the burden on the states to provide additional medicare services. Educate yourselves, read the bill!!! This is not Free healthcare, you will pay in the end!

JDW

March 25th, 2010
11:23 am

“Just maybe…..Sonny is looking at the cost of Medicaid to the State of Georgia”

Under the bill the Federal Government covers all costs through 2016

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20000846-503544.html

This might be an issue one day but that day is not today. Sonny is doing what he does best grandstanding and avoiding real issues the impact our growth and economy like education, water, traffic etc…

Maybe he should pray?

Barry

March 25th, 2010
11:23 am

I’m amazed at the ignorance of most of you. Sonny and the other 14 states are right. No federal government has the right to force a citizen to purchase goods or services. Our state is already in financial difficulties and you want to burden it with more UNfunded federal mandates? Wake up before ALL your liberties are gone due to an ever expanding national government. What about the other pieces that need to be in place – like Tort reform? Get educated people look at the big picture.

ENOUGH

March 25th, 2010
11:23 am

I sure hope Sonny plans to pay for his lawsuit out of his own pocket. The State of GA is broke and he wants to waste money on a frivolous lawsuit!!

Robert

March 25th, 2010
11:23 am

Go Sonny! I can’t believe what happened up on Capitol Hill this last week is going unanswered, and I’m glad someone is fighting against it. Obama signing executive orders just to get a single vote, come on. The list of tactics the Democrats did last week are appalling. If anyone has done any research on Universal Healthcare would know that it’s an absolutely horrible thing. Look at what it did with a country like Germany. Anyone that is hard working, gone to school and has a respectible job will end up paying twice as much for healthcare, while the rest pay nothing. Generating a sub par system that will have the below average doctors serving the unemployed and non residents, because we will give everyone free healthcare. While the educated hard workers get screwed and pay for everyone else.

citizen

March 25th, 2010
11:24 am

Just curious…If a law is passed that requires citizens to purchase a product or face a penalty/fine and nothing in the law specifies which agency is responsible for collecting the penalty/fine money, is this law enforceable? I have a strong feeling that no agency has been specified to collect this money (the so called fine if a citizen doesn’t purchase health insurance)so, therefore, it doesn’t affect the commerce clause.

Universal Healthcare is Unconstitutional

March 25th, 2010
11:24 am

Purdue will spend less money on this lawsuit then this state will lose when employeers start laying people off (to get below the 50 employee mark to avoid paying fines or insurance) and less revenue is generated…hence this will save money in the long run

Matt

March 25th, 2010
11:24 am

We’ve come to a point in Politics where misinformation has become the norm. There are some good provisions and some bad provisions in this bill. But our lawmakers are acting like childrena nd from reading this post has seeped into the community as well. Perdue is finally getting off the high horse and doing something but again it’s too late. Sure it will be free to conduct the research but the trial itself will have to entail travel expenses on private jets back and forth from Georgia to Washington, expert witnesses, traveling back and forth for various face to face meetings with other AGs and we all know Sonny is going to jump in and go on them too so more expense. Nothing is free in this country especially healthcare. We need a 3rd party that can actually do something and challenge this fools.

Sam

March 25th, 2010
11:24 am

Wow! Looks like a lot of Sonny’s democratic foes do not know the meaning of the word “free.” Of course, when has a democrat ever understood that word….

Add Seymour

March 25th, 2010
11:24 am

What an absolute waste of money! Sonny is a partisan idiot! And those idiots who have not read the bill, but want to believe the silly, selfish and completely misguided partisan rhetoric about health care reform, move to another country! This is about helping other Americans! I could care less about this being a Democratic or President Obama initiative! Our health care system is broken, people! Republicans didnt want to fix it. Somebody had to.

Aaron

March 25th, 2010
11:24 am

1. Obama has forced the country to deal with healthcare reform. That in the end is all this bill was about.

2. To all you people complaining about the cost of the bill: make sure you complain about the cost of all this litigation.

EJ

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

First, to all the clowns, blasting its free, an attorney will do nothing for free. This is a waste of time, and effort. It will still cost the state, some revenue, and time, when other issues are pressing. What about the education deficits across the state, and the many furloughs at the many levels, and the unemployment. Let’ s write this clown for a gov, to get over it, and move on to other issues.

NOOBAMACARE

March 25th, 2010
11:25 am

Seriously you bleeding heart liberals. Grow up, get a job and pay for your own healthcare. Its not my responsibility to go to work all day everyday to pay for some lazy, ignorant, worthless person who is too lazy to help themselves. I would love to spend all day at home with my kids and my family but I have a work ethic and if I don’t work I don’t eat. Join the facebook page “Push for Georgia’s Attorney General to file suit against “Obama Care”" so Worthless democrats can see the people forced to pay for this DON”T WANT IT. Quit taking what I worked for !!!

JDW

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

BTW if you guys think a lawsuit like this will be handled for free…give me a buzz, I have a great bridge for sale. It is in Alaska and goes to the same place Sonny’s lawsuit will end up.

Man of Morehouse

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

To all of those who claim to read but don’t know anything about the court of law. Understand that lawyers are not the only cost in a court proceeding and that this will cost the state money over a useless case. This is a stupid lawsuit that is embaressing GA in front of the rest of the country. I can’t even respond to the idiot that said this bill actually won’t protect any children, that was just ignorant. I can’t believe all y’all can do is cry about higher taxes as if that’s all that matters when a little kid dies diabetes. Go watch John Q and shut the f up..

GT3O

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

I thinks it’s funny people are still posting that this will cost money.

What idiots.

How many times does the article say FREE in it. Bozo’s.

These people are probably the same people waiting for their check from Obama to take care of them.

Timmy

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

Governor P, use our tax money wisely and logically. Don’t go aginst good things. Remember evil that men do live after them. A good turn deserves for another. Whatever you sow you shall harvest. Anyway, health reform is not for Obama but POOR PEOPLE! Cheers!

WTF!?

March 25th, 2010
11:26 am

Because we need another civil war in this country.

We've reverted back to the 50's

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

For the idiots who keep throwing FREE out there we see who doesn’t know the judicial system just because there are not lawyer’s fees there are several thousand dollars in court costs that will not be paid out of Sonny’s Pockets. You talk about the Dems but really what have the others done for you humm lets see raised taxes on the middle class, caused gas prices to skyrocket, started a war that had nothing to do with us costing billions, over looked a state that was destroyed by a hurricane, covered up 911 events, and many many many other things just to name a few! SHUT THE F&*^$ UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS ALL ABOUT A BLACK MAN MAKING A MOVE THAT NO ONE ELSE MADE IF THE REPUBS WOULD HAVE COLABORATED THEN WE WOULDN’T HAVE ALL OF THIS BUT THEY WERE CALCULATING AND KNEW THAT THE DUMB ASS PEOPLE WOULD JUST FOLLOW SUIT AND JUMP ON THE BAND WAGON, DAMN WHEN WILL YOU GROW UP AND MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS YOU MIGHT AS WELL TAKE OUT THE FRIGGIN WHITE SHEETS AGAIN AND GO PARADING THROUGH THE STREETS. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT’S NOT ABOUT RACE AS MOST OF YOU WILL SAY BECAUSE NO ONE IS STUPID CALLING PEOPLE THE N WORD SPITTING IN A PERSON’S FACE, USING TERMS AGAINST A PERSON WHO HAS A DIFFERENT SEXUAL PREFERENCE COME ON ITS BIGOTRY ALL OVER AGAIN! DON’T THINK BECAUSE WE’RE BLACK WE’RE IDIOTS AND DON’T KNOW THAT MOST OF YOU STILL HATE US BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN JUST KNOW WE DO KNOW AND WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE LAST LAUGH, YES SOME OF US ACT OUT BUT SO DO PEOPLE OF OTHER RACES. THIS IS SO FUNNY BECAUSE MOST OF THE GOOD OLE BOYS THINK WE DON’T HAVE A CLUE! HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lulu

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

I have my doubts on the implications of the word “free” in this case. Costs WILL be incurred … is the governor going to pay them out of his own pocket? That’d be great. But if he is going to circumvent an elected official by appointing someone else (democracy, what?!), that “special” AG will be given a place (however undeserved) in the state government, and the taxpayers will be forced to pick up the tab. I wonder how much it’ll cost us to have 2 attorney generals?

Hitler

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

Our wonderful governor should fire Thurbert Baker, for simply refusing to do his job. The real question is, why would anybody vote for Thurbert Baker, as governor, when he has a public display of failure to fulfill his duties?

ubreezy

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

For those of you all who keep referring to the article’s mentioning of FREE…do you realize how time consuming this is going to be? Do you realize the resources that will have to be used? There is no lawyer walking around this place that’s going to do anything completely free!!! Give me a break. That’s just anger talking. Free it will not be!!! Lawyers have to eat too.

csweaver

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

You go, governor!

GT3O

March 25th, 2010
11:27 am

Man of Morehouse,

You can even spell correctly, so what exactly makes you relevant?

Must be that great education you received from that joke of a school Morehouse.

Legally Confused

March 25th, 2010
11:28 am

Is it really unconstitutional for the government to require people to have insurance? If so, why does Georgia require people to have car insurance?

KD

March 25th, 2010
11:28 am

One thing I have learned from all this is that Democrats for the most part seem to by whiny sore losers muppets who blindly follow anyone who is charming and talks a good talk. I think I’m done with being a moderate and am happy to move over to the Republican side where FREEDOM is important. I’m no longer voting Democrat, I don’t care who the person is.
What happened to MLK’s speech: “Free at last, free at last.” I love that speech. I think he would be disappointed to se Americans who take that freedom for granted.

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
11:28 am

Just curious…If a law is passed that requires citizens to purchase a product or face a penalty/fine and nothing in the law specifies which agency is responsible for collecting the penalty/fine money, is this law enforceable? I have a strong feeling that no agency has been specified to collect this money (the so called fine if a citizen doesn’t purchase health insurance)so, therefore, it doesn’t affect the commerce clause.
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ever heard of the IRS? The most powerful government agency that can seize your assets without ever going to court?

you want to deal with these sobs, then you are on your own just ask that dude who flew his plane in to the iRS building in Texas if it was worth the fight.

Dearie

March 25th, 2010
11:28 am

I am proud the State of Georgia will be standing up for the Constitution.

Some of you talk about the State’s expense, but it will be FREE. I don’t hear you talking about the expense of the new bill. Wait until you get your taxes and then talk to me. Wait until you are layed off because your boss couldn’t pay for healthcare for all employees, full and part time and their families without cutting expenses ~ like you! If you think my facts are wrong, read the bill. Thank goodness you will have healthcare since you won’t have a job.

GT3O

March 25th, 2010
11:29 am

I meant “can’t spell correctly”

[...] Jump to Comments As State of Georgia employees see benefits shrink and unpaid furlough days, the Honorable Sonny Perdue announces that he will appoint a “special attorney general” t…. Why, pray tell, must Georgia retain “special” counsel when the State has an elected [...]

Bryan

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

You know, Reps, the CBO said the bill will pay down the deficit over the course by 1 trillion dollars. Don’t let the facts get in the way…

Brain Tumor SURVIVOR (b/c I had coverage)

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

If Perdue is so passionate about this – he can sue himself if so many attorneys are willing to do it for “free”. He spent this money on the fish.

About this bill “violating” the constitution, doesn’t opposition violate the Declaration of Independence and our “pursuit of happiness”? Ever try to pursue anything, never mind happiness, with failing health? You do not have anything if you don’t have your health!

You Liberal Idiots

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

You liberal idiots amaze me. I get a chuckle reading your comments. Spend some time, REAL TIME, to study what this Health Care Bill really entails. Leave your copy of cliff notes at home, and forget what you think you know from Rachel Maddow. Download the bill in its entirety, grab a cup of coffee or tea of choice, sit back, then read. Let me know how you feel afterwards.

GT3O

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

Well said Dearie!

Scott

March 25th, 2010
11:30 am

They are suing about mandates that dont kick in till 2016 (that I might add REPUBLICANS tried to have them as law 3 yrs ago)…thats in SIX YEARS for those who cant add…and its not free. Georgia will have to split the cost with the other states filing…for those who claim to have read this (selectively of course)

Sharon Zirn

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

Pro bono means no compensation.

Sonny Don't!

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

Bill, you are absolutely right. This state is a joke and how Sonny can justify spending the money on a frivolous lawsuit while cutting education is beyond me.

Mark

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

Sonny, thanks for finally standing up on this! Baker is bum who thinks this little show will get him some dollars from the DNC for his already failing Gov. run. Get a clue Baker 70% of this state hates the bill! What do think this is going to do for you?

Ohh, and Sonny didnt ruin Georgia’s education system, the Teachers Unions did that a long time ago!

Joe the Plumber

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

Way to go Sonny….you and your cohorts are returning to that “states rights” tactics again. Sonny, it didn’t work in 1865; it didn’t work in 1954; it didn’t work in 1964 and it won’t work in 2010. The American citizens elected their congressmen and our congress has responded to the public. We the people are in support of the HC bill. Quit listening to “talk radio” bits and get out to the real world. Talk to us..the real people of Georgia. Quit spending time in the affluent areas of north Georgia and visit the rest of the state. You and the republicans are wasting our tax dollars on a futile utopia!

Robert

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

Most people commenting obviously can’t read. Their hatred of Sonny is making them blind and dumb at the same time. I have no problem spending the illiterates money. I can post a link to a donation form. Contribute to the “I hate Sonny” foundation, and then we can send your money to Mexico and any other third world country because you obviously don’t want to keep your money, more taxes, more taxes, more taxes. Give to the lazy!

Tman

March 25th, 2010
11:31 am

For all that feel this will not cost the state money, you have no idea how the courts work. There are charges to the state if we sue. The cost of the lawyer maybe free but other cost in connection with a lawsuit will cost the citizens of Georgia. Take out your wallett or layoff another teacher just to to lose a stupid lawsuit. The other hidden cost is time spent trying to stop the bill which could be spent by getting this states educational program back in financial balance.

Independent Thinker

March 25th, 2010
11:32 am

When all Republicans in the House and Senate give up their tax-sponsored health insurance and all those citizens who agree with them give up their Medicare and Social Security, maybe, just maybe, we’ll believe them. Has Limbaugh packed yet? I have never seen such a bunch of uneducated, non-thinking, racist fearmongering numbnuts in all my 69 years!!! I think you all need to re-read your bibles! Why do we continue to give these Senators and Congressmen huge pensions and health insurance after they leave! Why do we continue to support former Presidents with those same benefits, bodyguards, etc., when most of them are millionaires?? How come you don’t protest that? Don’t you think you deserve the same benefits as they receive? Or is that thinking too deep for you?!

Cera

March 25th, 2010
11:32 am

The anti-bill folks that are responding apparently have not bothered to read, if they can, to affirm what they are saying. They are a part of the apparent right wing extremist that will grab hold to anything that is also anti-Obama. They demonstrate ignorance by saying the bill will not protect children with pre-existing conditions. This is simply not true. One can only concluded they heard it from someone they hold in high regards and they believed it to be true. Our lame duck governor is requesting the lawsuit clearly for political ploy, to give the impression the kill the bill momentum is building. Well I definitely do not want my state to protest this bill. Even with flaws, it does a lot for changing the direction on how everyday citizens, like you and I, are being treated in the healthcare systems.

S. David Brown

March 25th, 2010
11:32 am

“Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free.”

“The governor said the state will probably go it alone on the suit to avoid any costs.”

PoliticalMan

March 25th, 2010
11:32 am

Always good to follow the lead of Alabama. Don’t be concerned with the phrase, Alabama Dumb@@s. It’s just jealously, not an assessment of inbreeding.

Politically Engaged

March 25th, 2010
11:33 am

I thank Perdue for doing the right thing here. Forget all these leeching antagonists commenting here. They want the state taking care of them because it’s all they know. The election of Obama is proof positive that American’s should be required to pass at least a 3rd grade level American history test before being allowed to vote. Thank you Sonny. We can fix a lot of this after November, but it’s good to see that Georgia still values freedom and personal responsibility.

Sonny Lied!

March 25th, 2010
11:33 am

Will somebody please restrain this dolt to a straight-jacket and ship him back to Bonaire?

Penelope Parker

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Would it be legal for some lawyers to file a class-action suit to stop the governor from stopping health care? I imagine at least the 47% of Georgians who voted for the President would be willing to participate.

damail

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

…you always were a good follower…how many more schools will this cost us…

Blessed

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

How long do we have to put up with “Grandpa Monster”?

Irony: the Mandate was a Republican Idea

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Georgia requires me to have car insurance, so I guess I we all need to sue the state of Georgia.

The great irony is that the insurance mandate was a Republican idea.

“Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate,” Romney wrote in The Wall Street Journal in 2006. “But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian.” Similarly, both John McCain and even Tommy Thompson, the HHS secretary under George W. Bush.

Obama was opposed to the mandate, but the alternative was stronger requirements on employers to provide insurance, which business leaders opposed.

So Perdue is suing to block the one part of the health bill that Republicans support…the mandate.

Kenny

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

I’d rather pay some money now and fight this incredibly un-Constitutional encroachment of my personal freedoms, rights, and liberties than have this health control/take-over bill go through unchallenged and steal money from me for the rest of my life.

It seems that many of you need to examine simple economics to understand the prices involved in the health care industry. If you want prices lower, think about it yourself: can you operate a business at a loss (without government help)? If you can, all the more power to you. If you can’t, then quit your whining.

Kevin

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Baker is a partisan bum. Also, if you cannot afford kids, don’t have any. Don’t put the burden on others to care for your little rugrats.

Pam

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Bring it on Sonny! If you want a fight with your own constituents you will get one and you will be humiliated and embarrassed for fighting to deny uninsured Georgians access to health care. You might want to leave office with dignity and a positive legacy and not with your state torn apart. If you haven’t seen it’s already gotten ugly and your supporters started it..but we and millions of us will finish it, again. The confederacy is dead dum dum

space donkey

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Never been a big Perdue fan, but Sonny boy, I tip my hat!

JSNEAD

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Yes, the attorneys will work for FREE, but who will incur the filing fees/costs and other fees that come along with the lawsuit….GA TAXPAYERS. Just because these 14 dumb attorneys are willing to work for FREE doesn’t put GA off the hook for the costs. It amazes me, these 14 attorneys are willing to put their names on the line for a senseless lawsuit….oh but that are probably the same ones who support the senseless war and everything else the REPUBLICANS support. I wish I could convince some of them to GO JUMP OFF A BRIDGE INTO COLD DEEP WATERS and let’s see how many follow.

Repeal the Bill

March 25th, 2010
11:34 am

Cathy there are no assumptions being made. Most Georgians do not support the bill, look at how the GA Reps voted in congress.

GANATIVE2010

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

Impeach Baker he is suppose to carryout the duties as the GA Attorney General. He has failed to do his job due to his political aspirations. I will volunteer to help any candidate to run against him for Govenor. He failed to due his duties and I hope he is thrown out of office. We are sick and tired of the Democrats thinking they know what is best for us so we should just shut up and sit down. We are Americans what happened to “land of the free.” How dare they think they have the right to mandate everyone MUST have health insurance or be fined. Why could they not improve Medicaid and Medicare for people that needed health insurance? If the healthcare plan is so great then why is it not good enough for the politicians and their staff or families. Wake up America!! I would have no problem with paying more to help people that could not afford insurance. But this has nothing to do with helping people that need it this was all about government takeover of healthcare and we are sick of it. Democrats are drunk with power and they will stop at nothing to pass their Socialist agenda. Bring on November and 2012! I can not wait to send them back to the unemployment line with the rest of America. We want JOBS and stop spending money we do not have!!!! I have never gotten involved in politics before now but I have donated money and I have contacted several candidates to volunteer my time to help clean up Washington. I have lived in Ga all my life and the refusal of Baker to represent GA is outrageous. God Bless America!!

Hildabeast

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

It appears the Democrats on here don’t read either. Legal Teams have voluntered to do this for free.
Baker will get smoked by Karen Handle.

Fedup

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

I have an idea….the hatred and polarizing comments being made in blogs such as this one and am certain throughout the country may lead to a plan that just may work…..how about we split this country geographically (say, using the Mississippi River) and give the Republicans the East, the Democrats the West, and the Libertarians the Hawaiian Islands. All other groups can have Alaska. After ten years, it would be interesting to see the percentages of immigration vs. emmigration to/from these territories.

RJ

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

I think the once respectable republican party has turned into a bunch of whining children who when they don’t get their own way want to take their toys and go home. What a pitty.

Susanne

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

The Gov is standing up for Georgians and I for one am very greatful. The bill we will sue for is about the big government take over. If you’all like having the government in everything you do, you will be sorry.
I do not want Govt telling Georgians you have to buy this or pay a penality. Next it will be you have to buy this car or else, you have to bank at this bank so we (govt) can see what you are doing and how much you are makeing. Open your eyes…. Your Freedoms are slipping away.

Heather

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

1. There is no such thing as a FREE anything. Everything comes at a cost.
2. Why any of these states think they can sue against the some of the very legislation we HIRED this Congress for without a popular vote is beyond me.

Goober Upped His Dosage

March 25th, 2010
11:35 am

Well, well….after nearly eight years of driving blind and and amassing a legacy of zero accomplishments, Goober has finally awoken from his coma and driven right into the ditch. Cudos to Thurbert Baker for having a pair and making the right decision.

[...] friends Jim Tharpe and Aaron Sheinin at the AJC have the scoop: Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday he will appoint a “special attorney [...]

Sandra

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

I am a democrat and really like Sonny, but if the republicans had pass this bill what would have been the reaction? Accept the bill but remove that which is not good for the people. There are many Americans that dont have health ins. and I am one of them. There are many that are dead because they didnt have coverage so stop the madness already please and give it a chance to work. This is not the first time a health care bill has been passed.

Georgia Boy

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

I’ll help pay for it if need be. Cant wait for November.

Mary

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

I and so many others are so sick of “The White Elephant Party,” do nothing, suck your thumb Republican Party. Just watching their reactions on TV is enough to sicken one They turn a hard face, McCain included, of being totally unco-operative after they have succeeded, along with the lobbyists in scaring Americans out of what they deserve-adequate heath care.Do they care about families losing everything or people dying because of lack of health care. Our wonderful congressmen/women & their families are on the public dole. They enjoy all the excellent benefits they deny their constituents and we pay for it. Sonny, if you do that to the people of Georgia, that have long suffered because we have been too short sighted or selfish to care-you are wasting our time and money and you are not a public servant.Your job is trying to get revenue producers into the state to over the needs of the people. I will NEVER vote for another Republican again.

IgnoRepublicans

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

Alright, first of all you friggin ignorant rednecks, just because there are no attorneys fees does not mean there are no COURT fees, i.e. costs of the judge running the trial, wasting time on this b.s. instead of on something that is actually worth litigating. Those fees come from taxpayer dollars, so yes, this will cost the state money even though there may be no attorney fees.

Secondly, what exactly are you fighting against here? Are you for pre-existing conditions? Do you support children being denied insurance? Every independant panel that has reviewed this bill says it WILL NOT cost what the republicans say it will, WILL NOT do what the replublicans say it will, but still you fall for the same b.s. every friggin time.

I come from a household that does make over $250K and I support this reform because I think it is the right thing to do. So not only are you idiots going to benefit from this without paying into it, I have to deal with hearing your whining about it. So how about you all shut the f up and just say thank you?

David Trent

March 25th, 2010
11:36 am

Do you really think anything is free? C’mon…you Republicans, you can’t be that naive.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Don’t catagorize us REPUBLICANS as racists because a couple of ignorant people spit and called people names. This is about hard working America losing faith in the land of opportunity, because their money is being taken away from them for people that don’t want to work at McDonald’s because they are holding out for a management position. Use the RACE card all you want Mr. Ignorant 1950’s. I just want my money where it belongs…..supporting my family and myself. Not the entire nation of deadbeats like you that use the RACE card every chance they get to defend themselves.

Sally

March 25th, 2010
11:37 am

Purdue is and IDIOT. He hasn’t done one good thing for the state of GA. We’ve only plunged down further. Education is a mess, transit is a mess, the budget is a mess. What good has this man done for the state? Please GA voters. DO NOT vote a republican in, in November. All they’ve done is ruined our country and ruined our state.

Craig

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

What a bunch of whiners. Instead of embracing something to enhance the overall health of our nation and assist in making sure everyone has access to health. This is grandstanding at its worst. They are hypocritical. Hiding behind their Bible when convenient and hiding behind lobbyist money as well. Lets get this hick and the rest of his cronies out of office and reneme the GOP the “angry white party”. Theyve been in power for a long time and now, they are on the recieving end of what theyve been giving for so long. It doesnt tast good, does it? Let diversity rule! What a waste of time and money.

SonnySuxsInGA

March 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Someone please cutoff his microphone and take him out of office. He’s wasting taxpayers money(as usual),time and my freakin oxygen!

You Go Governor

March 25th, 2010
11:39 am

Yes, go. Don’t let the door hit-ya where the good lord split-ya

Voteumout

March 25th, 2010
11:39 am

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Roscoe

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

Jill

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

THANK YOU SONNY!!! MORE THAN ANYTHING WE HAVE TO FIGHT THIS RADICAL MOVEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Political Spectator

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

I am amazed that the Republicans who do not trust government, trust that Perdue will use a FREE attorney. Just in case you are wondering, Perdue’s office is government as well!

Junior Samples

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

Thank you Sonny. I’m glad somebody has the guts to at least try something. NO MORE ENTITLEMENTS UNTIL WE CAN AT LEAST PAY FOR IT!!!!

JSNEAD

March 25th, 2010
11:40 am

@Kevin (Also, if you cannot afford kids, don’t have any. Don’t put the burden on others to care for your little rugrats.)

How insensitive? Most people don’t know that their child will be born with a heart problem, a liver problem, cancer, etc. And it isn’t fair for insurance to stop paying for those children’s medical needs. Insurance is for medical emergencies and necessities. I have insurance and if my child got sick and my insurance stopped paying or would only pay for certain things I would be furious. That is why the bill is needed.

Concerned citizen

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

Sue Sonny, sue. I can barely afford to pay for my own family’s insurance now. I don’t want to have to pay for all the deadbeat’s insurance who won’t work if this bill stands. Ans WE will be footing the bill for Obamacare through MORE TAXES.

coolman

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

. 1 – all the experts have stated this lawsuit is dead on arrived

2. have anybody been wondering the amount each county in ga pay for the uninsured

3 have you thought about the sick childrens that medical care
4 parents keep their kids on insurance until they 26
5 think about the sick people that can get insurance now (your mother, father, wife ,childrens etc) sonny perdue and the rest have their for life

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

If the state doesn’t heave money for a transportation bill, where is all this money going to come from after we pick up the medical tab for the 1.7m deadbeats without insurance that was just forced down our throats?

If we cut taxes, people would have jobs and could buy their own healtcare. Work to fix the problems, not just give the government the right to take over more of our lives.

People naturally want to help other people. But bigger government is the problem not the solution. It’s not charity when you are forced to give.

The Red Cross uses 94% of every dollar given to help the people in Haiti. The Government uses 34%. Who does the better job of helping those in need?

" J WIL "

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

For all of you right wing nut jobs…

” it’s easier for a camel to pass thru an eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven “

Bryan

March 25th, 2010
11:41 am

Romney wrote in The Wall Street Journal in 2006. “But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian.”

BigTimeTECHFan

March 25th, 2010
11:42 am

If your complaining about Perdue wasting money on one law suite after what just passed in Washington?

Half of the 32 million Americans who would gain coverage under health care reform would be pushed into Medicaid, nearly 60 million people already using it and it killing our state already.

Under the bill, the bill requires the federal government to pick up the entire cost of new Medicaid patients through 2016. But then the states start to pick up more and more, first by 5 percent, then it rises year-by-year to 10 percent.

plus Perdue said people are willing to do this for free.
plus the healh-care bill is uncontitutional and needs to be challanged. Govt has no right to tell me I have to “buy” insurance or be fined. not only that but the insurance must meet their standards.

We have right to bare arms – Fed Govt does not tell me I have to own gun, what kind
We have right to free speech – Fed Govt does not tell me what to say and what I cant say.

Go get them Sony, thats part of your job to protect our state from infringement by the fed government against our rights, If he did not challange this he would not be doing his job.

KD

March 25th, 2010
11:42 am

The meanest and most racist hateful people on this forum are anti-Republicans. Count the comments and see for yourself. Pot calling the kettle. So disappointing.

Unconstitutional to Force People to Buy Anything

March 25th, 2010
11:42 am

For all you free-loading nanny state dependents: Your Hallowed Healthcare is NOT FREE—you have been lied to.
You are going to HAVE to pay for it and your taxes will increase, your premiums will be higher and its going to cost your state a LOT of money. And the quality of care will rival any dirty county health clinic.
Go Sonny…if all this amounts to is shedding light on this huge lie, it would be worth the effort.
And for those of you with challenged reading comprehension; paragraph 6
“Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free”

Sean

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

This clown of a govenor is willing to spend money for a lawsuit that will not go anywhere but has cut the scholarship money for the Valedictorians. Where is this man priorities. His loyality is more to his party than the children of Ga. He must be impeached!

Wowzers

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

Wow,,,, I’m amazed at how many people are griping about financial responsibility and siding with Democrats at the same time. Do you not get it? Democrats are BIG government. That means more of your money is used for more of their wishes. Who pays for all this pork barreling? Who pays for all these closed door deals? Who pays for reform? YOU…. and guess what? If Democrats have it their way you’ll keep paying more and more and more.

JohnnyReb

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

I support what Sonny is doing and had requested for him to do so. Baker’s refusal is purely political and predictable. It is unthinkable that Georgia would not join other states in filing suit, either together or separately.

This is not about healthcare, depriving children, etc. Those are progressive talking points. This is about State’s Rights, liberty versus tyranny. It is disappointing that so many who post here can’t see that.

Baybdoll

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

I hope he’d fight as hard or harder to get the auto insurance mandate over turned. I used health insurance when I had it more than I ever used my auto insurance. In my 30+ years of driving, I have never filed a claim on my auto insurance but I still have to have it to operate my car legally but, when I had health insurance, I used it 6 times for hospital stays and numerous times for doctor visits. Purdue, you want to give people and option on whether or not they can afford something or not, be able to get it or not or can do without it if we can’t and still be able to survive? Take the mandate off of auto insurance and let us decided if we can afford it or not, can get it or not or can do without it if we can’t and still be able to survive.

Meg

March 25th, 2010
11:43 am

Go Sonny! Thank you!

Mitt Romney

March 25th, 2010
11:44 am

Remember, everybody, the individual mandate was my idea and is the cornerstone of the health insurance system I implemented in Massachusetts.

Dee

March 25th, 2010
11:44 am

To all you conservatives who can’t wait until November…BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR…that’s what your faithful followers said during the Obama-McCain campaign and look what happened….once they get in that voting booth all by themselves, things change…

Michael Sansom

March 25th, 2010
11:44 am

It is about time that someone is willing to stand up for the U.S. Constitution. I have one at my desk and the U.S. Congress has violated our constitution with the Health Care Bill. There are things that need to be fixed and can be, but not by the government taking over healthcare and enforcing illegal rules. In fact, the IRS has been tagged to manage the Healthcare compliance, which includes leveling fines for those who have a better health plan that what the government wants provided. The denials by the democrats are normal liberal lies.

jimi forreal

March 25th, 2010
11:45 am

It is an absolute shame how these governors from the states with the WORST budgets are trying to sue the federal government. JUST TO MAKE A STATEMENT. Care about the people of your states, keep them employed and COME UP WITH A BETTER HEALTH CARE PROGRAM, so much better in fact that the feds will use it as a template.

I and others in the state of Georgia both Dems and Republicans is getting sick and tired of this crap! I’ll be glad when are RID of this the 2nd worst governor (behind Lester Maddock) in Georgia’s History. AREN’T YOU ALL TIRED OF POLITICIANS?

Jed

March 25th, 2010
11:45 am

The GOP in Ga and in Washington have done nothing but try to kill the bill. Are they for denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions and allowing insurance companies to cap the insurance coverage of sick people? That is what it sounds like to me. This is definitely a political battle for the GOP. The party is encouraging violence and racism. In the ’90’s, a family had to put their child up for adoption because the insurance was capped at a million. The child was had a birth defect that cost more than a million to keep him alive. This is just cruel and inhuman to suggest that this bill does not help people in similiar situations. Shame on Ga legislators.

Masters Degree

March 25th, 2010
11:45 am

HYPE-O-CRITS! Republicans say all Democrats want is a free hand out. The free hand out was people going to Emergency room and people with jobs like me paying for it!

You cannot have it two ways. The new bill stops people from getting a free ride and now RETPUBS are still belly aching.

You pay for car insurance right. You pay so that if I crash into you I will be able to repair your damages. Who was paying for all these people that did not have healthcare… You and I Genius.

One day repubs are one thing the next they are another… a bunch of flip floppers and quiters YOU BETCHA!

Suprising

March 25th, 2010
11:45 am

We as a state/country need to understand that nothing is ever FREE. Somehow and by someone its has to be paid for in some capacity. I’m a republican and I support this lawsuit because the healthcare bill was not about healthcare it was about buying 32 million votes. But please don’t come out and say it will be FREE to file the lawsuit. The word FREE is what got our state/country into this mess but the word FREEDOM we get us out of this mess.

Sondra

March 25th, 2010
11:45 am

Morons! Yes, all of you who follow the media and BS rhetoric that our fab president shells out- no questions asked on HOW this magical bill will produce something better than the best HC we have in this country without more $ out of your pocket?!? They can’t even run a stupid jobs website with the correct information without LYING about numbers, but Wait- get’s better… now this bill “It’s for the children…” and if you Care at ALL about the TRUTH: “Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health,…” http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Gap-in-health-care-laws-apf-4272209396.html?x=0&.v=1 PROVES this is just the START of what’s to come. GO BACK TO SLEEP Sheep- we’ll have new leaders come Nov.

Sonnysux

March 25th, 2010
11:46 am

Hopefully, Sonny will pay for this lawsuit out of his own pocket using a portion of the 20,000,000 “loan” he received last year. Yeah, YOU GO,BUBBA!!!

GANATIVE2010

March 25th, 2010
11:46 am

THANK YOU SONNY FOR STANDING UP !!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN IN NOVEMBER AND 2012 !!

HELP STOP THE GOVENMENT TAKEOVER OF OUR COUNTRY.

Cammi317

March 25th, 2010
11:47 am

And how is he going to pay for this lawsuit?

Per-doodoo

March 25th, 2010
11:47 am

I agree with you 100% Cathy!!! This is not about what’s best for GA citizens, this is personal vendetta’s and anger from Per-doodoo, Per-doodoo supporters and everyone else who disagrees with this new and much needed Healthcare Legislation!! Get over it! It’s done!

Great job….AGAIN….PRESIDENT Obama!!!!!!!!!

Mitt Romney

March 25th, 2010
11:47 am

“Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate,” Romney wrote in The Wall Street Journal in 2006. “But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian.”

KD

March 25th, 2010
11:47 am

Go Sondra!!! Go Sondra!!!

Politically Engaged

March 25th, 2010
11:47 am

You know, the old liberal argument of “Everybody who disagrees with me is racist” is really growing tired. The so-called healthcare bill was designed by shysters to be sold to the naive. You’ve been trained to call anyone smart enough to read it and call it what it really is a racist who doesn’t want babies to be healthy. For the sake of the rest of us, please either educate yourself or go back to sleep.

Matt

March 25th, 2010
11:47 am

To Mark (who posted a comment at 11:31):

How do you know that 70% of the people in Georgia oppose the Health Care reform? I would love for you to let me know how you came up with that. A lot of people have voice a positive outlook towards the Bill. Please post sources with the 70% figure and I will apologize.

What does Gov. Sun think he can accomplish by filing a costly lawsuit? No matter whether the lawyers charge anything or not, there will be some costs involved. Everybody and their grandma knows that it will be thrown out. The majority of the states that are filing lawsuits all have attorneys general that are candidates for governor. It is all for political reasons.

Please Gov. Sun work on something with actual merit, like education.

Sonnysux

March 25th, 2010
11:48 am

Oh yeah, Sondra, the entire country is in lock step with the tea-bag, klan-inspired right wing–NOT

Cammi317

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

I should clarify…how is he going to pay the litigation expenses. The attorneys may be donating their time, but I did not see anywhere that they were going to cover court filing fees, deposition fees, transcript & hearing fees, expert fees, etc.

KD

March 25th, 2010
11:49 am

Sonny sux–see how you were just racist??? I’m finding there is more reverse racism alive than ever!! So sad!!!

JSNEAD

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

WOW……How are people considered DEADBEATS because they don’t have health insurance? I was once without health insurance because Fulton County Govt. only allowed me to work 39.5 hours, so I was considered a part-time employee and wasn’t eligible for benefits.

