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Candlelight vigil set on health care reform

September 2, 2009

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The Lawrence-area council of Move On, a national political advocacy organization, is hosting a candlelight vigil Wednesday night in support of health care reform and in remembrance of the work of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

The vigil begins at 8 p.m. at the gazebo at South Park, 1141 Mass.

At the event, area residents will speak about problems and concerns they have had with the country’s current health care system.

Organizer Jo Andersen said the purpose of the event is aimed at raising support for reforms to the current health care system, which she described as “completely broken.”

For more information, contact Andersen, 979-8813.

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hail2oldku 5 years, 1 month ago

Exactly none2. Aren't candle light vigils used to honor the dead? Is MoveOn acknowledging the passing of this version of healthcare reform?

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

Won't this contribute to global warming?

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Practicality 5 years, 1 month ago

I bet Merril will be there, maybe Mr. Nancy should go too. He loves moveon

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

Axelrod's puppet is addressing a joint session of Congress next week. Maybe he'll offer to resign if his crazy mad nationalization of health care fails. We should be so lucky.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 5 years, 1 month ago

Save your candle, I won't be attending. Thank you, Lynn

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ferrislives 5 years, 1 month ago

Huh? Well, I guess a vigil is supposed to represent those who have died without health care in America, but I think a better idea would be for those people to bring those people out to speak about their experiences in local forums across the nation. If other Americans hear their stores, that might change their minds. But a vigil seems to me to be a waste of time, except for those already on your side.

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Practicality 5 years, 1 month ago

I will be having a candlelight vigil to stop candlelight vigils, for they are a complete waste of time and the only thing that will be accomplished is the waste of some good candles.

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ksdivakat 5 years, 1 month ago

I am coming to your vigil practicality! Isnt a candle light vigil for someone who has passed? Are they admitting that the bill is dead and this is why they need the vigil? I may go down there with my camera, just because this is gonna get real ugly real fast.

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hail2oldku 5 years, 1 month ago

"ferrislives (Anonymous) says… Huh? Well, I guess a vigil is supposed to represent those who have died without health care in America, but I think a better idea would be for those people to bring those people out to speak about their experiences in local forums across the nation"

ferris wants them to hold a séance.

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BigPrune 5 years, 1 month ago

Will this be...attended by the very same people who held a vigil for the non-military response for the 9/11 terrorist act?.............attended by the very same people who held a vigil for the terrorists living in Gitmo?..........attended by the very same people who held a vigil to keep third trimester abortions legal?........attended by the very same people who held a vigil to ban irradiation of our food?...........attended by the very same people who held a vigil for the legalization of marijuana?............attended by the very same people who held a vigil against the Clinton impeachment?........attended by the very same people who held a vigil to ban sport utility vehicles?

No?

Really

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

This is such an ageism debate. You notice the ones at the meetings against Obamacare are all older, and the ones holding the pro-Obamacare signs are younger.

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verity 5 years, 1 month ago

Do you people even read the articles before you commence your babbling?

"At the event, area residents will speak about problems and concerns they have had with the country’s current health care system."

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Eileen Jones 5 years, 1 month ago

Huffington Post has featured some of the uglier town hall events. The anti reformers have descended to a new low in this country, led by the Sarahs and Betsys who are telling lies about death panels and the Lynns who make cracks about race.

The civilized Lynn Jenkins town hall at the Dole Center yesterday got almost no press at all on HuffPo or elsewhere. The Democratic party chairman seems not to have attended but reported with quotes from the Topeka coverage of the event.

In this country you have to be rude and violent to get the media's attention.

http://cjonline.com/news/state/2009-09-01/jenkins_reaches_out_at_meeting

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-nellis/whos-laughing-now-turning_b_275125.html

http://www.kansan.com/stories/2009/sep/02/jenkins_talks_health_care_care/

Her contributions from the health insurance industry & medical industry: http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2009/09/lynn_jenkins_healthcare_campaign_contributions.php

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Eileen Jones 5 years, 1 month ago

I will be there.

How ignorant does one have to be not to understand what a vigil is about.

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Eileen Jones 5 years, 1 month ago

srj (Anonymous) says…

This is such an ageism debate. You notice the ones at the meetings against Obamacare are all older, and the ones holding the pro-Obamacare signs are younger.


The anti folks (old people) already have their government run health care in the form of Medicaid. They want to be sure nothing disturbs that. If that is not a testament to the value of government run health care, I don't know what is.

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Eileen Jones 5 years, 1 month ago

I view this as a vigil for all the people who are victims of the current horrible health care system in this country, and all who will be victims in the future.

37 in quality is not acceptable

1 in cost is not acceptable

27 in infant mortality is not acceptable

We will have change, if we have to throw every bum out of Congress and start over.

This issue is not going away.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

Aren't you in the insurance business, Pilgrim? Will you have a vigil when you're thrown out of your job and actually have to work for a living?

