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A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion
A clinic such as this, where countless uninsured line up at dawn for free medical care, convinced one man to quit his Cigna job.
June 27th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When Wendell Potter first saw them, he froze.

“It felt like touching an electrical fence,” he says. “I remember tearing up and thinking, how could this be real.”

Thousands of them had lined up under a cloudy sky in an open field. Many had camped out the night before. When their turns came, doctors treated them in animal stalls and on gurneys placed on rain-soaked sidewalks.

They were Americans who needed basic medical care. Potter had driven to the Wise County Fairgrounds in Virginia in July 2007 after reading that a group called Remote Area Medical, which flew American doctors to remote Third World villages, was hosting a free outdoor clinic.

Potter, a Cigna health care executive who ate from gold-rimmed silverware in corporate jets, says that morning was his “Road to Damascus” experience.

“It looked like a refugee camp,” Potter says. “It just hit me like a bolt of lightning. What I was doing for a living was making it necessary for people to resort to getting care in animal stalls.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is a colossal legal and political issue. For Potter, though, the issue became a crisis of faith.

For the last three years, Potter has been one of the most visible supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation. He has testified before Congress, appeared on countless talk shows and written a tell-all book on the health care industry called "Deadly Spin." With his Southern drawl and mild professorial manner, he has been described as a health care industry “Judas” in some media accounts.

Yet none of the media coverage of Potter has explored what drove his conversion - his faith. Potter was raised as a Southern Baptist in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he says his parents instilled in him an appreciation for helping others.

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He says the New Testament is filled with Jesus providing universal health care - he healed the poor and outcast.

“Christians needed to be reminded of what Jesus did,” Potter says.  “It was important to him for people to have access to healing care. That’s what he did. A lot of people of faith lose sight of that.”

A health care hit man

Potter says he lost sight of that because the health care issue was an abstraction to him when he worked at Cigna as a public relations executive. Part of his job was to snuff out stories in the media that made the health care industry look bad.

But his visit to that free clinic in Virginia that July morning shook him. In a column that he wrote for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization, where he works as a senior analyst, he wrote:

“Until that day, I had been able to think, talk and write about the U.S. health care system and the uninsured in the abstract, as if real-life human beings were not involved.”

Yet even after that visit to the clinic, Potter says, he still stayed with his Cigna job. He had a son and a daughter, a six-figure salary, bonuses.  He felt trapped even as he resumed his job.

“It was always gnawing at me,” he says of the experience at the clinic.

There was another reason he couldn’t leave his job.  It was his identity.

Wendell Potter was moved by his faith to quit his Cigna job.

“Our egos are tied to our jobs even if the jobs we’re doing are not what we thought we were going to be doing,” he says. “Our jobs, to a certain extent, help define who we are.”

Potter found a new source of identity - his faith. He read the Bible and found particular solace in the New Testament book of Philippians, where the Apostle Paul advises Christians to “cast all their anxiety” on God. He also read “Profiles in Courage” to fortify his resolve.

He finally quit, and eventually became one of the most visible advocates for health care reform.

“I felt that if I were on my death bed and looked back on my life and realized that I had not taken this risk to do the right thing, I would have huge regrets,” he says.

Why churches are silent

Potter now spends some of his time talking to churches. He says an estimated 45,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have insurance that provides them access to the care they need.

“This doesn’t happen in any other developed country in the world, and it should not happen here, the richest nation on the planet,” he says.

When he takes this message to churches, some shut their doors, he says. They don’t want to hear him. Pastors know the debate over health care divides their congregations.

“A lot of pastors are just too afraid to get involved in this and step up and say this is a moral issue,” he says. “They’re afraid of offending their parishioners.”

Some of Potter’s most consistent supporters, though, are former colleagues in the health care industry.  "I've had calls and emails from people I used to work with in the industry who thank me quietly," he says.

