Word: Stop health care reform before it kills again!

Will health care reform kill you? Rep. Paul Broun seems to think it might.

While the debates in Congress over health care reform have intensified this week, members of Georgia's Congressional delegation are all over their map in their reasons for supporting, but in most cases opposing, significant government reform — some more vehemently and bluntly than others.

“The poor have no chance, under the current system, to get the kind of care and follow-up they need. This House bill ... is a historic step toward a new approach to health care in America that can quiet the fear associated with healthcare costs. It can relieve the significant financial stress on families, especially during this period where money is very tight, and provide coverage for millions of Americans who are currently uninsured or may have lost their jobs.”

— Congressmen John Lewis, in a press release issued on July 17, after this Ways and Means Committee passed America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

“What we’re talking about is a move toward socialism. ... You’re going to have a socialist bureaucrat in the exam room between the doctor and the patient.”

— Congressman Phil Gingrey, at a July 7 forum on health care reform at George Washington University Hospital.

"Canada and Great Britain don't have the appreciation of life, as we do in our society, evidently. A lot of people are gonna die. This 'government option' that's being touted as this panacea — the savior of allowing people to have quality health care at an affordable price —  is gonna kill people."

— Congressman Paul Broun (R) in a July 10 statement on the floor of the House

Sources: ''AJC.com, Office of Congressman John Lewis, Media Matters

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