Larry

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

Come on Sonny take your ball and go home like any other winney brat…

WOW

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

You “conservatives” equate the health care reform as robbing your grandkids of their future, eh? Kind’ve like what you “conservatives” are doing to the system as you retire now for the “socialism” packages passed in the 30’s (Social Security) and in the 60’s (Medicare). You’ve “robbed” your children and grandchildren already, but that doesn’t matter because you will only vote for people who will not take “your” social security and medicare away. Quite ironic how you all chant that you don’t want the government intruding in your life but have no problem intruding in anybodys life who you disagree with. Some examples of when you “conservatives” have intruded on others – Defining Marriage, draconian drug laws(because there are so many cases of someone getting stoned and beating their wives), freedom of religion (ok to display the 10 commandments but not respect the other religions of a country with THE RIGHT TO FREE RELIGION), you want to grasp on to your guns and know the 2nd amendment by heart but seem to forget the others (Free speech? Liberal Media? Please! The only media that you hear about are the right wing nut jobs)
Why don’t you “conservatives” start practicing what you “preach”. Stop trying to control everyone you disagree with and for the sake of your “grandkids” you care so much about stop showing them that all it takes to prove your point is to bitch, whine and complain any time the other side scores a run or two.
And if you are so concerned about socialism where were you in 2001 when Bush bailed out the airlines? Why were you not tea-bagging each other when he proposed giving nearly A TRILLION dollars to wall street? “Corporate Socialism” must only be ok when it means taking loads of money from the middle class and handing it over to the rich. If you truly care about your country and want all the insanity to end, why don’t you go to lp dot org?

Sean

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

to JKL2, you said”If we cut taxes, people would have jobs and could buy their own healtcare. Work to fix the problems, not just give the government the right to take over more of our lives.”

I think we cut taxes for all of these clowns when GW was in power and you see where that got us……..this trickle down stuff have gotten us the worst economy since the depression. We will not try that again. At lease I hope not.

KD

March 25th, 2010
11:50 am

My family is mixed race. I find you very offensive, sonny-sux to assume a conservative is supportive of the Klan.

Sally

March 25th, 2010
11:51 am

Thank goodness. Sonny is finally doing something right! Sue! Sue! Sue!

Stop the madness

March 25th, 2010
11:51 am

Why are people saying fight this bill! Seriously, its about time the government give something back to the people. Of course Sonny is going to fight it. He doesn’t want any bill in place that does something positive for the American people. Everyone needs to stop being snotty about this bill. Any one of us could be out of a job and without health insurance in the blink of an eye. My husband had a colonoscopy and his health insurance refused to cover it because they had some rule about not covering things like this because he didn’t have health insurance the year before. So we had to pay $2500 out of pocket for the procedure. So even if you have insurance, your insurance company might try and pull some mess

Politically Engaged

March 25th, 2010
11:52 am

As a Georgian who actually works for a living, I would be more than happy to donate to any fund to cover legal costs. It would be a whole lot cheaper than allowing this government takeover to do it’s damage.

KD

March 25th, 2010
11:53 am

I love you Sonny Perdue and all you attorneys who are taking in on pro bono!! God bless the USA!!! Hoping it is free but if not, it will be worth every penny. THANK YOU SONNNY!!!

Independent

March 25th, 2010
11:53 am

Free lawyers or not, this is a ridiculous waste of time and distracts from the sensible discussion and evaluation of bills needing serious attention in the legislature. It somehow isn’t enough for elected officials to waste time making guns legal in churches and other such nonsense. Now we’ve got to suck media attention into this dark hole. It’s a continual embarrassment to be a native of this state lately. I probably wouldn’t vote for Baker, but he’s gone up in my estimation for saying no to this blatant political ploy. Maybe Perdue, Cagle, et al are just trying to distract us from the fact they aren’t REALLY doing much serious about transportation, education cuts, etc.

Kara

March 25th, 2010
11:53 am

So GA will opt out along with the other backwards states trying to fight this and we’ll be behind in healthcare just like we’re embarrassingly behind in education. It’s never going to happen in the first place — no judge would rule this unconstitutional, and it’s all a bunch of desperate hoopla.

Mitt Romney

March 25th, 2010
11:54 am

Mitt Romney, a firm supporter of the individual mandate, wrote in 2006, referring to the individual mandate that he put into effect in Massachusetts: “Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate. But remember, someone has to pay for the health care…..either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian.”

GANATIVE2010

March 25th, 2010
11:54 am

Why do you think they are changing the medical recommendations for women (mammograms and annual exams). They are letting everyone know that limited care is what you can expect. This is just the beginning people read the bill and stop believing the spin. Government run healthcare will destroy this country. Read the articles on the long waits for Cancer patients in Canada and Britain and the horrible hospital conditions. When Obama and Pelosi have to stand in the healthcare line with the rest of us then we can talk until then its all BS.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
11:55 am

JohnnyReb there is no reasoning with the DEMS. If they could read and comprehend anything, they might know what is going to happen instead of screming red-neck republicans everytime they get a chance. They just let their ignorance ignore the facts…and closed door bribery to win votes. You DEMS have a lot to be proud of ;) Maybe in the reconcilation process they can add a $500 billion amendant to help democrats read and stop siding with a party just because they like donkeys better than elephants.

Lillian S. Thomas

March 25th, 2010
11:55 am

I applaud Mr. Baker for standing up to Sonny and the rest of the incompetent, racist pigs that he hangs with. They are so jealous of President Obama and the democratic party. The republicans rules by lies, intimidation, and fear. They are so confuse now because they don’t understand what happen!!! get over it, and enjoy the moment. This is our time, our moment. The world is going in a different direction.

Dean

March 25th, 2010
11:56 am

Perhaps if Purdue spent more time working on the state budget and saving in times of plenty, instead of chasing down grandiose political drama we wouldn’t be in the budget shortfall we currently in.

Per-doodoo

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Actually KD, you are sadly south like a racist. Such corrupted hearts and minds here! And what’s really sad is that you actually believe your own lies!! Take your meds and get some much needed rest… LOL!!

Will

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Typical big government tax and spend republican.

Chasing a frivolous lawsuit while spending my tax dollars.

And for what purpose? So that deadbeat freeloaders can continue to use my tax dollars for health care rather than the deadbeat freeloaders insuring their families.

Republicans can always be counted on to protect the deadbeats and big business while stepping on the face of the working man.

Sondra

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Thx KD! ATTN: Sunnysux, did I touch a nerve? sound true? your response is so original that it serves as a reminder of how you liberals sling mudd instead of facts (because you don’t have any). SHUT UP unless you have something concrete to say – stick with the facts!

williev

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

To my Representatives in Georgia Government – - If the Federal Government can not require me to have health insurance; then I do not want YOU to require me to have car insurance, wear a helmet, not to text when I drive, etc. I want my individual freedom to do as I please. State Government out of my life, too! Yea right. Thank you Georgia’s Attorney General.

JonoATL

March 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Out litigious governor’s plan to sue Alabama and Florida over water was a complete disaster for Georgia. Now he wants to sue the federal government over health care? With his track record of publicity stunt lawsuits, perhaps he should focus his remianing time in office trying to actually SOLVE some of the state’s many problems that he’s ignored for 7 years.

Dean

March 25th, 2010
11:58 am

Anyone who really thinks that Republicans are any different from Democrats, I have some delicious Austin Peanut Crackers I’d like to sell to you.

Politically Engaged

March 25th, 2010
11:59 am

Wow. We’re talking about a bill that effects every single American of every color, but count how many times libs use the words “racist” or “redneck” here. Can you really not come up with anything of substance? It really makes the word racist ring hollow. Pathetic.

M

March 25th, 2010
11:59 am

You know what would have been the answer to all of the debate of should there or shouldn’t there be health care reform? Let the American people go to the polls and vote on it themselves. I would have loved for Pelosi and her little puppet to see those results!! I applaud Sonny Perdue for stepping up and trying to change what the Atty. General should of done at the request of the citizens of Georgia. Granted I know a lot of people support the bill but we will and our children and our grandchildren will be paying for this LONG after Obama is out of office. So while our taxes are through the roof Obama will be relaxing in his million dollar Chicago home (with no mortgage mind you).

Steve

March 25th, 2010
12:00 pm

Lets organize a Tea Party and protest this appointment.

Newt says the Dems are playing games? Has he sen the headlines today about forcing the bill to go back to the White House for signature again???? Who is playing games? Both parties are incredibly guilty of wasting all of ou money. I don’t know how the lunacy stops.

George W. Bush

March 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

Hey, y’all, George Bush here. Lots of you folks seem to forget that I passed the largest expansion of govament run health care in 40 years back in 2003…it was called Medicare Part D. It cost a nickle or two less than this bill, but it got herded thru congress like a long-horn with the runs. Even my sun-tanned buddy John Boehner voted for it (look it up), as did Newt Gingrich. Medicare Part D over ten years costs over $700 billion and most of that is a big fat gift to the drug companies.

But let’s all just forget about the two wars I started that cost this country more than $300 billion a year…..

Atl Resident

March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

Purdue is full of b.s., and what people fail to realize is that this healthcare issue has to please all 500-800 million Americans in this country. But hell if people in general would try to stay healthy most of time then most all of this b.s. wouldn’t be such a big deal in first place.

Steve

March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

- Let the American people go to the polls and vote on it themselves

They did in November 2008. Did this surprise anyone????

Middle America

March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

Go ahead and file lawsuits. Republicans think they will benefit in November because Democrats voted for this Healthcare Reform, but I think the benefit is actually going to be for Democrats. All the while leading up to these votes, polls consistently showed that on the individual merits of the reform, people supported them overwhelmingly (like protecting pre-existing conditions, creating exchanges for people who don’t have insurance to buy into like group coverage, fixing the donut hole in the Medicare prescription drug program, lowering the deficit, etc.) but it was only when asked about healthcare reform in a generic question were they skeptical or unsupportive. That shows there is a disconnect between the facts of the reform and what the Republican spin machine (otherwise known as Fox News) is spitting out. What does that mean? That the more time that goes by where Democrats can tell people what’s been passed in the reform the more support it will get and then it will be Republicans having to answer for THEIR votes against these important issues, not Democrats.

And Republicans only exacerbate this problem by filing lawsuits on the matter of mandating people acquire health insurance. An idea that was created by Republicans, by the way, you know the party of personal responsiblity. Why wouldn’t Republicans support a mandate, because it means people can’t leave the goverment or the insured with the tab if they use emergency services without paying for them? Republicans are going to be buried by this issue and it will be a boon for Democrats just like they can point to social security, medicare and civil rights as historic reforms they supported. Republicans have been beat over the head with social security for 75 years because they opposed it and Democrats could take full credit for the system.

How dumb can redumblicans be? Very, apparently.

Bozos for "It is Free"

March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

It appears that all the PURDUE SUPPORTERS failed to notice that he originally attempted to use our tax dollars for the suit. Only afterwards did self-serving attorneys offer pro bono as an option.

Wowzers

March 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

Will,,,, do you even know what the fundamental difference between a Democrat and Republican is? Democrats are big government and Republicans are small government.

rory

March 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

If attorneys offered to sue Obama over his birth certificate for free on behalf of the state of Georgia, would Sunny take them up on it? I’m not concerned about costs, I’m concerned about the nature of the lawsuit.

I understand having problems with a couple parts of the health care bill and looking to have a few things repealed, but the vast majority of this bill is very helpful and are very necessary changes to our national health insurance system.

Does Sonny want to repeal the 50% reimbursement of health care costs for small businesses? Does Sonny want insurance companies to drop coverage of entire families because their child has a pre-existing condition like asthma? Does Sonny want insurance companies to charge vicitims of domestic abuse more because they can legally consider domestic abuse a pre-existing condition?

Sonny is completely misjudging the opinions of the residents of Georgia. Like I said, certain aspects of the bill are controversial, but they are very small parts and should be handled on a case by case basis without repealing all the good and bipartisan items that a vast majority of Americans were hoping to get out of health insurance reform.

J. E. Smith

March 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

Thank you Sonny! I may not have agreed with everything you’ve done in office but I do agree with this!

Jewell

March 25th, 2010
12:03 pm

…….another embarrassment for the state of Georgia.

Jessica

March 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

NOTHING IS FREE YOU IGNORANT MORONS!!!

same ole bull sh**

March 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

Sonny is playing with the state money.Baker was only doing his job-What is best for the state in the content of the law! This bill and the one’s who voted for it will be taken care of in November. Sonny is trying to go out with a bang.We should be concerned with the large problems in this state. Budget,Education,and JOBS. I just love the games people play.

Kim

March 25th, 2010
12:04 pm

Facing Billions in the red on our Budget, THIS is how the Gov choses to spend time & money. Perdue is the one who should be impeached. This is nothing but a political stunt at the taxpayer’s expense. Shameful!!

SH

March 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

Sonny is the worst of the worst. Even if the legal services are “free” which I sincerely doubt, the waste of time, energy and public resources on this, is coompletely disgusting…especially when there are so many other issues that need our attention ( note: those low reading scores). Further, the fact that the Governor wants to side step the authority granted to AG Baker by the VOTERS of Georgia because he can’t get his way is the real tragedy here!

buildawall

March 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

Here’s a thought! Since liberals and conservatives are so divided on major issues, let’s conduct a test. Let’s split the country down the middle and have citizens pick their side; liberal or conservative. After about a ten year period we then take at look at the results to determine which society actually has it better. It is of my opinion that during this ten year test period, the conservatives would have to build a wall and man it with guns to keep the fleeing liberals from crossing back over illegally. Like I said, just a thought!

richard carter

March 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

I have had enough of the republicans, if they actually cared about anyone other than themselves they would have done something about health care all the George Bush years. They did not because their own healthcare was never in question. They like Perdue have done nothing but serve a small elitist base and what i do not get is how any normal average person can even possibly support these guys. Wake up!!! If you do not like health care reform than ask your self what is so great about a system that currently cost nearly 3 times what it cost in most of the third world, THE THIRD World! and at least most of their citizens have access. You people need to grow up and see change must be made. If you want to keep your head in the sand about this issue at least shut up about it and let those that see the need go about their business. Perdue should be fired, he has done little to direct Georgia into the21st century!

Ellea

March 25th, 2010
12:05 pm

UGH…..Georgians are so dumb. Republicans have ruled the state for the past several years and our taxes have gone up, car insurance legislature passed that allows them to raise rates at will, etc and they pull the okie doke on you by shouting The Government is taking over Healthcare. What the hell does that mean anyway? Is it the government that paves the streets you drive on, or maybe the schools your children attend, or maybe the military that protects us. What part of the government do you hate so much but in turn love American so much and express so much Patriotism. Patriotism for what……the flag? Republicans depend on people staying ignorant in order to stay in power and Georgia supplies plenty of idiots for the picking. Oh and don’t forget about the government mandates that state the minimum hourly amount that your employer can pay you….well lets take away those government laws as well…….ARGH….you people are useless

santah

March 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

I have always voted for Mr Baker until now.
He is putting his personal choice above the wishes of a MAJORITY of Georgians.

Per-doodoo

March 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

Very good points Rory!!!

Stop the madness

March 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

Please realize you WILL pay for health care regardless of this bill. My doctor told me that one Aspirin pill at a hospital costs about $5. I can get five bottles of Aspirin for $5. Health care costs are over inflated and if you ever go to a doctor’s office or hospital, you are paying the cost anyway, because Hospitals are required to treat emergencies (even ifs not a real emergency) even if a person doesn’t have insurance. So who pays for those uninsured person’s at the hospital, INSURED people do.

Steve

March 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

- Democrats are big government and Republicans are small government.

Now THAT is funny. So Geroge W. was a Democrat???

jojo

March 25th, 2010
12:07 pm

ALL OF YOU SONNY HATERS SHOULD KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT WHEN THE DEMOCRATES START PICKING YOUR POCKETS FOR MONEY. THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS SCREWED.

BB

March 25th, 2010
12:07 pm

Looking into my crystal ball, I predict that the “several groups of attorneys” that “have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free” will do the initial paperwork, prepare a few filings and then at the first sign of any progress inform the governor’s office that they cannot continue due to a lack of funding.

There is NO WAY that any notable attorney group is going to deprive themselves of an opportunity to pursue costly legal filings between a state and the federal government. That particular bit of jurisprudence is too much of a “cash cow” to pass up.

Do you really think that state funds would never be spent if the Governor’s Office thought that they were making progress?

I’m sorry, I just cannot believe it.

citizen

March 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

“The dogfighter returns” I was thinking it was the IRS also, but last night I heard something that made me question if the wording in the health reform Bill didn’t actually require the IRS to penalize someone if they cannot prove they have health insurance. I don’t trust the authors nor the sponsors of this Bill and could visualize them pulling a slick one so that a court challenge would be a moot point.

Ellea

March 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Build a wall says “Here’s a thought! Since liberals and conservatives are so divided on major issues, let’s conduct a test. Let’s split the country down the middle and have citizens pick their side; liberal or conservative. After about a ten year period we then take at look at the results to determine which society actually has it better”

We did that already remember? Democrats under Clinton reigned for 8 years and economy was booming. Republicans under Bush had reigned for 8 years and the county went into a deep recession so the economy tanked. Thanks for proving the point that the Country works better under Democrats.

Melissa

March 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

Behind you 100% Governor! Many seem willing to spend MY money on THEIR healthcare – but don’t like the idea of spending THEIR money on a lawsuit to fight a bill many don’t like. I’m sorry folks – I paid for my education, my home, my vehicle, my right to live in this country …through hard work. I have never taken anything from our government in the way of “free” anything. In fact, my entire family has given more through service to this country during war and peace time wearing the uniform of the Armed Services. So, if Obama Care is what you want – and you want ME to pay for it – then YOU can pay too – through lawsuits and anything else that will level the playing field. In fact – why don’t all the dems who voted for this administration pay for healthcare – and the rest of us will be glad to pay the legal fees for a lawsuit againt it!!! That should make you all happy. Pay for what you are getting. Distribution of wealth is unconstitutional unless you or Obama want to pay me back for all the money I put into my education and my success. It is mine – and you or no one else in this country has a right to it. Go earn your own! There are parts of the healthcare bill that are good for many – and that’s not what the fight is about. Many of those same items were included in the Republicans proposals for healthcare. It is how this trillion dollars (trillion today – 2 trillion in a couple of years) will be paid for. And, the plan is that this program will only cause rising costs to insurance and healthcare and then the Dems will say “we told you so” and shove a complete socialistic package down our throughouts where every decision about our personal health becomes the decision of government. Wake up folks… new slogan “Obama Care Enclosed – Freedom Not Included”

Voteumout

March 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

To: We’ve reverted back to the 50s,
Your ignorance and racism remarks are showing. Let these lessons educate you a little more. First of all I will tell you what the Dumocrats have done in the past. 1) Social Security. Thanks to the Dems, (Johnson Administration) it’s broke. 2) Community Reinvestment Act (under the Carter Admin. and amended by Clinton.) This is why the housing market is in the shape that it is in now causing our economy to be the shape that it is in now. 3) The Stimulus Bill (Obama) has not created any new jobs of significance. Unemployment went from 8% to over 10% since Obama has become President. Where are the jobs that the stimulus bill was suppose to create? 4) Obama has spent more money in his first year in office than Bush did in his entire two terms in office. So far nothing that Obama has done has improved the economy or put people back to work. So thus the lesson on Democrats. History will repeat itself on the Healthcare bill as a failure also.
Now for the Perdue and Baker issue. I think they are both politically motivated. The majority of the people did not want this particular Healthcare reform bill. For Perdue to do nothing would be hurtful to not only him but the party. Baker on the other hand, argues the point of the costs. With the state in it’s budget crisis, this makes for a good political argument. Obama being a black man has nothing to do with it. This is an argument that you use simply because you cannot argue the real facts. It is his socialist policies that are not for the good of this country that we are outraged over.

melate

March 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

“He’s refusing to do that and I can’t force him to do that,” Perdue said of Baker.
-OK
When asked if Baker broke the law by refusing to carry out his instructions to initiate a lawsuit, the governor said, “I think the (state) Constitution is is clear. I think the people of Georgia can make their own determination about that.”
-Didn’t answer the question.
However, he said Democratic leaders must take some responsibility for the recent outbursts of anger.
-Why?
He blamed Democrats in Washington of using “corrupt tactics” and of “bullying”
-Huh? Specifics please.
He accused some Democrats of being “disingenuous.”
“This is a game they are playing,” Gingrich said.
-Again, specifics please.

Wowzers

March 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

Rory, Sonny is the governor of Georgia (not just your little liberal neighborhood). In all actuality its you thats misjudging the opinions of the residents of the whole state of Georgia.

Middle America

March 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Steve,

You’re absolutely right. Barack Obama ran his presidential campaign (especially his primary campaign) on healthcare reform (and beat a huge healthcare champion, Hillary, in the process) and won just short of an electoral landslide (and considering he was an African American, it was a landslide).

The people voted for someone who would enact this reform. He did what he promised he would do. There is no backlash to be had in November, because a majority wanted this in the first place.

DAWGGONETired!

March 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Sonny, you are a disgusting individual and a disgrace to the State of Georgia! Where is the money going to come from? Education just take a HUGE hit, so where are you going to get the money? Your salary perhaps? You fund it! Put your money behind YOUR and Newt Gingrichs’ racist legal battle. You don’t have money for education, yet you have money for a legal battle that will go now where. I’m tried of you spending my tax dollars for your battles! Get over yourself! I cannot WAIT until your tenure is up! I will definitely be celebrating!!!

AHIP

March 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Someone…ANYONE…please point to just exactly WHERE in the US Constitution it requires an American cistizen to ave to purhcase a PRIVATE INDUSTRY product or service by the mere justification that…I’m Alive?

And, dont give the me the “car insurance” debate, because car insruance id ONLY REQUIRED if you VOLUNTARILY CHOOSE to but a car.

Secondly, as for describing Perdue’s pursuit of a Lwsuit as a “waste of money”
I can GUARANTEE you a lawsuit wont cost $1.5Trillion.

If all you morons are so red-hot for Nationalizing healthcare, why dont we just go ahead an Nationalize the Grocery Stores in this country?

Why dont require everyone to but Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Telephone service, a new car, a new boat, a new house, etc.

Where does it end? When your complete existence on this planet is 100% paid for?

YOu flks better take this to the Bank……there are going to MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE MASSIVE layofss because of this bill.

If you dont think so, go ask YOUR BOSS !!!!

Dean

March 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

Yes, if Republicans are small governement then what the heck happened from 2000 to 2006 when the republicans had the house senate and white house. It seems, I would be paying less taxes, no didn’t happen, it seems the government would have gotten smaller, certainly didn’t happen, it seems the budget would have at the very least been balanced, now how did that one work out. So Republicans are small governement huh.
Listen, people they are all crooks, Dems and Republicans but get your head out of talk radio and open your eyes!

The Chicago Way

March 25th, 2010
12:13 pm

Republicans were for individual mandates, personal responsibility, and reigning in Medicare before they were against them.

unregistered_independent

March 25th, 2010
12:13 pm

My conservative friends agree that Sonny is the worst gov we’ve had in decades.

I don’t believe in either party, but right now you have the Democrats making history and the GOP IS history. While the GOP has run off all of their moderates, the true nuts have abandoned them for the Tea Party. This split will result in a landslide for Obama’s reelection since the vote on the right will be split amongst the nuts and the truly nuts.

The GOP’s efforts to undo what was a duly elected president and Congress is shrill and unbecoming of serious policy makers. The bill passed because they lost the elections. Period.

AHIP

March 25th, 2010
12:13 pm

DONT BLAME ME, I VOTE LIBERTARIAN.

Republican no more, Independent time

March 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Enter your comments here

Die Hard Dem

March 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Oh look-y there…Repukes don’t like “take over” of government, and yet Sonny is going out of his way by creating a “special attorney general” who will do his biding. Sounds hypocritical to me. These morons should wipe the froth off their mouths, take a step back and clear the red that is currently blinding their vision to see that they are doing EXACTLY what they are complaing the Dems are doing.

Repukes disgust me and have proven time and time again they will be hipocrites to the bitter end.

James

March 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Of course, Republicans were for mandates before they realized they were against them …

http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/3460142/print

“The truth is this is a Republican idea,” said Linda Quick , president of the South Florida Hospital and Health care Association. She said she first heard the concept of the “individual mandate” in a Miami speech in the early 1990s by Sen. John McCain , a conservative Republican from Arizona , to counter the “Hillarycare” the Clintons were proposing.

McCain did not embrace the concept during his 2008 election campaign, but other leading Republicans did, including Tommy Thompson , secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush .

Seeking to deradicalize the idea during a symposium in Orlando in September 2008 , Thompson said, “Just like people are required to have car insurance, they could be required to have health insurance.”

Among the other Republicans who had embraced the idea was Mitt Romney , who as governor of Massachusetts crafted a huge reform by requiring almost all citizens to have coverage.

“Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate,” Romney wrote in The Wall Street Journal in 2006. “But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian.”

Romney was referring to the federal law that requires everyone to be treated in emergency rooms, regardless of their ability to pay.

GA Indie

March 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

Can you Dumocraps read? The articles is above but you get the facts of the article wrong. And Sonny destroyed GA? Who has ran GA for over 100 years? Yes, Dumocraps. Its hard to fix over 100 years Dumocrap rule in 8 years.

bb

March 25th, 2010
12:16 pm

I’ve been a moderate for my entire llife and have voted the person. I will say the way the dems have handled this entire process with the back door deals, the bullying and breaking of promises I am definitely moving toward the conservative party. It seemed to be apparent that the majority was against this bill. I believe everyone should have access to health care but all know whenever you have the government run something…. well, let’s just say look at history.

Barb E

March 25th, 2010
12:16 pm

Please learn to comprehend what you read! PRO BONO means that the lawyer fees are free, but not the court costs and other fees associated with lawsuits. There is no way that suing over the Health Care Bill will NOT costs Georgia money.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:17 pm

Rory, excellent points and I agree with you whole heartedly!!!! Something does need to happen and fixes need to be made to the health care system. But there is something rotten in Denmark when you see these Democratic Congressman strongly disagree with the bill for months and then turn their vote to “yes” after a closed door meeting. It just isn’t right and my heart is broken that the Administration would stoop this low to help Obama possibly get re-elected for a 2nd term.

Sondra

March 25th, 2010
12:18 pm

ATTN Richard CARTER: So republicans only care about themselves? FACT: “…the bill applies only to a personal office, not to committee staff or leadership staff.”
http://sweetness-light.com/archive/healthcare-bill-exempts-its-own-authors They’re OBVIOUSLY better than us – we’re just sheep meat. Can you provide facts instead of name calling??? ************GO SONNY!! Help us out of this socialistic path.

An American

March 25th, 2010
12:19 pm

@We’ve reverted back to the 50’s–Are you really calling RACE a factor in the passionate anger over the healthcare? Please, Pelosi is not black, and neither are a lot of the congressional “leaders” that voted for the healthcare system. Obama may have signed the papers to make it law, but it was still Congress that created the law. I for one am not opposed to a healthcare reform especially as insurance companies decline certain medicines/procedures that many people need because they are deemed to expensive than other “cheaper” treatments. However, I am strongly opposed to the federal government “taking over”–as a democrat may have said, “…control of the people”. We are quickly losing the Republic that has stood strong as a democratic government for over 200 years. The federal government was never intended to be a limited government. Instead, we now have a government that continues to push forward ideas of entitlement and inequality instead of independence and equality. The “Truth” is that all of humanity were created “EQUAL”–that is to say that we all have some basic emotions, thoughts, capabilities; however, we are not all equal in how we pursue our lives–and this issue becomes clouded with fairness. Some people work hard. Some people are lazy. Some people are fat. Some people are thin. Some are heathly, some not so healthy. Some people make minumum wage, some make millions of dollars. Some are law-abiding, others are criminals. Life is not fair. If life was fair, teachers, cops, and firefighters would make millions of dollars while professional athletes and celebrities would make $30,000 a year. If life was fair, we would all live in 4 bedroom homes, with 2 children, a dog, a cat, and a two-car garage with a luxury car parked on both sides. Fairness does not mean Equality. And it is not our Federal Government’s job to make fairness into equality.

professional skeptic

March 25th, 2010
12:19 pm

Sonny: I am a tax accountant by profession, so please let me know: In the midst of Georgia’s budget crisis, where are the funds to support this lawsuit coming from?

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:19 pm

Look at the bright side, if fat-ass Sonny has a massive heart attack and dies then we can console ourselves that our tax money didn’t help try to save his worthless life.

Jerry

March 25th, 2010
12:19 pm

“When asked if Baker broke the law by refusing to carry out his instructions to initiate a lawsuit, the governor said, “I think the (state) Constitution is is clear. I think the people of Georgia can make their own determination about that.””

nice non-answer

[...] Atlanta Journal Constitution: “Gov. Sonny Perdue said Thursday he will appoint a “special attorney general” to challenge federal health care legislation signed into law this week by President Obama. Perdue made the announcement a day after state Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat running for governor, told Perdue, a Republican, he would not pursue a lawsuit.” [...]

Mr. Grumpy

March 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

One of the reasons one aspirin costs $5 a piece in the hospital is because of you idiots who refuse to have health insurance, get sick or injured, show up in an emergency room and your cost of care gets passed down to the rest of us. You want to ride a motorcycle without a helmet? Fine, but don’t expect me to pay to keep your miserable butt on costly life support. You decide not to wear your seatbelt and you get seriously injured in a wreck? That’s fine. Just don’t expect the rest of us to pay for one minute of your care because you refuse to get health care.

Jay

March 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

I guess all you goons here who didn’t read the story didn’t read the health care bill either? I mean… we know you can read because you can type and have a computer, but can you comprehend what you read? Guess not.

Boozer

March 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

Can I sue Sonny for not allowing me to buy beer on Sunday like I can in 47 other states? What a moron. He’s going to “go at it alone” huh? I’ll bet that’s a perfect description of his sex life too.

Matt

March 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

To: Voteumout

I guess the two meaningless wars that are being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are not costing any money anymore. I find that surprising. Of course all those weapons of mass destruction were indeed found, NOT! I can understand the fighting within Afghanistan initially. However, he (Bush) should not have stayed beyond his first term. Also another Bush triumph… the Homeland Security department. Wonder how much it costs to start up a new federal government agency. You saw how they performed during Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. I love your point number 4 you mentioned above.

I will refresh your memory:

From Voteumout: “4) Obama has spent more money in his first year in office than Bush did in his entire two terms in office. So far nothing that Obama has done has improved the economy or put people back to work. So thus the lesson on Democrats. History will repeat itself on the Healthcare bill as a failure also.”

Thanks for a good laugh!!

HFL

March 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

The state’s finances are in shambles and Perdue has nothing better to do than pick a fight with the federal government? Give me a break, Mr. Perdue. Stop playing politics and do what you’re being paid to do.

William

March 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

Baker should be ashamed of himself and his self serving ways. I will be glad to see him and his bad toupee gone in a few months.

An American

March 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

CORRECTION TO ABOVE POST:

I will call my typo out–the line about our federal government not being intended to be limited should have read,

We are quickly losing the Republic that has stood strong as a democratic government for over 200 years. The federal government was intended to be a limited government.

Thank you.

Rationalman

March 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

Unbelievable! Here’s a governor who has sent our kids’ education down the toilet, and now he wants to do the same for their healthcare. The sooner this backward neanderthal is thrown out of the office, the better it will be for Georgia’s citizens.

al

March 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

Silly libs, always wanting something for nothing. Your precious healthcare reform will be undone. If you want everything free from the government, move to China or Cuba. I think those leaders mirror your philosophy pretty well.

Of course you won’t be able to voice your opinions there. Too bad.

buildawall

March 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

Ellea, does that mean you agree with me? We need to Build A Wall… If so, where would you Libs get your tax money from since everyone would be sitting at home waiting on all that FREE Government Stuff?

BigTimeTECHFan

March 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

Mitt Romney

Mass added the mandate, 2.5% of the people did not have health-care
After a few years the “Mandate” was added it was up to 5.8%.

Why do you think Brown one on one issue “41st vote against Obamacare”, and now has 80% approval in his state. This people have seen all these programs do not help?. Now Mass has state mandates and Fed mandates, that’s just crazy.

We have
medicaid
medicare
CHIP
All these programs were to cover those in need of healthcare, old, young, and unable.

Tell me again why we need healthcare reform, you you say we need refrom you are saying these government programs don’t work and Washington failed us this week by adding more

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

Hey I wish Sonny had a toupee, anything to distract from his giant glinting sweaty head (empty as it is).

Dems are Dim

March 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

You dems are just plain stupid. Can you not read?

“…but given that many, many attorneys have offered to take up this case pro bono, which means free of charge for any Democrats who are reading this, we do not expect any state resources to be spent in this effort.”

For you dems reading this that means f r e e. You know, like your govt. housing, your food (food stamps), and your health insurance. Maybe now you can understand. Idiots!

Terry

March 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

The sad thing about this whole situation is that people are overlooking the most important thing…the children. How dare the gov. even attempt to block legislation that could help that millions of children here in GA that are without health insurance. People always say that the children are our future….so why not invest in them? Its down right stupid. Its all a game of politics for Sunny. When are we all going to come together and realize that we are our brothers keeper. Lets kill that separation and bring some change, hope, and unity.

Sondra

March 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

AMEN to ‘An American’ You’ve seen the truth behind the weeds – and we need to make sure we keep America’s liberty Free! Help us promote our rights!!

North GA

March 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

As for Legally Confused here is your answer. Driving is a privilege. Therefore if you chose not to drive then you are not required to buy insurance. In the case of health insurance all are required whether they desire to have it or not.

Die Hard Dem

March 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

GA indie – by that same standard, it’s hard to undo 8 years of Repuke rule in just over 1 year. See, hypocrite to the bitter end.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Most of the democratic responses to this article are so ignorant I am ashamed our government gave you the right to vote.

Matt

March 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

To AHIP:

Go read Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the US Constitution.

Sandy Spring For Roy Barnes

March 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Purdue need to hurry up out the office. Purdue does not speak for me I want health care reform. Please Purdue take the rest of the republicans with you and turn your keys in at the labor dept.

S Ryder

March 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

Sonny…can I sue you for stealing over 13k from my family since you are cutting educators pay that they qualified for???

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

Well Al, since the Dems did win the election they get to do what they promised to do. At least that was the rational the Republithugs espoused during the reign of the puppet boy GW.

Sondra

March 25th, 2010
12:26 pm

Yo Terry – educate yourself, they forgot to put that “Children” clause in the bill!! “Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health,…” http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Gap-in-health-care-laws-apf-4272209396.html?x=0&.v=1

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:26 pm

Barry- Still wishing those Jim Crow laws were in effect. Speaks volumes for your party, grats!!

Voice of Reason

March 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

I think the people that have focused on the ‘FREE’ statement should get a clue. Yes, lawyers have volunteered to do it for free, but this is only AFTER SONNY TRIED AND FAILED TO GET OUR STATE ATTORNEY’S TO DO IT AT COST TO THE STATE. Furthermore, he just stated today that he will appoint a Special Attorney General to pursue the case, AGAIN, THAT’S NOT FREE!!

Now, if by chance, Sonny does take these free lawyers ( which are about as real as unicorns) up on their offer, understand that they lawyers won’t be collecting a fee for their services, but filing a lawsuit is NOT FREE. All court costs, private jets to Washington, along with the hotel and strip club travel upgrades ARE NOT FREE!!!

NoChaser

March 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Seriously, is this really that hard to understand? Remove your partisan blinders and look at the issue rationally.

It is illegal in this country for any ER to refuse to treat someone. All of the people who have no job, no insurance or want a free ride are getting it now. They go to the ER and never pay the bill. Those costs are passed on to us working stiffs via increased premiums, etc.

This bill will require everyone to put some skin in the game. If everyone is required to have basic coverage, then that will end the “free” ER visits. They will have coverage that they either paid for totally out of pocket, or subsidised by the government. But they will be paying something for their care instead of relying on ER services. I like this approach.

grammamil

March 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Sounds like a bunch of spoiled brats that can’t get their way. Screaming, kicking, and rolling on the floor; hoping that Daddy or Mommy (federal court system) will placate them.

Carrie

March 25th, 2010
12:28 pm

Change is difficult for people. I can’t help but believe that ultimately the health care bill will be good for all of us. Even Republicans.

anon.

March 25th, 2010
12:28 pm

Make no mistake about, Sonny Purdue is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry. those are the only “people” he’s concerned about, certainly not his constituents

Gary

March 25th, 2010
12:28 pm

JS SNEAD……Haven’t you heard???? Conservatives and Republicans can do whatever the Hell they want in this country and the rest of us are damned for going against them! That’s why the liberals will always get hammered until we adopt that policy as well!