No matter what the Supreme Court decides, Potter says health care changes are inevitable. The current system of for-profit health insurance companies is not sustainable. He says some Americans dismiss the uninsured, but they don’t realize how close they are to joining them.

He says many of the people who attended the Remote Area Medical clinic were working people. Their jobs simply didn’t provide enough good medical care. While many companies provide health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, most people with these maladies wouldn’t get coverage if they suddenly lost their job.

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“Most of us are just a layoff from losing it,” he says of health insurance.

Potter can’t guess what the Supreme Court will decide, but he has predicted what the United States will look like if the health care law is struck down.

We’ve already seen that future in a book and movie called “The Hunger Games," he wrote in a recent column.

"The Hunger Games" depicts a future America renamed Panem, where the government is disconnected from the people who struggle every day for basic needs such as medical care while the wealthy have access to modern medicine, he wrote.

“This society-gone-bad scenario of denying basic care to citizens based on their income or social status seems on the big screen not only cruel and unusual but even incomprehensible,” he wrote. “In fact, it’s occurring every day in what is still called the United States.”

Potter didn’t have to see that future on the screen. He’d already seen it in Virginia, where doctors cared for Americans in animal stalls.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Faith & Health • Health • Health care

soundoff (1,958 Responses)
  1. Etheras

    This is ridiculous.

    Yes Jesus provided free healthcare, but he didn't rob others to do it. The problem here isn't providing healthcare to those who need it. If it really were free, I'm sure everybody would be all-for-it. The problem is HOW TO PAY FOR IT. Money isn't free. Democrats think "oh we can just raise taxes.." but that isn't true. There's only so much an economy can bear, and that's because Money represents something real – human labor.
    A farmer may work 60 hours a week during harvest season. Why? Its not for the food. He's got enough food for his family in the first load. Its so he can sell it and make money. Money is the physical manifestation of his work, which he then can trade for the physical work of others.

    Taking someone's money is taking their life. The government takes a full quarter of my year's labor, about 730 hours per year of my life that I will never get back, in taxes. Now ask yourself, how many hours of your life is it worth to save a complete stranger? 100? 1000? 10000? At some point it becomes ridiculous, and that point is when you take more life than the recipient can ever hope to give back. Remember this: money isn't arbitrary, and life has a price.

    Consider this the next time your congressman votes for $2 million for turtle tunnels.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Andre Gallant

      @Etheras: I think you need to brush up on your scripture...
      From the mouth of Jesus:
      (Regarding money – Matthew 22:19-21) Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
      “Caesar’s,” they replied.
      Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

      (Regarding wealth – Matthew 19:23-24) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
      And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

      (Regarding helping others – Matthew 25:34-40) "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

      "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
      "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

      So, the next time you decide to criticize helping others because it is too expensive, please try and remember Jesus... Even the non-Christians generally agree that he was a pretty good role-model.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • 40acres

      By "this is ridiculous" did you mean your post? Because it is. The ACA requires people to buy their own private insurance from the private sector. Those who do not have insurance now are the ones taking your money when they need treatment and end up getting the most expensive treatment (ER) possible. This article simply says that the richest nation on earth's decision to let people languish without insurance is morally repugnant.....and it is.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Delusions 3:15

      If you really believed in Jesus, you would not also believe in "complete stranger". Jeebus got nuthin to do with this.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  2. Jim

    I worked at Cigna for 22 years. He isn't Judas. He's John the Baptist.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Drizzt

      Well said.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  3. Gerry Wieder

    The "road to Damascus" of course refers to Paul, not Judas.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  4. FedUpInSeattle

    This argument comes down to compassion vs. the law. Breaking into a house to steal food to help out a neighbor in need is not necessarily right or legal as kind as it may have been to make you do it. And complaining about someone breaking in your house regardless of the need does not make you Mean and Evil.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • sam

      Except that there's no stealing going on...what point are you actually trying to make?

