Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor, July 19

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Health care plan is needed

To the Editor:

It is impossible to overlook the propaganda professed by those opposed to Universal Health Care, otherwise tagged Obama Care. Just as our elected officials have their government coverage, this bill ensures medical services will be available to everyone.

People jumped to conclusions about being taxed. The mandate means that everyone must carry insurance. If you have insurance and are satisfied, nothing changes and there is no tax for you. Those with no insurance can no longer sit back and expect to be supported by others. Fair enough; this eliminates free riders. The tax or penalty applies only to those who refuse to help pay their fair share. There will be help for those unable to meet the requirements.

For us who have insurance, nothing changes. If we're satisfied we keep it and we are not taxed. Because of this Universal Health Bill, any pre-existing illness cannot exclude you from coverage. There is better coverage on prescription drugs. Children can remain on their parents' insurance. Small businesses will find they can buy from an insurance pool for better rates if they so choose, or keep their existing insurance as is.

Too, all we hear is that it costs too much -- the debt will climb. Well, I say, why not? Why shouldn't the citizens have health coverage, and a share in a slice of the tax pie? Washington talks about saving money to lower the debt and they are always ready to cut and eliminate the benefits to the very people who were blindsided to believe in them and voted them into office. To those interested and yelling about the high costs, I suggest we tell them to cut the subsidies given in billions of dollars to corporations -- that is truly welfare, and yet no one talks about that.

The overall population has little representation in our government, whether in state legislatures or Washington, unless you have gobs of money to donate. A case in point is the harm our legislators forced on us. Voting is a right, not a privilege, and by eliminating the voting card that has always been our identification of being a resident they have come up with this nonsense of fraud and are forcing citizens to prove they are just that, a citizen of the United States. Have they forgotten what those brave men and women fought all the wars for? I believed it was for our freedom. And now the badly-informed politicians have come up with a lot of hokey-pokey to take away our American right.

Joan Livieri

Shelbyville

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  • If you are happy with your existing insurance you will be able to keep it..... until your employer discovers it is cheaper to pay the fine (tax?)for not supplying your insurance and dumps you. This will take all of about ten minutes for most companies.

    Why shouldn't everyone share a slice of the "tax pie"?

    Because over half of Americans don't pay income tax, so they don't contribute to making that pie.

    The overwhelming expense of government is found in entitlement spending, which accounts for well over half of the federal budget, before the obamacare monstrosity takes effect.

    Thomas Sowell sums it up nicely:

    "It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it."

    -Thomas Sowell

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Jul 22, 2012, at 8:34 PM
  • I agree with quietmike . . . in the long run it will be the middle class who shoulders the burden of the cost of this while those who continue to feed off the system and contribute nothing will continue to be given hand outs.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Jul 23, 2012, at 9:07 PM
  • I believe, when the American citizens, take an objective look at the benefits of "Obamacare", none will want these benefits repealed, such as,

    Repeal, the closier of the medicare part D donut whole.

    Repeal, the insurance providers' responsibility of returning to the policy holder, any money that is less than 80% spent on the health care of the patients premium.

    Repeal, the pre-existing condition denial of coverage.

    Repeal, the denial of payment for services, based on a cap.

    Repeal, children under 26 years of age,staying on their parents policy.

    Repeal, those of us who have health insurance, being mandated to pay increased premium cost and increased hospital cost, to pay for those who choose, to have no health insurance.

    Those of us who have the security of,"government medicare," know what a blessing it is to have, at least I have never heard of anyone who has medicare, wanting it repealed.

    Everyone needs to face reality, employers have for years been raising premiums, lowering benefits and many employers have discontinued offering any health insurance.

    Government run, Medicare, Tricare, "Obamacare" and VA benefits are the cream of the crop.

    -- Posted by mybestday on Tue, Jul 24, 2012, at 2:29 PM
  • If Medicare is truly "the cream of the crop" why does a google search show 1,820,000 results for Medicare supplement plans?

    If everyone is happy with Medicare, there would be no market for supplement plans.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Wed, Jul 25, 2012, at 5:55 AM
  • Another thing to consider:

    If Obamacare is such a good plan, why did the president and congress exempt themselves from it, and why has the Obama administration granted over 1,200 waivers to businesses that donated to his campaign?

    -- Posted by quietmike on Wed, Jul 25, 2012, at 6:02 AM
  • quietmike~~Medicare does not pay all charges for health care but helps tremendously, which is all some people have. However those who choose to have more coverage and can afford it get a medicare supplemental policy. Example: Medicare only covers 100 days of long-term care. I and many others choose to, and can afford to have a long-term care policy. Those who are disabled,65 years of age and over and is retired and not working, must have medicare as their primary policy, otherwise they can not get a policy, that will pay for primary coverage.

    The president and congress has always had much better insurance and benefits, than the people, paid for, by the people. No, it is not fair. We the people need to clamp down on elected officials, and demand honesty and integrity in working for the common good for this nation and all of her people.

    Waivers: The only thing I know about the waivers is they are temporary and have no affect on me. Here is a clip from WWW.HEALTHCARE.GOV then type waivers in the search engine, if you choose to learn the facts.

    The September 3, 2010 guidance established the waiver program for plan or policy years beginning on or after September 23, 2010 and before September 23, 2011; waivers are granted for a single year. The waiver authority does not extend beyond plan or policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, when no annual limits on essential health benefits are permitted, except in the case of grandfathered individual market policies

    -- Posted by mybestday on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 10:05 AM
  • quietmike~~ People need to learn to research for facts, concerning all info that you receive through email and/or Fox News Channel. I, for one do not want my brain overloaded with lies and propaganda.

    This is from factcheck.org

    Q: Does the health care bill specifically exempt members of Congress and their staffs from its provisions?

    A: No. This twisted claim is based on misrepresentations of the House and Senate bills, neither of which exempts lawmakers

    How did the notion of an "exemption" get started? So far as we can find, the first to make the "exempt" claim was columnist John Fund, who used the word in a June Wall Street Journal opinion piece to describe a draft of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee bill. Fund wrote that the proposal "would specifically exempt Members of Congress from many of [the Obama plan's] provisions." But that was a misrepresentation

    -- Posted by mybestday on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 11:40 AM
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