GA Indie

March 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

Years ago there was another president that offered change. The Government will wipe out poverty and welfare system was born. 50 years later there is still poverty and a larger percentage of people in the US are on the welfare system. Poverty was not wiped out so government experiment didn’t work. The government says SSI, Medicaid, Medicare, and the post office are going broke. The government is taking money from SSI, Medicaid and Medicare to help pay for the new healthcare. They are taking money from entities that are already going broke, I guess that means they will go broke faster or we better offer up more taxes. Welfare has proved that taking care of people that refuse to help themselves will not eliminate poverty. It’s up to the people themselves to move on and learn personal responsibility. I’m all for helping the sick, the disabled, and even helping people get back on their feet, but living on government assistance as a way of life should not be tolerated. I had some one tell me ( and they are on gov assistance and shouldn’t be ) that the world would be better off if all conservatives would die. My question back was “ then who would support you, who do you think pays taxes so you can hang out and party and get tattoos” .

STS

March 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

Did any of you read the article?

“Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free…The governor said the state will probably go it alone on the suit to avoid any costs. If Georgia joined with the other 14 state challenging the health legislation, it would incur some legal costs, Perdue said.”

Stop your faulty complaining about his being inconsiderate of the costs and support his gumption to go after the federal government! No one else seems to want to step up and do anything about it. Thanks, Sonny!

fulldawg

March 25th, 2010
12:30 pm

It’s high time this wash-up veterinarian leave office. This is yet another embarrassment for our state. Maybe the records will show something impeachable.

P. Smith

March 25th, 2010
12:31 pm

The State of Georgia is full of RACIST PIGS, and Sonny Perdue is KING HOG!! You skeptics better pray that you will not be impacted by your stupidity. Thing is, the majority of you dummies are complaining just because your use to riding on wagons, literally!! Base your complaints on facts! Also, PRESIDENT OBAMA is not the biggest gangster to ever inhabit the white house. That would be George Bush the 2nd! None of you dummies ever complained this much while he drove this country into the ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys are pure EVIL! WOW, and many of you call yourselves Christians. Now that’s funny.

ProBono=FREE

March 25th, 2010
12:31 pm

Hello morons, did you not read the article?

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:31 pm

No, I just wish I could put you under the bus fatboyisaloser. Keep collecting welfare and live off us for the rest of your life….. you go getter ;)

AM

March 25th, 2010
12:32 pm

Both parties suck and do nothing for the people they are supposed to represent. They are the same and screw the middle class taxpayer. The differences will never change. They are bought off by big business – that is who he is suing for – not for the people! Get a clue

John

March 25th, 2010
12:33 pm

Can’t stand Sonny but at least he’s doing something right! This HC bill is a travesty and is the epitome of an unfunded mandate! States should have the right to opt of a bill like this just like individuals should be able to make their own decisions on whether or not to buy health insurance! Sue the Federal Government for infringing on states and individuals rights!

Cammi317

March 25th, 2010
12:33 pm

This bill does not help me in the least bit, because it does not affect employer sponsored plans. My health insurance premium for myself and my daughter is over $600/month. It jumped $175.00 from Jan 09 to Jan 10. That being said, if this bill helps people who have been repeatedly turned down for insurance because of pre-existing conditions, then it is worth it. In the end, I am sure of two things, (1) my premiums would have continued to rise regardless of whether or not this bill passed and (2) this lawsuit is going to go no where fast. When in fails, which I am sure it is, I am just waiting on the knuckleheads to start yelling about state’s rights and seceding from the Union…LOL!

One last question, for the people screaming they do not have health insurance and do not want to be forced to purchase it…..exactly what is your plan in the event that you are in a bad accident, you are diagnosed with cancer or some bad ailment, or require a major surgery? How do you plan to cover the cost? I just want to know.

Real person

March 25th, 2010
12:34 pm

I have a son with congential heart disease. Under the previous law, if I changed/lost my job, my son would be uninsured and could be denied coverage and create a financial disaster in our lives just for his normal check ups, and especially if God forbid he had a problem. Now my son will always be guaranteed coverage (under my insurance unti he’s 26 or after that when he gets his own plan). So I take all this Republican opposition very personally.

I currently have health insurance thru my employer. I don’t have it because of a mandate, I have it because it helps me when my family has need of healthcare.

It does not infringe on my constitutional rights to make it legally required to have health insurance, especially when my premiums can be affected by unpaid costs passed on for services used, but not paid for by uninsured people. I think this mandate will bring costs down by bringing people into the system. There are always two sides to a story. They talk about helping the uninsured get affordable insurance, which I support, but the flip side is there are people who don’t have insurance by choice who leave us insured holding the bag. This reform bill fixes both sides of that story.

For those who say its unconstitutional, where in the constitution does it say that the government will provide suitable roads for us to travel on and that it will be paid for with taxes on me? It doesn’t say that, but we all accept this responsibility as a community because we know as a whole we all benefit from it. The same can be said for everyone acquiring health insurance. It strengthens the system for everyone by keeping costs down.

People who oppose these things are fools who can’t see past the “R” on their registration card.

Stupid Sonny

March 25th, 2010
12:34 pm

What an idiot. Go fish Sonny.

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

The problem with Bush was he tried to be bipartisan and kept giving the Democrats what they wanted. Yes, he screwed up alot.

He let Ted Kennedy write the education bill(which he then denounced a month later).

He passed the prescription drug fiasco because he wanted to take that issue away from the democrats.

He started the bailout fiasco with AIG.

For all the bad things President Bush did, obama has now come in a quadrupled them. Bush had room to make some mistakes because the country was still in good shape from the Reagan era. Then the Dems took over congress in 2006 and things started going downhill.

Now our country is in poor shape and our “leader” is a rule by opinion pole socialist who has never created a job in his life. We are living off credit cards(China). The government used to be the backstop for companies “too big to fail”(there is no such thing). Now the government is playing in the market and buying crap it can’t afford. What happens when China decides not to be our backstop anymore?

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:35 pm

You’re more than welcome to try. I have a very nice job (not 200k but close enough) That said I would be more than happy to have you try. Liberal I may be but armed I am, and a crack shot at that. So go ahead Jim Crow make my day.

Jim

March 25th, 2010
12:36 pm

How can I sign on to this lawsuit?

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:36 pm

Hey the bus comment, very telling. Nice honky. Be a good white boy now.

Atl Resident

March 25th, 2010
12:36 pm

Steve

March 25th, 2010
12:06 pm
- Democrats are big government and Republicans are small government.

Now THAT is funny. So Geroge W. was a Democrat???

No Steve, what did Bush do? Not a damn thing. But what is funny is all this talk about government spending but who else is going to spend money to resolve issues in this country. Remember people not going to be the first to do it, that’s why we pay taxes. So this heathcare issue is like the real estate issue, and unemployment that eventually somebody is going to have to absorb the costs for issues to get better. When are we going to realize that cause fighting over it won’t solve anything.

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

So Barry your woman go black and couldn’t go back? You seem to be so angry.

AM

March 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

And another thing my parents taught me – NOTHING IS FREE! NOTHING

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

Oxygen is, as long as you don’t mind a little pollution in it.

Lily Hathaway

March 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

How many attorneys work for free? I can assure you there is someone behind the scenes paying those bills. Either the Republican party or the pharmaceuticals or the insurance companies.

Didn’t the South try seceding from the Union once before? I guess it’s never too late to try again.

GA Indie

March 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

And most of you who hate Sonny probable think Mick Vick did nothing wrong.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

Another ignorant response fat boy! I’m sure you could make close to $200 K in a lifetime after all the welfare you have collected from us. Get to the front of the bus loser!

Silly Politics

March 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

For all of you who think that this lawsuit will be “free” just because attorneys are volunteering to take up the case, please think again. Even if the legal fees won’t exist, there will still be hours spent by government employees on research, compiling of data, and any other thing requested by the attorneys. They can’t just walk in the door and figure it all out by themselves. Also, this yet another example of a party doing things their own way for eight years and now they can’t handle not having the power in their hands.

Dan

March 25th, 2010
12:40 pm

I hope you all are ready for a Socialistic America. Because that is the direction that we are heading. Government Run Healthcare: What a Joke. How can the Government Force someone to purchase healthcare if they do no want it? That’s Socialism People!!!

DannyX

March 25th, 2010
12:40 pm

So you have Newt Gingrich on one side and Sonny Perdue on the other.

This hypocrisy is HORRENDOUS!!!!!!!!!!

Newt on one hand is crying over the fact that Democrats in the huge-majority Senate and House plus the Democratic President have not been BIPARTISAN, and forced this issue on the American people against its will.

YET

Next to Newt is a Republican Governor, Sonny Perdue, who, with the same majorities,been a part of one single bipartisan act in his whole seven years in office. Not ONE thing. In fact the opposite. Bipartisanship is not even on the radar in this state.

tls

March 25th, 2010
12:40 pm

@GT30 The Man of Morehouse was not the best reflection of a college educated person with mispellings and grammar errors. But your first sentence was not correct either. You are going to have typographical and grammatical errors in these posts but that has nothing to do with the subtance of what people are trying to say. Let’s stop bashing individuals.

another georgia girl

March 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

Way to go Sonny . . . apparently our Attorney General hasn’t read the bill either. It doesn’t cover children. Hey Thurbert – you are an idiot just like Otraitor.

To Voteumout

March 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

(You wrote):
1) Social Security. Thanks to the Dems, it’s broke.

WRONG!

Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system…this works fine as long as the working population grows faster than the retired population, but now that the trend has reversed, the system is simply unsustainable.

(You Claim)
2) Community Reinvestment Act caused housing meltdown

NONSENSE….that’s like blaming global warming on the clean air act.

The housing meltdown was caused by excess housing supply and lax mortgage lending standards.

It was a federal program to bring down the mortgage requirements, the 20 percent down payment and that sort of thing, and by forcing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to buy up those mortgages from the people who no longer had to meet the same requirements.

If you’re going to name names, those responsible are Congressman Barney Frank, former President George W. Bush, and Alan Greenspan

(You wrote about)
3) The Stimulus Bill

What would you do, nothing? Is the economy recovering? Yes. Therefore the stimulus package worked.

4) Obama has spent more money in his first year in office than Bush did in his entire two terms in office.

UTTER NONSENSE

While Obama has spent a lot, Bush spent a total of $34 Trillion over eight years, while Obama spent around $6 Trillion in 2009, up from Bush’s 5.5 Trillion in 2008. Do not use the Heritage Foundation as your data source….please.

gm

March 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

Hey tea baggars get ready for all blacks, liberal whites and other groups to start comming out at your klan rallies. Now we want you to spit on us like you did, and call us the N word like you did a 70 year old man. All you are doing is making America look bad around the world, most Blacks have always knew Sonny was a Redneck hell he is from South Georiga.

Thanks for waking up the Sleeping Giants.

Die Hard Dem

March 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

To all the Repuke morons who think “pro bono” means everything is free, you are sadly, and not surprisingly, mistaken. Pro bono means a LAWYER works for free. It does NOT mean the cost of the lawsuit is free or that a judge will work for free. There are still DOZENS of other fees you have to pay out of pocket…

But you haven’t taken the time to research things. You Repukes think just because you act like animals foaming at the mouth and yell and scream and throw tantrums that will make you right. Well it doesn’t.

Why don’t you morons learn to take the high road like the rest of us did under Dubya’s reign. We did not turn violent, we did not threaten lawmakers or their CHILDREN, we sat back in took it in stride. But you…you guys are animals.

NJ

March 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

If one single penny of Georgia taxpayer dollars are used for this lawsuit, instead of receiving “free” legal services from all these lawyers that are supposedly lining up to represent the State, then all Republicans should be tattooed with the word “HYPOCRITE” on their forehead. So spending taxpayer dollars is OK so long as it for some cause YOU believe in?

Silly Politics

March 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Great point, Lily! I’m sure the Republicans have been informed that money is of no issue in fighting this. Their political futures depend on it.

Ron

March 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Mr. Obama took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution is all about freedom and liberty. Everyone’s freedom and liberty. The recently signed into to law healthcare reform bill requires that everyone must purchase under penalty of law. That clearly means that the Federal government is stepping beyonds its limits set forth in the Constitution and forcing citizens to purchase a product from a private company. Regardless of your socio-political philosophy (unlesss you’re a communist/socialist/dictator) this is WRONG. This is a vulgar act. This is an act that flies in the face of Americans who believe in the principles of freedom and liberty. It must be challenged, period.

It is Mr. Perdue’s job to protect and defend the citizens of Georgia. In asking Mr. Baker to file suit (and join with other states) he is carrying out his lawful duties. Mr. Baker’s actions sends us (the citizens of Georgia) the message that either he does not believe in protecting (or at least attempting to protect) the freedoms and liberties of Georgians or that his alliance with his political party is far more important than that of all the citizens that he serves as attorney general of the state of Georgia.

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

O Barry I know big numbers are scary but 200k isn’t that much. That’s between my wife and myself so its a combined income. Still we’re thankful we have insurance and see no reason to deny others the same just because they haven’t been as fortunate. In fact I’m willing to bet some of your trailer park trash relatives are having a cold one on some of our tax payments as we speak. You do know most of the people on welfare are white?

Catherine

March 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Nice job of wasting my tax dollars, Sonny. Legal scholars have already opined that this kind of lawsuit is not likely to succeed; hence the suit is nothing more than a public relations stunt. NOT what I want out of my governor.

whoreallycares?

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

Are you KIDDING?
We have NO money-we’re furloughing police officers, teachers, state workers. We are bankrupting our schools…but Sonny wants to waste MILLIONS on this?

Please…someone…stick a sock in his piehole and put him in his office til he gets out before he ruins whatever is left of this state.

Who destroyed Georgia?

SONNY DID.

Cottmj

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

If you really think this would go down FREE, without any costs, I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you.

Cherri Brown

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

The United States Constitution is clear, and there is no precedent for the lawsuit, Baker was correct in his statement.

But here’s what really gripes me. This is a political fight without one whit of care about the citizens of the Great State of Georgia and their economic needs in hard times. Furlough teachers to fund a political dog fight?!?!??!?! Wake up, Georgia. Perdue does NOT represent us. Perdue represents himself and his party. Although not overwhelming %, Gallup shows that the majority (over the cutoff of half) approve of the healthcare package. Perhaps a citizen’s arrest of the Governor of Georgia for squandering our tax monies for personal and party gain is in order.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/126929/slim-margin-americans-support-healthcare-bill-passage.aspx

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

I don’t think Mick Vick did anything wrong, in fact I have no idea who Mick Vick is.

Stormie

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

FREE, Yup that is what they said. What they DIDN’T say was what all the other costs would be or how much. People please, do not react to what you hear. Take the time to THINK. I know Georgia is the state of stupidity, but please learn to THINK for yourselves.

democ

March 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

I am sick of the republicans trying to halt everything that this president tries to do. They have an agenda but unfortunately, the best interest of the American people is not part of it. I bet that if the president offered a bill to give big business and rich people tax breaks, every republican in the house and senate would vote yes for it. The Republican Party is nothing but a special interest party that always looks out for the rich and big business. In addition, lately they look like a raciest group when it comes to working with the country’s first black president. None of this fuss by the republicans is about healthcare; it is about trying to derail a president that is working hard to get this country back on its feet.

FedUP With Republicans

March 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

Republicans are self absorbed sore losers!!! Perdue is a joke. Always has been!! I have something for his “Sonny Do List” fix the education system here in Georgia instead of being a lying, racist bastard with hate against those that are different from your background. Wake up loser republicans….Change has come and your good ol boy system has finally been busted!!! Go OBAMA 2012!!!….I think I’ll call that retard Sarah Palin, maybe she can see Russia from my house here in Georgia… What a loser!!

CJP

March 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

Buildawall said “the conservatives would have to build a wall and man it with guns to keep the fleeing liberals from crossing back over illegally.”
This is an excellent idea!
But a better idea is to make the liberals pay a fee to cross over. We will call it a “Wall Building Fee”.
Let them have a taste of paying for something they didn’t do and don’t benefit from.
Kind of like me paying more and more taxes to support the lazy bums who won’t get a job that I am forced to support because I actually work and don’t wait on handouts.
When I didn’t have health insurance I went a got a job somewhere so that I COULD have health insurance. I wasn’t ENTITLED to health insurance. I earned health insurance.
I REALLY like the wall idea.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

I just love toying with ignorant people that run to their gun to shoot people when they are losing a debate….says a lot about you fella. I hope you can stay out of jail before Novemeber so your vote will count.

Beaujake

March 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

We know everyone that can READ remembers having to eat something they didn’t like—right!! We spit it out didn’t we?—So we want everyone in AMERICA to spit out the proposed Health Care bill to avoid our children from spitting out the tax burden it will impose on them.

Ben Dover (america)

March 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

Burn Baker, burn.

To Ron

March 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

So where were you when car insurance became mandatory in Georgia? The health care mandate is a Republican idea championed by Mitt Romney and John McCain. The mandate is the cornerstone of the plan that Mitt Romney put into place in Massachusetts.

Silly Politics

March 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

Another Georgia Girl, please get the facts straight. It wasn’t Baker who mentioned the kids, it was state Democratic Party Chairman Jane Kidd. There’s a lot of idiocy going around, including in these comments, so let’s make sure we get the characters right.

Gumby

March 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

I will be soooooooo glad to see that stupid fat ba$tard gone. Can’t be soon enough, unless we get a corrupt one like Oxendine.

DannyX

March 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

Recent Republican antics are truly motivating the Democratic base. Keep it up.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

Just like DEM to say they make a certain amount and then say….”Oh ahhhhhh, I mean my wife and I combined”

JAT

March 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

For all of you Republican’ts who keep saying read the article, “It’s Free”. If you haven’t learned anything else in life, please learn this,”Northing IS Eever Free”.

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

Ignorant? Why that just reeks of Fat boy Sonny. And his supporters. Say Barry, bet you’re late for the Klan rally. Better get your sheets cleaned. (I bet the only thing you really toy with is…nah to easy.)

Ben Langstaff

March 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

Go figure. The state is bankrupt but Republican Governor Perdue can find the money to sue over health care reform. He’ll most likely tap the lottery funds to do so! And someone ought tell the Democrats that the governor isn’t subject to the state’s Open Records Act.

And as long as we’re talking politics: The true reason Sen. Don Balfour suddenly pulled out of the 7th District congressional race here in Georgia is because there are risque photos of his visit to the Cheetah Lounge in Atlanta. So as they say, if you’re not a Tiger, you’re a Cheetah!

Gman

March 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

Wow! A lawyer that works for free! A guarantee that you’ll get the best legal mind… NOT! Sonny and the rest of you (but it’s free) dummies are really pieces of work!

phoenix falcon

March 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

who voted for this idiot? HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

Why wouldn’t I? Its a household income. At least in my house. So Barry stopped beating your wife yet?

Voice of Reason

March 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

I think if most of you took a walk down to your HR office, you’d most likely be told that you HAVE to have the companies health insurance option (and yes, pay for it too) unless you have health insurance from another source, such as a spouse’s job, a previous job, the military, etc. The reason for this is the more people on the plan, the lower the cost per person. This new situation with the federal plan is the exact same thing.

Most of you nuts are already forced to pay it and our to stupid to realize it.

Another puzzling question…

How is it that you’re upset that you will have to pay for the healthcare of the ‘deadbeats’ yet you’re equally upset that this bill is forcing those very same deadbeats to PAY FOR THEIR OWN CARE SO YOU WON’T HAVE TO?

WHICH IS IT LOSERS?

Die Hard Dem

March 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

You know, I’m beginning to think that Repukes are the ones on Wellfare and unemployment. They hear that something is “free” and they just pounce right on it. Anything to keep from spending a penny, huh? Hypocrites.

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

White boys can’t jump, or spell, or legislate or…….lmao

DAVID M

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

Did Sonny even read the bill? The bill allows States to opt out if they design a better plan?

cjamesatl

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

Perdue is an elitest, pompous windbag that has abused our state for far too long. And now he’s doing it again. No matter what Party you side with, I think we Georgians must all agree, it’s time to let the wind out of the bag, folks.

Tee

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

Goodbye Sonny Im sick ou you anyway …Get the school system going right before you chase this problem. And everyone is saying no one asked the American People about the bill first…Okay well nobobody asked you about going to war when Bush said there were “weapons of mass destruction” lol Im still laughing at that one because he knew that was a lie. But I see you guys supported him on that until your kids got called off to war and then the story changed quick. Look point blank GA never wanted Obama to be President anyway but wake up HE IS….so Deal with it the Healthcare bill will roll on I am sure of it ..So Sonny shut up ….

matt

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

Yes, fire all the states teachers, police and fire department so you can have plenty of cash to sue the federal government in a grandstanding attempt to help Newt get a presidential nomination. There is NO case, none of the states can realistically argue their that states rights supersede the health care bill, and not even our conservative activist judges will rule in their favor because they don’t believe in strong state rights. Stop wasting our money! Impeach Perdue.

Kino

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

Sonny’s going it alone? What? He’s spending his own money to back this suit? Somehow I doubt that, in which case he’s wasting state resources.

Gingrich was right when he said it’s a game they’re playing, but he’s pointing the finger at that wrong crowd. He should be standing in front of Perdue.

To Beaujake

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

Medicine can taste bad, but it’s good for you. The two wars that George W. Bush started will cost you, me, and our grandchildren over SIX TRILLION DOLLARS. The Medicare Part D Bill that GEORGE W. BUSH passed will cost you, me, and our grandchildren over $800 Billion Dollars. Where were you when those blank checks were being written? Were you spitting things out then???

KZGuy

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

The fact that Sonny is taking marching orders from Newt says it all.

chris

March 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

My insurance premium went up 35% this year. It has gone up steadily for the past FIVE YEARS. If Obama wants to help the little guy out and provide affordable health care LET HIM. Republicans are too deep into Insurance Company pockets to be in touch with reality.

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

Sonny can’t read. He’s from Georgia!

JP

March 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

I hear people keep saying attorneys are taking this case for free. Think about it people. Man hours that will be spent on this, plane trips to and from D.C., food, utilities, hotel stays, gas, etc. None of that will be free. I guarantee there will be some loophole that will make Ga. citizens will have to pay for it. Kudos to Baker for taking a stand!! Baker for governor!!

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

I bet if you were combined $250,000 you would be a little upset about this fatboy. The combined $14,888 should be taxed that much….hell you are going to benefit from this bill. GOD SPEED fella….and GOD BLESS

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

Massachusetts is the test program for this. Yes, it was set up by a Republican. 4 years later they are now broke. The only reason it didn’t go broke sooner is because congress keeps throwing them money because they want to program to look like it works.

So once again the Democratic solution is to take a failed program and expand it.

Social security is backrupt. Democratic solution: let’s not change anything.

Medicare is bankrupt. Democratic solution: put 16m more people in the program, cut funding in half.

Socialized medicine bankrupting countries worldwide. Democratic solution: Take the greatest healthcare system in the world and change it to like others. (we don’t want to show up those other countries by showing we have superior technology)

We are the fattest, laziest country in the world. We don’t live as long as people in other countries because we are inferior in physical health inspite of our miraculous doctors. This can do nothing but make things worse.

Kevin

March 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

Some of you really are quite stupid, and you seem proud of it.

What part of “free” don’t you understand?

Let me use the sentence in a way you’ll understand: “The government recently passed legislation that will take money from me, at the point of a gun, and redistribute it to others in the form of free healthcare.”

Ahhh, now it makes sense!

hbizzle

March 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

I doubt he can get such a time consuming task for free. GOP possibly paying fees? who knows. If he had his way and he couldn’t get it done for free he would probably just dip into MARTA money.

phoenix falcon

March 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

@another georgia girl

no, maybe you should try READING it one more time, IT CLEARLY PROVIDES FOR THE KIDS.

NoChaser

March 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

And let’s cease using inflammatory rhetoric like “government takeover”. There is no government takeover here. All of the plans offered in the insurance exchange will be provided by private insurers. The government is simply pooling people together in order to be able to get costs lowered for those participating in the pool. What’s your gripe with that?

Your freedoms are being taken away? What freedoms are those? The freedom to pay your high dollar premium for years only to be denied coverage the moment you get sick? The freedom to be fleeced by the insurance carrier? The freedom to be denied coverage for the unpardonable sins of having a c-section, being a battered woman, having acne, being a firefighter or policeman? All of those are csurrently considered pre-existing conditions by insurance companies. If you don’t think that is ludicrous and would rather whine and complain about Obama instead, then be my guest. But pardon the rest of us while we attempt to progress.

Ignorance is bliss

March 25th, 2010
12:53 pm

Politic 101, lets impede progress so we can get in office and claim we are the party thats out for the American Politics. So the republicans want to take credit for moving the country forward. Unfortunately, when you had your chance we ended up in wars and economic turmoil. So you want us to put you have in office….I Think NOt. Sonny your attempts to now sue and spend money you say you are not going to spend only comes at the expense that you are not able to run for office anymore. SO YOU DONT GIVE A RATS TAIL, plus you have access to the best benefit for the rest of your life, that we pay for. How about we relook at legislation where once you are no longer in office you lose you benefits and see how quick you sue?

Craig

March 25th, 2010
12:54 pm

The health care program that was passed was not read my a majority of those that voted for it to begin with. As I read some of the comments, a majority of the complaints are about cost. If you read the article, there are a number of volunteers for this. No cost to the state.

Before you complain, actually read and understand what you are complaining about. Common sense people. At least when things go to litigation, attorneys will actually research the topic of the suit.

Forest Gump once stated: “stupid is as stupid does…” Regardless of where you stand on this issue, at least read the article and learn about the health care reforms and what that actually handle prior to speaking about it.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
12:54 pm

Keep playing that RACE card fatboy….it’s all you got

HAHA

March 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

FREE!!!??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

What?

March 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

The article states that there are several law firms lining up to carry out this lawsuit for free. The constitution of the United States has been violated which is against the law any attorney knows this and is more than willing to be the attorney to go down in history as the attorney that reversed this socialistic bill and prosecuted the indivduals resposible for it.

Captain

March 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

The Governor has very little choice in this matter given what ObamaCare will require financially from this state’s taxpayers. The compliance mandate for Medicaid will financially strap taxpayers for the rest of our lives. One estimate I saw said the Democrat Healthcare mandates would cost the State of Georgia over $1 billion per year within 6 years simnply to comply wiht the funding required by the State.

It seems many posters to this site and elsewhere have no clue about the financial requirments imposed upon the states. The Democrats ObamaCare plan REQUIRES the states to pay a sizeable and growing portion of both Medicaid and Medicare. That portion MUST COME FROM SOMEWHERE, that somewhere is the Taxpayers of each state. You supporters need to quit being such blind and loyal followers and delve into what is mandated. By some estimates our Legislature will be required to increase the State Income Tax rates by as much as 3% points to meet the state funding requirement. That is in addition to the increased Federal Personal Income and Soc Security Taxes the Democrat Bill imposes on each Taxpayer.

Fight ‘em Governor, the legal bills to fight this Federally imposed mandate will be much less than the tax bill Obama and the Democrats in Washington will be sending us in the near future.

Mary

March 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

Don’ you get it that you are already paying for the healthcare of the uninsured right out the nose because the they go to the emergency room and may require extensive surgery., etc. What do you say let them die? It is cheaper. you are already paying the bill for out of sight charges for this exclusive service.If they an afford to go to a doc it will be a great preventative measure. I am more concorned about the rampant murder and violence in this city that needs to be curbed Every time some is shot they go to the emergency room and you pay. If you become ill or disabled (this can happen to anyone) and loose your insurance, can you pay out of pocket for your expenses? Dream on! More than likely you might go on Medicaid yourself-and watch while your family loses the home..
I applaud Baker…to stand up and do it right for the disadvantaged. Mr. Money–did you ever see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.

The Chicago Way

March 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

Didn’t Georgia pass tort reform a few years back? Did that lower medical costs, as republicans claimed, before the GA Supreme Court said how stupid and unconstitutional the law was?

Who cares

March 25th, 2010
12:57 pm

Everyone should stop whining and get back to work so you can help pay for the health care bill that America wants so badly. How many billions was it? And you’re worried about about how much this “free” lawsuit will cost Georgia! Not as much as you will be paying…Baker just didn’t want to piss off his dem votes for his upcoming election

Mi

March 25th, 2010
12:57 pm

No such thing as free…….

William

March 25th, 2010
12:57 pm

The bill is now law, please lets just move on to something else already. I am really trying to see what the big deal is, we are MANDATED

Hmmmmmm!

March 25th, 2010
12:57 pm

Bill….If you are looking for common sense and leaning Democrat, then it is obvious common sense is not a trait you are capable of recognizing. So give it up, it will be a useless encounter with frustration for you.

b6542

March 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

Nice Pic of Sonny and Newt AJC !!

Pop Quiz

March 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

**How many people here have no insurance and would refuse to buy insurance?**

**How many here would choose not to have car insurance if the state of Georgia did not force you to have car insurance?**

aw

March 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

Let’s clarify what free means in this context: The attorney(s) who participate may or may not submit charges for their time on the case. What won’t be free are the hours of staff time, research, writing, interviews, travel, court time, witnesses, expert opinion, etc. This won’t be free, it will cost the state plenty unless Gov Purdue means he will pocket all expenses personally. If the states or federal govt can mandate auto liability insurance, there is nothing unconstitutional about mandating health insurance. Get over it, move on, find solutions to the real issues and please stop wasting time fighting health care.

Marquise

March 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

First, Mr. Brantley some Republicans as well as some Democrats did not know the meaning of pro bono. Secondly, the Governor asked the Attorney General to file suit first which would have cost the state money. Only after the Attorney General refused did the Governor decide to appoint a “special attorney general” and at that time some attorneys agreed to file the suit pro bono. Would the citizens that are pleased about the suit still be happy go lucky if the Attorney General would have filed suit and cost them money?

fatboyisaloser

March 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

Maybe one day we’ll be in that bracket. However taxes are a necessary part living in this country. I’d much rather have that going to secure health care for the less fortunate than spending it to fund a war that should never have been. Peace to you too.

enuff_is_enuff

March 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS FREE, SO THE MERE ASSUMPTION THAT LIE_AWYERS ARE DOING IT FOR FREE IS ABSURD TO SAY THE LEAST. THERE WILL BE COURT COST INVOLVED, AND MR. OUT THE DOOR PER_DO_AIN’T DONE NOTHING, WILL BE PAYING THE GOOD OLD BOYS UNDER THE TABLE ANY WAY. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA HAS STATED THAT IN HIS PROFESSIONAL OPINION IT’S A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY. SO THE JOB THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS BEING PAID TO DO, LET HIM DO IT.

HEY I HAVEN’T RAN TO THE GOLD DOME TO DO PER_DONT_DO_NOTHINGS JOB, ALL THE TIMES HE FAILED TO DO HIS JOB! AND HE’S STILL MILKING THE COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Larry

March 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

Hey if Sonny wants the law suit make him pay for it…..

soulfinger

March 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

racism…pure and simple. If i am wrong..explain to me how an debate over health insurance can end in one person calling the other a racial slur???

DAVID M

March 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

Does the health care exchange provide for competition among insurance companies? Isn’t competition a notion preached by a certain political party?

Billy

March 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

So the newt is pulling the foghorn’s strings. I wish they would both go away.

A real American

March 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

I have the Democrats in my crosshairs and I and the real Americans that want a strong USA will do what is necessary to stop the creeping socialism of this Administration and of this congress. Let the Media whine this is a revolution and Middle America should and will stand up to fight. Both the rich and poor want Middle America to bail them out but if the Democrats continue on this course they will destroy average middle America. Obama and his thugs need to be out as soon as possible! I support our true blue Americans and support the Grand Ole Party in its fight to keep our America. Thank You Sunny!

DaveDawg

March 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

You right-wingers seem cock-sure that Republicans are going to dominate in November. I don’t think so. Now that people are realizing that granny isn’t going to be executed by death panels, Republicans are going to have a real credibility issue to deal with.

Brain Tumor SURVIVOR (b/c I had coverage)

March 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

Skimming over ALLLLLLLL these comments and few are actually merely mentioning the real topic – health care. Typical. I know I don’t want to be in the receiving end of all the effed up karma this is generating.

I was listening to a caller on a radio show the other day that opposes the bill. He stated he should be able to opt out if he can prove that he has $250,000 set aside in savings to cover his medical. So naive. $250,000 didn’t even cover one of my surgeries. Go back to the drawing board with that defense.

lonora

March 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

Perdue is a fat bald headed “STUPID” MF. He is just another racist pig. How about us taking away his health insurance?

EagleDawg

March 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

I wish that all you complainers would pack up your bags and move back to where you came from. Atlanta was a much nicer place before all of you guys migrated here.

atllaw191

March 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

BULLY AND LOOSER – GOV PERDUE!

street smart

March 25th, 2010
1:03 pm

Gingrich is the last person to talk about anyone using bully type tactics in Congress. He ganged up on Clinton with every chicken $hi+ tactic in the book costing tax payers billions while in the end it cost him his job. He resigned from office just 3 days after the state of Ga re elected him because he got caught doing the very same thing he accused Clinton of and demanded Cilnton be impeached and thrown out of office. Rather than face the music and commit to his promises like Clinton did he quit, citing he wanted to spend time with his family. if he wanted to spend time with his family he shouldnt have run for re election. Like all bullies he can dish it out but cant take it.

Perdue took the Fed stimulus $ after saying he wouldnt because he didnt think it was a good way to help rebuild Ga infrastructure. I guess he can use that Fed money that he said he woudnt take to pay for the resources that all these “pro bono” lawyers in this bogus law suit will have to pay out of pocket. Either that or have state patrol hand out more speeding tickets ( his original strategy to come up with more $ to help Ga infrastructure). If you and the rest of the GOP do somehow squash the fed Health Care Plan Sonny, you can tack on some more speeding tickets to pay for the Ga voters medical bills that cant afford a health care plan. Lets re elect Sonny and turn the state of Ga into one big speed trap y’all. YEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feed Up

March 25th, 2010
1:03 pm

Instead of whining and crying about where the money is coming from to fight this bill. We should be wondering where the money is going for the next 4 years before health care takes affect. We should not even be having this debate any way. This is the land of the free and home of the brave (at least it was until this bill passed.) We should be made by the goverment to do anything they work for us not other way around. So the next time you think it is a good idea to steal for some one to pay for somrone else try reading the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Decleartion of Indendance and remember this country was founded to keep a tyranical leader from telling free men and women what they can and can’t do with their own lively hood. Remember JULY 4, 1776!!!!!!

Voice of Reason

March 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

@ Ron

President Obama was elected largely for his stance on healthcare, so please do away with that talk. Obviously the people of this nation have already spoken.

Also, taxes need to be paid under penalty of law…..so, you’ve been living your life as a socialist all these years and now you don’t like it?

Dem4Dawgs

March 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

Christ!! Could we have a worse governor? This guy hasn’t done sh|t, and now he’s going to try and make sure that many don’t get healthcare. Good job you dummy.

Just another move by a Republican that will ensure Democrats GAIN seats in Congress this year. I guess I should thank you for that.

coolman

March 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

that is A GOOD PICTURE OF SOONY AND NEWT.

36 Smart Attorney Generals

March 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

There are 36 states that know this is a waste of time. Most of the others are Southern White Republican controled states that only know partisan politics and the others are states that are Republican controled right wing states that love Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and are still trying to spin this as a government takeover even though there is no public option.

1person

March 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

As for Perdue’s statement that he has several attorneys who have volunteered to do this litigation for free – please be aware that there is much more that goes into a case costwise other than just a particular lawyer’s fees. There are court costs, costs associated with drafting documents (called costs and expenses which are seperate from attorneys fees), witness fees, depostition cost, travel expenses, expert fees…and last but not least – if the suit is unsuccessful for Georgia, the US governement can request payment of all their fees. Nothing is free folks.

lovelylibra

March 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

If the State of GA is broke, why waste any money suing over the healthcare bill? Hell, if the lawsuit prevails, the whole country will benefit anyway. Let the other states fight the battle for you, maybe they have the resources and funds to do so.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

Fatboy I agree with you completely!!!! But, the Bush Administration did not go behind closed doors to get votes from Congress. Everyone agreed it was the right choice at the time. Now maybe the WMD was a little misintrepreted, but a terroist can be a WMD if he get a hold of an airliner. No one seems to realize this…..

Patricia

March 25th, 2010
1:06 pm

Yes!! I’m glad he’s filing suit to protect Georgians from being forced to participate in this federal entitlement program. I’m glad I may get to keep a few of our own hard-earned dollars in our own pockets rather than have our pockets picked by the Dems to redistribute as they see fit. Where can we contribute to the law firms to support this effort? Worried about the children? Ha! Obamacare doesn’t even cover children with pre-existing conditions until 2014. Why? Because the Dems didn’t read the bill because they were in such a rush to pass something, anything.

