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Clint Murphy, a 38-year-old former GOP staffer, offered a surprising message to his conservative peers last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After his own battle against testicular cancer -- and subsequent struggle to obtain health insurance coverage -- he now supports Obamacare, the very program against which the Republican Party has fought for months.

"When you say you're against [Obamacare]," Murphy posted on his Facebook page, "you're saying that you don't want people like me to have health insurance."

As the Journal-Constitution notes, Murphy worked on various GOP campaigns and for several Republican organizations, starting in 1990s. In 2000, then a 25-year-old staffer for the Republican National Convention, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Murphy received four rounds of chemotherapy treatment, all covered by insurance, and his cancer was in remission by 2004.

After his mother's death, Murphy decided to take a break from politics in 2010, becoming a full-time real estate agent. It was then, he said, that he finally understood the burden of seeking health insurance with a pre-existing medical condition.

Hoping that his cancer-free years would work in his favor, Murphy was disappointed to find that insurance companies instead declined coverage on the basis of a different pre-existing condition: sleep apnea. Today, he goes without health insurance,

Murphy noted to the Journal-Constitution the irony that repeal of Obamacare could potentially push more people like him into poverty, increasing Americans' dependence on assistance programs that are "increasing the cost of government." Disillusioned with the GOP's attitude toward health care reform, Murphy said he now identifies as an independent.

"We have people treating government like a Broadway play, like it's some sort of entertainment," he told the Journal-Constitution. "To make something work, you've got to participate in the process. [Republicans] are not even participating in the process."

While most GOP lawmakers have not offered support for Obamacare, several prominent Republicans, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have similarly stressed that the party should be focusing on alternative solutions, rather than singularly attacking the president's program.

Talk of defunding the program and the looming possibility of a government shutdown may threaten the Affordable Care Act, but for now, Murphy is pleased that it is the law of the land. When asked if he will sign up when Georgia's health care exchanges open in October, he said, "Absolutely."


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Funkentelecky commented on Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 20:36 PM

In a recent press conference Obama lied and said the Republicans were talking about repeal and replacement and that there was no replacement introduced by Republicans. Back in July 2009 when Nancy Pelosi was the Speaker and the Democrats had SUPER MAJORITIES in the House. ” That means they don’t need a Republican vote to pass legislation.” The Republicans introduced HR3400 which was led by a Doctor Tom Price and Pelosi sent the bill to committee instead of to the House floor and Obama, the transparent leader that supposedly reached across party lines did nothing to get it to the floor and even lies about it today. To prove what I’m saying here is the blog that I posted back in 2009.

http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

Please read and inform yourselves.

Funkentelecky commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 05:36 AM
HMJC commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 08:31 AM

As obamacare looms closer we are starting to see a lot of different stragies to try and soften the blow it will have. Now we are in the "If you don't support obamacare you are against everyone having access to care". That has never been the bone of conrtention with obamacare and still is not today. It is a poorly thought out fiscally unstable program that has been proven factually that it will cost Americans more in some cases making it impossible for Families to afford care which brings right back to where we started.

up2sumptin commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 09:12 AM

I've have a sister who had cancer in her early 20's and even though she has been cancer free for 30+ years, has had a tough time of it getting healthcare so I get it. But my bone of contention is not health coverage for everyone. The way I see it paying for coverage is the easy part. What breaks people's backs is the deductions, co-pays and caps. This is what financially ruins people. On top of that more and more doctors are refusing such government supported insurance, as Medicaid, Medicare and Tri-care. So now you are required to pay for insurance that the doctors (especially specialists) in your town refuse to accept. Therefore you must pay out of pocket or look for another doctor in another town who must see twice as many people in order to break even. Can you imagine the quality of care you will receive in a production style doctor's office? I guess this is Washington's way of thinning the herd.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 16:21 PM

This brings back to the 13% discussion that was presented in an earlier blog. So either we "bite the bullet" for the 13% of we are uncaring and have no compassion for our fellow man. Insurance companies have always been the definition of loopoles and exceptions when it comes to the fine print. Up2 I am a Tri-care cat and to be frank consider myself very lucky. Even if my preimiums or co-pays go up some I am sure it pales in comparision to what some pay. Just medication alone can break the bank. Ironically I do believe there is a better way to make sure those who cannot afford access to care have that access. However in my bones I feel that obmacare is not the answer and once it starts it is a train wreck that will keep going until it goes off of the tracks.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 20:14 PM

Republicans would love for everyone to believe the public option would destroy average Americans and put us all in the poor house. Well guess what we are already all in the poor house thanks to the health care industry!