      June 27, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Drizzt

      It's flabbergasting that people really try to say that anybody is stealing tax dollars. Well, soldiers in Iraq are stealing MY tax dollars. So are your dang Seattle airports. That is Utah money giveitback!

      We don't really have control over what percentage we are taxed, but should have control over where it all goes. If you want to argue that you want your taxes to go to fund a preferred program, fine, but nobody's stealing squat from you or anybody else. I would argue that spending money on sick people is preferential to building fancy new submarines, but that's just me.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • fire0bama

      Sam, asking other people to pay for your health care IS stealing from other people.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • terry Vann

      Sam, it's any excuse you think can fly. Anything to ignore that the greatest country on the planet as a less than adequate health care system. Ignore the facts, and be sure to attack those who work on behalf of those in need.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • sam

      fire0bama – better quit paying your taxes, then. They don't all come back to you.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • ccrider

      fireobama, your argument is ridiculous. So are you saying that everyone who has ever collected an unemployment check is stealing from you? How about people who have kids in public schools? Are they stealing from you? I don't have kids, so why should MY tax dollars go to pay for YOUR kids edcuation??? See where I'm going with this?

      June 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Elaine

      There are many levels of moral development. Most of us never get passed the Conventional level (good boy/good girl; law and order level). However, there is a higher level, the Post conventional level. This is the level (Social contract orientation; Universal ethical principles-Principled conscience). This is the stage at which we would break into a pharmacy to obtain medicine we can't afford to save another person's life. This person is willing to accept the legal consequences of his/her actions because it it the moral thing to do. Very few people reach this level. I pray that if I were to be in such a situation, I would choose the principled, moral action to save the person.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Delusions 3:15

      Elaine,
      Thanks, but it's a false dilemma. (It's also "past", not "passed"). You would choose to make that decision, because at that moment you might only see that altenative. That is NOT what this is about. Free care is given to almost everyone who needs it every day. That dying person you are talking about has the right to go to an ER, and, if "in trouble", they MUST serve them, or get sued to oblivion. You, by ,aking tht decision, also would be choosing to not make yourself available to thousands of tothers who need help. There are no moral absolutes. You must make choices, and they all have costs.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  5. Parfin Woodell

    Republicans are pro death penalty.
    Republicans are against abortion.
    Most Republicans are Christian.
    Oxymoron ?

    Guess they are against abortion because they need those bodies to go to war.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  6. Edwin

    “Christians needed to be reminded of what Jesus did."

    This should be repeated, and often.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  7. LMC

    The lack of general health care for all Americans is a total shame in our country. We should not have to worry that we won't be able to afford health care if we lose a job or if we have a job that doesn't offer health benefits. Some people in our country like to call us the greatest country in the world, but our lack of care for our fellow citizens does not bring us that honor. All Americans deserve access to adequate health care without going bankrupt. If Canada can do it, why can't we?

    June 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Rennie

      Because Canada isn't spending 11 BILLION a year on illegal alien healthcare. If we removed illegals, our actual citizens could be cared for....

      June 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  8. PaulC

    I think that it is ironic that Virginia consistently votes Republican. The South is the heaviest user of social service but always votes for the candidate who vows to cancel the programs we have. Go figure.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  9. janelle

    Yes, we need reform in all aspects of healthcare. Unfortunately, Obamacare doesn't do that. Obamacare simply transfers who pays for healthcare without addressing what is pushing healthcare costs higher and higher. Until we are ready to address real reform in the healthcare industry, top to bottom, every aspect of it, we won't solve anything.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Like a G9

      Exactly! It's what I keep trying to tell people, but they are deaf and dumb to all reason and sense. They need meds.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Edwin

      The problem is, however, that a *good* solution will NEVER pass Congress. The health care lobbies have too much invested, and the issue is a hotbed for political mileage. Plus, it would take Republicans and Democrats *actually* working together, which would end political careers in this day and age. So it will never happen.

      That is the reality. So... given that GOOD will never happen, we at least need *something*. And Obamacare is something. Not good. But can you HONESTLY tell me you think *anything* better will be voted into law - or even *voted on*?