Esteban

March 25th, 2010
1:06 pm

Sonny, I think someone is drinking before Noon on Sundays…Shouldn’t you be making sure they’re in church? What about your fishing museum in Perry? Isn’t that a priority? What an embarrassment you are to this state. You’ve done absolutely nothing positive for the state of Georgia during your time in office.

Dem4Dawgs

March 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

A real American,

Was it your goal to include as many racist comments as possible in your post?

God

March 25th, 2010
1:07 pm

Its so sad to see a once fine, man of God, lose his Faith. Old Sonny would have solved the healthcare problem by publicly praying on the courthouse steps. Its the way he solved the draught ! But now Sonny has been so corrupted by the Capitol that he now has to solve problems by filing a lawsuit !….just like a liberal Dem would ! Poor, Poor Godless Sonny….why hast thou forsaken me ?

Jane

March 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

Sounds like Baker can’t look past the color of his skin. They walk into the booth and 95% of the time they vote the same way, so they are obviously not thinking for themselves.

Lawyers like judges don’t look at the law they just go by how they feel about a subject and that is why you can predict a Supreme Court ruling 90% of the time.

William

March 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

The bill is now law, please lets just move on to something else already. I am really trying to see what the big deal is, we are MANDATED to have car insurance, we are MANDATED to wear seatbelts, we are MANDATED to pay taxes, so why not be mandated to have health insurance. All these people talking about they are concerned about the tax burden on their kids and grand kids, now thats a bunch of bull, this is all about politics, if Bush and a GOP controlled congress would have passed this same law there wouldn’t be anything said about it. GOP are a bunch of sore losers, I must admit that I am a memeber of this party, however I am going independent at this point. We really do need to form a major 3rd party in this country(and not this tea party BS either).
You win some and you don’t win some, just move on…………………………………………………………

We keep hearing that majority of americans don’t want this bill, last time I checked the majority of americans voted Obama into office and 49% are for the bill and 40% against, once again the majority wins.

Grady

March 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

Does anyone in this state realize that we pay for the uninsured all the time? Do you understand why Grady is broke? Do you think it has anything to do with not turning away any patient regardless of their ability to pay? Do you realize that it costs more to treat very sick people than it does to keep people healthy?

Do you realize that nothing in life is free and there is no way this lawsuit will ever be free of taxpayer money? How about this, everyone that thinks this lawsuit will be free, you foot the bill when it comes through? Also, 15 states does not a majority make!

Carolyn

March 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

For all of you that think others don’t comprehend FREE-we do-but as a couple people already pointed out- althought those lawyers won’t charge, you bet they’ll pass on the additional costs- court, research, etc- so free is NOT free… as far as healthcare costing us money- when people are required to pay in to the system- it should hold costs down in the long run- but so many of us are so selfish that giving up a few nights of eating out or not getting that latest cell phone is too much to ask so that children can have healthcare….we look like selfish, heartless people to the rest of the world..

M.

March 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

To “Former StateEmployee”….I know you used to work for the government…”government employees”, “ex” or otherwise, don’t know what PRO BONO means…that’s why you work for the guvmint.

Consultant

March 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

What has happened to the Republican Party? Oh, right, they were taken over by Dawn of the Dead zombies. We all know how that movie ends.

Remember, zombies eat each other.

Andrew

March 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

Hey folks, stop trying to argue with these idiots… they want the government to take care of them from cradle to grave… know nothing of the constitution… and don’t undertand basic economics….

Newt Gingrich

March 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

I’m afraid the Republican Party will become defunct like the Whig Party. Where else can I spread my outdated, hatred racist agenda?

kreedham

March 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

Maybe a law firm will take this on for the state….but it ain’t free! There will be those on the state payroll either from Sonny’s staff or a sympathic employee(s) in the AG office which will assist on this.

Why does he think he needs to sue. Let the other states do it and if it’s found to be unconstitutional (and it won’t be) then jump in!

Sonny….there’s an the education of the children of Georgia that hasn’t improved in your 8 years. On top of that Kathy Cox has the nerve to run for reelection. Just hope someone else is!

Babs

March 25th, 2010
1:10 pm

A waste of time and energy lawsuit is just more BS from the Repugs.

phoenix falcon

March 25th, 2010
1:11 pm

@Kevin

You seem to be very proud of your lies/stupidity, how many lawyers do you know work for free? i work for a firm here in AZ, we have about 600 lawyers, AND NOT ONE OF THEM WORK FOR FREE. NOTHING IS FREE, and free or not, fighting to take health care from the sick and the old and the kids, wow you repubgnats should really be proud of your selves.

just an observation……..if black people were going around throwing bricks through windows, would the news coverage be as …..lite about covering it? just curious.

Rodney

March 25th, 2010
1:11 pm

This is really crazy. They are this upset with the new bill. Where was all this anger when Bush sent us to war because he claim someone tried to kill his daddy, where was this anger when Bush was running this country in the ground the past 8yrs, oh my bad Bush was with the republicans. After 1 yr they want to talk bad about Obama, what the heck has this country forgot about the past President. How can you spit on a man because he want heath care for all of America. We are headed back to the 60s if we don’t unite together now. HOW CAN WE TRY TO HELP OR TELL OTHER COUNTRIES HOW TO ACT WHEN WE ARE DOING THE SAME THING THEY ARE DOING, WE MUST LEAD BY EXAMPLE. THIS IS HOW WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO GROW? I SEE WHY OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE OUT OF CONTROL….LOOK HOW THE LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY IS ACTING. WE NEED TO PUT JESUS BACK INTO THIS COUNTRY. THIS IS AN EMBRASSINGMENT TO THE COUNTRY.

lulu

March 25th, 2010
1:11 pm

I love all the “pro bono = FREE, idiots!” posts.

Does anyone actually think that the only reason anyone would like the health care bill is because we believe we will get “free” health care? Um, no. Nor do we WANT free health care. We all pay, and as many have pointed out, mandating insurance simply means forcing individuals to pay for the health care that they will, at some point, receive, rather than relying on the government to pay them as we have been.

Do those of you against the mandates not have health insurance? Then YOU are the ones driving up costs. What’s that? You DO have health insurance? The “I want it, and I have it, but I don’t want anyone to tell me I’m right” argument against mandates is a little ridiculous.

So no, we don’t think this bill will give us free healthcare, nor is that what we’re advocating. We understand cost. Obviously those of you who believe that lawyer fees are the only costs incurred during a lawsuit do not.

Ellen

March 25th, 2010
1:11 pm

THIS LAWSUIT IS BEING PREPARED AND FILED BY ATTORNEYS ON A PRO-BONO BASIS!! For those of you who do not know the definition of pro-bono, here it is: “done for the public good without compensation”. If you don’t know what compensation means, here it is: “pay; do or give something to somebody in return; Example: “Did you receive any pay you for the work you did?” Sheesh!

rwh

March 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

AS governor of this state (Georgia), he should want his state and its tax paying citizens to have some form of health care! What will it hurt?
Georgia needs to get out of the Old South Civil Rights Hating on its people; we all nedd to move forward and create an environment where we all can live among each other. We are and have been divided on equal pay, jobs, health care and so meany other things. It is ugly and it is a bad reflection on this state as a whole. Who would benefit by sueing the federal government, he is part of that system because he pay taxes into it. Hearing him doing this kill my vote to elect him for another term and while he is moving forward, he can’t change what has already been done and health care has been done! All I can say is, Governor Purdue, you really dissapoint me as an elected leader and I am deeply sad of this decision you are making and it reflects on all of us!

Carolyn

March 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

William- I am thrilled to see your post about a third party- I have been saying that for a long time… let’s form a Moderate party or better yet- the Common Sense party where issues are thought through without knee jerk emotion and intelligent, common sense thinking is at the forefront… oh yeah… we live in the US-sorry I got giddy there for a moment… back to reality…. UGH!!!!!

Rob

March 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

There seem to be a lot of idiots on here, oh wait, I mean ignorant or rather democrats for those who don’t live in the real world of freedom. At least Sonny is standing up for our rights as free citizens of a country founded on the basic principles of freedom. Forcing us to buy insurance even if we don’t want it. What’s next, forcing everyone to sell their house if Obama thinks it’s too big for them and they don’t need the extra space. Rather, if everyone lived in smaller houses, then everyone would have their god given right to live in a house. Oh and while we’re at it, let’s make the few of us buy everyone else a car so they can drive themselves to the doctor to use their insurance and then drive themselves back to the house that Obama says they have the right to own. At the expense of all of us who actually work for a living. Sounds stupid doesn’t it? Well, not in the eyes of a Socialist. Lastly, did everyone not read the same article I did, there are many lawyers ready to take this case free of charge. So to the dummycrats who are hollering about Sonny wasting Georgia’s money on this, read and comprehend before typing stupid comments.

Farsider

March 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

Wow, the rotund flash from Bonaire actually DID something! Of course it was only after he had his leash yanked by his fellow GOP travelers in other states. I’m interested to see what the open records law finds. These GOP wackadoos don’t go to the bathroom unless its a coordinated activity.

missy

March 25th, 2010
1:13 pm

I find it amazing that many of these comments state that it will be free to pursue this lawsuit – really??!!! What about the people who will have research and pull information – what about the governors contributions….if the governor is adding any insight into this lawsuit…then it’s not FREE…because last time I checked – I PAY his salary – his and his staff’s salaries….so while the paper the lawsuit is written on is free…this effort is still going to cost us taxpayers!!! Get a clue!!

Barry

March 25th, 2010
1:13 pm

thanks for the debate Fatboy! i got to get back to my $40K job because i’m 1 of the million Americans taking the biggest hit over the heath care overhaul because i have covered my family and myself with insurance. i guess when you make 200K it really wouldn’t bother you.

jj1883

March 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

That’s interesting. Republicans are arguing that the healthcare bill is unconstitutional and want to fight it in court. They say, “What part of the US Constitution says I have to have healthcare?”

Well, show me what part of the Georgia state constitution gives the Governor authority to appoint a “special attorney general”? http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/GAConstitution.pdf Read it. There is no mention of any kind of authority ANYWHERE in that document that gives the Governor the ability to appoint a person other than the Attorney General to do the Attorney General’s job.

The Attorney General is an elected constitutional officer of the State. He has specific responsibilities–the people of the state selected him to handle all the State’s legal issues. The Governor doesn’t get to simply ignore the Attorney General when he disagrees with him and appoint someone else to do his job. THAT, my friends, is unconstitutional. Thurbert Baker was elected to make the legal decisions for our state—Not Sonny Perdue. If we don’t like that, we the people have the authority to elect someone else. The Governor, however, does not have the power to simply appoint someone else.

Read the document: http://www.sos.ga.gov/elections/GAConstitution.pdf

scott

March 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

NOVEMBER IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just like 93, the real americans will have to stop working hard and paying taxes to help the lazy, get up and fix this crap, take time out of our schedule and come out hard to vote and fix the crap being messed up by Dems, AGAIN!

Place your bets folks, both houses will be Rep. in NOVEMBER!!! Easy win.

JohnnyMack Larry

March 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

I believe Mr. Bakes established long ago through the courts that Perdue is NOT his boss, he’s an elected official same as Perdue. His determination not to file a lawsuit as suggested by the governor was supported by the facts contained within his letter of denial. Kudos to Mr. Baker for following the letter of the law and refusing to play Perdue’s hysterical political game.

Scott

March 25th, 2010
1:14 pm

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

Dan

March 25th, 2010
12:40 pm
I hope you all are ready for a Socialistic America. Because that is the direction that we are heading. Government Run Healthcare: What a Joke. How can the Government Force someone to purchase healthcare if they do no want it? That’s Socialism People!!!
—–
did you make it past high school?

you don’t have to buy health insurance, however, the IRS will fine you. If you want to battle the IRS good luck, just make sure you have a lot of time and money to piss away arguing that the income tax is unconstitutional.

when you sign your tax return this year put the words “under protest” near your signature and see what will happen to you tough guy.

socialism is as american as apple pie.

Fed Up

March 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

When will everyone learn: The middle-class pays for everything as it stands? The people below you pay nothing and the people above you pay little to nothing. While the lower-class has been stigmatized the upper crust has enjoyed a free pass from healthcare to education. The very items the middle-class struggles with on a daily basis. As for the “It will be free”, aspect anyone who believes you get something for nothing is living in Utopia and we all know that doesn’t exist.

Patricia

March 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

To William:
RE: Comparing auto insurance to Obamacare
Only those who drive cars must buy insurance. No car/no insurance. Would you like to require all those people who ride mass transit, ride bicycles, or walk on public sidewalks to buy vehicle insurance?

John

March 25th, 2010
1:15 pm

Sonny says suit will be free. Congressional Budget Office says health bill will decrease deficit. So some of you believe Sonny and not CBO? By the way, CBO also told us that Bush tax cuts and Bush drug plan would cause deficits and they were very close on their projections. I wonder if CBO would have predicted deficits this time who would have believed them?

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

I keep hearing “Nothing is free” What do you think this healthcare bill is all about? People thinking they are going to get another “free” handout from the government.

The problem is people don’t understand what things cost anymore. People are complaining about the price of insurance but they don’t even understand what that really costs because your employer pays a big chunk of it for you.

Fix tort reform and open competition with insurance companies. Forcing tax payers to pick up a bill forcing 32 million people into a broken system doesn’t solve anything.

Victorious 1

March 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

All of you “conservative” Koolaid consumers who keep banging the “It’s for free” drum on here – can you possibly be serious? When has anything that goes to court and stays there for years – whatever the outcome, the losing side will appeal it – not end up costing everybody involved a bunch of money? (Not to mention the fact that we’re talking about government, the ultimate example of wasted money and inefficiency – hello?) If you feel so strongly about this health bill that you want to waste our money to sue the Fed, just be honest about the fact that you place a higher priority on defeating this bill than you do on funding schools or any of the other fiscal crises facing our state. To advocate for this course of action because it won’t cost the state any money is at best, naive, and at worst, totally disingenuous…

scott

March 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

Hey RWH…
We have many forms of health coverage for poor folks, and kids. Tax payers already fund it, no thanks on adding another trillion to that.

Otherwise, you can buy it, you folks act like there is NO Health coverage, give me a break! Why is 80% of the conutry happy with what they have?

Cletus Dooley Earnhardt SR.

March 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

Hell yea Sonny! Give em Hell! Maybe this will make up for that Civil War and send them darn carpitbaggers back up to their Yankeee devill states! Maybbee this will make up for other injusstistesss like the UGA Florida game in 1993, Ruubeen over Clay Aiken, and the Emancipaatashun Proclamaatashun !!!! Yeay for sore looosers!!! Our staate has nother else to focus on! Our uneemployment is low and our schoools are threyving!! Lets spend time makeing points about principalss becuz we lost!!!! I wont spend my wealth i earrnned pumping gas to give it to some lazzy illeterate trash!

Go Dawgs!

chiefdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

I got news for you people,there ain’t nothing that’s freee. Some how Sonny’s cronies will get paid.

Nick

March 25th, 2010
1:16 pm

Sonny is not jaded. He’s more of an idiot. I find it real funny that anyone cannot understand that the Federal Government has to step in when the State shows complete negligence. The only state that has really shown any effort to providing healthcare to its people is Massachussetts. Why would we not have any real support to an already state mandated Auto Insurance (an example)? The potential result, which can lead to serious injury and huge medical bills. This is almost laughable that the idiots of this state are arguing the issue of choice when choice has not been lost. You can still choose your insurance plan and not have to worry about being priced out in the future.

What’s more, you won’t have to worry about the value of your plan being compromised. And to those who are still receiving coverage from your employer, I long for the day you ever have to take COBRA and find out the true cost of your insurance plan if these idiots get what they want. But I already know that’s not going to happen. And you can forget about Sonny giving you a refund on the wasted tax payer dollars this asinine decision will cost this state.

It’s high time to kick the Republican bums and two Reps who voted against the HRC bill out of Federal Office. Sonny can’t get out soon enough.

Dem4Dawgs

March 25th, 2010
1:17 pm

“They walk into the booth and 95% of the time they vote the same way, so they are obviously not thinking for themselves.”

Maybe they’re are tired of constantly getting screwed by the Republicans. Just a thought.

BTW, Medicare part D and the illegal Iraq war cost us 2+ trillion dollars – not paid for. This “scary” health care bill that will improve the lives of millions will reduce the deficit by over a trillion.

Hey, It's Enrico Pallazzo!

March 25th, 2010
1:17 pm

If 14 states have already filed a lawsuit to try the find the HCR law unconstitutional and they succeed, why does GA have to file a lawsuit? If it is Federally unconstitional for one state, it is federally unconstitutional for all. Just a question.

colin

March 25th, 2010
1:18 pm

To Idiot Rob….your comments don’t hold water….first off their are other insurances you are required to have like car insurance or homeowners insurance…so please stop with the taking away your freedoms…they were taken away long before Obama came into office. Also, with regard to your comment about taking away homes…or reducing the size of the home….well GA already has something on the books about that – it’s called imminent domain – read up….GA takes people’s homes all the time to make way for commerical areas or to create roads….please get educated before you post idiotic comments. Thanks!!

Mary

March 25th, 2010
1:18 pm

A real American

A real American cares about his fellow man. Sickness is not fun and it devastates numerous families in this country. this creeping socialism it just another inflammatory ploy. If we had a little more government involvement and control we wouldl not have allowed the selling of useless paper without the money there to back it up-that was called the housing crisis-that put us into bad shape.Wall street was left run rampant-and they all knew it was coming. We had a do nothing Republican machine in there for 8 years that left us with a massive pile of debt for someone else to inherit.What did they do about it-nothing.
If you are for doing nothing you are with the right party of “No” Why don’t you run for president and see if you can do a better job to salvage the country. I take it you will not collect your social security because it is socialistic to do so.

True Colors

March 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

I am truly ashamed to call myself a Georgian right now. Their people who need healthcare, and insurance companies charging us so much money to get a regular check up. Just think, THINK!! OH, you have to actually have a conscience for that.

Reality Check

March 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

Those of you who think that a lawsuit against the federal gov. will not cost anything because the lawyers will do it pro bono are not paying attention, This suit will cost Georgians millions in court fees and wasted time. Nothing is Free!!!

phoenix falcon

March 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

Ellen

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOT ANYTHING OF SUBSTANCE FOR FREE??????????????????????????????????????????????????????

kayel

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

It saddens me to see so many of my fellow Georgians falling for the right-wing line that spews nothing but hate & vitriol. There should be no question: all Americans should have the right to good health care and higher education! The only way we will maintain our good standing in the world over the long haul is with a healthy, well-educated public. Please stop these archaic accusations about socialism and similar cold war diatribes. Start looking at the world as it is now, and learn to address today’s problems with insight. Stop giving others ammunition to want to attack us by playing the childish game of ‘my guns are bigger & badder than yours’. Lead America and the world with concern for all humankind.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

The lawyers would be doing this for the publicity for their lawfirms. It really won’t cost the taxpayers a dime, unlike Obamacare which is going to bankrupt alot of states.

R = sore losers

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

The republicans have acted like spoiled brats ever since they lost (in a landslide) the election Nov. 5 , 2008. The MAJORITY voted for Barack Obama and democrats.Health care reform was a promise Obama and democrats campaigned on. Suddenly, the majority fulfilling the promise is called
“Marxism” socialism” “nazi” “tyranny” and “armaggedon” The REPUBLICAN LEADER on the floor of the House called it “ARMAGGEDON” !!!!! The entire republican party has lost their ever-hatin’ minds !! I now say we should grant their wish of keeping open Guantanamo and continuing waterboarding for ALL TERRORISTS ( forein AND domestic) The people calling for violence or acting violently should be taken their PERMANENTLY. No lawyers, no family contact, and YES no miranda rights. Anyone who fans the flames by spreading LIES of government takeover, nazi, socialism, armaggedon or anything else outrageous should be HELD ACCOUNTABLE for the unrest they are causing!

jack

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

oh man,, look at that,,, another piece of the sky just landed in my front yard !!!

IgnoRepublicans

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

Ok really, can you all stop using the stupid ‘driving is a privilege, which is why car insurance is required’ arguement. Is living a ‘privilege?’ Because it’s pretty darn hard to live to a respectable age without health insurance, especially if you are unlucky enough to get sick. Which, incidentally, is why Medicare exists for the elderly.

I guess for Republicans, living is a privilege, but only for the born. The unborn are the only ones for which living is a right…

Steve

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

FREE??? You people do not get it do you? Any time the GOV has to meet with Lawyers, his Staff, hold press conferences, etc the taxpayers are paying his salary therefore he is taking time away from his job as GOV and focusing on nonsense issues. So again this is not technically FREE because we are paying him to perform his duties as GOV. along with his staff. This is costing us money on the back end so maybe you people should be able to read between the lines. Btw, what is so awful for the citizens of GA to have access to health insurance: for your kids to stay on their parents insurance until the age of 26, no lifetime limit on the amount of coverage, or to prevent insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions???? Why do republicans hate taking care of their citizens and they call themselves christians, sounds like they need to get over it. This is what Mr. Obama ran on during the election-Healthcare Coverage and the majority of America agreed!!!!!

lokoweed

March 25th, 2010
1:21 pm

I can only hope that President Hussein Obama is impeached before he does any more damage to this country. I wholeheartedly support Gov. Perdue in his lawsuit.

JJ

March 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

What’s Newt doing in the picture… I didn’t’ know he was still trying to get some one impeached. The last time it was Clinton but he couldn’t participate because of his morals. Now he wants Baker. Why doesn’t he get a day job and quit hanging around and nurseing at the breast of mother government trying to raise money for his PAC.

William

March 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

Reality Check

March 25th, 2010
1:19 pm
Those of you think healthcare is free are not paying attention, this program will cost georgians billions in taxes and wasted lives.

YOU ARE ENTITLED!

Lily Hathaway

March 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

I think it would have been really funny if Sonny had held a press conference and prayed for the repeal of health care reform.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

So a 1% loss is a “landslide” now? Seems to me an indication that neither side won anything.

Carolyn

March 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

Arguing with Conservatives will get you nowhere- I hope to stir up debate with this…you can’t sway their way of thinking ever… why? Because so many of them have no EMPATHY- meaning that they are from the “what’s in it for me” way of thinking… as long as they are ok and their family is ok- then nothing needs to be changed- everyone else be damned… what pisses me off the most is the old argument that those without- are fat, lazy, whatever- wow,wow,wow! I guess those kids that are born with birth defects, those hardworking folks with insurance that lose it because they have cancer and get dropped, those who can’t get insurance but want it because they lost their job and can’t afford it on their own–oh yeah- they are lazy alright… to those of you who oppose this- I hope you stay safe and well… because your bad, heartless attitude will eventually come back to bite you- you know where…

Adrianne

March 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

Nothing is free. Time is money. In addition, there are administrative costs to any lawsuit. This is a publicity stunt by the governor and his allies. With double-digit unemployment in Georgia, where are the jobs the governor’s office has brought to the state? Perdue needs to focus on serving the citizens of the state and not his own selfish interests. And Ginghrich left office in disgrace but he is always around for a photo oppportunity. I’m ashamed to be in the republican party. A healthy debate on any issue is all that’s needed. Let the vote stand on healthcare. These backhanded tactics are a waste of time. Move on to more pressing issues!! Again, where are the jobs for Georgia? What’s your solution for that?

Angelia

March 25th, 2010
1:23 pm

Georgia citizens also have a right to know why the 7.3+ million other residence should WORK and PAY FOR those 1.7 million uninsured state residents to get affordable health insurance. Shouldn’t everyone have to pay for their own, like I do????

William

March 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

By the way liberals, what was the talking points sent out to all the liberals this morning. I know the DNC runned by the progressive liberals has canned statements for you that post here. Can you post some of the canned statements for us?

brad

March 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

At a time when so many other things in this state are begging the governor’s attention, Sonny carries out a frivolous lawsuit to take attention away from the horrendous job he’s done. Legal experts everywhere have already said such lawsuits are totally pointless, since federal law trumps state law. If you insist on wasting time, Sonny, then please do it in a way that doesn’t continue to make our state a laughing stock.

Sonny, read the bible

March 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

Rider

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

Let me see.
The education system is going bankrupt.
The Lottery officials get mega dollar bonuses.
Cities and counties in Georgia are in financial trouble.
And our gov wants to waste time and potential mega dollars on a witch hunt.
Typical good old boy HATE going on here.

As an aside. Of my circle of friends, the person that is the most offended by the health care reform act is a person that gets medicaid AND gets a disability check.
Typical hypocrite / republican.

Stymee

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

“The former congressman said “there’s no place in America” for political violence, threats or intimidation.”

Unless of coarse you are speaking about our revolutionary war in the 1700s and the civil war in 1861-65. We are about to repeat the later….thanks to the Uniter Obama…MMM MMM MMM

William

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

OMG I said what was, it should have been what were. Now I am just an ignorant southerner…lmao

Newt Gingrich

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

Can’t we just get along? Who cares about the sick and dying? I get free health care anyway. I want GA to sue the federal gov’t because the Tea Baggers don’t like black people.

Leon Logan

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

KD
Freedom!!!!!! To do what ? Let 44,000 plus per year die per year due to no insurance? Freedon to deny gay marriage?Freedom to pollute our air,water,teach IIntelligent design in school, deny science? Get out “Ned in the First Reader” and start getting informed about the world.An African proverb says “Not to know is bad;not to wish to know is worse”.

Logan from Loganville.

kindergarten teacher

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

President Obama has to be the kindergarten teacher for these childish brat republicans.
It’s almost recess time. He should gather EACH AND EVERY choice he has made for every vacant judge, cabinet . national security and ALL to bypass these crybaby, spoiled rotten brat republicans.
Children, it’s recess appointment time !!!!

SARA

March 25th, 2010
1:25 pm

Couple things: Perdue says that several lawyers have volunteered their service, but he doesn’t say that he is going to choose only free lawyers in his “team” – most likely some of his team will be paid using our taxes. Second, there are costs associated with a lawsuit other than attorney’s fees- the taxpayers are going to end up paying these other costs, not the “free legal team.” Also, your federal taxes (to the extent Georgia even pays any taxes since we get back more in federal dollars than we pay out collectively) WILL be used to defend the lawsuit.
you may not like the health care bill, but it is constitutional so this suit is a waste of time and money

Legislatorari

March 25th, 2010
1:26 pm

“Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free”.
- Sonny Perdue, as quoted in the above article.

What is the matter with Democratic Party supporters? Can’t they read? My stars!!!

Oh, I know. They are just acting out because they know the PEOPLE of this nation will take back control of congress in the next election.

amber

March 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

Sorry….but I am one of the 80% of Americans with insurance and I am NOT happy with it…especially since I only go to the doctor for preventive care – this year along my insurance jumped 23% – really??!!! I’m paying for all the individuals who don’t have insurance…who go to the ER because they cannot get seen by a doctor without upfront payment….since you conversatives don’t seem to understand what has been happening for years….check this out: WE ARE ALREADY PAYING FOR THE UNISURED’s HEALTHCARE!!! This bill will get them into doctor offices…which are less expensive than ER’s – saving us all money….it’s not rocket science!!

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

My wife should run for congress!

“Honey, even though we don’t have any money, I went to the mall and bought a bunch of crap we don’t need for $2.4 trillion because it was on sale $136 billion off.” Unfortunately they said they can’t deliver it until 2014.

Sorry Democrats, it just doesn’t pass the smell test.

Better to spend an ounce of prevention fighting this than have to pay for a pound of cure when it comes it effect.

Tracy

March 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

Perdue is and always will be a political joke.

We’ve had a some stinker governors,but that guy takes the cake.

Jacknhoo

March 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

The money Sonny would spend on this lawsuit is PEANUTS compared to the money Obama’s deathcarte is going to cost Georgia and Georgian individuals, both publically and privately, The thousands and thousands of persons who are already being laid off due to the cost this deathcare bill puts on corporations has just begun to reflect and it is only a few days in. Just wait for a few months and then years and we’ll see a bankrupt America for sure.

Abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, infanticide, healthcare rationing, several higher taxes, several new taxes, lost income, lost jobs, federal ID, poor quality of healthcare…and some people think this is good?! Wow, it is ludicrous.

WOMAN OF SPELMAN

March 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

TO GT30!!! I REALLY HOPE YOU GET A CHANCE TO READ THIS!! people are expressing their opinion on this blog and not really caring about the spelling … if you did you would read your’s again and find that you actually agreeded with MAN OF MOREHOUSE or you misused the word can instead of can’t so you probably can’t read or spell well at all … and since you probably only have a high school dipolma or equivenlant you really don’t need to throw stones that you can’t carry…. BUBBA!!!!

George W. Bush

March 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

Dang! Obama won the election? I thought McLame and Caribou Barbie were in office. I think I just took a very long nap.

Common Sense

March 25th, 2010
1:29 pm

Free my ***! Nothing is free…. They’ll get their money some how. Besides, the Health Care Bill is a “Big F******* Deal!” Even as we speak some illegal alien, U.S. Citizen, or person visiting the U.S. on a Visa is going to the emergency room right now. For instance, my neice just had an accident on her bicycle and had to go to the emergency room for cuts, scraps, and bruises. Her mother (who was living with me for the past 6 months rent free) doesn’t have health care for her. Who in the world do you think pays for that? We do! So, I don’t see what all the fuss is about if the U.S. is now making it mandatory for these people to get insurance. What don’t we understand about that. We are paying for everyone! Make them get it and the costs will go down. Everything will go down because the majority is not paying for the minority. If anything is considered socialized, it should be the lottery. The GA Lottery takes money from the poor, hopeful, and down and out, and redistributes it to the wealthy via education…. Hope Scholarships… And who are the recipiants of most of those Scholarships… Mostly students that come from the best schools in the state… Now if you want to talk reality…or common sense… Let’s go!

Not born here, but love it here

March 25th, 2010
1:30 pm

My guess is that most of the people making comments on this story have that great Georgia education. The attornies are willing to do it for free because they don’t believe in this either. I agree we need a change in our state leaders in Georgia. So, next elections, vote Independants or someone that is not a life long politician. Also, there are only 2.4 million kids (under 18 years of age) that live in Georgia. I guess Kidd wants us to insure the all the illegals and there kids too.

George W. Bush

March 25th, 2010
1:30 pm

To Jacknhoo: Stop watching Fox news.

La Luz

March 25th, 2010
1:30 pm

Not a fan of Sonny, but he is right on this one. The federal government has to respect the limits placed on it by the US Constitution. Despite all of the good intentions behind its creation, the new health care law is not based on powers we as free people and the fifty states within the union have delegated to the federal government – period. This is not about health care or political party affiliation, IT IS ABOUT PRESERVING THE FREEDOM OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US (WE THE PEOPLE). INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY IS BEING ELIMINATED BIT BY BIT, AND PATRIOTS MUST DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION!

Michael

March 25th, 2010
1:30 pm

Leagally Confused,

The law requires you to have insurance if you drive an automobile. The law does not require you to purchase an automobile. If you don’t plan on driving an automobile, you don’t need and are not leagally required to purchase auto insurance. Got it???

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

Pay now to fight the suit, or pay a whole heck of a lot more later…….Hmmmm?? Hard decision..NOT!!!
GO SONNY!!

Sonny Perdue

March 25th, 2010
1:31 pm

He did? I didn’t read that in our new textbook. I was still on the first chapter about Newt Gingrich writing the Decalaration of Independence

Legislatorari

March 25th, 2010
1:32 pm

Sara, don’t be disingenuous. You don’t know any of that will happen. Besides you don’t get everything Perdue said in the article; only what the AJC wanted to print.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
1:33 pm

The lawyers get their “money” in the form of publicity for their lawfirm. This isn’t going to be paid for with state money, because it doesn’t need to be. Multiple lawyers want to do this for their own personal reasons.

mindless morons

March 25th, 2010
1:33 pm

Not hard to see why Georgia is last place in education.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
1:34 pm

The young-non-tax-paying northerns won the election for Obama. It was an excellent strategic move to steals votes in 2008. We’ll see if those same young northerns return to the polls when a “health surcharge” is taking away from their tips to help fund their college night life. I bet there will be some pissed off 18 year-olds then…..

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
1:34 pm

And to those saying Purdue is “stealing” state time, have you ever considered he might just be working overtime? I know it’s a foreign concept to democrats to possibly be at work past 5:01, but when you’re the governor of a state, you tend to be working on various issues every waking hour.

Dee

March 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

I cannot believe the comments on this page. I am not ready for the government (Obama) to tell me that I have to have insurance, who I will have to take it with and if I can live or die!!!! Some of you maybe ready for that, but I am not. I would totally disappointed if Perdue didn’t pursue this. As far as the state paying for it, I am sure there are a lot of lawyers that are willing to take this probono. I can’t believe you people don’t see what is going on with our government. If you want to be in a socialist country====go across the pond!!

Jacknhoo

March 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

Sonny, PLEASE, stop the tyranny of the Democratic Party politicians.

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Vote out the totalitarian dictators!

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

Exactly Barry, the same college age kids who voted for Obama in 2008 will be unemployed young adults in 2012 that will vote for someone with a real economic plan.

Terri

March 25th, 2010
1:36 pm

I believe many Americans think this healthcare bill is going to give them something for free. Nothing in life is free. Some bloggers need to stop mentioning the children. This state already helped cover children of low income earners and now there’s SCHIP. Remember we got that by raising cigarette tax 65 cents a pack. Georgia better hope this state remains RED. Obama wants to turn the southern states BLUE for the unions. HE WORKS FOR THE UNIONS AND GEORGE SOROS!

Not born here, but love it here

March 25th, 2010
1:36 pm

Common sense, you’re an enabler and a moron. First, the little girl can get peach care. Any kid can get peach care. the state funds peach care for the uninsured kids. second, the lottery doesn’t take money from the poor, the dumbasses give it to them.

Newt Gingrich

March 25th, 2010
1:36 pm

I want the good ol’ days when minorities knew their place. I feel threatened by Obama because he’s the smartest guy in Washington and he doesn’t buy into our right-wing propaganda.

I need to be tea bagged.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
1:37 pm

I hate to break it to you, but many times health care causes death instead of saving lives.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/14/how-american-health-care-_n_260101.html
Ever heard of staph infections?? Giving people the wrong medicine, mixing up charts, etc…
HMO’s…..

African-American Woman

March 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

@ We’ve Revereted Back To The 50’s…..WELL SAID!!! You deserve a pat on the back for that comment.
@ GT30 it is very obvious to me that you are one of those racist individuals who likes to throw the rock and hide their hand. You really need a class in DIVERSITY!! Oh did I spell that correctly????!!!!

JDW

March 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

Here is a little lesson in budget and history for some of you.

In 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected President and the total national debt was $909 Billion when he took office

In 2008 Barack Obama was elected President and the total national debt was $10.7 TRILLION when he took office

During those 28 that added about $9.8 TRILLON dollars in debt years 20 of them were lead by a Republican and 8 by a Democrat. The Democrat in question added about $458 Billion to the deficit the Republicans as a group added about $9.35 TRILLON or 95% of the total.

Now who is it we should trust with our tax dollars again?

Terri

March 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

@Publish the State Budget……The lawyers are free……pro bono…..You need to read the article again.

Caligari

March 25th, 2010
1:40 pm

If Sonny can get lawyers to do this business for free maybe he could get some of his attorney pals to do MORE of the state’s lawyering chores done for free.

It’d be nice to see him use his position and influence for the betterment of ALL Georgians rather than just to bolster his base, which appears to be the case here, since the proposed suit will most likely fail. (Using the Commerce Clause is a pathetic and desperate attempt to rob Georgians of rights and services that will be available to the rest of the US)

Michael

March 25th, 2010
1:40 pm

Common Sense?

“The GA Lottery takes money from the poor, hopeful, and down and out, and redistributes it to the wealthy via education…”

Are you serious? Tell me something, do representitives from the GA lottery come by those you mentioned homes and force them to buy a scratch off ticket? Do they hold a gun to anybody’s head an coerce them into pruchasing a powerball ticket?

That statement was sorely lacking any common sense.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
1:40 pm

The less health care, the better. Watch what you eat, stay out of McDonald’s, exercise…It’s not that hard people. Some people thrive on the attention they get at the doctor’s office.

Julie

March 25th, 2010
1:41 pm

I have never seen such a bunch of poor losers in my life as I have seen with Republicans in the last election.

Terri

March 25th, 2010
1:41 pm

@Common Sense……are you insane? Do you know what an emergency room is for? Do you understand the definition for emergency? Who takes a child who falls off a bike to the emergency room for cuts, bruises and scrapes. What home has a child that doesn’t have antiseptics and bandaids?