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mr_right_wing 5 years, 1 month ago

"Obama's health care plan will be written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it and whose members will be exempt from it, signed by a president who smokes, funded by a treasury chief who did not pay his taxes, overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke."

..AMEN to whoever is responsible for that quote!!

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skinny 5 years, 1 month ago

I am willing to bet you will not see Health Care reform for at least the next 50 to 75 years.

The U.S. Government cannot afford the trillion plus dollar bill.

Guess you folks will have to buy your own insurance just like everyone else.

Keep the Government out of the Health Insurance business.

If you want to reform something reform the insurance industry.

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GardenMomma 5 years, 1 month ago

Vigil is one of those words if you say it too many times (or read it too many times) it starts to sound kind of weird.

Vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil Vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil Vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil Vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil Vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil Vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil, vigil

See? Looks odd now, doesn't it?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

"If you want to reform something reform the insurance industry."

I agree-- we could call it "single payer, medicare for all."

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

Strange how the worst violence at a town hall seems to have been done by supporters of the nationalization of health care. They were just some union thugs doing what comes naturally.

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puddleglum 5 years, 1 month ago

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says…

Aren't you in the insurance business, Pilgrim? Will you have a vigil when you're thrown out of your job and actually have to work for a living?

that is golden!

can't wait for pilgrim to work! maybe he can be a journalist for fox news? insurance companies=legalized crime

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hail2oldku 5 years, 1 month ago

I'll support the first healthcare reform bill that members of the Senate and Congress are obligated to be a part of and that includes tort reform. One of the biggest reasons for the outrageous cost of health care is the premiums that healthcare professionals have to pay for malpractice insurance regardless of whether they have ever had a claim filed against them or not. The sue first, second and third mentallity of our country is causing problems in many areas of our lives.

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Godot 5 years, 1 month ago

If a tree falls in the forrest.....

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blackwalnut 5 years, 1 month ago

As expected this was a peaceful and lovely event attended by many. A few people spoke about individual stories. There were a couple of dogs, some children, a man of cloth and several dozen participants - maybe 100. As it grew dark the crowd moved to the street and stood at the curb with candles and signs and many cars honked as they drove by. There was no negativity, only smiles and peacefulness. There was nothing ugly or negative in the signs, either.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

"One of the biggest reasons for the outrageous cost of health care is the premiums that healthcare professionals have to pay for malpractice insurance regardless of whether they have ever had a claim filed against them or not."

Sure, some limited tort reform is probably in order, but the reason for high malpractice premiums lies almost exclusively with the insurance companies, not the lawyers. Get the insurance companies under control, and malpractice premiums will really drop.

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blackwalnut 5 years, 1 month ago

Health insurance sucks $400 billion dollars out of the system every year.

Tort reform would make a 1% to 3% difference.

Let's get rid of insurance AND achieve tort reform.

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LiberalDude 5 years, 1 month ago

Wow the talk of vigil's really gets the wingers fired up. Stupid wingers...

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hwarangdo 5 years, 1 month ago

C'mon, wake up people. Our current health care system is nothing more than big business making $$$. It isn't really health care, it is caring for our money and how much can they get? And please don't speculate that all those who want health care reform (you know, like update the dang system every 20 years or so already) are young. Some of us are actually old ... if 60 is old ... hhmmmm guess so if yer 20. Whatever. I think our current health care system still has a method to remove one's head from one's ... so i guess it is still fine and dandy.

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Eileen Emmi Jones 5 years, 1 month ago

Why would anybody complain about a peaceful gathering of citizens practicing their right to free speech and their right to participate in democracy?

What is wrong with that?

It looked like a civilized crowd there in South Park tonight. Maybe 50 people, maybe more, I didn't count. A few signs. No bullhorns, no helling. Nothing insulting or accusatory on the signs, just positive "this is what we want" kinds of signs.

The pro reformers are actually too civil because being civil does not make the news.

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kateku 5 years, 1 month ago

It was a FUN, peaceful event... the dems may not have all the answers, but at least they are trying to keep the dialog going... it was also nice to see Rep. Ballard there...

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hwarangdo 5 years, 1 month ago

Glad the vigil went well. It IS true that peaceful events rarely make the news.

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Satirical 5 years, 1 month ago

What happened to all the anti-war rallies or peace vigils once Obama got into office?

Don't liberals realize Afghanistan is closer to a no-win situation that Iraq ever was, and Obama has increased troop levels?

Or is war suddenly morally justifiable when the POTUS wears a (D) sticker?

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Satirical 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh wait, I forget. Liberals don't teach self-reliance. They are taught to have somebody else make decisions for them, like the federal government. Apparently they can't do anything unless a large national organization tells them to do it. They are like mindless sheep obeying all of Move On's commands.

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commuter 5 years, 1 month ago

Kind of funny too bad. I do not support any health care reform unless Congress and the Executive branch is included in the reform. Their plans are soo much better than most people's insurance.

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