      June 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • sam

      janelle, it's not that simple. Try again.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Parfin Woodell

      You have to start somewhere.
      It was Republicans who stopped health care reform under Clinton.
      Republicans had a similar health care plan, but when Obama came up with it
      the response was NO NO NO !!!!

      Its time for the Republican party to step aside and America can move forward.
      In case you havent noticed, after the Bush disaster, the Republican party
      has done NOTHING to help America.
      Denial is not good politics.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • FedUpInSeattle

      ObamaCare being SOMETHING better than NOTHING. Stealing Cable from my neighbor is better than Nothing, not legal but at least it addresses the problem of me not being able to watch WEEDS!

      June 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • sam

      The difference is that stealing cable from your neighbor makes you a bag of dicks, because you can easily get your own cable. Seriously, you can't come up with a better metaphor? Any of you?

      June 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  10. Greg

    I was in a pharmacy one day and overheard a woman on a cell phone talking maybe with a parent. At the same time she was asking the pharmacist which medicine was more life sustaining. This is scary in a country where we send out so much aid to other countries. Is this really how such a religious country, with so many religious groups, treats its citizens?

    June 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • twang

      when we all die we can easily be replaced by mexicans.Americans dont mean sh1t to the rich ie.our government

      June 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • Edwin

      The religious right calls it a religious country when it suits their needs; when it doesn't suit their needs they don't say it is.

      America is a country with a lot of religious freedom, but without a lot of religious responsibility.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • sam

      I cared for my mom the last several years of her life. Trying to bargain/argue/struggle/plead with docs, hospitals, and Medicare to get her the care she deserved was a daily battle. It always came down to money – someone was always trying to make her settle for the lowest common denominator rather than the more effective medicine. I hope I don't get old, I can't go through that again.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  11. Jeff in San Diego

    Yeah right. What did he think a PR job at a major corporation was about? Telling the truth? Spin doctors are the liars of the communications world. Just as journalists used to be the truth-seekers. Its a game that's been played since the dawn of advertising.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  12. Ken Margo

    Peick, you can close your eyes to the obvious racism of the republican party. I WILL NOT.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  13. Seoras

    Unfortunatly, 'universal health care' is unsustainable economically. Everywhere it has been tried, in Europe, in Massachusetts and in Tennessee, it has bankrupted the state. Health care has to be carefully and cruelly rationed to make it sustainable. Someone must choose who lives and who dies. The only question is 'Who Decides: the government or the insurance companies?'

    June 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • LMC

      It hasn't been a problem for Canada–they're in better shape than we are!

      June 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Seoras

      The only reason that the Canadian system survives is because the rich come down to the US for the treatments they can't get there. Huge numbers of them. So many emergency rooms have closed in Canada, that diversion of sick patients from ER to ER is rampant. Many Canadian doctors come to the US because they can't stand the beaurocracy there.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • PaulC

      I really think you can provide universal health care. You just can't afford it and 11 aircraft battle groups, $200 million jets, $50 million tanks, etc. You can have the worlds most expensive military, a war every 10 years, aid to friends and foes.
      Canada has proven you wrong. Spend your money wisely.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Drizzt

      Just like police and firefighters, right? Why is it that if an arsonist burns down my house, the police come to get the crook, the firemen put out the fire, and the ambulance comes to rush me to the hospital, but I only have to pay for one? Why is it that I can pay my taxes for police, firefighters, roads, public utilities, the TSA, wars, political salaries, etc but not for health care? Why do I pay a premium each month and still have over 12k in medical bills I have to pay? Why does my neighbor get to go to the dentist for the same $200 I have to pay, except mine's the 20% I'm responsible for, and his is the 100% lowered rate the dentist offers for the uninsured? Our health care system is jacked up, and arguing "it didn't work in other countries" doesn't change the fact that *our system is not working, here.*

      June 27, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • twang

      SEORAS,The biggest problem with canadas free health care is all the americans trying to get free health care illegally

      June 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Edwin

      Seoras: Germany's health care system is excellent. So is Sweden's. England's is better than ours, and so is Canada's. Which country's universal health care system is failing, exactly? Even if some of them are struggling, they are far and away more successful than our system AND more solvent than our system.

