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Viewpoint: Slow down on mammoth healthcare bill

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The president took to the TV cameras last night with a strong demand for quick passage of his mammoth Healthcare Bill.

We ask: Why the hurry? President Obama wants the deal done before our national legislature takes its August recess. But what's the reason we should hastily ratify bills that will drastically affect every American?

Very few people have even read the enormous bills. The House version is over 800 pages long and the Senate version over 600.

One person whose opinion is pretty important, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, has read it, and voted against it in committee.

"There are tremendous ramifications.  They're moving way too fast, planning to spend way too much money and put way too much cost on the states."

More Americans disapprove of President Obama's handling of healthcare policy than approve for the first time, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll done Tuesday. A slim majority of Americans - 50 percent - now disapprove of Obama's job performance on handling healthcare policy, while 44 percent approve.

Dozens of people carrying signs and petitions descended on Second District Congressman Sanford Bishop's office last week to demonstrate their opposition to the House version of the bill.

Obama's critics claim that he wants quick passage of his bills because the more people learn what they would do, the less they like them, and that the president wants to get it done before we know all the gory details.

The more he rails for quick passage, the more credence he gives this argument.

Our health care system has had problems for decades, so we say that conducting a deliberate and careful study of the bill is exactly the CORRECT thing to do. We don't need to hastily and hap-hazardly rush into decisions that have the force of federal law, and will acutely affect every American.

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