Cherri Brown

March 25th, 2010
1:42 pm

Dee, you wrote: “Dee, March 25th, 2010, 1:35 pm. I cannot believe the comments on this page. I am not ready for the government (Obama) to tell me that I have to have insurance…”

Dee, your concern is quite genuine. I ask, though, that consider these things: you already have government mandated deductions from monies earned for Medicare/Medicaid and disability, and then there’s car insurance mandated by some local and/or state governments, and then finally there’s mortgage insurance.

If we believe that a public education system prepares our youth for an educated populace and that education is government mandated, then should we not also mandate a healthy population to continue our great national civic democracy through the future? The signed bill is mostly about preventive care. The real change, though, comes from all of us. This isn’t about socialism or political fodder, it’s about how we care about ourselves and our future.

Thanks for reading my response to your comment.

CherriB

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
1:43 pm

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
1:34 pm
And to those saying Purdue is “stealing” state time, have you ever considered he might just be working overtime? I know it’s a foreign concept to democrats to possibly be at work past 5:01, but when you’re the governor of a state, you tend to be working on various issues every waking hour.
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the only time that fat mofo works overtime is when he is eating. he is a vet for god’s sake, he has no idea what’s going on.

he just fits the bill for the folks outside of atlanta. he is just going along for the ride until he has to return to his farm.

no sane person ever becomes a politician. it is a filthy career.

Jacknhoo

March 25th, 2010
1:43 pm

Democratic Party politicians, why do yu hate children?

You voted against an amendment to stop the added tax on the wonderful life saving devices in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units -now they will be more expensive to create and use.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
1:43 pm

People who know they can go to the ER for free are who takes a kid to the ER for a scrape, Terri.
People who are in support of this health care bill. They are just too dumb to realize that the ER will no longer be free, (except for illegals who can’t be a part of the new health care plan…it will still be free for them).

Chicken Little

March 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

jack @ 1:21 pm

oh man,, look at that,,, another piece of the sky just landed in my front yard !!!

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By chance, I missed ARMAGEDDON. When did it occur?? The Repubs are fear mongering idiots.

Ignorance is bliss

March 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Someone is saying we should read the article, OK….how do know that none of these lawyers who are willing to wage there careers and livilihood on sueing the federal government are not representative of the Pharm or Insurance company. Im saying that discovery alone is going to cost millions of dollars and the time needed to prepare is going to be massive. If they should lose how are they going to be reimburst that big hit. If these attorneys are going to represent GA, I want to know that they are not associated or lobbyist of any of those agencies using the state of Georgia for their fighting machine. Whether this bills in constiutional or not should be investigated without the bias interest of a opposing group. Political tactis should not use to impeded the progress of something that would benefit the large majority of Americans. We complain about how Americans are unhealthy and how much medical care cost, yet we fight one another when something is being done. If there is any instance where the Republicans are practicing cheap underhanded tactics such as allowing Insurance/Medical Companies lawyers to bring suits on the states behalf, I say impeach everyone for abuse of power and the political process. If there is an legimate claim then I say go for it and let the best man when.

russdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Gov Sonny ! FINALLY stepping up to the plate and DOING SOMETHING other than run off to France
Get on board Gov.
After all this time in office to actually do something must be a nice change.
Useless, States Rights always lose up against Feds but at least it’s something

Terri

March 25th, 2010
1:46 pm

I hear ya freedom-loving-Georgian

[...] Sonny Perdue, who appeared briefly with Gingrich at the press conference, says he’ll appoint a “special attorney general” to block the legislation. State Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat who’s running for [...]

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

People who are on Medicare, Medicaid, welfare..who go to the doctor all the time because they know it is no money out of their pockets. This drives the cost up for the middle class, the working people. This causes health care to cost more. I once worked at lab. A blood pregnancy test was $30 for the general public. We got it at cost, a shocking 75 CENTS. Freeloaders on public assistance who go to the doctor for every little sniffle cost the rest of us.

Toccoa Reader

March 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

I think he’s wrong. As for the free legal assistance, nothing is free. Only some states are participating in law suits — not all.

Terri

March 25th, 2010
1:47 pm

Watching cable news……why do Democrats cry and whine all the time? If you can’t take the heat….get out of the kitchen.

Matt

March 25th, 2010
1:48 pm

Maybe Obama can appoint someone as Governor. Then their first order of business is for everyone who makes over $100,000 to split that with someone who is poor and has 5 mouths to feed. I mean it isn’t fair that I make more money than them so the only fair thing to do is to give some of my money to them.

James

March 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

It is funny how these republican controlled states are suing the federal gov’t over the individual mandate, when in fact this was the maverick’s John McCain idea from the 90’s, HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!

“The truth is this is a Republican idea,” said Linda Quick, president of the South Florida Hospital and Healthcare Association. She said she first heard the concept of the “individual mandate” in a Miami speech in the early 1990s by Sen. John McCain, a conservative Republican from Arizona, to counter the “Hillarycare” the Clintons were proposing.

McCain did not embrace the concept during his 2008 election campaign, but other leading Republicans did, including Tommy Thompson, secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

Seeking to deradicalize the idea during a symposium in Orlando in September 2008, Thompson said, “Just like people are required to have car insurance, they could be required to have health insurance.”

Among the other Republicans who had embraced the idea was Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts crafted a huge reform by requiring almost all citizens to have coverage.

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/03/23/90948/that-health-mandate-gop-is-suing.html#ixzz0jDAMOFQD

phoenix falcon

March 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

lokoweed

put the bong down

Terri

March 25th, 2010
1:49 pm

@ freedom-loving-Georgian…..so many in our society are moochers! It’s I want, I want, I want…..yes I want but I want someone else to pay for it.

russdawg

March 25th, 2010
1:51 pm

The problem is the Loafers and Slackers learned they could get their way with the vote.
Add to that the Bleeding Hearts who are for the most part finacially set anyway and its the rest of us that actually depend on a paycheck, or whats left of it rather, and we are screwed.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
1:51 pm

Children of people on welfare grow up to be dependent on the system. It’s the only way they know. And they will fight like heck to maintain that free-loading lifesytle. My mom married her out of that lifestyle. Her siblings continue to live that way. It is embarassing to me. Thank goodness for my dad and his side of the family, who taught us about education and hard work and being independent. :)

Don't Compare Car Insurance to Healthcare

March 25th, 2010
1:51 pm

To liberals who use the car insurance argument to support Government forced healthcare :
The government does NOT force you to have car insurance because it does NOT force you to buy and own a car—-so stop using that ignorant line to support your anti-freedom ideology.

The government is going to force YOU and/or your business to BUY insurance from THEM whether you want it or not.
And its not going to be cheap because you are going to pay the cost for those who chose NOT to work or have a job.
Yes, 0bama is going to take your hard earned money, give it to lazy butt slackers and give you back a non-english speaking nurse in a dirty clinic asking you to show your citizen healthcare ID card. Because all the good Dr’s are going to drop out of this socialized nightmare. What Dr who has paid ten of thousands of dollars to go to medical school and has run a sucessful practice for 30 years wants to end up a government employee in a dirty welfare clinic?

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
1:52 pm

“For instance, my neice just had an accident on her bicycle and had to go to the emergency room for cuts, scraps, and bruises. Her mother (who was living with me for the past 6 months rent free) doesn’t have health care for her.”

1st – Peachcare for kids is a program Georgia already funds for which your niece qualifies. Her mom is being an irresponsible lazy parent by not signing her up.

2nd – The hospital should have laughed in your face for bringing in someone with cuts/brusies from a bicycle fall. Nowhere in our constitution does it mention the “right to free bandaids in emergency rooms”.

YOU! are the example of why healthcare is bankrupting this country. Going to the emergency room for a cut. Get your sorry butt to wal-mart and buy a band-aid. That is what personal responsibility is.

Kevin

March 25th, 2010
1:52 pm

@Phoenix. Call me a liar and call me stupid alll you want.

It won’t change the fact that the party you support is going to get their teeth kicked out in the next round of elections.

Keep up with the name calling. Enjoy it while you can. Because your party is about to be annihilated. See you at the polls.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
1:53 pm

Terri, they cry and whine until they go behind closed doors…..then Obama pushs a piece of paper over to them with $$ signs. “How much do you need for your vote?”

retiredds

March 25th, 2010
1:54 pm

There is an old saying, “There ain’t no free lunch”. Nothing is for free. Anyone who thinks, or writes, otherwise is living in a fantasy world.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
1:55 pm

Umm…free lunches for school children who qualify, that is a free lunch example. Lol!

Jacknhoo

March 25th, 2010
1:55 pm

Democratic Party politicians, why do you want children raped?

You voted against this bill to prevent child molesters from having their erectile disfunction drugs paid for by our tax dollars.

Amendment Purpose:
To reduce the cost of providing federally funded prescription drugs by eliminating fraudulent payments and prohibiting coverage of Viagra for child molesters and rapists and for drugs intended to induce abortion.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:SP03556:

Obi's Sister

March 25th, 2010
1:56 pm

I wonder what has Obama offered Thurbert Baker in exchange for keeping his mouth shut.

Common Sense

March 25th, 2010
1:56 pm

When it says Sonny (a ridiculus name for a grown man) says he will go it on his own in persuing a law suit does he mean he will pay for it? Haven’t you done enough to the citizens of Georgia and our hard earned money?

Ignorance is bliss

March 25th, 2010
1:56 pm

Cherri Brown, you wrote “Dee, your concern is quite genuine. I ask, though, that consider these things: you already have government mandated deductions from monies earned for Medicare/Medicaid and disability, and then there’s car insurance mandated by some local and/or state governments, and then finally there’s mortgage insurance.”

You forgot that everyone is mandated to pay property taxes. If you live in the state of GA which is Sonny’s state you have to pay property taxes on both your car and house or the state has the right to deny your ability to drive your car or seige your house no matter how long you had it. We live in a society full of mandates. Hell taxes are a mandate, if you dont pay them you go to jail, you lose your freedom or your personal property. There are no way around them. Hell, isnt a replubican state representative trying to introduce a bill that says you have to take a mandatory drug test if you are on assistance, btw you have to pay for this test, or you risk losing your benefits. Wasnt the state trying to pass a bill that would toll drivers who want to drive in the HOV lanes. I dont understand. I dont know any sane person who would not want to have insurance some dont because its not affordable. Lord knows if something happens where they have to go into the hospital they complain about how much it cost. Would not having health insurance would lower the amount of cases that file bankruptcy every year because of medical expenses?

Teddy K

March 25th, 2010
1:56 pm

Liberalism is a disease. When the anti-christ appears, the Democraps and the Media will be the first to follow and worship him. Just like they do with this embarassment of a President we have now. Obama is a big joke and so are the Democrats that support him. Liberals are bad people.

Wendy

March 25th, 2010
1:57 pm

What a waste of time and money. I guess education in Ga takes back burner to personal agendas.

Not born here, but love it here

March 25th, 2010
1:58 pm

They should change that the Mexican lunch

Steve

March 25th, 2010
1:59 pm

I thought Republicans are christians, conservatives, so whats wrong with helping those less fortunate amongst us??? Isn’t that the basic teaching of the bible???

WHY??

March 25th, 2010
2:00 pm

Although Governor Perdue has stated that there are attorneys who are willing to ‘challenge the federal health care bill’ on Georgia’s behalf for free – think about it when have you ever heard of a free service from an attorney? There WILL be an expense to the citizens of Georgia and I’m not willing to pay that. Our state is in dire budgetary straits already and this is an expense that we CAN NOT afford at this time.

a few years ago, when the country was told we would be going to war many citizens disagreed but there were no threats of violence to our elected officials – no calling them improper names, spitting on them death threats etc. Just because the health bill was passed and you disagree why the need to threaten another human being’s lives or even post their home address on the web for some lunatic to visit them at home. It’s one thing to disagree but that is CRAZY!! Although I am not a fan, I do commend Newt Gingrich that the violence, threats and intimidation have no place in America. More Republican leadership need to step forward and encourage their followers and members of their party to tone it down and stop encouraging them to ‘reload’.

‘We’ve reverted back to the 50’s’ I totally agree with your comments/post. These actions and the fallout have NOTHING to do with the health care bill or its substance. This is nothing more than the fact that there is a minority leading the country and most citizens can not bear the thought of such. The health care bill has been debated for over 12+ months – there was no Republican leadership that wanted to be involved (exception Olympia Snow – who was pressured to not vote for it again) so they didn’t want to be involved which showed a lack of bi-partisanship on their part. The Republican party stated that they wanted the President to fail and now they are extremely upset that their efforts to do so have not worked but know this you have truly grown into the ‘Party of NO’ and the US citizens have seen it.

Since the health care bill has passed – when is Rush Limbaugh leaving the country?? I’ll be there with a ‘Bon voyage & good riddance’ sign.

Phyllis Mote

March 25th, 2010
2:01 pm

I have to say it is encouraging to see so many putting down ole Sonny in the comments. Yeah go for it Sonny, make us a bigger laughing stock
to the nation! I just hope the health care bill brings change soon enough that the people of this state will be enlightened as to the stupidity that the Republican party has shown in trying to stop it! Why is it okay to spend trillions on liberating Iraq and the rest of the world, but wrong to help the people in our own country. The only thing wrong with the bill is that it didn’t have a public option. All of these complaining Republicans probably get hefty campaign contributions from the insurance companies. Does anyone need that explained to them???

Read the Bill

March 25th, 2010
2:01 pm

Hello to all the paid bloggers for Obamacare, If you read the bill The IRS will be collecting the fines. I’m always glad when I have insurance but because I am a small business owner and there have been some times when I just could not afford it. I have high BP but I would rather stay at home and die then leave my Children and Grandchildren with the debt I try to stay healthy and see my Doctor every six months and I pay out of pocket.This bill calls for clinics to help those below poverty level as there are not enough DR. and that is with Insurance it is in the bill skip the first 1500 pages or so and you will bnegin to read all the crap they have planned.And I would like to know just what the cost will be $6000-$8000 a year for a family of four making $40,000, if you Make $29,000 and are 300% below poverty level you get help but how much, will it be like the childcare help? It would be cheaper to pay the $95.00starting in 2012 but it gets steep $695.00 in 2014 So I say you Go Sonny.

Not born here, but love it here

March 25th, 2010
2:02 pm

Steve-

No, this is not helping, this is enambling. We are paying for those who don’t have health care.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
2:02 pm

@ Steve, I want the choice to give to help others. I just donated today for a friend who is walking in the fight against multiple sclerosis. The government didn’t force me to do that, I did of my own free will. I honestly don’t want the government to force me to help a lazy moocher go to the doctor to get pain pills that he or she is addicted to.

KAK

March 25th, 2010
2:03 pm

Legally Confused: “Is it really unconstitutional for the government to require people to have insurance? If so, why does Georgia require people to have car insurance?”

Georgia requires you to have auto insurance because it affects other drivers. For example, in many accidents there are one or more drivers involved besides yourself. If you are at fault your insurance company will need to reimburse the other drivers for damages you caused.

Health insurance on the other hand does not affect other people, just you. I can make my own decisions about what care I receive, if any. My health insurance does not affect complete strangers like my auto insurance might.

Blowhole

March 25th, 2010
2:03 pm

Did you mean, Rhodes Scholar. Whew, that republican wit never ceases to amaze!

BradC

March 25th, 2010
2:04 pm

Thank you Gov. Perdue.
Mr. Baker, your opposition is duly noted.

Cherri Brown

March 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

HI, “Ignorance is bliss, March 25th, 2010, 1:56 pm.”

You are correct about the property, state, local, et cetera taxes. I don’t mind reasonable taxes because I very much like the services provided in return.

What seems simple to me is the existence of infrastructure for a universal coverage, Medicare. The ARMY has a similar system that works quite well. It would take years to get such a program up and running fully, but each of those systems allows for private additional coverage as well. So, I don’t understand what the problem is, except that I do very much understand the political gain/loss from turning the heads and minds of folks away from critical/logical thinking to the type of mental shortcuts that lead to big blame games and vote gathering.

Thanks for the reminder on the other insurances. :)

Ignorance is bliss

March 25th, 2010
2:06 pm

Don’t Compare Car Insurance to Healthcare

March 25th, 2010
1:51 pm
To liberals who use the car insurance argument to support Government forced healthcare :
The government does NOT force you to have car insurance because it does NOT force you to buy and own a car—-so stop using that ignorant line to support your anti-freedom ideology.

The state of Georgia does not mandate you to have health insurance is a lie. Drivers who are found driving without insurance on their motor vehicals is punishable by law up unto losing your liscenses. Officers who pull drivers over are able to issue tickets for no proof of insurance and/or can choose to impound your vechical on site. If you show up to court without the proper document to prove you where insured at that time, you can be fined up to $250 for first time offenders. In fact, dealers are not allow to let you drive a car off the lot without knowing you have proof of insurance. If that is not a blaten state mandate then i dont know what.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
2:06 pm

“Steve
March 25th, 2010
1:59 pm
I thought Republicans are christians, conservatives, so whats wrong with helping those less fortunate amongst us??? Isn’t that the basic teaching of the bible???”

Charity is a teaching in the Bible, but you’re missing the message if you think it’s “the” basic teaching. The biblical model in regards to work ethic is that everyone Works. this goes all the way back to the first couple of chapters, starting with God working and then one of the first things he taught man was that they would work. Nowhere in there does it promote able bodied persons living off the charity of others.

Voteumout

March 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

To Matt:
First of all, whether Bush should have remained in office for a second term was determined by the voters.
2)The Afghan war is Obama’s war.
3) Many people do not know this but it was the State Government (Democrats Ray Nagin, Mayor and Gov. Blanco) that screwed the Katrina issue up, not Bush. A little more education for you that most people do not know. It is not the Federal Governments immediate responsibility to address a natural disaster in any state until it is asked for from the state or municipal level. Nagin tucked tale and got out himself. Blanco just didn’t ask for it. This is why an immediate response from the Federal level was not given to until later.
So there is your Katrina answer to that.
Why is it that everyone is echoing Obama’s whinning and saying that it is all Bush’s fault? We are now under a new Commander and Chief and he has done more damage to the country in one year than Bush has done in his eight. Agreed, Bush will not go down as a great Pres. but he surely won’t be the worst.

Fed Up AMERICAN

March 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

There is NOTHING in this world which is free! What may ‘appear’ free will ALWAYS have strings attached. This state is the WORST in providing for a quality education of our children (always at the bottom nationally), can’t build and maintain roads and infrastructure to support growth (attempted after the fact), have a STRONG dislike for the ‘other’ party, force your religious beliefs upon me, and are just plain ‘good old boy’ ignorant. We have MANY more important things to take care of locally. Why anyone in an elected state office would sue the US Government is beyond me. And Purdue is serving the last part of a second term? Who voted for him not just once, but twice? What a bunch of morons…

Blowhole

March 25th, 2010
2:07 pm

I think Terri and Freedom-Lovin-Redneck need to get a room!

moejoe

March 25th, 2010
2:08 pm

I guess the Republicans who put this nitwit in can see how stupid he is by trying to deny poor people a decent way of life. Let him go back to South Georgia and fish in his multi-million dollar pond.

AHIP

March 25th, 2010
2:09 pm

I’ll say it one more time…because its OBVIOUS the majority(not all) of the posters on this blog
are absolutely CLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUE-LESS…what this bill really means.

Just ask YOUR BOSS what he or she thinks about all of the new Employer mandates & taxes.

There are going to be MASSIVE MASSIVE LAYOFFS starting BEFORE Summer arrives.

Laugh, Deny, Mock all you want. It wont change whats coming.

But make no mistake, all of the new Employer rules will simply cause
the majority of employers to simply to start laying off people in HUG numbers.
GUARANTEED !!!!!!!!!!

Starting almost immediately with EVERY SINGLE PART-TIME Employee !!

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
2:09 pm

ignorance is bliss – Nobody is forcing you to drive! Nobody is forcing you to own a car! Get it through your head.

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
2:10 pm

I have a headache. But since healthcare is free now, I think I’ll have anambulance take me in for a cat-scan.

Nobody want’s to buy a cheeseberger. As soon as you say they are free, there is a line around the block.

The Democrats just said “free” healthcare to the nation and now we’re supposed to believe it will be cheaper for everyone?

The problem with your socialist utopia is someone still needs to clean the toilet.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
2:10 pm

We are Steve, but when you try to take money away from supporting our own families we get protective of our rights. If the government really wants to take care of the less fortunate with taxes, they should take anyone making over $100,000K assign them to a big brother/big sister program for a less fortunate family that actually deserves it and stop letting people take advantage of the system.

SARA

March 25th, 2010
2:10 pm

Legislatorari, you are an idiot if you think that no taxpayer dollars will be used for this suit. And furthermore, you don’t know what Perdue said either. He hasn’t committed to using pro bono attorneys for this case and there will be costs. Most of you on this board don’t care about wasting taxpayer dollars or frivilous lawsuits as long it satisfies your political agenda. There are no legal experts supporting these lawsuits.

Common Sense

March 25th, 2010
2:11 pm

Cherri B- you are voice of logic and calm. No name calling or hate mongering…are you a Christian? You sure sound like you understand “Love your neighbor” and “Do unto others” and “unto the least of these”…. thanks!

Americanprinciples

March 25th, 2010
2:12 pm

To Legally Confused:
Good for you for taking the time to actually think about this situation. You are NOT alone in being somewhat confused by the legalities of the issue, which take precedence over how someone or some group (political party, club, ethnic group, etc.) “feels” about an issue.
The difference in the example that you cited is that yes, Georgia requires us to have car insurance. But that is GEORGIA. Think about it. The USA does not have a national police. You can’t be legally pulled over for speeding by some “national” cop. The requirement for car insurance is the STATE’s requirement, not a federal mandate. There is no federal law that requires you to have car insurance or to even have a Driver’s License. Georgia, the same as all other states, requires that anyone operating a motor vehicle in the State must carry a defined type and amount of auto insurance (and also must have a valid Driver’s License, either from another state, or an International Driver’s License). But the federal government is silent on these requirements. They, like many many other laws, are rightfully left to the individual states to to both create, execute, and implement. The founders and protectors of our sacred Constitution recognized that the individual states are better suited at creating and executing laws that are aimed at the welfare of their individual citizens. This is what is meant by State’s Rights. It is an integral part of our Constitution. Our Constitution in general, and specifically by the Tenth Amendment (Bill of Rights), limits the authority of the Federal government vis-a-vis those of the individual States, noting that powers not granted to the national government nor prohibited to the states by the Constitution of the United States are reserved to the states or the people. For the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to require, by force of law, that a citizen purchase something, whether it be health insurance or a gun, oversteps that protection and freedom that has been enjoyed and fought for by our Citizens over the last 220 years. It also sets a precedent, upon which future Administrations might build upon and expand. Many people believe that Freedoms and Rights that are lost are never easily regained; history has shown it to be so.
Thank you again for being a concerned, thoughtful citizen.

Yo Democrats

March 25th, 2010
2:13 pm

Jerry Springer is on now. Run back to the television.

Got to find out whose the father of the baby of the Tramp-of-the-Day.

[...] the help of the Attorney General’s office. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports today that Perdue “will appoint a ’special attorney general’ to challenge federal health care legislation signed into law this week by President Obama. [...]

HCR

March 25th, 2010
2:13 pm

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a message for all the attorneys general and Republican lawmakers who are threatening lawsuits and claiming that an individual mandate for insurance coverage is unconstitutional: You don’t have to abide by it — just set up your own plan.
The Oregon Democrat isn’t inviting opponents to defy the newly-enacted health care law. Instead, he’s pointing out a provision in the bill that makes moot the argument over the legality of the individual mandate.
Speaking to the Huffington Post on Tuesday, Wyden discussed — for one of the first times in public — legislative language he authored which “allows a state to go out and do its own bill, including having no individual mandate.”
It’s called the “Empowering States to be Innovative” amendment. And it would, quite literally, give states the right to set up their own health care system — with or without an individual mandate or, for that matter, with or without a public option — provided that, as Wyden puts it, “they can meet the coverage requirements of the bill.”

“Why don’t you use the waiver provision to let you go set up your own plan?” the senator asked those who threaten health-care-related lawsuits. “Why would you just say you are going to sue everybody, when this bill gives you the authority and the legal counsel is on record as saying you can do it without an individual mandate?”
The provision actually was taken directly from Wyden’s Healthy Americans Act — the far-more innovative health care reform legislation he authored with Republican co-sponsors. In that bill there is also an individual mandate that would require Americans to purchase insurance coverage. But states that found the mandate objectionable could simply create and insert a new system in its place. All it would require is applying for a waiver from the Department of Health and Human Services, which has a 180-day window to confirm or deny such a waiver.
That language has been inserted, almost verbatim, into the bill Obama signed into law on Tuesday. And if there is any confusion about how much leverage it gives states to drop the mandate, Wyden cleared it up months ago during a hearing at the Senate Finance Committee.
“So let us review how the waiver language works now, because my reading of what we have in the bill now is, if a state can demonstrate that they can meet the criteria — particularly on cost containment, improving the delivery system — they can do it without an individual mandate,” the senator said at the time. “And can I ask counsel, is that a correct reading of the Waiver Amendment that I offered the chairman has accepted at this point?”
The counsel replied: “Yes.”
“The individual mandate has always been one of the most contentious aspects of health reform. I think every United States Senator believes that citizens should show some personal responsibility. That’s something that is widely accepted. Unfortunately, an individual mandate can mean something different, and that’s why the issue has been so contentious,” Wyden said. “But counsel has now indicated — and it was in line with what I thought we had drafted — if you can meet the requirements of the waiver in the mark, you can do it without an individual mandate.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/wyden-health-care-lawsuit_n_511748.html

Trey

March 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

Just another example of Sonny’s arrogance and lack of respect for the real people of Georgia. What a waste of time and money; both on this and having that fat butt as governor

Blowhole

March 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

Ignorance is bliss- Do you think that people that don’t have health insurance don’t go to the doctor and are not cloggin our hospitals? Go to Grady on a Saturday night and let me know what you see. The fact is, this way we will be able to collect money from some of them because healthcare will be a requirement. No one is asking you to pay a dime. Your plan is not going to change unless you want it to. Insurers are steadily driving up the cost of healthcare and health-bill or not, you will be paying for indigent care. Get a clue about how the world works before you start spattering on about taxes and freedom. Perdue is tryin desperately to make a stand for something because he is a lame duck and will go down in history as Governor Who?

UtahSlim

March 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

Another junk lawsuit demanded by the party who cliamed ending junk lawsuits was the cause of our health care calamity. Self-serving hypocracy. BTW, any state can opt out of the insurance mandate by setting up their own program. Put Newt in charge of that – I’m sure you’ll wind up with about 10% of the population insured.

UGA

March 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

So I should have to pay for some 45 year old’s heart attack because he eats too many Big Macs? Americans who don’t work hard for what they have expect the gov’t to “take care” of them. Move to Canada…

aquarius

March 25th, 2010
2:15 pm

I never realized we had so many people in Georgia who either can’t read or unable to comprehend what they are reading. FREE attorneys people…put your glasses on and read the article again!

AHIP

March 25th, 2010
2:17 pm

UtahSlim:

The TORT REFORM portion of the bill was removed by…Guess Who…the Democratic Caucus.

Honky Talkin'

March 25th, 2010
2:17 pm

To Dee: Stop watching Faux News. There are no “Death Panels”. Sarah Palin made that up to ignite the ignorance of the GOP base. It’s not supposed to be true. It’s called propaganda.

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
2:18 pm

Cherri B.

God wants you to help others. He didn’t say give all your money to the government so they can waste it. He said you need to do it. Take personal responsiblity.

Charity means you help others because you want to, not because the government forces you to.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
2:18 pm

@ Blow….my guess is you are a moocher or you are probably a rich hippie who is raising moocher children.
Especially since you seemed offended by people who are pointing out truths of the handout way of life!!!

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

@Blowhole – will Obama give me the room for free? LOL

AHIP

March 25th, 2010
2:20 pm

To all you pro-reform bloggers, try ACTUALLY READING THE BILL…BEFORE….trotting out what you THINK the bill says.

missy

March 25th, 2010
2:20 pm

KAK – your ignorance is disturbing –

“Health insurance on the other hand does not affect other people, just you. I can make my own decisions about what care I receive, if any. My health insurance does not affect complete strangers like my auto insurance might.”

Actually having health insurance or not having health insurance affects everyone – why, might you ask? Well it’s because when people don’t have health insurance and go to the emergency room and are unable to pay for it – WE, who have health insurance have to pay higher premiums to cover those costs! So, we already pay for the uninsured at a higher premium. Requiring everyone to have healthcare will decrease costs overall…which will be good for everyone!

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:21 pm

How much is it costing me to send Obama to Iowa to sell his healthcare plan when he made me already buy it?

Honky Talkin'

March 25th, 2010
2:21 pm

To Voteumout: Bush will be the worst president. He and Cheney should be tried for war crimes.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
2:22 pm

It was amazing how many people truly expected free-everything when Obama took office!! How truly pathetic!! It’s become a joke amongst my friends, family, and coworkers…like the room for free..lol!!
Most of them are in to the “hook me up” way of obtaining goods and services, anyhow.

Blowhole

March 25th, 2010
2:22 pm

Freedom-Loving-Georgian, I am currently on welfare with 12 children. I am taking them all to the doctor right now in retaliation for your comment. Keep it up and I will make it a hospital stay. How much more of your check can you afford to lose?

LDD

March 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

Baker has my vote! Perdue knows the lawsuit will fail but can’t miss a chance to grandstand with the right wing.

KD sounds like a “whiny sore loser muppet(?)” to me.

BootObummer

March 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

Democrats are the scum of the earth!

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:23 pm

I wish Obama could become a figment of my imagination!

Barry

March 25th, 2010
2:24 pm

JKL2 you should run for president!!!! You make more sense than anything else I have read today. Good Luck and God Bless!

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:24 pm

Amen BootObummer

GetReal

March 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

How is it that Purdue is offered free legal service, but when it comes to the Legal Indigent Trust fund, there are no volunteers or funds? The political air in this state stinks to high heaven. Just remember, God knows what all you lawyers and politicians are doing. You will ultimately have to answer and pay for your sins against the citizens of Georgia.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

Surely you jest, blow, but go ahead there’s nothing stopping you. You would just be reinforcing my points. Lol.

jay

March 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

lol at people thinking a lawyer will take on this kind of law suit for free. money will be exchanged in some way shape or form. legal proceedings just cost too much otherwise.

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:26 pm

The three musketeers….Obama; Pelosi, Reid
Obama = arrogant
Pelosi = wacko
Reid = helllloooooooo

Carljr

March 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

Guess a lot of you voted by Bush. Clearly your state constitution and your elections, and you laws mean nothing to you. Baker did the job you elected him to do and advised a legal opinion to your governor. If Perdue fires him he’s spitting on all of you — you elected him!!!

Then again, you’re cheering on private attorneys acting as private citizens to sue for your state so once again constitutions, laws, elections — who cares?

We’ve got our own dingbats doing the same foolishness up here in Virginia and you are welcome to them.

Katia

March 25th, 2010
2:28 pm

As usual, a bunch of racist idiots making comments when they are clueless. The lawsuit is frivilous won’t hold up…as long as Sonnyboy is paying for all of it, I say go for it. His time is almost up anyway…good riddance!

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

Billy

March 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

I wonder when they going to reinstate slavery again??? Republicans are truly showing their KKK colors.

jay

March 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

@blowhole – what were you doing before the bill the passed and how much of my check were you getting then as compared to now. if you didn’t know taxpayers were paying for your kids care prior to the bill. just because you didn’t have insurance didn’t mean you weren’t taking your kids to clinics or hospitals when they needed care, right?

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

I’d rather see all the state roads in GA be covered in potholes and divert that transportation money to this lawsuit if need be. It’s worth every penny it may cost!!!
Thanks again, Mr. Perdue.

Artatlarge

March 25th, 2010
2:29 pm

Unfreakingbelievable.
Oh, wait…no, it’s not.
Shameful is what it is.
Pathetic. Embarrassing.
Typical.

BootObummer

March 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

As usual, A democrat like Katia calls anybody that doesn’t agree with her a racist. What an idiot!

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

@Katia trumped the race card….here we go again. What does race have to do with this lawsuit? Are you blue?

Blowhole

March 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

Sonny’s free legal service is probably as free as our healthcare.

I for one know that I am going to stop working all together. You see, that is how you avoid taxes, just don’t work. If we all quit working and no one is getting a paycheck for them to tax, then what will they do? Ha! Who’s with me? The best part is, all of us unemployed folk will still be able to vote. Now that’s what I call freedom!

God Bless Freemerica!

BootObummer

March 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

Billy probably took the slow classes in High School.

Cherri Brown

March 25th, 2010
2:31 pm

JLK2, thank you. You wrote, “JKL2, March 25th, 2010, 2:18 pm. Cherri B. God wants you to help others. He didn’t say give all your money to the government so they can waste it. He said you need to do it. Take personal responsiblity.Charity means you help others because you want to, not because the government forces you to.”

I suspect that we all waste money at some time or another, whether we work for private or public companies, and whether we work or not. I also suspect there are more ways to waste money than save money, or use money to its fullest potential.

I do not give all my money to government or any other person, place, or thing. I take great personal responsibility for all of my human experience, even the mistakes, although I work hard at trying to find something else to blame the mistakes on. *lol* l always fail, though, and must ‘fess up and take the licks, but it’s all part of just me.

You are dead on correct about charity, and why I often wrestle with using donations of time and money as tax deductions, but admittedly, I do take deductions for my contributions.

I don’t, though, consider educating our youth and maintaining the health of our population charity; I consider these must dos to keep our institutions and our Constitution representing our choices, our voices. We cannot do that if we are uneducated and living with chronic or other disabling health conditions.

Thank, JLK2 for your response. Well presented, well taken. :)

Cherri B

Katia

March 25th, 2010
2:31 pm

BootObummer there you go assuming I’m a democrat…WRONG. You know what they say when you assume…or maybe you’re too ignorant to know that saying.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
2:32 pm

Wake up call for some people, there are Black Republicans and White Democrats. For the folks like Katia, not every Democrat is black nor is every Republican white. Stop playing the race card.

Katia

March 25th, 2010
2:33 pm

Thanks freedom-loving-Georgian…Say it!

MSTC

March 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

Those of you who are critical of the Governor evidently do not under stand that this is a nation of Law with the law being based on the US Constitution; and, that we are a representative Republic and not a true democracy. With that said, our Constitution gives certain rights to us the Citizens. These rights include the right to free speech, to assembly, to petition the Government for redress of grievances (like when the Government exceeds its Constitution powers/directive – we will get back to this one), to bear arms, to a fair and speedy and public trial, and not be denied the right to vote (if your state allows you to) due to discrimination.

Based on Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution our Federal Congress (House and Senate) has the power to:
1. Lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises and that the collection shall be uniform;
2. Borrow money on the credit of the United States;
3. Regulate commerce with foreign nations, the states, Indian tribes;
4. Establish a uniform rule and laws for naturalization bankruptcies;
5. Coin and regulate money;
6. Provide for the punishment of counterfeiting;
7. Establish post offices and post roads;
8. Promote the progress of science and useful arts
9. Constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
10. Define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas;
11. Declare war, grant letters of marquee and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
12. Raise and support armies;
13. Provide and maintain a navy;
14. Make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
15. Provide for calling forth the militia;
16. Provide for organizing, arming, training, and disciplining, the militia;
17. Make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States.

No where in this document does give us the right to have health care, give the Federal government the right to impose it’s will in order to force us to purchase something (under the threat of force), nor does it provide the Federal government the authority/power to levy taxes to pay for this or any previously approved social, entitlement program.

I agree that everyone should have health care. But they should have the responsibility to make the necessary sacrifices by gaining the education, work, etc. so that they can pay for it; and, not have to use the force of a government to take the property from those who have made the sacrifices.

I applaud the Governor for using the authority granted to him in Amendment X. Because the taxes that he could save the citizens of the State of Georgia by this legal action will surely out weigh the costs that are being imposed on us and future generations by this group of unconstitutional Federal legislatures and this Executive (as they are referred to in the Constitution).

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

@Katia – no one is assuming your party affiliation. It’s your blog that deems you racist! Cry me a river.

Common Sense

March 25th, 2010
2:34 pm

Teddy K…what about when Christ appears? What’s he going to say about all the finger pointing and name calling and fear and hate mongering? He who is without sin….I think there is enough fault to go around on all sides. The Republicans had years to fix healthcare and did nothing. I am affiliated with neither party I consider myself an American and I can say that as an American I am ashamed of both sides. As a Christian I can say don’t use God in your earthly arguments. But it saddens me to hear all this fussing and fighting, as an observer it seems that the Republicans leaders and news commentators will not be happy until they have incited some mentally unstable person who takes their tirades literally shoots and kills a Democratic leader with a family he/she loves and is loved by just like I hope you are loved and love. Take a breath! This too shall pass. As my 90 year old father in law points out, people are always shouting like it’s the end of the world and it hasn’t happened yet.