      Is Universal Health Care perfect? Who cares - it is far and away BETTER than the mess we have.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • sam

      Why do I have the feeling that Seoras works for the Romney campaign?

      June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      MAN, You are truly paranoid!

      June 27, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      Auto insurance is a disaster ?
      You are an idiot.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Seoras: As a Canadian citizen who is thankful for our Universal HealthCare system, I can honestly say you're quite wrong. Its worked here for a great many decades and continues to work. I couldn't imagine not being able to see a Doctor because of the situation most people in the USA face-no insurance...it seems inhumane.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  14. Jack

    Good evening. Everyone is invited to visit ... thestarofkaduri.com

    June 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  15. Proud Vet

    Yakobi,
    Here is a little secret, while you are working so hard be on the look out for that heart attack or stroke or sometype of cance which seems to creep up on even the "models of health". As many have stated here, you are nothing but one medical emergency away from being one of the people in the article. As the President has stated, he didn't look for this to be end all be all but as someone state before the starting point to reform. As someone once told me, the hardest thing to ever do is start a project. So many talk about doing something, but how many actually do. Future politicians will kick the can down the road if this is legislation is overturned.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  16. James Ruston

    If the Supreme Court strikes down health care reform, the problems detailed in this article will still be there. How bad does it have to get before we find it in our hearts to do something about it?

    June 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
    • Drizzt

      People change their minds about it REAL fast when they get cancer or heart disease. I lost my father that way, and my mother paid on his medical bills for years and years *after* his death, never once considering bankruptcy, like a good single mom worker bee. Minimal social security checks and a whole lot of help from our church got us through. That could have been my brothers' and my college education, but instead it went to pay off bills a deceased father of 4 racked up in the final year of his cancer. Our "insurance" system is insane.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  17. peick

    But if we end up with universal health care, don't expect the poor to get the same quality of health care as the rich. That would just be naive.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  18. Seoras

    When its all done with, Bush & Obama's wars will have cost over three TRILLION $$$$$.
    Just think if that had been spent here on American's health than thrown away in the middle east.

    AMERICA FIRST!

    June 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • Kevin

      Better yet, imagine if we had $3 trillion in our own pockets (not the government's) to choose what we want to do with it as individuals. Of course much of that would be wasted not on one's healthcare but instead on iPhones and iPads. Saddam and Osama would still be threatening us, but who really cares about that anyway?

      June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      ARE YOU A CRACK HEAD? Obamas wars? HE WAS AGAINST THE WAR IN IRAQ! He ended it. He focused on Afghanistan, got bin laden and is ending that war. Our involvement in libya cost a billion dollars (800 billion less that BUSH'S war in iraq) We're not in syria. (republican McCain wants us to go there) STOP WATCHING FOX NEWS!

      June 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • James Ruston

      Right Kevin. You got yours so screw everyone else. Nice.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • Seoras

      Obama ended the war in Iraq on Bush's timetable. He escalated the war in Afghanistan. He started the war against Libya in violation of the War Powers Act. The US contributed the vast amount of forces and money against Libya.
      Bush was certainly a warmonger, but Obama is not much better. The only military reason to vote for Obama is that Romney has already pledged to go to war with Iran over their nuclear program.

      The point is: STOP THE WARS! All of them! Don't start any new ones! And spend the money at HOME for once!

      June 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      HE DID SPEND THE MONEY HERE> REMEMBER THE STIMULUS PACKAGE?