The Republicans and Conservative Right in America would have us believe the Democratic Health Care Reform, with a public option, would destroy our economy and put the majorit of Americans in the the poor house.

Well we can look at the data below and see why Americans can't afford health care and where our health care dollars are going. It definitely isn't going to paying for the average American's medical bills!

United Health Group
CEO: William W McGuire
2005: 124.8 mil
5-year: 342 mil

Forest Labs
CEO: Howard Solomon
2005: 92.1 mil
5-year: 295 mil

Caremark Rx
CEO: Edwin M Crawford
2005: 77.9 mil
5-year: 93.6 mil

Abbott Lab
CEO: Miles White
2005: 26.2 mil
5-year: 25.8 mil

Aetna
CEO: John Rowe
2005: 22.1 mil
5-year:57.8 mil

Amgen
CEO: Kevin Sharer
2005:5.7 mil
5-year:59.5 mil

Bectin-Dickinson
CEO: Edwin Ludwig
2005: 10 mil
5-year:18 mil

Boston Scientific
CEO:
2005:38.1 mil
5-year:45 mil

Cardinal Health
CEO: James Tobin
2005:1.1 mil
5-year:33.5 mil

Cigna
CEO: H. Edward Hanway
2005:13.3 mil
5-year:62.8 mil

Genzyme
CEO: Henri Termeer
2005: 19 mil
5-year:60.7 mil

Humana
CEO: Michael McAllister
2005:2.3 mil
5-year:12.9 mil

Johnson & Johnson
CEO: William Weldon
2005:6.1 mil
5-year:19.7 mil

Laboratory Corp America
CEO: Thomas MacMahon
2005 :7.9 mil
5-year:41.8 mil

Eli Lilly
CEO: Sidney Taurel
2005 :7.2 mil
5-year:37.9 mil

McKesson
CEO: John Hammergen
2005: 13.4 mil
5-year:31.2 mil

Medtronic
CEO: Arthur Collins
2005: 4.7 mil
5-year:39 mil

Merck Raymond Gilmartin
CEO:
2005: 37.8 mil
5-year:49.6 mil

PacifiCare Health
CEO: Howard Phanstiel
2005: 3.4 mil
5-year: 8.5 mil

Pfizer
CEO: Henry McKinnell
2005: 14 mil
5-year: 74 mil

Well Choice
CEO: Michael Stocker
2005: 3.2 mil
5-year: 10.7 mil

WellPoint
CEO: Larry Glasscock
2005: 23 mil
5-year: 46.8 mil

Wyeth
CEO: Robert Essner
2005:6.5 mil
5-year: 28.9 mil

TOTAL 2005: 559.8 mil

TOTAL 5-Year: 14.9 billion
Source: Forbes Online

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 20:16 PM

We could insure the uninsured in this country with the money these CEO's receive in compensation. But remember how many people are denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions and how many claims are denied for various reasons!

Harvard researchers published in the American Journal of Public Health a study which reveals roughly 45,000 American adults die every year because they are not covered by health insurance. President Barack Obama stated in a speech, "One in three adults who don't have health insurance live one accident away from bankruptcy."

Women especially are discriminated against the most by the health insurance industry. Women have been denied insurance because of sexual assault/rape, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to domestic violence, sexually-transmitted diseases, C-sections, and pregnancy.

It is a known fact that private insurers probably won't be able compete with the government, because they offer an inferior service at higher prices. Republicans now fear the public option would probably work, and thereby undermine their broader arguments about the evil of government intervention.

As Keith Olbermann states why can't we have a Medicare Part E, E being for everybody! Unlike the public option, the impact of voluntary Medicare buy-in on private health insurance markets would be manageable and easy to implement.