Katia

March 25th, 2010
2:35 pm

Terri why don’t you learn to read & cry me one?

BootObummer

March 25th, 2010
2:36 pm

You aren’t fooling anyone Katia

colin

March 25th, 2010
2:36 pm

I love it when Repubs are enraged about the cost of the healthcare bill to help everyday citizens….where was all this outrage over the Iraq war?? Were you concerned about your grandchildren then?? Probably not!! The problem is that we have a black president in office doing things that haven’t been done as quickly as any other president and you can’t handle it!!!

Barry

March 25th, 2010
2:37 pm

It is amusing that Republicans are considered KKK members when the Democrats have been the only name callers in this debate. Dem’s want a free ride and Rep’s don’t want to pay for it. The debate wil never end and never get resolved.

Blowhole

March 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

This just in, the bill is passed, the lawsuit is a joke, all of those that are for it are a joke. Good luck. I am suprised at how many idiot rednecks can operate a cpu though. Good for you!

Truthiness

March 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

For those who complain about having to deal with government bureaucrats regarding their health care, just a couple of points: first, if you have insurance you can stay with it. There’s nothing in the bill making anyone change insurance plans. Second, if you have insurance have you never had to deal with the insurance company concerning a claim that you know is covered but they denied? At least it’s not a government employee’s job to lie to you about your claim, put you off, tell you they haven’t gotten forms you know have been sent…and on and on. Some industries NEED regulation and government mandated limits and health insurance is one of them.
You have a problem with eliminating arbitrary limits on what the insurance company will pay when you or a family member gets seriously ill?
You have a problem with ending the insurance companies’ practice of simply dropping you when you get sick?
Don’t want them regulated? How’s the banking deregulation working for you?

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

Katia I can read……is that all you have to offer?

Katia

March 25th, 2010
2:38 pm

BootObummer I’m not concerned with fooling you or anyone dear. If you don’t have anything to add about the issue being discussed & only post personal attacks, how are you even adding value?

Harry8

March 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

We can pay for the new health care system the same way we paid for the two Bush wars!

NO Problem!

No increase in taxes, in fact we could have another big round of tax cuts. Make it middle class tax cuts this time please; the millionaires got all the cuts last time.

Or we could pay for health care with all the revenue we get from the Iraqi oil fields. Didn’t Cheney say the war would pay for itself? How’s that going?

Or maybe we can sell all the opium shipped in from our new friends, the warlords in Afghanistan.

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

@Common Sense…….in reference to your last blog…..are you concerned Cantor’s office was shot at last night?

BootObummer

March 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

I wonder what blowhole will do once obummercare is repealed and he is forced to go back to being a poor bum. Wait….. he is still a poor bum NOW!

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

The American Dream can’t be gifted, it must be earned. Being a patriot means you be the best student you can be, the hardest worker you can be, and the best family member you can be. ObamaCare and any other social program is non-American. Churches and charities are the place for poor and misfortunate people to turn to, not Uncle Sam and hard working taxpayers. Alcohol and drugs aren’t the answer to your problems, God and hard work. My family was poor, but we worked hard, got educations, and work hard for our employers. Don’t have sex if you can’t pay to raise a child. Show up to job interviews, dates, school on time. Respect teachers and doctors. Doctors don’t want this, and guess what? They know why and how bad medicaid and medicare is; just wait it until it becomes supersized. Can anyone say Post Office? What has the US government done that was really great other than some interstate highways and a powerful military….nothing!!!!

ItsHealthcarePpl

March 25th, 2010
2:40 pm

Although the Bill is by no means perfect, it offers Healthcare for all. Not bigger cars or bling bling. Who opposes that (other than greedy, selfish, insensitive, stingy, mean folks)? Seriously, the antics of the GOP are truly dark and evil. They are behaving worse than the 5 y/olds I teach. Demanding a do-over, calling people out of their names etc. Un-friggin-believable. Talk about true colors & horns popping out! During & post the election, they’ve acted like fools and are never reprimanded. Well, here they go again…showtime! Throwing tantrums and their sense of entitlement around. Every human being deserves to be healthy – not everyone has the same resources, last name or clean bill of health at birth or in life period. We have a President (regardless of you like him or not) that has finally DONE something, and if I may just say what I believe it is, just because he’s our 1st African American President, most of you are angry about that alone. If Bush had done this, it would NOT be all of this fallout & backlash. No, the Bill isn’t perfect, but what about former Administrations? Remember when gas was $4.86 a gallon – where were the Repubs then screaming “back-end deals!” Somewhere reaping the benefits$$$ from those deals is my guess. What about this war? Enough said. Why on earth would anyone, if available for all, deny healthcare. So, sit down down next to a hungry person with your plate of food and do like the Repubs are suggesting – turn your back to them and eat to your heart’s content, why don’t you? Watch class and dignity rise again in victory – the more he’s hated upon, the more Obama seems to soar and hold his composure. I am for the candidate – not the party. And if I were ever made to choose, the Repubs have made me “separate from the ones behaving badly and tell the teacher.” That’s what my kids are asked to do in school (again, 5 y/olds!). Damn shame that human beings are fighting to keep other human beings from HEALTHCARE. Its HEALTHCARE PEOPLE!

BootObummer

March 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

You are only arguing with myself and Terri. You are doing the same thing as me idiot

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
2:41 pm

Russia had a great drepression. Stalin asked his chief economist what he should do. The economist said “do nothing and the problem will correct iteslf” Stalin had him executed.

Stalin then did nothing and within 2 years the country had recovered.

We had a depression in the 1920’s. Warren Harding cut government spending in half and taxes by up to 70%. The problem went away.

Then we had Hoover and the great depression. We almost recovered until FDR came along to sink us with the New Deal and more government spending.

Now we have Obamacare and all kinds of new taxes coming. Any idea where economy is going to be heading? So much for the laser like focus on job creation.

Sara

March 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

What a ridiculous waste of money – between him and the lawmakers who want to impeach Baker (the only person to show any sense).

People need to wake up and smell the roses. I don’t care how much you hate “Obamacare” – there are Republican politicians all over the US once again proving their fiscal responsibility hypocrisy by filing essentially frivolous lawsuits. Only one lawsuit needs to be filed with one ruling to set the precedent. I don’t care how many different states want to sue they will all get the same verdict.

Far wiser to be prudent with GA taxpayer dollars, let some other sucker governor and AG go to the time and expense of filing a lawsuit, then wait and see what comes of it.

Sheesh people – it’s like the whole world is infected with rabies – people foaming at the mouth and completely losing the ability to reason.

Winkasdad29

March 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

Just my two cents, but I don’t think these lawyers are going to work for free. The dollars of the insurance companies will be behind them.

According to whitehouse.gov, health care reform will reduce the costs of emergency room care because at this point in time, the state pays for ER care for uninsured patients.

By the way, I’ve read that some bloggers point out that vote for reform was unconstitutional. Would someone please show me what article in the U.S. Constitution does that claim refer to?

Honky Talkin'

March 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

BootObummer still rides the short bus.

Tinytam

March 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

GT3O – WTF is Obama’s kind? You need to be very careful! It’s fine to express your opinion but I hope your kind don’t think you are the only ones who count! I’m an American too. The kind that works everyday because I have a full time job, supports my own family, pays all of my own bills, and pays taxes!!!

Katia

March 25th, 2010
2:43 pm

Healthcare reform was necessary…were the folks opposed to it offering viable alternate solutions? Job recovery is still very much needed.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
2:44 pm

It is racist to want to keep your money? Or, is it more racist to call a person a racist because they don’t want to give up money they worked hard for??

mrs.w

March 25th, 2010
2:45 pm

Remember MOST REPUBLICANS ARE RACIST THEREFORE THEY ARE ALSO IGNORANT AND HAVE NO CREDIBILITY. THEIR POSTS ARE MEANINGLESS JUST AS THEY ARE. If you don’t like the fact that I typed most of this in all caps, too bad.

roothawg

March 25th, 2010
2:45 pm

Another case of libs crying foul when they didn’t read the entire article. “The governor said the state will probably go it alone on the suit to avoid any costs. If Georgia joined with the other 14 state challenging the health legislation, it would incur some legal costs, Perdue said. One of Baker’s objections to filing a suit was its possible financial impact on the state during a time of withering revenues.”

Unconstitutional to Force People to Buy Anything

March 25th, 2010
2:48 pm

Lawmakers may call for AG’s impeachment—as per another news outlet.

theman

March 25th, 2010
2:48 pm

Damn right sue them Sonny!!! But while you’re doing it please explain the states mandatory requirement of auto insurance. One thing that’s fact for sure is I get sick way more than I have auto accidents. (1 in over 30 years of driving). I don’t know how you republiklans can sleep at night.

Terri

March 25th, 2010
2:50 pm

@mrs.w – since you cross reference republicans as racist, do you deem your remark as racist or ignorant?

Advocate

March 25th, 2010
2:51 pm

Gov. Perdue can’t even handle providing GA citizens with appropriate and safe mental health care…..what makes anybody think he could handle this!

sunny

March 25th, 2010
2:51 pm

You mean old liberals making fun of me. If you don’t stop, I’m going to hold my breath and stomp just to show you.

redneckbluedog

March 25th, 2010
2:51 pm

Just when I thought public opinion of Republicans couldn’t get any lower, these Red states throw away their money on a frivolous lawsuit. States are letting criminals out of jail, cutting government services, laying off employees, and increasing taxes because of revenue shortfalls, and now they want to throw money at this…? How do they intend to pay for this…? Where are the teabaggers…? They should be furious. The next governor of Georgia will be a Democrat.

Glenn

March 25th, 2010
2:51 pm

This is nothing more than a bunch of blustering by the Republicans trying to act like their trying to do something they already know they can’t. Even Chief Justice Robert has already come out and stated, after the House of Representatives finally passed the Legislation, that this same type of law had already been reviewed by the US Supreme Court and been deemed Constitutional. If the Republican placed Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court of the United State of America comes out and says this; one who is obviously not on the same page with our current President, then why is anyone, INCLUDING the Governor of Georgia, WASTING OUR TIME WITH THIS DRIVEL??????????

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
2:55 pm

Yes, healthcare reform is needed. Too bad this bill did little to nothing to address the problem while only costing a couple trillion dollars we don’t have.

If it’s such a great program, why do we have to wait 4 years for it to take effect?

theman

March 25th, 2010
2:55 pm

Who would you rather have manage Health Care, the government or some corporate fat cats trying to justify their $10,000,000.00 a year bonuses???

Tinytam

March 25th, 2010
2:56 pm

May I ask how war is funded? Just read here and please justify why we should be in an uproar to offer health care to millions of our fellow citizens but nothing is mentioned about the cost of funding two wars funded on “the national credit card”?

http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/25/shared-sacrifice-war-taxes-opinions-columnists-bruce-bartlett.html

AF

March 25th, 2010
2:56 pm

Sue based on what?

States rights? We accepted Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, social security, food stamps – all programs of public good. We accept federal income taxes, although there is a hardcore group who still consider that unconstitutional. So far, the Supreme Courts have not found these unconstitutional.

Can a state sue because the government is forcing individuals to buy health insurance. Well, they are not really forcing individuals to do that; the new law imposes a tax penalty for a failure to buy health insurance. Since the federal government seems constitutionally able to impose all kinds of taxes – income, tobacco, and whiskey, for example – it is hard to imagine they cannot impose this penalty tax, too. Although, it is not a consumption or income tax, it is a failure to consume tax.

(In a strange way, that is interesting. Think of those who say there should be taxes only on what you buy, not what you earn. That is the argument of all the “fair-tax” folks. In other words, the tax is all on consumption. What you earn but do not spend would not be taxed. Not wanting to tax those who do not buy health insurance would fit in with their thinking.)

Wall Street Journal, April 2006: “By law, emergency care cannot be withheld,” this commentator wrote. “Why pay for something you can get free? Of course, while it may be free for them, everyone else ends up paying the bill, either in higher insurance premiums or taxes.”
He added: “Some of my libertarian friends balk at what looks like an individual mandate. But remember, someone has to pay for the health care that must, by law, be provided: Either the individual pays or the taxpayers pay. A free ride on government is not libertarian.”

Mitt Romney said that. The mandated health insurance law passed in Massachusetts under his direction and with the help of – surprise, surprise – a legislator named Scott Brown.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
2:56 pm

mrs. w it was the SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS THAT SUPPORTED SLAVERY. we hard work Republicans were in the fields with the slaves. mrs. w”ithout a clue”

someareidiots

March 25th, 2010
2:57 pm

Most of the people on this blog are Republicans from other states. Talk Radio has told their listeners to bombard the blogsites and spew your hatred for this law. I agree with the folks that said it is not entirely Free. However, the talk radio listeners are only reading the word free and have no idea about calls, travel, brief filing, court costs, etc. That is not FREE! Again, I am a Georgian and I work. I own my home, pay my taxes and pay for my lousy health insurance. My questions to the detractors–1. WHY DO YOU WANT TO GIVE THE INSURANCE COMPANIES MORE MONEY? 2. WHY DON’T YOU WANT PARENTS TO PAY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THEIR CHILD TO GET HEALTH CARE INSURANCE FOR THEIR CHILD’S PRE-EXISTING CONDITION? 3. IF BILLY AGE 24, UNEMPLOYED COLLEGE GRAD HAS A CATASTROPHIC CAR ACCIDENT–WOULD YOU RATHER HIS PARENTS GO BANKRUPT PAYING HOSPITAL BILLS OR HAVE HIM COVERED UNDER THEIR INSURANCE–OR PERHAPS YOU WANT BILLY TO DIE? Answer just those three questions and than ask yourself WWJD?

Circling the drain...

March 25th, 2010
2:58 pm

Where can I send my donation?

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

Oh, yeah. mrs. w. is a reverse racist.You do not feel like you are equal, you feel you deserve more and are ENTITLED.
Don’t you feel proud of yourself? Nope, ’cause you’ve got no pride….you just take handouts..it’s EASIER that way.

ex

March 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

It really amazes me that some people are so ignorant. How many of you that are cheering this bill have actually read it????? It allows the Government to have full access at all times to your bank accounts. It allows them to deny you medical treatment because its too expensive, they then start a end of life plan for you. They decide how you die!! If you don’t believe me then please read it for yourself.

Oh and for the idiot who said that you are required to have car insurance, You are not required to have car insurance if you don’t drive. Driving is not a right. Would you support it if the Government said you had to buy car insurance if you didn’t own a car????

loveitorleaveit

March 25th, 2010
3:01 pm

For all teabaggers who want small government, no taxes, unlimited firearms, no education, and fine beaches, have I got a place for you to move to—SOMALIA. Yes, that’s right Somalia where there is no government to hassle you, you don’t have to pay taxes, you can arm yourself to the teeth with assault rifles.And as a bonus, since you’ll be a minority, you’ll be able to enjoy all the privileges of being a minority; like free health care at the emergency room, free food at the garbage dump and only one true religion. Hurry time is running out on America because of Armageddon. Space is limited so act now.

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
3:02 pm

It’s a good thing the healthcare included taking over student loans by the government too. This way they can give more free money for Jimmy the fry cook to go medical school. Nobody educated would want $200k in student loans and 8 years of school for a job that will only pay them $50k a year like the doctors in France make.

The top 5 hospitals in the US do more research then Canada, Great Britain and France combined. Good thing we are going to elimanate all that excess waste to be more like them.

voiceofreason

March 25th, 2010
3:02 pm

People, please calm down. First off, Sonny is making Georgia look incredibly stupid. Secondly, this is not an all or nothing bill. It seems like most people are saying either it is the best thing or worst thing in the world when it is somewhere in between. Like everything else in life, it has its pros and cons. I hate that this bill has turned into a republican versus democrat debate. Please think outside your political box, turn off fox news and cnn and think for yourselves. Look at the positives of this bill, lets work on the negatives and work towards better reform. This was not an end all bill, but the beginning of a greater conversation. Please let it be so.

John

March 25th, 2010
3:02 pm

Welfare lawsuits? This has absolutely no legal merit and every lawyer knows it. The only ones willing to go forward are right wing extremist seeking publicity and nothing else. It is nice to see that the Governor has fixed so many of GA problems that he has time and money to waist on cheap political theatre and partisan stunts.

VEC

March 25th, 2010
3:03 pm

I like to think that Sonny have more important things to worry about like EDUCATING OUR KIDS!!!! Right now the school systems in Georgia are talking about closing schools and laying educators off. why not that time and put it into getting that area up to par. Or, just maybe, that’s not important to both the democrates and republicans here in the state of GA.

LOL

March 25th, 2010
3:03 pm

I don’t know why all of you ignorant republicans don’t just admit that you hate having a black man in the white house. All of you are uneducated trash–you should be upset that they system has failed you. You only have your own ignorance to blaim. When these frivilous lawsuits are thrown out, then what? You lost the election, and you will continue to lose. Get over it.

LOL

March 25th, 2010
3:04 pm

Hey Steve, Comrade

March 25th, 2010
3:04 pm

Steve wrote:
“I thought Republicans are christians, conservatives, so whats wrong with helping those less fortunate amongst us??? Isn’t that the basic teaching of the bible???”
Steve, God wants us to give to charity (in secret so we do not boast)—
We give from the heart–not because some jack-booted thug from the government steps on our necks and FORCES us to give.
You know if you try and steal your neighbors wallet,
you may get hurt or killed or end up in prison.
So –you HIRE the government to commit the stealing for you???
Coward!
Give from the heart, not by the barrel of a gun, comrade.

STATE EMPLOYEE

March 25th, 2010
3:04 pm

State employee here, enduring furlough after furlough….I’m on the front lines everyday trying to assist the most vulnerable citizens in Georiga in the midst of this severe budget crisis and Sonny wants to play politics?! Ugh…how sickening! He BETTER be paying for it out of his own pockets…cause the state budget cannot take this kind of futile crap!

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freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
3:05 pm

John-
So glad you are so eager to go stand in the bread line.
So glad you are so eager to hand over your paycheck to moochers.
Woo hoo!! John. So glad you are such a smart guy. ;)

JDW

March 25th, 2010
3:05 pm

MSTC @ 2:34

You conveniently left out the first part of Section 8 of the constitution which states:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Please note the part about “for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States” which has been legally held time and again to provide Congress the latitude to do most anything that is not in direct conflict with another part of the Constitution.

To anyone with any legal background whatsoever this would clearly include healthcare legislation. I challenge you to find a single legal expert that would give this or any of these lawsuits a snowballs chance in hell of success.

Jacknhoo

March 25th, 2010
3:06 pm

The Republican party freed the slaves, the Democratic Party fought that tooth and nail. Remember Abraham Lincoln was a Republican,

It is peculiar how the african Americans are now the biggest proponents of denying a human being their personhood, today, through their denial of personhood for the unborn and just born. Wow, they sure have been duped and continue to be duped today.

All that aside,

Since when is abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, infanticide, Real Id(biochip), student loan takeover, healthcare rationing, takeover of the healthcare market, takeover of banks, anti-religious law, sexual deviant education for kindergartners and more, CONSIDERED HEALTHCARE!

mrs.w

March 25th, 2010
3:06 pm

Hi Terri-I’m sure you think your response was smart/quirky, but it was not.I guess that’s the best you can do. But it’s nice (and obvious) to see I got under your skin! How pathetic, I pity you. Oh, by the way, I won’t dignify the likes of you with a response after this one, so rant, rave, and pick fights as much as you want since that’s all people like you know how to do.

STATE EMPLOYEE

March 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

This is INFURIATING ME as i sit here and think about that ugly bald man! I think all that oppose this, should FLOOD the governors office with calls and letters. Lets show him how wasteful and futile we think this lawsuit is!

Glen

March 25th, 2010
3:07 pm

The Governor should resign. Since legal experts agree that what he objects to is constitutional, this suit is a waste of money. He is using teacher pay cuts and Medicaid pay custs for his political agenda. Shame! Shame! Shame on our disgrace of a governor. (And thanks to Thubert Baker for TRYING to protect the taxpayer money).

chuck wheat

March 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

“-given that many, many attorneys have offered to take up this case pro bono, which means free of charge for any Democrats who are reading this, we do not expect any state resources to be spent in this effort.”

SEE???? you guys STILL aren’t listening…. You keep complaining that Sonny’s spending our money to do this… I would rather him spend a penny for prevention, than for me to spend a pound for the cure… This Healthcare Bill is BS…

Itsmeagain

March 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

All of those people who say it will be free, listen up; just because the lawyer is doing it pro Bono does not mean it won’t cost the state a thing. It just means they wont have to pay the lawyer. There are more fees than just lawyer fees!

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
3:09 pm

Glen, most legal experts agree that the lawsuits have merit. Hooray!!! :)

Voteumout

March 25th, 2010
3:09 pm

To Hokey Talkin, I mean Honky Talkin:
You sound like Obama’s echoing whine of “It’s all Bush’s fault! Will Obama be tried for going against the Constitution that he swore to uphold? Every person should be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty. Not so as the HC bill states. This is against our Constitutional rights. If Congress can order you to buy insurance, why stop there? It can order you to exercise, and to eat healthy foods, etc. More disturbing still, it means that the Constitution itself and judicial review under it are meaningless.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
3:10 pm

People who are complaining about the cost of the lawsuit, and not about the cost of the heathcare bill!!! That is so flipping funny!!! :)

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
3:10 pm

mrs. w, when did healthcare become a racial issue? I am pretty sure ObamaCare, current health insurances, doctors and nurses supposed to treat evryone equally no matter the color of their skin or color of their eyes. The issue is some people don’t want to work, they just want something free. I grew up poor and a minority, but I went to school, listened and respected my teachers, took out huge Fed direct student loans, studied even harder in college, and I continue to work hard at work. If I could do it, then basically anyone could do it. Now there are some unlucky and misfortunately people out there, but 30 million? I know lots of doctors, and they all do Pro bono work; millions of dollars worth. Doctors aren’t rich, they don’t make $million salaries, most don’t make over $175,000. You add it malpractice insurance, student loan debt, and the fact that they don’t start getting a paycheck until their late 20s to mid 30s, they are relatively broke. I have a resident friend that works 120 hours, and only makes $40,000/year. He owes more than $350,000 in student loans. Governor Perdue isn’t even trying to right that injustice, he is just deal with saving America. The Congress and Senate had barely enough votes to pass ObamaCare, but they did; however, the American people are over 70% opposed to ObamaCare. I believe that is a huge problem, the Congress supposed to represent the people’s voice not their own. I am Libertarian, not a Republican. I am an American, not Mrs. W’s ATM machine. My mom went to college at 50, she took out a loan and paid her way through college, she made something better of herself; she didn’t ask for a handout. If your poor, then get an education and get a better job.

GaMilitaryDawg

March 25th, 2010
3:10 pm

Get out of fantasy land in thinking this lawsuit will be “free” for the duration of the lawsuit. Just keep it real Sonny!!

Mark

March 25th, 2010
3:11 pm

It really amazes me that the republicans are getting all riled up about the individual mandate when this is in fact a conservative idea. This came straight from the Heritage Foundation. The idea is to keep people from freeloading the system and going to the emergency room when they get sick. This drives up costs for everyone. Remember, the individual mandate was part of Romneycare in Mass.

The CBO stated that this bill would bring down the deficit over 180 billion over 10 years. The CBO also said back in 2001 that the Bush tax cuts would increase the defict by 1.3 trillion and they were right.

The only solution the Republicans have is the cut taxes for the ultra wealthy because that is what “creates jobs”. Well, that was done during the Bush years and no jobs were created, just stagnant incomes for the middle class and increasing wealth for the top 1%. Not to mention the 1.3 trillion dollar hole the banks blew in the economy when the republicans baile them out. The rupublicans need to change. The solution to every problem is not cut taxes for the rich. They can’t seem to get this through thier heads despite all of the evidence to the contrary.

Barry

March 25th, 2010
3:11 pm

LOL this is not a game. It’s not a win/lose situation. It is corrupt governement. And the fact a bullet just flew threw the majority whips office window in Richmond shows how our country is moving backwards.

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
3:11 pm

I don’t hate having a black man in the White House. I hate having an idiot in the White House.

As an IL resident I had the oportunity to not only vote against him for president, but for senator as well. Now the whole country is stuck with a lying Chicago gangster in charge who has no intention other than looting the country for him and friends. You elected a used car saleman as president and now we’re all left holding the bag.

Race has nothing to do with it. We will all be equally screwed in the end.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
3:12 pm

theman

March 25th, 2010
2:48 pm
Damn right sue them Sonny!!! But while you’re doing it please explain the states mandatory requirement of auto insurance.

States legally have the power to require you to do something, such as auto insurance or health insurance. The Federal government does not. Please read the 10th amendment to become educated on this subject.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
3:14 pm

Glen

March 25th, 2010
3:07 pm
The Governor should resign. Since legal experts agree that what he objects to is constitutional, this suit is a waste of money.

This isn’t true. The lawsuit does have a decent chance of winning, based on the 10th amendment and 200+ years of legal precedent.

Unreal

March 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

First, there is no direct quote from Perdue re costs, but the article is clear that Perdue didn’t say that there are no costs for litigation. Rather, he said the attorneys will handle it for frree, i.e. no attorneys fees. Of course there will be litigation costs, but litigation costs are minor compared to attorneys fees.

Second, whether you are for the health care reform bill or against it, you need to realize that a lawsuit will be about the constitutionality of the legislation. While health care reform is important, it shouldn’t be implemented at the cost of constitutional protections. It is a legal challenge people. If Congress wants to pass a new law, it should be constitutional. Laws are challenged every day as unconstitutional, and this is one that only states have standing to challenge at this time. I want health care reform, but I also believe in doing it in a manner that is constitutionally permissible. Only the court can make that determination. If the court says it’s consitutional, then case closed. Stating that government officials are “so stupid” for challenging this law seems rather ignorant. Don’t you want our elected officials to ensure that the Constitution is upheld? If so, then you must understand that Federalism is a part of that, and we have a form of government that sets boundaries for both states and the federal government.

mrs.w

March 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

@freedom-loving-Georgian and Barry-I wholeheartedly wish I could respond to your posts with some smart, lengthy post but at this time, I can only respond to people who have a brain and actually use it. But you guys have a great day…LOL

Impeach Perdue

March 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

Impeach Perdue

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

chuck wheat

March 25th, 2010
3:08 pm
“-given that many, many attorneys have offered to take up this case pro bono, which means free of charge for any Democrats who are reading this, we do not expect any state resources to be spent in this effort.”

SEE???? you guys STILL aren’t listening…. You keep complaining that Sonny’s spending our money to do this… I would rather him spend a penny for prevention, than for me to spend a pound for the cure… This Healthcare Bill is BS…

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ok chuckwheat if you expect to be taken seriously you need to say more than just the bill is b.s.:)

You might as well not have posted because no one has any idea what part of the bill, and exactly what you object to.

don’t be shy. speak up now.

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
3:17 pm

Freedom loving Georgian, you are awesome. You are right, it is about freedom. I give to charity until it hurts, I got so much debt, but I still help out tons of people. I just don’t believe that Americans need to keep being taxed so much. If you want to be a great American then you should become well educated and work hard. Stop asking for handouts, get some pride America. I have had it hard too, but I don’t go around begging.

SB

March 25th, 2010
3:17 pm

GT3O

“You can even spell correctly, so what exactly makes you relevant?”

Laughs, Look at you, stupid!

Tinytam

March 25th, 2010
3:17 pm

I don’t appreciate Republicans saying stuff like Congress didn’t like to the “American people”! They don’t represent me or speak for me. I’m not a Tea Party supporter nor a Republican but I am still a tax-paying citizen whose voice matters just as much as anyone else’s. That’s the kind of stuff that gets me riled up! Sonny – I’m a Georgia resident and I don’t support you challenging this law. Why don’t you ask if your pro-bono lawyer buddies will take up some of the slack in our judicial system so we can get the pedophiles and murderers off the streets! They’re costing taxpayers money and safety!!

Boss Hawg

March 25th, 2010
3:21 pm

Where is the impeach Sonny website? I would contribute to that worthy cause!
Why is the governor wasting our tax dollars to pursue a case most legal scholars agree he can’t win?
Where are the Flaggers when you need them? Remember – Sonny Lied!
The Flaggers are now Teabaggers – busy protecting the right of insurance companies to continue gouging and ripping us off.

terry hanchey

March 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

thank you Governor for standing up for whats right

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
3:26 pm

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
3:12 pm
theman

March 25th, 2010
2:48 pm
Damn right sue them Sonny!!! But while you’re doing it please explain the states mandatory requirement of auto insurance.

States legally have the power to require you to do something, such as auto insurance or health insurance. The Federal government does not. Please read the 10th amendment to become educated on this subject.
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the government is not forcing anyone to buy insurance. what part of this do you not understand.

you do not have to purchase health insurance, however, the IRS will fine you.

If you want to argue that the IRS and the federal income tax are unconstitutional good luck to you because you will ned it. :)

Barry

March 25th, 2010
3:26 pm

keep up the great responses mrs.w”itty”. i actually like to try and talk sense to the people that need it the most. i guess that is why i had to respond to your reverse racism comments. i let the intelligent people voice a valid opinion and praise them for trying to help you as well. but you just can’t get it through your skull. you can keep your name calling tactics to make yourself feel better at the end of the day.

TJB

March 25th, 2010
3:32 pm

OBAMACARE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND, SHOULD BE CHALLENGED, BY STATES AND INDIVIDUALS ALIKE. THE WAY THIS SOCIALISTIC LEGISLATION WAS CRAMMED DOWN OUR THROATS, AGAINST OUR WILL, IS REASON FOR ME TO NEVER AGAIN VOTE FOR ANY DEMOCRAT. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS LOST ITS WAY, ITS ROOTS, AND ANY INTEGRITY IT EVER HAD. GOD SPEED GOVERNOR!!!!!!!!!!

RhoNu

March 25th, 2010
3:32 pm

It’s FREE??? Where’s the money coming from? Purdue’s pocket? Then if Purdue can put money into this lawsuit, then put money in a fund so that I don’t have to take furlough days!

Rick

March 25th, 2010
3:35 pm

For all you people who want to mooch off the government you must not have learned in school that WE the citizens actually are paying for you to mooch “uneducated”. This Health Care Bill will cost YOU, not the freakin government “uneducated”. If this Bill was not impossed to CONTROL our lives then why the #@4% are they hiring 16,500 IRS AGENTS to collect this. Why are some of you blind “uneducated” and can not comprehend that this is the FIRST STEP to controlling “WE THE PEOPLE”. THE CONGRESS (DEMS and Reps) will not participate in this HEALTH CARE BILL because it will TAX “WE THE PEOPLE” and not them. GET EDUCATED and lets keep our money in our pockets and quit letting the GOVERNMENT ROB us. There has to be taxes so let there be ‘FAIR TAX”. The people should govern the people not the freakin government governing your lives.

Matt

March 25th, 2010
3:36 pm

To Jacknhoo: All those “ammendments” that the Republican Party brought up was just to kill time. Please tell me, if they saw such an importance in them… why were they not included originally? Why would they have to be put up later after the main package had been written…

To Voteumout: Don’t tell me that Afghanistan is President Obama’s deal. That is hogwash. Bush started that mess and now Obama has inherited the problem. I was not arguing against George W being President for a 2nd Term either. I was saying that he could have ended the Afghanistan mess before his second term started. While the local politicians did make errors in the Katrina fiasco, Bush and his multi-billion dollar agency (Homeland Security) didn’t do anything to help it. I would also like you to show me one spot where Obama has blamed things on Bush. I also didn’t say that George W. Bush was the worst President that America has ever had.

AF

March 25th, 2010
3:37 pm

voiceofreason at 3:02.

You are right, of course. There is a lot that needs to be talked about and a lot of good that can come out of all of this.

We need to tone down rhetoric and start thinking. Here is something that I think needs thinking about.

Do we need tort reform? Maybe. But there are big problems with tort reform as it has been conceived by most of those who have talked about it.

As most states and legislators have looked at it, tort reform means limiting the amount that a jury can award.

Here is the real crux of the problem as I see it. The constitution provides for trial by a jury of one’s peers. It is fundamental to fairness and to avoid an abuse of power by those who have power. It is also necessary to contract law – the redress available when one party to a contract believes another party to the contract does not live up to that contract. So, when we are talking about tort reform, we are talking about limiting an individual’s right to trial by jury. That is a big, BIG, REALLY BIG issue.

What is so odd to me is that it is conservative, constitutional strict-constructionists who want to mess with this. It is also those who deplore the very idea of governments restricting prices, salaries, or having an influence on what a capitalist market should determine. They say that governments are inefficient and ineffective at doing this sort of thing – setting a value.

So, why is it okay to have the government limit how much a person can receive in pain and suffering according to a trial by a jury of one’s peers? That is the job of a jury, not the government.

Can jury awards be excessive? Sure. Not all decisions of a court are justice. Appeals of awards have often reduced those awards. Do we need something more to provide a review of what a jury of one’s peers decides is justice? Maybe that is where we need to look to resolve the problem of excessive awards.

The need for tort reform is largely pushed by health care providers who pay very high premiums for coverage if they are sued. Some health policy groups say that health providers do excessive, costly testing and follow-up just to avoid suits.

Insurers say they need the level of premiums they charge health providers to guard against the really big awards. So, they have huge reserves they hold onto for years – a suit can take ten or more years to settle, maybe longer. (I believe reserves become profits if the reserves are never use to pay a huge claim – I don’t think I have ever heard of an insurance company refunding premiums, unless it was a mutual insurance company.)

Maybe a solution to high levels of premiums paid by health care providers is not tort reform, but some different way to provide insurance.

Just food for thought.

TJB

March 25th, 2010
3:38 pm

RhoNu . . . I’s propose the same question about Obamacare. They claim its free for some, that, for others (all the rest of us) it will save us money, yet, it will be an unreachable financial burden on the states through medicare. So, here goes, if Obama care is free to same and saves everyone else money and cuts the deficit, all the while 30 million free loaders are getting insurance, WHERE’S THE MONEY COMING FROM!!!!! This bill is unconsitutional and must be stopped, along with the dems who crammed it down our throats against our will!

janice

March 25th, 2010
3:40 pm

Can you people not read? The article says that an attorney will do this for FREE! Stop making stupid comments.

Stephanie

March 25th, 2010
3:42 pm

OK, Sonny, go ahead and PROVE you and the republicans are idiots out to waste our time and money. Even here in Georgia, I think people will eventually wise up (I know, I’m an optimist).

Let’s put it this way – Thurbert Baker is a lawyer, Sonny is not. Who do you think has a better understanding of whether there is a valid case here? Who do you think is playing politics?

Wake up people, the Republicans are lying to you and playing you for fools every day.

TJB

March 25th, 2010
3:43 pm

JDW, there are attorneys general, in thirteen states now I believe, republican and democrat, who find this legislation unconstitutional. I believe I’ve met your challenge to find legal experts, and, that number is growing. The American citizenry will simply not stand for this unconstitutional legislaton. If the courts won’t correct it, the voters will. The dems are done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
3:45 pm

Stephanie, Sonny advisors are attorneys. Sonny is speaking for the majority of Georgians (um, not the majority of Atlantans), who want this case to push forward.
Thanks sooooooooooo much Sonny Perdue, for having the guts to not lay down and die, like the socialists want you to. :)

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
3:47 pm

Nine of the state’s 13 representatives voted against the legislation. All seven Republicans opposed it, as did two of the six Democrats.
The final tally on H.R. 3590: 219-212.

Here’s how the Georgia delegation voted.

Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah): No

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Albany): Yes

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens): No

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Gainesville): No

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta): No

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Lithonia): Yes

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah): No

Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta): Yes

Rep. John Linder (R-Lawrenceville): No

Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon): No

Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell): No

Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta): Yes

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville): No
source: ajc.com

Chris

March 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

@ex: you clearly haven’t read the law either. Ironic you accuse people of not reading it then list off things that aren’t actually in the bill that was passed.

States, including Gov. Purdue certainly are within their bounds to challenge this law, although I think it will be unsuccessful. Several reasons:

1) The states probably would not have grounds to sue AT THIS TIME. In order to fill a lawsuit you have to be an “injured” party, and since none of the stuff that the states are upset about take affect yet, the courts COULD decide not to hear the case. It would be like me suing Toyota over their accelerator problems when I drive a Ford. I’m not an “injured party” Once the funding stuff gets turned over to the states (in a few years – it’s a slow rollout with the bill) then the states will have sufficient grounds, I think, to file suit.

2) The Constitutionality of the Mandate is certainly debatable and the courts could go either way. I think that it will be ruled Constitutional on several grounds: 1) the argument can be made that healthcare is a right – Preamble – promote the general welfare, + 9th Amendment (constitution isn’t your only source of rights) 2) it can be argued that Congress has the power to enact this under the commerce clause, taxation clause, and elastic clause.