      June 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • PaulC

      In all fairness they are Bush's war.
      Pres. Obama is endng them as soon as politically and humanly possible.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Like a G9

      We've been giving Egypt almost a billion dollars every year for decades, and billions to Turkey because we have missile bases there, and even, dare I say it, Israel?
      We support a large number of foreign countries with direct cash and supplies as a way of boosting our exports. It ends up just being another way of scamming money and laundering it, though. We can give tons of money to foreign dictators as long as they promise to spend it on our arms contracts with them. It's all about money with some people.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • sam

      LOL 'Obama's wars'. Yep, you must be a plant from the Romney campaign.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • Fearless Freep

      Seoras

      When its all done with, Bush wars will have cost over three TRILLION $$$$$.

      Fixed that for ya free of charge.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  19. Cooper Franklin

    Everyone appears to agree that our healthcare system needs fixing, but each and every time an elected leader has the courage to commit political suicide by suggesting remedies for improving the system, he gets taken to the gallows.
    The only mistake Obama made with Obamacare is that he overcompromised in a desperate attempt to get the Republicans onboard. A great deal of what's in the healthcare bill is actually original Republican ideas, including the controversial mandate to purchase insurance if you don't have it, that Republican leaders first endorsed, then rejected when Obama introduced it. Obama should have stuck to his original bill that included the public option and let the chips fall where they may. His hair has gone from black to totally gray in one shake of a lamb's tail from overwhelming stress brought about by his inability to lead as a president. He can't pass gas without being obstructed each step of the way. I can't figure out why anyone would want to do this job, if folks won't allow you to do it.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Don't blame Obama because republicans are racists. He played the hand he was dealt. Remember the those blue dog democrats also gave him a tough time.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • peick

      Yes, Ken, republicans are all racists. I was just on my way to a cross burning.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • Proud Vet

      Cooper no truer words have been typed concerning this issue. It amazes me no one else can see this happening.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Cunning Stunts

      The problem with current Republican supporters is that they dont
      seem to be able to seperate "Republican" from "NEOCON".
      George Bush ran as a "Conservative Republican".
      George Bush was a NEOCON Fascists.
      When you attack Bush, Republicans feel attacked.
      Bush could not give one flying screw about you.
      He got into power with an agenda, and he carried out that agenda.

      Have any of you Republicans researched the Bush family ?
      Prescott Bush was a banker who helped finance the Nazi Hitler regime.
      George H. Walker Bush was head of the CIA during the Kennedy assasination.
      Little Georgie Dubya was from skull & bones, an organization that hand picks
      people from wealthy families to be placed in powerful positions to make policy
      from banks, oil industries, world trade, education, wall street, and yes.....politics.

      Republicans can not get thier heads wrapped around the fact that the party
      they once knew has been hijacked by the far right.
      To be honest, i think that its a stroke of genius that they have been able
      to fool so many people.

      Example : The "Tea Party" did not exist before Obama took office.
      The "Tea Party" was created by the "Koch Brothers" as a party against big government spending.
      Did you see this party while George Bush was spending us into oblivion ?
      Why do we need smaller government ?
      There are over 315 million people living in the United States, and you thiink we need smaller government ?

      You want your beef inspected to keep you safe ?
      You want clean air for your children to breathe ?
      You want cops to keep you safe ?
      You want the fire department to put out your fires ?
      You want teachers, and "good" teachers to educate your children ?
      You want roads, and bridges, repaired to keep you safe ?

      That is called......SOCIALISM !!!!!!
      You collect taxes, and use those taxes for the betterment of society.

      If you vote Republican, you are voting against your own good.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  20. Ken Margo

    What kills me about the republicans is all the pro life crap they spew. If you want them to be born, then help them period. What about the importance of life i keep hearing about? Before the kid is born, GOD GOD is all you hear, once the kid gets here screw'em.

    June 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • abnguy

      No the "once the kid gets here screw'em" is the motto of the liberal NAMBLA crowd.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • paganguy

      Once the kid gets here we the ruling class will train him and send him to a meaningless war to die.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
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