Let's look at the Canadian system. Even considering there are some problems with Canada's health care system, various polls show that the vast majority of Canadians (over 80%) prefer their system over the for-profit health insurance system in the U.S. A Gallup poll in the U.S. showed that only 25% of Americans “are satisfied with the availability of affordable health care.”

HMJC commented on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 08:27 AM

How does the Canadian system contrast to obamacare?

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 at 08:41 AM

Excellent Blog PN!

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 17:46 PM

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 20:14 PM

Republicans would love for everyone to believe the public option would destroy average Americans and put us all in the poor house. Well guess what we are already all in the poor house thanks to the health care industry!
The Republicans and Conservative Right in America would have us believe the Democratic Health Care Reform, with a public option, would destroy our economy and put the majorit of Americans in the the poor house.
Well we can look at the data below and see why Americans can't afford health care and where our health care dollars are going. It definitely isn't going to paying for the average American's medical bills!

During WWII FDR froze wages and the private sector was handicapped by the Feds in competing and hiring for jobs. This is when free market entrepreneurs in corporate America started providing for health care for their employees because they couldn’t raise salaries. Now we have this Trojan horse that is law that will destroy the “BEST” healthcare in the “WORLD”

The system of payment was and still is too high, but the care that you received when covered is 2nd to none. Just like you can take all the top 1% wealth and it won’t put a dent in the deficit, you can take all these CEO’s listed below and it won’t provide healthcare for all the uninsured. With Obamacare in place we will now go from the poor house to the outhouse, exceptin the top 1%.

By the way, do we even know how and why these CEO’s got to be in these prosperous positions in the first place? Why are we so fixated at another person’s success because of our own personal failures?

Let's look at the Canadian system. Even considering there are some problems with Canada's health care system, various polls show that the vast majority of Canadians (over 80%) prefer their system over the for-profit health insurance system in the U.S. A Gallup poll in the U.S. showed that only 25% of Americans “are satisfied with the availability of affordable health care.”

This is true and sounds good don’t it? Now let’s present the paragraph from the “Do Canadians like their healthcare system?” posting at the bottom of this post.

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 17:47 PM

That does not; however, mean there isn’t gripping about its shortcomings. A 2007 poll conducted by Queens University in Kingston, Ont. found that, while public opinion had ticked up slightly, “a large majority of Canadians still believe that the system is unsustainable and urgently in need of substantive change.” Most of the concerns had to do with long wait times and difficulty accessing care. The survey also found widespread support for increasing health care spending.

Sounds familiar don’t it? Tim Grossclose knows his business doesn’t he? And here is the full post; for anyone interested.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/w...

And here's the Canadian poll.

http://www.queensu.ca/cora/_files/Pub...

Funkentelecky commented on Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 at 18:57 PM

In a recent press conference Obama lied and said the Republicans were talking about repeal and replacement and that there was no replacement introduced by Republicans. Back in July 2009 when Nancy Pelosi was the Speaker and the Democrats had SUPER MAJORITIES in the House. ” That means they don’t need a Republican vote to pass legislation.” The Republicans introduced HR3400 which was led by a Doctor Tom Price and Pelosi sent the bill to committee instead of to the House floor and Obama, the transparent leader that supposedly reached across party lines did nothing to get it to the floor and even lies about it today. To prove what I’m saying here is the blog that I posted back in 2009.

http://community.coastalcourier.com/b...

Please read and inform yourselves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empoweri...

Proposer claims and CBO assessment[edit source | editbeta]
Speaking directly to President Obama, Rep. Tom Price, the proposer of the bill, claimed that his bill "would provide health care coverage for all Americans, would correct the significant health care challenges of portability and pre-existing conditions, would solve the lawsuit abuse issue which is not addressed significantly in any of the other proposals going through the House or Senate, would write into law that medical decisions are made by family members and doctors, and does all of that without raising taxes by a penny". In his reply, President Obama was skeptical, saying "if you say that we can extend coverage to all Americans and it won't cost a penny, that's just not true. You cannot structure a bill in which suddenly 30 million people have coverage, and it costs nothing." He went on to say that he too could make similar claims which would be great politics, but it would just not be true. He said that "there has to be some test of realism in any of these proposals, my own included".[1]

What about these facts here?


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