Final issue – I think that the Courts may chose not to hear these cases for a basic reason: The Federal Courts aren’t concerned with one specific case, they tend to hear cases that will have far-reaching consequences on a myriad of unanswered constitutional questions. So if they did strike the law down it would establish legal precedent declaring “entitlement” programs in general to be unconstitutional. So striking down the Healthcare bill will essentially trip a domino effect that would in turn strike down Medicare, Social Security, in a addition to a myriad of other Federal entitlement programs – such as free lunch for poor schools. Certainly there is a claim to be made that these things need to go, but I don’t see the courts overturning that.

I think the best course of action to oppose the bill is to support candidates who want to repeal parts, or all, of the bill.

DT

March 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

This is what a governor is suspose to be doing, protecting his citizens against a tyranical federal government. Finally Sonny is doing something right.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
3:51 pm

Mr. Baker went against the great state of Georgia. Mr. Perdue is LISTENING to the majority! Try to argue it all you want, but that’s how the GA delegation voted, and 2 Dems opposed.
Thanks again Sonny Perdue!!! :)

Blessed

March 25th, 2010
3:55 pm

It’s funny to me how everyone watch the bush administration put this country along with sonny perdue in the situation that it is in just want to see Obama fell. Bush started the stimulus signed it before leaving office, so his wall street buddies that help him,chaney and buddies get rich, get rewarded. Ronald Reagan, Bush, Clinton and GW Bush all tried to push a universal health care bill like the Canadian government,but now that Obama got one through it the worst thing since freeing slaves. You people kill me. I have two great jobs Im blessed I work for the government and I am a soldier of 17 years. Everyone isn’t as lucky as I am. I know people who are reservist( two days out the month) but have no job due to the way things are, so I guess they are lazy bums that don’t deserve healthcare. The reserve soldiers and their families don’t get medical benefits unless the soldier is deployed and there are some that volunteer to goto Iraq and Afghanistan to support their families. I’ve been there without a job for awhile other than drilling two day out the month, I didnt want to collect unemployment because of my pride. So don’t call people that are without jobs bums, because there are alot of people that would kill for work. I understand that what took 8 years to damage will not be fixed overnight. Obame wasn’t my candidate and I’m black but I know he has the most difficult job in the world.

A Fascinating Legal Redux in Georgia «

March 25th, 2010
3:56 pm

[...] care reform.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Governor Purdue has announced that he will appoint a “special Attorney General” to pursue the lawsuit, since Baker will [...]

amazed

March 25th, 2010
3:56 pm

No, people in GA can’t read which is proved daily, especially when a sign on the highway reads “slower moving traffic keep right”. But I won’t go there. Also, Obama isn’t black (african american)….if you know anything about him, he is less black than he is arabic…he is also half white. If you all think this healthcare reform is going to actually help people, maybe you need to sit down and read the entire bill. Did you? I doubt it. Yes, this allows the government to control us (and it’s just the beginning) and this “wonderful” law is going to allow people to die…that is if it will cost more money to keep someone alive. Think about people you love, especially if they are elderly. Is it okay to just let them die instead of trying to help them live? People want to complain about everything but why don’t you read what’s out there before you decide to make comments. And, by the way, We’ve Reverted Back to the 50’s, your mind is still in the 50’s if you think this healthcare reform is all about race. Obama was voted in BECAUSE of his race and people BELIEVED him when he said he was going to end the war. Has he? NO. When this country goes into the craphole you can pat yourselvews on the back because YOU voted for him and I’ll ask, “How’s that change workin’ for ya?”

VEC

March 25th, 2010
3:56 pm

Well JKL2 if race had nothing to do with it you really made it an issue. I think that black man can’t be as bad as that white man that just left office. I remember reading articles about how he was considered the worse president ever. That staement speaks volumes.

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

Tort reform is a BIG problem for people like John Edwards who make a living sueing hospitals for something that can’t prove or disprove negligence for, but get awarded $Millions because they have a handicapped child.

My cousin (the doctor) became a pathologist because he didn’t like paying the $17k/month for malpractice insurance. He makes less, but now he doesn’t have to deal with patients and worry that he will be destroyed because something didn’t work as planned.

The problem is costs. Insurance companies will all close now because government is taking over. The only difference is now our tax dollars will be used instead of private dollars to absorb all the loses because nothing has been done to change costs.

Sand

March 25th, 2010
3:57 pm

Nothing is FREE…didn’t you read….the lawyers may be free…but the article stated….there still may be charges….Sonny is always making budget cuts….Obama was put in office to fail…but God has another plan…keep watching/living you’ll see…..I’m 52 yrs old…this was my first and last time voting….Overall I think Obama is doing the best he can in a bad situation…..Sonny go home to your grandkids and stop wasting time/money.

race relations

March 25th, 2010
3:58 pm

In the new bill there is a 10% tax on indoor taning salons. So tell me who the real racists is.

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
3:59 pm

Why is a concerned taxpayer a racist? I feel sorry for people that are born with diseases or get an illness that couldn’t be prevented. However, lots of diseases are preventable with proper healthy lifestyles; yet people choose not to live healthy lifestyles. Tobacco use leads to oral, throat, and lung cancer as well as cardiovascular diseases. I can’t believe how many obese people I see today, I am grossed out by how much food people eat at every meal. Please people, start wtaching Dr. Oz. A report today, said that obese women get breast cancer 60% more than healthy women. Unprotected sex can lead to unwanted pregnancies, STDs, etc. All are lifestyle choices, and because you are American you are free and should be free to do it as long as it doesn’t affect others. But, if you have sex without a codom or other forms of birth control, why should taxpayers pay anything for that child? My mother said she was taught in school, not to smoke, but people having been smoking for 50 years since she knew that smoking was bad. My school taught us about sex at age 10, I have protected sex and guess what I haven’t gotten STDs or a baby. Condoms, birth control pills, and even better still, Abstenance really does work.

JM

March 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

I see the Republican confederacy is trying to rise again. Maybe we need another General Sherman to put these racists back in their rightful place!!!

doesntaddup

March 25th, 2010
4:00 pm

13 states out of 50 are going to act stupidly. Let me guess which states they are. Probably the ones that have the worst educational systems in the country, probably the worst quality of health care, the lowest annual incomes, and highest rate of teenage pregnancy, the poorest quality of life, and already receive more government dollars than they send to Washington. They also probably could benefit most by healthcare reform.

JKL2

March 25th, 2010
4:02 pm

VEC

Do some research on Woodrow Wilson (since Obama is being tauted as the “black” Woodrow Wilson since “black” Jimmy Carter wasn’t doing him justice)

Bush’s biggest problem was he wasn’t consevative and kept trying to reach across the ailse to work with the democrats. Things didn’t really start going downhill until the Dems took over in 2006. Now that O is in charge(not that McCain was a really good choice either) the whhels are coming completely off the tracks.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:03 pm

Hair chemical straighteners are dangerous and cause cancer (just as well as tanning beds)….can you imagine the uproar if there had been a 10% tax on that???
The tanning tax (included in the health care bill as a means to fund it) is a reverse racist tax against white people, plain and simple.
Article about the dangers of hair chemicals:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/38468/reasons_for_black_women_to_wear_natural.html

Rick

March 25th, 2010
4:04 pm

TO LOL: It is clear to everyone that you were educated at the low end of the spectrum. You have to throw in some kind of racial slur “trash” and due to your low level of education your selected words indicate that all “Reps” are white. This is just the type of response you are looking for. So here it is. SO GET OVER IT and please come back with something that has meaning.
And if you are so willing to let our government keep taking more and more just try this. Pretend that you get paid by whoever you work for. In this check (or cash) you have received all your money with nothing missing (no fed tax, state tax or SS or Medical). This is what you call Gross earnings. Now, I come to you (working for the government) and make you right me a check for 30% of your Gross earnings and I will allow you to keep the rest. I do this every time you get paid (once a week, once every two weeks or once a month). Now, after 6 months I need more money because someone thinks we need to add more IRS agents and other programs and of course ‘YOU” need to pay for this. We do not care if you like it or not. I now need 40% of your Gross income so I need you to right me a check. If you had to do this every week i bet you would finally get pissed off. I dont even have to ask “I know you would”. Common people just like me and you will always get screwed by the government until we stand up and demand that our government stop these entitlement programs. Now, check this out. How would you like to determine how much taxes you paid to our government. This is what the fair tax is all about. Even Illegals would pay the tax and not harp about it. It is a consumption tax built into the prices of the goods. So if you buy something, you pay taxes and dont have to worry about filing papers, the IRS snooping around. This would put alot of money into the private sector and boost this economy like you have never seen. Less government gives you more control of how you want your government to serve you “WE THE PEOPLE”.

conservative democrat

March 25th, 2010
4:04 pm

@ Publich the State Budget,
https://www.audits.state.ga.us/sgd/cafr_main.html

I’m sure it’s just your ignorance showing…this public information has been online for years. By the way, when there was a $1.7 billion surplus in the coffers, Purdue and Richardson wanted to buy more votes by granting tax rebates. Now that they have depleted most of the surplus, they want to increase the amount that goes to the emergency fund. Their lack of ability to anticipate the future has gotten us in the fiscal shape we currently enjoy.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to have heath insurance should be thankful of the fact that when we need medical care, we can get it. We should be willing to reach out a hand to those less fortunate.

I, for one, have experienced a denial of coverage for a pre-existing condition and until you’ve listened to the insurance company drones lying through their teeth to deny, deny, deny over and over, you don’t really know what it’s all about. I’ve also had to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket for medical procedures due to being dropped from coverage. No employer should be able to hold someone’s ability to get medical care for themselves or their family over their head.

FYI, those on Medicare are not slackers mooching off you, that’s Medicaid. Medicare recipients are people over 65, who in most cases, have worked all their lives paying into Medicare so George W. Bush could waste it in Iraq. Yes, W. spent your social security and medicare fighting wars that were ‘off the books’, while cutting taxes. But, the money had to come from somewhere. This was the first time in history that we cut taxes during a war. How did it work? If they hadn’t spent the social security and medicare funds for the general purposes of government, these plans would be fully funded.

Oh yeah, Sonny Purdue is a real goober. Trained as a vet! I wonder how many courses in constitutional law were offered in vet school? His behavior is nothing but pure demagoguery.

What we really need to do is identify solutions to the problems we face. We should look at the Mayo Clinic of Rochester, MN. They have what is recognized as the best medical care on the planet and their cost have been dropping!!! Why? They focus on the patient. They don’t just do test after test to avoid a lawsuit. This is not the case for most of our Georgia institutions. Here we’re more interested in getting that new MRI machine paid for or avoiding a malpractice suit. The best way to avoid a malpractice lawsuit is to use the best practices, which would start by focusing on the patient and what that patient needs in order to get well. The MRI machine will get paid for if we focus on the patient. The Mayo Clinic model has been proven to work. The recently retired CEO would make a great medicare Czar.

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
4:06 pm

Stephanie, 80% of GA voted against Obama and his liberal ideology. This is why I moved to GA because I was sick of all the liberals in NJ. NJ is now one of the most corrupt and highest taxed state in the union. IF you aren’t happy in GA, then I promise you, you well love NJ. I will even tell you of some good pizza joints to eat at.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:06 pm

doesntaddup, have you looked at the stats for the City of Atlanta lately?? Atlanta reps voted for the health care bill.
Cheating on test scores, low incomes, high crime, poor quality of life, horrible traffic, high rate of teen mothers, etc.=ATLANTA

wake up

March 25th, 2010
4:08 pm

The people elected Obama to do their will. How come (according to all reputiable pole) Obama along with the demacrats made backdoor deals to ram a healthcare bill that the majority of the people didn’t want down our throat. What happen to transparentcy? What happen to posting the bill online for 5 days for review by the people? It was signed with in 36 hours. When asked by a reporter why is it going to take 4 years for the bill to take affect John Dinkle (D-congressmen MI.) replied because that is how long it will take to gain control of the people.

Chris

March 25th, 2010
4:10 pm

By the way, this has been settled law since the 1830’s and there are decades of Supreme Court verdicts that confirm the federal government’s authority to regulate interstate commerce – which is what is being challenged.

These efforts are nothing other than political grandstanding by the GOP to portray the legislation as illegitimate.

And more importantly, a waste of government resources even if pro bono lawyers take the case, that our governor is spending any time on this is a distraction from real substantial issues.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:11 pm

You couldn’t pay me a BILLION dollars to live within the perimeter of I-85!!!!!!!! Corruption, fraud, crime, traffic, etc..

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:11 pm

Standing for Individual & State Rights

March 25th, 2010
4:12 pm

Thank you Governor Perdue for standing up for the rights of Citizens and States as our Founding Fathers did when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Sadly these rights have been gradually eroding over the last 50 years and replaced with socialistic ideology that stands in sharp contrast to the Liberty our founding fathers and veterans sacrificed to provide us with. Let us never forget that “a government that can give everything to you is a government that can take away everything you have”.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
4:13 pm

conservative democrat – I knew the budget information was available. I’m campaigning for the AJC to raise the awareness level of it but putting it front and center. Show people just how much of there money is being spent on this and that.

MSTC

March 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

JDW – If you have truly studied law, you will find that no one has directly challenged the Constitutionality (or Un-Constitutionality) of the taxpayer supported entitlement programs that have been passed within the last 100 years. The reason being – apathy or the desire to be “taken care of”. If you had a decent history teacher, you would have learned that we are taught history in order to attempt to avoid the mistakes of our past. I bring this up because here in the United States of America, we are at a similar cross-roads as two countries were in the last century – Russia and Germany.

Russia as we all know was ruled until the early 1900’s by an emperor (tsar). The February and subsequent October Revolutions constituted a change in the composition of the country: the first overthrew the Tsar, and the second instituted a new form of government (eventually being based on the theory communism). As we all should have learned, this government was really “communist” but in reality was more “socialistic” with those in power (politicians) taking from those not in power (for their so-called communism type programs and of course for their own money, material goods, etc) with those not in power losing freedoms they once had under the previous government. Contrary to popular belief, the general working of this country did not change much when the “wall was torn down” – those in power (politicians) still have, those not in power still do not have, and those who made it to the middle had to pay both ends (for the so-called capitalistic programs); and, the general population did not fight this change because they were either to poor, to uneducated, un- or miss-informed, or killed or put in jail for disagreeing.

All right, let’s move forwards in history – to a point no one likes to discuss; and, that is Germany. Following World War I, Germany was in an economic shambles – there were food shortages, high unemployment, homeless families (sound familiar). Along came Adolf Hitler promising change (you can believe in) and hence the German government became “socialistic”. Like the Russian’s (U.S.S.R.), those in power (politicians) having more (money, material goods, etc.) than those who were not and those stuck in the middle had to pay both ends – with those in the middle and low ends losing freedoms they once had under the previous government. And like Russia history, the German population did nothing due to, this will sound familiar, they were either to poor, to uneducated, un- or miss-informed, or killed or sent away never to be seen again.

Do you see the reoccurring similarities between the two? The politician’s always have the power (and they did not freely give it up); they took from those in the middle (usually as direct or indirect taxes); gave, to some degree, to those they said were in need; and, of course had to pay them (the politicians) for their services in the form of money, material goods, etc.

JDW this whole debate is not about just this one piece of legislation, it is what this and previous Congress’ and administrations have been doing with our personal freedoms and responsibilities. The only difference between the United States and the Russian and Germany (Pre-WWI) governments is that our Federal legislature has been slowly making us more dependent on them (the politicians), thus taking away more and more of the freedoms and individual responsibilities our founding father envisioned. Evidently, the politicians have you right where they want you – not thinking for yourself and not standing up for the granted to you and not the Federal government.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

Chris, the lawsuit will hold water:
“Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution grants Congress the authority to regulate interstate commerce. However, nowhere is Congress granted the authority to require an individual to engage in interstate commerce. The proposal passed today amounts to a ‘living tax,’ one imposed on every person merely because they choose not to buy health insurance. While states plainly have the authority to require individuals to purchase car insurance, for example, it is unprecedented for the federal government to require an individual to purchase a good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States.”

“The federal mandate provisions of the health care bill rely upon a strained-beyond-reason interpretation of the Commerce Clause, rendering the 10th Amendment a nullity, and I believe it’s unconstitutional,” Leonard continued. “The attorneys general must take a leadership role on this issue, and defend the Constitution from the over-reaching actions of this congress and president.”

Karl Marx

March 25th, 2010
4:14 pm

Welcome to my World all you new FREE healthcare converts.

RP

March 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

Someone start a fund to cover any additional state costs besides the cost of the attorneys who are offering free services. I am sure you will find that it would collect PLENTY of money to cover all the costs.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
4:16 pm

Chris – The trick is, this isn’t interstate commerce. Remember that a key plank that was removed from the bill was offering insurance across state lines. So insurance is not in fact interstate commerce. It’s not 2 or more states. Each insurance offering is in 1 state.

These lawsuits have a reasonable chance at success. We’re not talking 1% or something, we’re talking a substantial chance.

Fobama

March 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Lets go get ‘em Sonny. I’m in where do I donate to the fund?

Sheila

March 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Some of you people need to learn how to read. You are idiots. He said that several attorneys have volunteered to take the case pro bono. That means they foot the bill not the tax payers. There ought to be a cure written in that assinine reform to cure all of you stupid people but let me go ahead and tell you now THERE ISN’T.

conservative democrat

March 25th, 2010
4:17 pm

Is there any way we can get you to move back to Jersey and take Sonny with you?

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:18 pm

RP, you are so right. This is best cause I have ever supported in my entire life!!!! Freedom is at stake, if I wanted socialism, I would live in Canada!!
There is nothing more important than freedom. Listened to the National Anthem lately??? “The land of the FREE, and the home of the BRAVE!!!”

Karl Marx

March 25th, 2010
4:19 pm

Thank You Nancy Pelosi.
Thank You Mr. President.
Thank You Harry Reid
Thank You GOP sell-outs
Thank You Louise Slaughter
Thank You Joe Biden
Thank You Steny Hoyer.

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

Dont forget gang…we HAVE to get control over the prviate retirement plans and 401k’s next.
My union comrades are getting anxious.

By the way, F**K YOU, Tea Party and Libertarians !!!!!

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

Conservative Democrat. Social Security(65 and up), Medicare(65 yo and up, Medicaid (below 133% poverty level), Post Office are all poorly run government programs. There was $500 billion last year in Medicare fraud, you all have seen the old lady driving around on her scooter!!! They were renting out storage units and charging Medicare 25-50 million dollars for nothing, it was all fake. But when a real doctor tries to get approved to pull a tooth for $60 though Medicaid, they asked for xrays, form after form, denied, they want a narrative, they lost the xray, please mail us another xray, oh we never got it, you are going to have to start the preauthorization all over, it wasn’t medically necessary. What about the post office? No more Saturdays? Don’t even get me started USCIS (immigrations department)!!!!!

conservative democrat

March 25th, 2010
4:20 pm

Publish the State Budget,
Wrong again. United Healthcare is not a Georgia company. They do sell health insurance here and all across the country. Same with Blue Cross. Most of the insurance industry headquarters are located in Connecticutt, FYI.

JM

March 25th, 2010
4:21 pm

What a surprise that it is mainly southern governors and AG’s screaming “state’s rights” and trying to undo the great achievements of the country’s first black president. Who could have ever predicteed that would happen?

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:24 pm

JM, he’s not black. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
His MOM IS WHITE. He was raised by WHITE GRANDPARENTS!!!!!!!!For those people who are claiming him as black, are you that crazy? And you are making in a race issue. THIS IS NOT A RACE ISSUE!!!
IT IS A FREEDOM ISSUE!!!

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:25 pm

I see Obama as a human being, not his skin color.

conservative democrat

March 25th, 2010
4:25 pm

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor,
Don’t forget military intelligence, that’s an oximoron. What about public education? Don’t you think we should go back to the time when we didn’t offer education paid for by the taxpayers. In WWI, we had to send most of those drafted home because they didn’t have the basic skills of reading and writing.

Let’s face it, the government is here to stay…deal with it.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:26 pm

If HILLARY CLINTON had been elected president, I would be just as opposed to this!!! It is not about race, it is about SOCIALISM!!!

Laura Hardy

March 25th, 2010
4:26 pm

Wow Sonny, is this going to be free like the time you re-gilded the Capital Dome was free? To the tune of $40 million out of the Hope Scholarship Education Fund. He went on and on about how it was not going to cost the tax payers a dime and then absconded with $40 million in special education funds that should have gone to the children in this state. Free – HAH, if you believe that I have some Ocean Front Property in Arizona for you, really …I do!

S. king

March 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

How come no one read the entire bill:
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a message for all the attorneys general and Republican lawmakers who are threatening lawsuits and claiming that an individual mandate for insurance coverage is unconstitutional: You don’t have to abide by it — just set up your own plan.

The Oregon Democrat isn’t inviting opponents to defy the newly-enacted health care law. Instead, he’s pointing out a provision in the bill that makes moot the argument over the legality of the individual mandate.

Speaking to the Huffington Post on Tuesday, Wyden discussed — for one of the first times in public — legislative language he authored which “allows a state to go out and do its own bill, including having no individual mandate.”

It’s called the “Empowering States to be Innovative” amendment. And it would, quite literally, give states the right to set up their own health care system — with or without an individual mandate or, for that matter, with or without a public option — provided that, as Wyden puts it, “they can meet the coverage requirements of the bill.”

“Why don’t you use the waiver provision to let you go set up your own plan?” the senator asked those who threaten health-care-related lawsuits. “Why would you just say you are going to sue everybody, when this bill gives you the authority and the legal counsel is on record as saying you can do it without an individual mandate?”

Pauline, Atlanta, GA

March 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

Governor, you have already broke this state, the worst schools, the worst traffic, the worst with health associated with sinus, allergies and God knows what else,,,so go ahead and pay for this out of your own pocket……..you moran

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

Conservative democrat, I taught 8th graders in 2005- who read on a 1st grade level. The education system of today is not working. So, there are high school grads who can’t read or write. SO SAD!!!

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

Politicians are idiots, and anyone that wants to choose any of the 2 parties are even more misguided. What have they really done for you people? Lately, they seem to be competing with Tiger Woods and Brittany Spears. Taxes are evil and un American. Checkout our history, we really didn’t have too much tax when this country was founded. I think I can take care of my money better than Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and any other liberal scum.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:29 pm

Pauline, thanks for claiming Atlanta…I might’ve guessed from just that alone how you would feel on the matter. ;)

Citizen

March 25th, 2010
4:29 pm

I read the responses on this web page only to amuse myself. You folks are not representative of the residents of GA. A left wing newspaper draws left wing thinkers. All I can say is – declining subscription = declining interest in liberal ideals. Go Sonny! Go Conservatives! Go Republicans! Out with Baker! Out with Democrats! See you in November!!!!

feed up

March 25th, 2010
4:29 pm

To voice of reason: I do not believe Obama was elected largely for his stand on healthcare. I believe it was for his promise of change. As for the tax issuse I do not like it in its current form either. I would love to see the IRS abolished and the fair tax installed in its place.

JM

March 25th, 2010
4:29 pm

The president is black. You forgot about how your southern ancestors saw it. One drop of black blood made people black.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
4:31 pm

conservative democrat

March 25th, 2010
4:20 pm
Publish the State Budget,
Wrong again. United Healthcare is not a Georgia company. They do sell health insurance here and all across the country. Same with Blue Cross. Most of the insurance industry headquarters are located in Connecticutt, FYI.

No, it’s not. BCBS of GA is distinct from BCBS of AL for instance. The reason for this is because insurance cannot be sold across state lines. I’m sorry, but you are wrong. Ask any A/P clerk at a company with employees in more than one state and they will tell you they have to pay separate companies for each state.

Mariam Jenkins

March 25th, 2010
4:33 pm

Sonny,

Why dont you and your cohorts accept defeat and lets move on.
What have you done for the stateof Ga. lately but cause unnecessary shame.
I wonder how many of you that has fought so hard against the health bill, which is needed by old and young alike

Mariam Jenkins

March 25th, 2010
4:33 pm

Enter your comments here

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
4:33 pm

S. king

March 25th, 2010
4:28 pm
How come no one read the entire bill:

Actually, the congresspersons that voted on this didn’t read the bill. There was no possible way they could have read cover to cover the final bill in the time frame it existed.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:34 pm

JM,
MLK dream was for people to no longer see color. I don’t see color, I see human beings.
You, my friend, are still stuck in the 1950’s.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:36 pm

and fyi, my husband is not white…not that his skin color mattered!!!

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
4:36 pm

Obama was given a fair chance, winning election. His popularity has tanked based on what he has done. At this pace, he’ll be below Bush’s lowest approval within a couple more months.

confused

March 25th, 2010
4:37 pm

Hoe come African-Americans are the only ones making this comment section into a race thing.

BootObummer

March 25th, 2010
4:37 pm

Democrats suck! End of Story

Wow

March 25th, 2010
4:39 pm

Ok people.
Sonny says that some lawyers are going to do this for free.
1. Does that mean he’s going to meet with those lawyers on my time or his time? Because my tax dollars pay his salary.
2. Is he going to pay out of his pocket for the filing or Are we going to have to foot that bill too?
3. Isn’t it funny that Sonny and the other Repubs can tell us how much this Health Care Bill is going to cost us
But they can’t seem to come up with the total $ amount for the Iraq war and how much we spent with Black water and Haliburton. That’s who they need to be trying to sue to get our dag gone money back…..

I don’t agree to everything in the bill, but I can see that it is going to at least help some Americans in the tune of 15 million people that need some type of health care assistance. With all of Sonny’s proposed state gov lay offs…you would think he would be thankful that President Obama and the Democrats are looking out for those that are jobless and is going to be jobless do to Sonny’s proposed cuts, because they are not going to have any Insurance either.

People you better pay attention to who has who’s back here in America. It not the republicans, they just trying to get back in office, that’s all you here them talk about, they can’t wait to November…But you haven’t heard them mentioned anything about that poor family who’s child has cancer and the parents insurance will not cover them. Or that family who’s child has finished college but can’t find a job and their parents insurance will no longer cover them. And what about grandma, who’s cost of medicine has tripled in the last 10yrs so she goes with out.

So sonny lets try to get some money back from those who have already robbed us so that we can take care of America, Please. And not waste time and money trying to sue something thats trying to help.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:40 pm

confused, because I’ve sadly come to realize that a lot of AA are racist against white people. The civil rights movement generation are less reverse-racist than some of the people born post 1970. It truly makes me sad, and feel like we have gotten nowhere as a nation. Calling people rednecks, bubbas, etc…what would Dr. King think????

William G

March 25th, 2010
4:41 pm

Sonny you bonehead…spend your own money if you want to pursue this lost cause.

Great Man, Great American, Great Governor

March 25th, 2010
4:43 pm

I am huge for education, I was in school until 28 y.o. and I have a friend who is still in school and he won’t be done until he is 41. My dad keeps telling me there is a need for government, and he is right although I hate to have to agree with him on that one fact. We need interstate highways, military, schools, etc. I KNOW government will not be able to get this healthcare right, I just hope American gets educated as much as my doctor friends and I.

Kenneth Cobb

March 25th, 2010
4:45 pm

Here you go, you don’t like individual mandates, then opt out Sonny, you don’t like any of the other portions of the bill, then opt out. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call Washington. Advised them that the State of Georgia is opting out, there you go, a done deal. Now explain to your seniors exactly what you have just done to them.

HDB

March 25th, 2010
4:46 pm

People here forget that it is MANDATED by the Federal Government for all people from the age of 18 to REGISTER for Selective Service…so there are things that are mandated by the government. This lawsuit will be fruitless in that Federal law supercedes state law unless agreed upon by the Federal government!!

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
4:48 pm

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:24 pm
JM, he’s not black. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
His MOM IS WHITE. He was raised by WHITE GRANDPARENTS!!!!!!!!For those people who are claiming him as black, are you that crazy? And you are making in a race issue. THIS IS NOT A RACE ISSUE!!!
IT IS A FREEDOM ISSUE!!!

Link Report this comment
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After being with all these white folks he married a black woman. what is your point dude?

Atlanta WP

March 25th, 2010
4:50 pm

Sonny Perdue is the true poster child for idiotic and ignorant behavior. He is simply grandstanding and throwing his little weight around–which will eventually only land him on his butt—instead of the “victory isle”. There are so many other pressing and important issues that need addressing at this time. Education being the foremost important and tackling unemployment should also be at the helm of the agenda. We do not, as a state, need to see you and the rest of your “good ol’ boy” society sidekicks misusing the funds that we taxpayers pay out. If you do have an excess in the budget that we don’t know about, how about giving teachers a well deserved raise and supply ALL of Atlanta’s schools with the educational resources that it needs??!! Oh–that’s right–there’s no “grandstanding” moment there for you to conquer Perdue! You are a total mishap and utilizing such an excessive amount of money to only be defeated in the end is totally angering to us taxpayers! Being Democratic or Republican should not prevent everyone from agreeing on this very true issue——–Sonny Perdue is a fool!

Barry Rowden

March 25th, 2010
4:50 pm

I thought we didn’t have any money and you’re spending???

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
4:51 pm

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:40 pm
confused, because I’ve sadly come to realize that a lot of AA are racist against white people. The civil rights movement generation are less reverse-racist than some of the people born post 1970. It truly makes me sad, and feel like we have gotten nowhere as a nation. Calling people rednecks, bubbas, etc…what would Dr. King think????
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you don’t even understand what “racism” means. it is not the same as being bigoted or biased.

proud

March 25th, 2010
4:52 pm

I’m southern born and raised and proud to be from the south. Confedercy is part of my heritage. Dose that make me racists? NO, because slavery was not right in any form. So if that is all you think Southerners are I feel sorry for you. There’s alot of good things in are culture that you will never understand, because your eyes are glued shut.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:54 pm

My point is, I think it is flipping hilarious that AA people claim him as their president. It’s just wrong to see skin color.
Perhaps he thought AA women were more attractive? My husband’s mom is Asian, his dad is white. He has never thought Asian ladies are all that pretty. That is just his personal choice.
I’M TIRED OF PEOPLE MAKING THIS A RACE ISSUE!!!

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
4:54 pm

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:34 pm
JM,
MLK dream was for people to no longer see color. I don’t see color, I see human beings.
You, my friend, are still stuck in the 1950’s.

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this explains a lot. you are blind. what a shame.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:56 pm

My last comment was a response to @The Dogfighter Returns

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:56 pm

how the heck am I blind? Please don’t bother to celebrate MLK day next January.

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
4:57 pm

8 pages in, and people keep not reading the actual blog. Maybe we could put in a reading comprehension test prior to allowing anyone to post on any particular blog. They must prove at least a reasonable level of understanding of what they’ve just read or they can’t post.

David

March 25th, 2010
5:00 pm

These legal threats will go absolutely nowhere and the GOP knows this and so does this redneck of a governor. The GOP has become a party of angry no nothings who think that insurance regulation is socialism, the government wants to kill your grandmother, and that Obama wasn’t born in the US. Add the “right to carry a gun wherever I want” the opposition to science, evolutionary theory, and stem cell research from the bible thumping wing and you have the most foolish collection of people in the Western world. They almost make me ashamed of this country.

Say wha?!

March 25th, 2010
5:00 pm

This is ridiculous political grandstanding… THERE IS ALREADY AN “OPT-OUT” CLAUSE FOR STATES WRITTEN INTO THIS BILL!

It’s called the “Empowering States to be Innovative” amendment. And it would, quite literally, give states the right to set up their own health care system — with or without an individual mandate or, for that matter, with or without a public option.

BUT DON’T LET THE FACTS GET IN YOUR WAY YOU RIGHT WING NUT JOBS.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:01 pm

JM and Dogfighter, you are making me believe that AA judge people by their skin color than any other race does!!! You can’t even stay on topic, you make it all about race!!
America is one big melting pot!!!

publish the state budget

March 25th, 2010
5:01 pm

That’s cool David. Your lack of any effort to inform yourself politically makes me ashamed that you’re a citizen of this country.

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
5:01 pm

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
4:54 pm
My point is, I think it is flipping hilarious that AA people claim him as their president. It’s just wrong to see skin color.
Perhaps he thought AA women were more attractive? My husband’s mom is Asian, his dad is white. He has never thought Asian ladies are all that pretty. That is just his personal choice.
I’M TIRED OF PEOPLE MAKING THIS A RACE ISSUE!!!

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aren’t AA americans? who else are they supposed to claim as their president?

AL Sharpton? “wrong to see skin color” really? that is what eyesight is for.

your husband doesn’t think his mother is pretty. that effing s.o.b., if his father didn’t get horny looking at asian women he would have never been conceived.

you are the one making this a race issue. read your posts.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:02 pm

Back on topic, three cheers for Sonny and thanks again for becoming a voice for the majority of Georgians against this healthcare bill. :)

Lawrenceville Resident

March 25th, 2010
5:03 pm

Memo to Sonny:
Worry about the problems of the state and let the men & women that the citizens of Georgia elected worry about federal issues. We have enough to worry about with a failing state budget and serious state concerns in the areas of education, transportation, economic development and the arts.

Why does everyone seem so surprised that health care reform passed. It was probably the keystone issue during the presidential campaign for those in support of the current administration, which won the election by a sizable majority.
Please understand that if you are against it, even if you are Governor you are in the minority.

There is nothing wrong with an emotional reaction when an administration makes decisions that are not inline with your personal beliefs.(I have endured a great deal of that myself)
Manifesting it in a childish tantrum is unbecoming of a leader.

to all who are concerned about the cost, I ask:
Who do you think pays for the care of the uninsured now?

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:03 pm

Um, yeah I would beg to differ. You read your posts! ;)

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:04 pm

God Bless you all. Have a great day! :)

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
5:07 pm

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:03 pm
Um, yeah I would beg to differ. You read your posts!

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don’t you think it is time to prepare dinner and look nice for your husband when he get’s home from work?

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:08 pm

Al Sharpton:
His critics describe him as “a political radical who is to blame, in part, for the deterioration of race relations.
MLK- “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
source: Wikipedia

FYI: My husband thinks Julie Chen is hot. :) My Asian mother-in-law wanted to marry a good-looking blonde haired, blue-eyed sailor. So, whatever, Mr. Dogfighter.

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:10 pm

You were the one who said Obama married a Black woman, and not a white woman…as his mother did.
I say whatever floats your boat…and to each his own.
I just like MLK a whole lot better than Mr. Sharpton.
That is all.

The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
5:15 pm

freedom-loving-Georgian

March 25th, 2010
5:10 pm
You were the one who said Obama married a Black woman, and not a white woman…as his mother did.
I say whatever floats your boat…and to each his own.
I just like MLK a whole lot better than Mr. Sharpton.
That is all.

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when did obama’s mother marry a white woman? :)

how many times do you have to be told that crack is whack?

bajeha

March 25th, 2010
5:19 pm

Has Governor Perdue lost his mind? What a boneheaded move! Here we are firing teachers and cutting back on much-needed social services to help balance the state budget, and now our governor wants to hire a fellow GOP member to pursue a politically motivated, knee-jerk legal action that will likely end in failure and embarrassment for the party.

Dear Sonny: Do not waste my taxpayer dollars on this quixotic quest. Listen to your validly elected AG’s advice legal and keep Georgia out of what is only a very ill-advised lawsuit. Its only purpose is to harrass of the President and his party for short-term political gain — not the long-term welfare of the people who elected you.

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March 25th, 2010
5:24 pm

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David

March 25th, 2010
5:24 pm

The health care reform passage is the outcome of democracy and “Sonny” has no legal case and knows it. Obama won the election by more than twice the margin of votes as did Bush in 04. The Democrats won back both houses by substantial numbers in 06 and 08. Obama has not violated the Constitution (unlike Bush who had policies struck down by a right wing Supreme Court) and he is the duly elected president of the United States. If the tea drinkers and the remainder of the off the scale right wing GOP don’t like it then go and vote, don’t threaten, don’t abuse, and grow up and act like adults who have some control over their emotions.

Jay

March 25th, 2010
5:32 pm

For all of you folks who want to sue, consider the fact that the same arguments they are using about this bill could be used to dismantle the social security and medicare programs. Wouldn’t that be great! Be careful what you wish for.

Mike

March 25th, 2010
5:39 pm

a monumental waste of time and money…as well as nothing more than a political obstructionist ploy at the detriment to the people(voters as well) of the state. Say goodbye next election, Einstein.

bubba

March 25th, 2010
5:41 pm

WHAT EVER happened to the dollar a pack tax that BARRY added to tobacco products……Was it suppose to be used for Health care of the children of USSA ????

James

March 25th, 2010
5:44 pm

IN 1991 I WAS FINED BECAUSE MY AUTO INSURANCE HAD EXPIRED.
I SHOULD HAVE SUED GEORGIA,(PER GOV.PERDUE),OR IS THIS DOUBLE STANDARD?
JAMES

bubba

March 25th, 2010
5:46 pm

No JAMES , if you have a car you have to have insurance,,,, Why do I have to have health insurance just because I exist?

