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Our reporter went to a Republican anti-health care reform rally in Bay Ridge on Sunday. Here’s what he heard from the locals:

“For doctors to get the seasonal flu shot is easy, you got through a private company and you get right away. But H1N1, which is controlled by the government, is impossible. We filled out a stack of papers, then the government lost the papers; we sent them back. We waited, then called to see when we would receive the vaccine and they laughed at us! They actually laughed at us! Do you want government running our health care?”
Joseph Caruana, doctor

“Obama is doing nothing but printing dollar bills. There cannot be free health care; the money needs to come from some where and doctors need to get paid.”
Angelo Dolce, veteran.

“To fix our current health care system, we shouldn’t start over, but rather fix what we have. I know, because I was in the FBI, that there is a tremendous amount of fraud going on in health care and we need to clean that up.”
Mike Grimm, candidate for Congress and former FBI agent

“Any time something is free, it’s overused. The public option will bring people to doctors who have headaches and will crowd hospital beds for no reason. It’s like an all-you-can-eat buffet. People eat more than they usually would. My grandmother died in Israel, which has a Socialist health care, because the hospital did not have any beds for her. She died of a heart attack in the waiting room.”
David Storobin, lawyer

“The government option with be just like Medicare, and Medicare is broke. Democratic health care will destroy competition between insurance companies because it’ll have to raise its costs and force people on to the public option because it’s the cheapest.”
Tony Varriano, Staten Island resident

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josegiles from california says:


You can get instant medical insurance at the lowest price from http://bit.ly/39pFJx
Nov. 17, 2009, 12:28 am
msfreeh from queens says:
to view a partial list of crimes committed by FBI agents over 1500 pages long see
http://www.forums.signonsandiego.com/showthread.php?t=59139

to view a partial list of FBI agents arrested for pedophilia see
http://www.dallasnews.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3574
Nov. 17, 2009, 1:27 am
Inez from Sunset Park says:
Wow, thanks for all of the crazy information commenting losers. It all seems very authentic and not like consipracy literature at all. And writting it here will certainly change the minds of people who disagree wtih your stando n the issues and sway the undecided.
Nov. 17, 2009, 3:39 am
Deanna from Kensington says:
So, five white guys are experts on what's good for the rest of us? Shocking.
Nov. 17, 2009, 11:02 am
jess from bk says:
there are pretty valid points actually. something to really consider. thanks for the perspective
Nov. 17, 2009, 12:35 pm
Stan from Fort Lauderdale says:
Five interviews. All five against it but Anthony Weiner and the rest of the Democrat legistlators don't give a damn what their constituents want. They voted for it anyway. Let's remember that on election day.
Nov. 18, 2009, 9:24 am
Fourth Estate from DUMBO says:
Hey Stan from the banana republic known as Florida, thank you for your input, 5 interviews from people who I don't agree with. I voted for Anthony Weiner and will vote for him again as these democrat legislators seem to give a damn what I want.
Nov. 18, 2009, 2:19 pm
Joe from Dyker says:
Who said the public option is free healthcare? Nothing is free. The public option gets funded by the same premiums blue cross blue shield gets funded by. It will just run with zero profit motif and much less administrative costs than a for profit plan which typically runs at 28% overhead. To the idiot lawyer, David Storobin, read the bill. This isnt universal healthcare coming out of tax dollars. This is an insurance company established and run by the govt just the same as if another for profit insurance company decided to form. It will run w the premiums that those who choose to partake in the plan pay. There will be some tax payer subsidies for those who qualify but again we do that now in the form of medicaid and other state health insurance plans like healthy ny.

Read the bill before you say such trash. Guy should be disbarred.
Nov. 18, 2009, 8:14 pm
John from Sunset Park says:
Its funny how the doctor is complaining about how he cant get a H1N1 shot but he was probably right along side other republicans calling for more trials to be done on the vaccine since it was "hurried into production" to fast.

So many inconsistencies with the gop argument its disgusting.
Nov. 18, 2009, 8:48 pm
Harmony from Park Slope says:
@ Deanna - drop the racism!
Nov. 19, 2009, 8:24 am
S from Bed-Stuy says:
Most of these guys sound like they think they're arguing against a single-payer health insurance bill. I wish the Democrats had actually proposed one.
Nov. 19, 2009, 12:18 pm
Anthony Varriano from Staten Island says:
The headline of this article "anti-health care reform rally" is purposley misleading as I was interviewed and I made a point of saying that I am not against reform, I am just against the current bill and that is what I heard from the oether people there.

If you read provisions in the bill it does lead to everyone going onto single payer in the long run.

What I said which is poorly quoted is that a government run plan would wind up like medicare and medicaid which are broke. (running deficits with a forcast $35 trillion shortfall in years to come)

The provisions that would require companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions and to not be able to charge them more will bankrupt the insurance companies which will again in the end to everyone in a single-payer.

now people who do not have helathcare may think that is just fine and dandy but those of us who are paying a lot of money for our care know that we will receive less care and our costs will not decline.

less care for more pay and you wonder why the majority of Americans and the VAST majority of those who pay for their care are against it?

and to the person who said 'five white guys are experts' -- we never said we were experts on anything. we went to the rally to hear speakers, voice our opinions and listen to others. where were you?
Nov. 20, 2009, 3:39 am
Ruth from sunset park says:
please please can you drop the bklyn paper in the 7th and 55th st post office as you
use to do it long time ago. I am retired , live near the place and enjoyed all your news. hope and tks, 11 30 09
Nov. 30, 2009, 12:38 pm
d from ps says:
Today people are dying in the waiting rooms in hospitals in the US because the beds are full of illegal immigrants getting free medical care
Dec. 1, 2009, 11:25 am

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