No Name

March 25th, 2010
6:03 pm

I have read the comments written on the subject of a lawsuit and I must say that it is utterly ridulous. Any lawyer who tells you that he or she will take a case for free has PROBABLY ALREADY BEEN PAID UNDER THE TABLE. But you must remember there are court filing fees that must be paid so who pays for that. Guess who the people of the State of Georgia will be involved in paying for this. Instead of finding stupid ways of spending Georgia taxpayer’s money he should be looking at the state of Education in the state. Kids are graduating from high school and cannot read or write. All the gangs, drugs, and violence going on but then again it is not in Sonny Perdue’s backyard so why he be concerned about it. The only way to send a clear message is to boot Sonny out the Governor’s Office and out of the Governor’s Mansion.

observer

March 25th, 2010
6:05 pm

Didn’t Georgia learn from the last go-round in 1865 that the federal government trumps the state?

gdotty

March 25th, 2010
6:07 pm

I don’t agree with Sonny on much these days, but I think he got this one right….somebody has to do something to stop this madness!

MSTC

March 25th, 2010
6:08 pm

James, you are evidently the type of individual that this Congress and President want – one who can not think or make a rational argument for him/herself without the Democrat talking points. As Bubba stated, if you do not want to have auto insurance, you do not have to drive. You can do like our forefathers did. Walk or ride a horse or mule. You could ride a bus. Or you can ride something that was developed, just like this health act and subsidized by using the force of a governmenton the taxpayer, ride a bus. Unfortunately, you like me had no choice when it came to being born. Hence the only way to not pay for health care or the government forced penalty (through the IRS) is to no longer cease to exist.

John Adams

March 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

I’ve been following this discussion throughout this afternoon. Much of the ongoing debate centers on who won and who lost. We the Democrats have won and you the Republicans are the losers. We’re going to Disney World so screw you. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the SEC championship, this is not the BCS and it’s not the Superbowl. This is not a game. This is a war for freedom and liberty.

What sets us apart from the rest of world is that we have freedom, liberty and independence. We have the freedom and liberty to express ourselves. We have the independence to pursue our personal visions, dreams and goals. We have personal power. We have the power the choose. Government doesn’t dictate our choices. It may dictate taxes but it’s does not dictate choice.

We are now engaged in a national debate (it’s cloaked as healthcare) that will ultimately determine if we continue as a free and independent people. Or do we give back to government our freedoms, liberty and independence for the sake of political philosophy and expediency.

Our founding fathers wrestled our our freedom and liberty from an elitist, royal government. Our right to be independent people. Our right to choose our own paths. It did not come cheap and easy. Men and women paid with their lives. Since then more men and women have died to protect our freedom and liberty.

Now we have a government that does not respect freedom, liberty and independence. They talk about the principles of freedom and liberty but their actions don’t match the talk. They don’t walk the talk. They don’t respect our freedom, liberty and independence to express ourselves and make our choices.

Purdue is correct in suing the federal government. The other states are correct in suing the federal government.

God Bless the United States of America

JDC

March 25th, 2010
6:16 pm

Good job Perdue!!! And if any of the people wondering how this is going to be paid, or saying that it will be taxes, you are wrong! It has been in the news that all of the lawyers will be doing this for FREE… just to get their name out there!!! To them it is about not only a bill that they hate but also something that will get them publicity and future customers.

gatorwsc

March 25th, 2010
6:31 pm

Thank you Sonny for having the guts to stand up to this crack pot legislation!! School are closing and teachers, bus drivers and other public service workers are loosing there jobs due to not enough money in the budget but we can afford universal health care. What good is it to have health insurance when your children do not have an education and can not compete in the job market?

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6:42 pm

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The Dogfighter Returns

March 25th, 2010
6:45 pm

John Adams

March 25th, 2010
6:10 pm
I’ve been following this discussion throughout this afternoon. Much of the ongoing debate centers on who won and who lost. We the Democrats have won and you the Republicans are the losers. We’re going to Disney World so screw you. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the SEC championship, this is not the BCS and it’s not the Superbowl. This is not a game. This is a war for freedom and liberty.

What sets us apart from the rest of world is that we have freedom, liberty and independence. We have the freedom and liberty to express ourselves. We have the independence to pursue our personal visions, dreams and goals. We have personal power. We have the power the choose. Government doesn’t dictate our choices. It may dictate taxes but it’s does not dictate choice.

We are now engaged in a national debate (it’s cloaked as healthcare) that will ultimately determine if we continue as a free and independent people. Or do we give back to government our freedoms, liberty and independence for the sake of political philosophy and expediency.

Our founding fathers wrestled our our freedom and liberty from an elitist, royal government. Our right to be independent people. Our right to choose our own paths. It did not come cheap and easy. Men and women paid with their lives. Since then more men and women have died to protect our freedom and liberty.

Now we have a government that does not respect freedom, liberty and independence. They talk about the principles of freedom and liberty but their actions don’t match the talk. They don’t walk the talk. They don’t respect our freedom, liberty and independence to express ourselves and make our choices.

Purdue is correct in suing the federal government. The other states are correct in suing the federal government.

God Bless the United States of America

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Adam Princenthal

March 25th, 2010
6:45 pm

Baker is an attorney. He advised Sonny that the proposed suit has no merit, i.e., it would be frivolous. Yet, Sonny plans to proceed with frivolous suit. Either Sonny is fine with filing a frivolous suit for political purposes or he thinks his years spaying cats qualifies him to understand the law better than the State’s attorney. Though some lawyer may take the case on for free (i.e. for the publicity he or she will gain by it), there will be costs to taxpayers associated it with it. Judges and court personnel will need to devote their limited time and resources to the suit – which the State attorney has already deemed a waste of time!

ZG

March 25th, 2010
6:50 pm

to “formet state employee”….educate yourself before you speak on issues. for your education, “pro bono” means the services are FREE.

Anita

March 25th, 2010
6:52 pm

I hope Sonny carries forth his plan to sue.I am the working middle class and quite frankly I am tired of funding the bill for the deadbeats that are standing in line to buy lottery tickets with their
welfare money and then getting into a car I could never afford and buying groceries I dream about with their food stamps.And now the same government that lets people get away with this wants to tell me how to spend my dollars on health care NO THANK YOU.If anybody needs impeached we need to start at the very top in Washington and work all the way down to the bottom.Wal-Mart could run the government better than the elected officials do.

JM

March 25th, 2010
7:00 pm

Some people just can’t get over the election. They are still trying to defeat this president. He won in an electoral landslide (by over 100 electoral votes). Accept that your side lost and get over it!

MSTC

March 25th, 2010
7:03 pm

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Thomas

March 25th, 2010
7:04 pm

Perdue is an IDIOT!

Henry S

March 25th, 2010
7:23 pm

I guess that eliminates the attorney general from the governor’s race because of his insubordination.

Willie now in Myrtle Beach,SC another sad state

March 25th, 2010
7:26 pm

First of all, I really do not think any of the those that want the law suit, have read this bill or any other form of Federal legislation. I am really sick of the so call “RIGHT”, a name they gave themselves. If they read the “ENTIRE” bill, they would know there are SOME positive outcomes in this bill that will affect them – sooner or later. Until you have sat up and looked in their eyes of someone that is dying because they could not get insurance, insurance was cancelled, or they lost their job, and doctors sent them home to DIE. I guess this proves they the so call “RIGHT” is wrong again on the side of human rights. Both sides need to come together and reach common ground, and forget the politics, votes as those that put them in office wants them to vote.Republicans need not say anything about “BULLYING”. I am up set with the Democrats as well for allowing this to happen in this fashion – and I can’t not support that “TEA PARTY”, rascist & unprofessional.

St. Simons

March 25th, 2010
7:42 pm

If there is any real hope of returning freedom to the people who cherish it, it will be done by states challenging the federal government through the courts….all the way to the Supremes. They can rule this insanity an unconstitutional abuse of federal power and throw it out, which will be the best thing that could possibly happen. Georgia is behind the curve, as 13 others have already filed lawsuits…more to come….including civil disobedience. It is time for a revolt against abuse of power

a disappointed American

March 25th, 2010
7:54 pm

Give em hell Sonny . . . damn the socialists!!!!!!!!!!!!!

slaydog

March 25th, 2010
8:12 pm

It seems to me that alot of people leaving comments here can’t read. PRO BONO, that means for free. No state funding required. probably a waste of my time to write this if you didn’t get it from the article, you probably won’t get it here either. SAD…

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March 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

To the above poster:We get it that its pro bono. Duh! We CAN READ! Dont insult our intellegence. Its more a matter of priority and time spent. And our money will be spent somewhere or another even if not in lawyer fees. Purdue is gonna have to meet with these lawyers correct? Does he not have a STATE BUDGET CRISIS to attend to? He needs to wake up and deal with REAL problems and not politically motivated made-up ones.

loveslife

March 25th, 2010
8:32 pm

I am very proud of Sonny Perdue for taking a stand when our Attorney General Baker wi

Cerpas

March 25th, 2010
8:52 pm

Sue them..then kick them out. Glad Ga isnt just looking out for part of its population! Someone remind the dems theres people who live in Ga besides those who dont want to work and get some form of insurance..

Rebecca Collins

March 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Thank you! I am so proud of you for doing this for the people of Georgia!
Thank you, and may the Lord give you strength to get it done in the face of the negative comments!
My husband and I are very happy you are taking this stand against the evil healthcare bill. God bless!

Bob

March 25th, 2010
9:39 pm

Can we really afford more entitlements? We can’t even pay for the ones we have (SS, Medicare, medicaid). I’m for anything or anybody who can halt this lunacy. Go for it Governor!

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Harriet Witt

March 25th, 2010
10:03 pm

Thank you Mr. Perdue!! I am glad to see Ga make a stand with the other states. This bill was put through without the will of the people and not using Constitutional procedures.

Squeekie

March 25th, 2010
10:07 pm

Georgia’s present-day Capital Gang are devoted to keeping the state’s citizens as ignorant as possible in order to stay in office. Because gross ignorance is a virtue in this state, Sonny has decided to do a little grandstanding. When are we going to throw these blockheads out of office and enter the land of the living?

Charlotte

March 25th, 2010
10:08 pm

You Republicans are not so smart either. There is no lawsuit that is free and the taxpayers will spend money. Remember there is no free lunch for you either. How can we call ourselves a Christian nation and not be happy to help those with less. I would rather the government and my doctor make my health care decisions, that a large for profit insurance company. We need health care reform and even the Republicans admit that, they just don’t know how to do it, so it will cost them nothing personally.

John New Orleans

March 25th, 2010
10:08 pm

Thanks for being a Patriot. Repeal the Socialist Obama Care. Get rid of all Democrats they are all Socialtist/Marxist. Vote then out in November. Let Freedom ring.

Theresa Edwards

March 25th, 2010
10:10 pm

I would first ask for everyone to pull the bill and do something that most people lately REFUSE to do. They just want to listen to what they are being told and there is a saying among politicians if you tell the people a lie loud enough you can lead them to do anything.

I have been all around the country, Germany, France, England, Guam, Spain, plus numerous other countries and we are the only supposedly educated and I use the wording lightly (civilized) country without healthcare. These other countries are not bankrupt, and they all have excellent health and they live longer than we do.
Read, Read, Read and educate yourselves don’t just believe everything you are told.

As for Sonny Purdue he needs to address the concerns that we have going on in the State of Georgia, we have immensely long waiting lists for children to get care here, we have severe issues with our health care system in this state. Instead, of looking to find someone to blame and cause we the taxpayers more money that we DO NOT HAVE. Fix the problems we have in-house now. If he pursues this agenda than I want proof as in cancelled checks from Purdue’s own account to prove he is footing this bill.
Lawyers do not take these type of cases Pro-Bono without some form of payment being rendered and with our luck this lawyer will cost us more than we are willing to pay.

Sonny Purdue please shut up and just sit there for us till the clock runs out and we can put someone in that seat who really cares about the citizens of Georgia and not just the ones with lots of money.

frank

March 25th, 2010
10:13 pm

for 65 years i was a democrat then i realized i was the only democrat who could balance his check book. good luck with you chose of people to elect. i hope you are all pleased with your past choise. for you people under 40 years old i hope you like paying taxes. at 69 the burden is on you now.have fun

KMO'Dwyer

March 25th, 2010
10:19 pm

Come on Governor! Do you really believe that the US does not have the power to levy taxes, raise armys, or promote the general welfare, Do you not know the issue of Nullification was settled over a 150 years ago? Stop pandering and work with those who want to make healthcare available to 32,000,000 and stop the 30,000-40,000 annual deaths, many in Georgia, from inadequate healthcare

Mr. Wizard

March 26th, 2010
12:07 am

How much money did you get Mr. Perdue from the insurance industry> It is really amazing that your supporters, will probably benift the most from this Health Plan. Frankly, you all are a bunch of HYPOCRITES, and you act like a bunch of immature CHILDREN.
GROW UP !

Pete

March 26th, 2010
1:37 am

It looks as if your Attorney General, Thurbert Baker is of the same legal mind as most U.S. State Attorney Generals. That being this is a no win law suit. Sounds like Attorney General Baker is a good man for Georgia.

And as for the pro bono, you can bet the insurance companies will be more than happy to give Georgia all the lawyers it will take. Then lets figure out if the people of Georgia’s entrust is served or the insurance companies.

Jman

March 26th, 2010
2:53 am

ATT: Democrats, when you look at your self later on today, ask your self this very question. What has the Democrats done for me. To my understanding the checks from the republican recovery went to the citizens and not to the state to make the Bank president richer. Look at gas prices, todate it is .75 more per gallon than one year and four months ago. Instead of pulling out the troops, the Democrats are placing more into the cause, besause Obama’s defence department finally figured out it is better to keep to fight oversee.(Bush’s intention) Have you read the bill, it will be very costly for all states. Were do you think the Feds get there revenue. I for one do not want a government that will punish me for not having insurance. It all sounds good coming from a politic because thay have it sugar coated, so you will think they are doing something for you. With this plan, it is built to boost their pockets. When you read the fine lines, here is the best way i can explain it: when you go to the Dr. and if you have a treatable deadly illness your insurance will do you no good. Think about it. Will they get richer by curing you in one day or will they get richer if they have to treat you every day until you die. That my friend is how it will work. All with a charge of 700.00 per year per person in you house hold or 25% per year if you make over 53,000.00 per year. Sonny Good Luck….. AUSTIN SCOTT 2010!!!!!!!!

Darla May

March 26th, 2010
3:06 am

I have had state officials from 3 different agencies show up on my farm in their own cars or cars not fit for driving on the road bc their state vehicles broke down and state refused to fix them. The state is flat out of money – massive cuts on all levels have been proposed (the environment department told me the next step is environmental audits over the phone – no sir I am not polluting – and most state workers have been on 1 day a week furlough for more than a year). But yet when the AG says you have no case on a political stunt lawsuit there is enough money for an impeachment and a political stunt lawsuit with a new AG. Beyond outrageous – I don’t think I have ever been so angry. We don’t need teachers, 4H, cops, or firefighters but we need lawsuits.

monica

March 26th, 2010
5:44 am

KD, if MLK was so much for freedom why did he lead African-Americans to vote for a Democrat just so he could get out of jail for some minor violation? Since then they have been voting for the one party that’s treating them like a bunch of incapable morons who can’t think for themselves. That’s freedom? That’s what blacks in this country gave their lives for? Please. Time to move on from all of it. Time to stop holding on to “half-way” heros, and start thinking for yourself. And Anthony, honey, if you didn’t know who the governor of your own state was you probably shouldn’t be commenting about much of anything. Pick up a newspaper every now and then, it won’t kill you.

jmduquette

March 26th, 2010
8:00 am

Did anyone read the article – this was not going to be FREE until Baker refused Perdue request! So he did want to spend our money – Baker is the one who didn’t – Good for you Baker – Sonny needs to get out – we just lost our school bus funding !!! how much more can our schools take of him

RFrazer

March 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Challenge the Health Care Bill.

What part of corrupt do we not understand. We have a president that lied to Brett Baier in his interview on FOX TV with regard to abortion and sweet heart deals; not to mention to the public and Joe the Plumber about spreading the wealth. If the health care bill were fair to everyone there would be no buy outs. All the Congress men and women would sign on and the public would support it.

I view the buy outs to unions and states as kickbacks. The same sort of corruption that got four Home Depot managers fired and put in jail in 2007. See CBS News 7/31/07. ” The managers were allegedly paid enormous sums — totaling millions of dollars — to insure that certain flooring products made their way onto the company’s shelves, which is among the most competitive retail real estate in the world. ” What our government is doing is not much different than what Governor Blagojevich did for personal gain. The correlation is to use Health Care to preserve their own jobs. Why should I, living in GA subsidies LA, NB or Union’s (SEIU). And why is the President and Congress exempt from this health care bill?

Tort reform, credits or even tax deductibility for insurance premiums regardless of which tax form you use would be simpler methods of incentive for purchasing health care insurance.

What our extreme left government is doing is the similar to the track taken by Venezuela in the 30’s. Our government will accomplish disrupting health insurance for 275mm people in an attempt to provide insurance for 14mm to 25mm people while at the same time bankrupting the US. This bill is a power grab and income redistribution.

THIS IS A BIG LIE. FIX THE POSTAL SERVICE, FIX MEDICARE AND THE FEDERAL BUDGET FIRST!!! If you can squeeze $500m out of the system to fund this health care bill, do it first and then apply or redirect the savings to health care.

This is INSANE. Challenge the Bill. What’s next, will the government require me to contribute to Zimbabwe because it’s the right thing to do….oops sorry we already do.

Let’s keep some of our foreign aid and tax dollars to help ourselves through a balanced budget and then send the excess out in aid.

Challenge the BILL!!!!

Vickie

March 26th, 2010
9:17 am

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

The federal government has decide it trumps God and will TAX OUR VERY RIGHT TO LIFE…. You breath in the U.S. and you will be taxed for that privileged by our government. The only escape from the tax is to leave the country or die!

I do not consent to this power that the federal government has bestowed upon itself.

Death taxes are bad enough, now they tax our very lives!

NO!!!!!

Vickie

March 26th, 2010
9:22 am

As for Baker….

As a Representative in the Georgia House he sided with big business and lobbyists constantly to the detriment of the lowly citizens of this state. As AG he has been non-effectual and now he wants to run for Governor???

No Way!!!!

We need someone who cares about all the citizens of Georgia. We are a diverse group and the rural people of this state deserve as much “representation” as the urban centers. Baker only seeks to please his “major vote centers” and does nothing for the rest of Georgia.

Go for GA

March 26th, 2010
9:23 am

We’ve reverted back to the 50’s…..You are an idiot! All you want is to stay divided. Let it go. We have had rights for every American for some time now! This is not about a black man/woman, white man/woman…it is about Americans. It concerns me that for as meany people that are against this, this administration as well as this congress is more intested in their own agenda and not what is best for America. Governor Purdue, if you need money to sue these bastards you just let me know where to send the check.

Vince Woodward

March 26th, 2010
9:26 am

Thanks Sonny for looking out for us as Baker thinks more about the Demorat party than the people of Georgia. The people that are worried about waisting money on this show they don’t anything about money if they are for this program to begin with. Daaaa FREE means that the state will not have to pay.

Nancy McGinty

March 26th, 2010
9:26 am

I just heard on the radio that it a couple retiring today will need $250,000.00 for their medical care. You may die young, but you’ll probably get old so this affects most of us. We need to change Obamacare and fix it to serve all of the people.

Paullette

March 26th, 2010
10:02 am

Can’t people read, or what. The Gov. says attorneys are volunteering to do this law suit for FREE – F-R-E-E ! Now, let’s see if that’s what happens. However, if it costs — one sure thing is that it’s going to be cheaper than living with this money-eating HC power grab! Freedom is worth investing in!

anne k marchman

March 26th, 2010
10:18 am

Gov. Perdue, Please move forward with plans to file lawsuit for our state to block the new healthcare reform. Do not stop with Mr. Baker if he seems unable to help in this matter.

tgirl

March 26th, 2010
10:40 am

GET REAL!! Nothing is FREE! It will be financed by the same lobbying interest who funnel money thru these so called independent think tanks who are “for sale” to the highest bidder. Even if the lawsuit is not sucessfull, the state of georgia and the repubs in the general assembly will be beholding to those same groups (lobbying interest) for favors down the road. They’ll come calling at the general assembly for their payday. Nothing is free.

Sherri in Norcross

March 26th, 2010
10:47 am

Way to go Mr. Purdue! Listent to the majority of the people as they are and have been opposed to the Healthcare Bill that was passed by illegal tactics. I think Capitol Hill has forgotten they are there to work for and represent the people!

Sandy

March 26th, 2010
10:59 am

I am glad to see that our governor has a back bone and is not afraid to heed the wishes of the American people!!!

Lois Raley

March 26th, 2010
11:32 am

Sonny is FINALLY doing something positive for Georgia!!! I would be glad to contribute to this cause!!

Jpatt

March 26th, 2010
12:01 pm

Funny how D’crat supports say C’mon, you’re wasting valuable money suing. Which is only a needle in comparison to the amount the state will pay to cover all citizens. Funny how D’crats see this game as ‘we care’, the GOP doesn’t. Mindless D’crats will never admit the GOP is for reform, just not this stimulus like failure.

Amazed Georgian

March 26th, 2010
12:19 pm

I understand that there are pros and cons to this healthcare bill. However, I am completely floored that so many people are looking at the United States in such black and white terms. Obviously, poor must equate to a lazy, worthless, no-good, non-respectable, uneducated person. At least, that’s what I’m getting out of several people’s posts. Did any of you ever stop to think that maybe some people work hard and go to school and still have a hard time finding a job? Especially one that includes benefits? Are you saying that you’re willing to go to a restaurant and eat their food and use those services, but that in your mind, you really think your server, the manager, and the kitchen staff are just bums who don’t deserve a chance? What about those who work in retail? Or those who are uneducated but take menial jobs to put food on the table for their kids? I understand that this bill may cost us money, but the main thing that angers me is the absolute racism and bigotry found on this page and the ignorance to what really goes on around you. Sure, there are bums. Sure, we’ve got lazy people – I’ve seen them. But it’s never black and white. And in many cases, it’s the people who work some of the hardest jobs out there that are denied coverage. Just some thoughts.

Mike

March 26th, 2010
1:54 pm

Will you communists stop about the costs.First,the article states that the legal representation would be free.Second,what is the cost of tyrrany?The Federal government has declared war on us freedom loving Georgians.

Sheila

March 26th, 2010
2:54 pm

Bill is absolutely correct. There is NOTHING that is free folks…It will cost to file, it costs to have witnesses, it is costly in time and effort. The attorneys may not charge for their individual time but they have to have money to do all of the other things that will go along with mounting a comprehensive case and you can bet it ain’t coming out of their pockets!!!! So stop with the “he said it was free stuff”.

Richard Neale

March 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

Let’s take back America. By the People, for the People.

Pat Fanelli

March 26th, 2010
8:22 pm

Georgia doesn’t have the money to fund it’s schools….hospitals…etc but they have the money to pursue a futile lawsuit! That God somebody in this administration has a brain.

Stephen M.Arnold

March 26th, 2010
9:04 pm

OK then! When does it stop? I agree with our Governor on this one, 13 other states have already filed or in the process of filing their law suits to stop this socilized form of government, We have a constitution. #10 clearly states that all powers not granted to the federal government belong to the States and to the people. NO where and i mean NO where is it written that the federal Government can force us to buy a service. and don’t give me that spiel about interstate commerce. Health care is NOT interstate commerce.
Way to go Governor! I back you and your efforts for standing up for all georgians.

Read the article

March 26th, 2010
9:11 pm

Some of ya need to read this part of the article who are complaining about tax money being used “Perdue said several groups of attorneys have volunteered to handle the state’s lawsuit for free.”

georgiagirl

March 26th, 2010
9:20 pm

Thank you, Gov. Perdue!! When these people wake up and see what this bill is really about, they will thank you!! Do they not understand that this new health care will have control of your bank accounts, what you eat and drink, what meds you can have, what surgeries you can have. It will no longer be between your Doctor and yourself, somebody will be making these decisions for you and decide what care you can have and they are not even in the Medical field, etc. We will lose more jobs and prosperity!! If this wins from the Supreme Court it will save there freedoms and liberty!! Some people are just looking for more handouts, and sucking the system. Maybe they need to read Cloward-Piven strategy? This health care bill was unconstitutional!! It is time for State’s rights to stand against an out of control Federal Government!! WAKE up and get educated!!

Janice

March 26th, 2010
10:42 pm

@ Theresa Edwards- you need to first learn how to spell Sonny PERDUE! Next, you need to learn when to use “then” and “than.”

milesbrown49

March 26th, 2010
11:11 pm

Where was all this motivation for the schools closing in GA?? How does he come up with so many resources and ideas now, but not when people were losing their homes and jobs. Where does he find this energy now???

Nighthawk

March 27th, 2010
12:16 am

You people are scaring me. Are you really that concerned about GA possibly having to spend a few dollars to question the constitutionality of a bill that 60% of Americans don’t want, but you’re o.k. with the tens of billions of dollars the state will have to spend if it’s implemented. You’re not really that stupid are you?

Rolf Turdjiak

March 27th, 2010
1:08 am

Perdue’s lawyers are ‘free’ because they are paid for by the same republican money men who fund the Liberty League of Tim McVeigh. Nobody ‘volunteers’ for anything, except, of course, Tim McVeigh. Perdue is throwing up this smokescreen while he and his clodhopper thugs strip the fixtures from the governor’s mansion.

None of this will go anywhere, except up the backsides of Georgia’s citizens.

Consider: the argument is that the government can’t make us ‘buy’ something (like health insurance). Uh, yes they can. They do it every day: Food for your babies. Are you allowed to let them starve? No, you are required to ‘buy’ them food. Clothes. Are you allowed to go naked? No. You have to ‘buy’ clothes. Or how about car insurance? Can I drive my car into somebody and walk away with no responsibility? No (assuming you can walk away). Same with being a disease vector.

The democrats, by the way, suck at politics. They only win what they win because they are closer to Christ’s truths than the corrupt and profane moneychangers like perdue and his bootlickers. They have shat in the temple for too long. Please, if you love liberty and freedom, please overthrow the ADULTERERS and hypocrites under the gold dome.

Nighthawk

March 27th, 2010
1:16 am

Rolf, I’m not giving you a civics lesson, but the only authority the Federal gov. has is contained in the Constitution, everything else is left to the States. There is no provision in the Constitution that gives the Federal gov. the authority to require you to do any of the things you mentioned. The State can, but not the Feds.

AHT

March 27th, 2010
7:38 am

The federal government should not have the power to mandate any citizen from purchasing a product of any kind. Health care insurance is a responsibility of each citizen to obtain for oneself. When that is not possible (due to circumstances beyond ones control) then it is a provision given out of charity either by professionals or the government.

Thank God for Governor Perdue for understanding that our rights are being taken away for us to take care of ourselves as we deem fit. The last thing I want is a federal program which will tell me which doctor I will see, when I will be seen, which treatment I will receive, and for how long I will receive it. If you doubt it will come to this you are ill informed and ill advised.

GoRepublicans!

March 27th, 2010
8:51 am

It’s time someone at the state level stood up against this Democratic move towards Socialism in our County! Thank you Sonny for taking a stand. Pelosi and her gang in Washington didn’t listen to the American people when they crammed this down our throats. They will pay in the end for their bad deeds. Our country was built on a free economy. This legislation will strip us of our freedom to choose. One more liberty taken away. Obama is a socialist. Anyone who believe otherwise was asleep in school when you were studying that subject. Look it up! It’s not a path we want to take. Why do you think all these immigrants are fleeing socialist nations, risking their lives, to come to our great country? If socialism was so great, why aren’t we all fleeing America to go live there? Because it doesn’t work!! Hello!!!!! Wake up America! The Democrats are taking us down the wrong path. They want to rob from those with money and give to the lazy folks who want a hand out. That’s stealing. Hand outs are not generous acts, they are actions that promote apathy and laziness and kill an individuals drive and initiative. Nobody appreciates that which they haven’t earned. It’s also time to stop hiring all these illegals. If the money dries up, they will go home. Plain and simple. Or else they will stay and be dependents on our system. Free health care, free schools, and they don’t have to pay any taxes. Our taxes will HAVE to go up to support them. There are MILLIONS of them here. Just look around. They have quietly invaded us and we haven’t done a darn thing to stop them. We have been invaded by the barbarians and our kind, Christian nation has just sat by and let it happen, in fear of being called racists. It’s not being racists. It’s adhering to our immigration laws that were established for a reason. To prevent exactly what is currently happening in our country. Wake up America! Before it’s too late to save our great country! Illegal immigration is by far the biggest threat to our country right now. Why do you think the unemployment rate is so high? They took all the low paying jobs because they will work for less than minimum wage. The Republicans won’t take a stand against them because they are being greedy and want cheap labor. The Democrats want them here for their votes. The is why the problem exists. Do what you can to stop it now or we are doomed. Just look closely at our public schools and hospitals and you’ll see how badly it’s taxing those 2 systems right now. Over 75% of kids in Texas and California public schools are illegal Mexicans. Why do you think California is bankrupt? Think about it.

BR549

March 27th, 2010
9:23 am

I think that all of you guys have finally figured this thing out: If you have a car, then you must have car insurance; if you exist, then you must have health insurance. I grew up on a farm. We did not have health insurance and guess what??? We did not go to doctors and lived a healthy lifestyle so that we did not need doctors.

madhater

March 27th, 2010
11:30 am

The only people voting for this are those that do not have to participate or want something for free.

Joan

March 27th, 2010
7:03 pm

Thank you Mr. Perdue for standing up for the people. If the Dems would have listened to the people we wouldn’t have to keep fighting this crappy health plan they shoved upon us. Will be glad when voting season opens and the dems are out.

Tim Palmer

March 28th, 2010
9:09 am

First most of you are complete morons. If it is done for free (yes free, the lawyer will make his money off of publicity) there is no “spending tax payers money”…. unless you are talking about the Obamacare program, which will help no-one. You idjits keep saying “giving millions of people insurance”, they are not giving anyone anything, you will have to BUY the insurance or PAY a fine… I can just barely pay for the limited insurance I have now. As soon as this Osamacare, wait, that’s Obamacare plan was sure to pass my insurance company raised their rates. My doctor’s office said things would be worse, the quality of care most physicians give will drop and the waiting for emergency care will go up. By the way, our taxes will go up to pay for all the great benefits I just mentioned. I have friends in Canada…. they come to the US for medical treatment, the only bright side is when all the Democraps are voted out this fall, most of the plan will be crushed. This is just another step towards Socialism… hopefully the people will finally wake up and get rid of these clowns.

larry

March 28th, 2010
10:37 am

Where have all you pinkos been the last 20 years or so..Obama has brought you to the surface. You are willing to destroy our country for some pie in the sky promises. Shame on you.

tiffany

March 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

@ legally confused- b/c you wrecking your car can cause damage to someone else (and you need to be able to pay for that damage) but you not having health insurance only affects you!

Oprah

March 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

I knew that if I selected (recommended) this man all, hello Chicago, pants would be on the ground! Most of you are acting like fools, Sonny, fire when ready!!!

Concerned

March 29th, 2010
10:13 pm

If 2.6 million children (whether with or without pre-existing conditions) are without insurance in the state of Georgia, then it is the parent(s)’, or the Dept. of Family and Childrens’ Services fault. Georgia has health insurance called PeachCare, which is based on a sliding scale, and Georgia also has Medicaid. If a child in Georgia is without health insurance then there are some parents who need to be arrested…or someone needs to investigate the local DFCS office to see why the employees are not doing their jobs!!

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Shirley

March 30th, 2010
9:30 am

Finally, I can be proud of you, Sonny. You are doing something for the people of Georgia. We love it. Thank you so much.

was dem and was repl. no more

March 30th, 2010
11:57 am

Both parties seem to miss what has happened and continues to happen to our Nation. The following explains our future.
Catching Wild Pigs– A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Progessor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretcheing as if he back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his native country ’s government and install a new commumist government. In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, ‘Do you know how to catch wild pigs?’ The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said this was no joke. ‘You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming, When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to this side and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity. The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, healthcare, etc. While we continually lose our freedoms–just a little at a time. One should always remember. There is no such thing as a free lunch! Also, a politician will never provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself. God help you when the gate slams shut!!

was dem and was repl. no more

March 30th, 2010
12:57 pm

POST DATE–”A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson

I will vote what the man or woman stands for and not the party from now on.

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Denise Walker

March 31st, 2010
12:14 am

Car insurance is required because of a public safety issue. A car is a piece of machinery that can cause harm to others if handled inappropriately. Driving a car is also not required, it is a choice and a priviledge. Requiring people to purchase health insurance is a completely different thing. People who cannot afford it in the first place will be fined according to this bill. Don’t tell me about subsidies either because many people who can’t afford health insurance now wouldn’t even qualify for subsidies. There are people struggling to support their families who can’t get food stamps, so I know subsidies will be the same way. Health care will be rationed so that people over the age of 65 will be as good as dead. They won’t get surgeries and procedures they need. If you support this bill, then God help you if you are old or live to be old. Furthermore, it doesn’t cover children with pre existing conditions as it claims. All this bill does is give the government a free pass to dictate whether or not we see a doctor and worse, whether we live or die. That’s not my idea of reform.

Denise Walker

March 31st, 2010
12:16 am

P.S. Thanks to Sonny Perdue for standing up for my right to choose my own healthcare. It’s none of the government’s business.

Roy McCreary

March 31st, 2010
8:51 am

Attorney General Thurbert Baker needs to be impeached.
The AJC will probably not print any opinion that is not their own.

Roy McCreary

March 31st, 2010
8:53 am

The AJC wonders why their subscribership is dwindling to nothing. What a laugh.

Alana

March 31st, 2010
9:34 pm

Attorney Baker, I urge you to pursue a lawsuit on this. Not only on the basis of states’ rights, but on the basis that never before have citizens been required on penalty of law to enter into a contract with another private individual or entity and forced to buy a product or service from them. Governor Perdue, I am thrilled to see that you are going to bring this lawsuit.

Lee

March 31st, 2010
10:51 pm

Go Max Wood for (Rep) States Attorney General ! Time to remove the bed-wetters and elect Max, he will defend Georgia, when the Federal Government steps on her toes! Government Mandated Healthcare is Unconstitutional ! Who is protecting my rights? Not States Attorney General Baker, he is too busy towing his party line to be bothered by it all ! And to all you people with a scumbag entitlement attitude go buy your own health care.

HA

April 2nd, 2010
2:15 pm

FREE? If you think this is going to be free, I have a nice piece of land to SELL you for free. Lawyers do not work for free. They are up to something and as we all know Sonny is all about Sonny.

Jason

April 7th, 2010
12:27 pm

Even though I have not really been to entheusiastic about Sonny, I will support him on stopping this new ObamaCare. I urge you to read through the new health care bill. I have read atleast 60%, hopping around as it leads me with manipulation and nonsense, I have read and only saw deception. There is way to much lawyer jargain and back door phrases. I am a big supporter of the Tea Party and Constitution and try to stay open minded about this, which is the reason I read the bill, but if you are sincerely concerned, RUN, run from the new bill. Vote out everyone we can in November and only support people that vow to protect the constitution. If you are liberal, you can still have representation that makes sense. Don’t fall for the left or right antics.

Anthony Thompson

April 7th, 2010
2:19 pm

THIS IS WHY ITS SO IMPORTANT TO ACTUALLY “READ THE BILL”! EVERY STATE HAS THE “OPT OUT” OPTION TO SET THEIR OWN PLAN. ITS THE “EMPOWERING STATES TO BE INNOVATIVE” AMENDMENT TO THE BILL, WRITTEN BY THE SENATOR FROM OREGON. ANY LAWSUIT IS MOOT ON ITS FACE AND WILL NEVER BE HEARD.

Cory

April 8th, 2010
8:57 pm

Some of the post on here just boggle my mind. Over 3 million Georgians will be covered under the new health plan, and most of those are children, and you complain. Yeah, there is something wrong with this country, but it’s not the Democrats, it’s in the hearts of Americans who oppose it. But what’s even sadder is that you’re nothing more than hypocrites. I assume all of you on here have Social Security numbers, and I’m sure some have medicare cards, or will have. So quit cherry picking your arguments, if you want get rid of the new health care bill, then put your money where your mouth is and burn your social security cards and fight to end the medicare program. And tell your parents or grandparents you want them to get rid of their medicare, and see how that goes over. In other words…stand by the entire principle you preach or shut up.

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name

August 24th, 2010
8:59 pm

Interesting…should I try those tips?,