Email letters, April 25, 2014
Obamacare still an improvement over previous system
Deanne Adamson’s “Obamacare will take down fragile economy” and Holly Van Helms’ “GOP originally put forth plan similar to Affordable Care Act” aptly illustrate the gradually improving tenor of the ongoing debate over the efficacy of Obamacare.
However, first, the fragility of our economy is the direct result of Republican obstructionism — cynically intended to gain partisan political advantage in the 2014 and 2016 elections.
Second, Adamson provides inadequate detail to make an “apples to apples” comparison of her previous family coverage to her ACA-compliant policy.
Nevertheless, the good news is that she found “affordable” (albeit more expensive) coverage and her family has not yet experienced any “serious illnesses” – which might have implicated annual/lifetime coverage limits in her previous policy and/or induced that insurer to investigate for “pre-existing conditions” and cancel coverage altogether.
Likewise, higher deductibles matter most when serious illness or injury strikes, and higher co-pays may be offset by the ACA’s free preventative care provisions.
Third, the proposition that “a policy is only socially just if its implementation doesn’t hurt other people” is wishful thinking.
Adamson forgets that the ACA was prompted by our “broken” health care system. Beginning in 1989 – as Van Helms correctly points out – even “conservatives” were recognizing that not fixing it was a “socially unjust” policy choice, because that profit-driven system “hurt” too many “other people.”
As of April 15, 8 million had signed up through either federal or state exchanges; 8.2 million may have obtained qualifying coverage through insurance brokers or directly from insurance companies; 5-7 million obtained coverage through Medicaid and/or CHIP expansion; and 1.6 to 3 million “under 26ers” remain covered on parents’ policies.
Thus, from 14.4 to 23.5 million Americans are now benefiting from the ACA – while 5+ million are waiting for recalcitrant “red states” to rediscover social justice.
Pot celebrations on Easter Sunday prompt health care questions
Recent 4/20 celebrations of pot on Easter Sunday made me think of the perspective of things here in the old hometown.
Colorado used to be quite conservative, but as of late the communist takeover of the state houses and the governor’s office have directed us in a whole new direction — one I’m not comfortable with. President Obama has chosen to ram Obamacare down our throats, and the state houses and liberals have seen fit to legalize recreational pot?
So, with all the hazards of smoking we have been hearing about for over 30 years, the cost that adds to health care, even under Obamacare, and the long- term health concerns how are we going to deal with the whole new set of circumstances that legalized pot has brought us? Out-of-state party hounds flying in on Easter to get high, food products with pot in them, drug testing for jobs and DUI offenses, personal safety on job sites — the list goes on and on.
The elected officials who profess to be “looking out for our welfare” because apparently we are too stupid to do it for ourselves seem to be more guided by political motivation than actual known outcomes of use of the drug. I think they were just looking for something else to tax, and if we smoke enough of it, we probably just won’t care. Never fear; Choom is on the job.
NASA report says man-made global warming is still debatable
Many should take issue with your editorial, “Hedging our bets on carbon emissions” printed Wednesday.
No one doubts that the climate has changed, does change and is changing. What many people doubt is that:
• it is caused by man
• it is any different than any other of the drastic changes in global climate that have occurred already
• expensive, economy-destroying government policies will have any effect, aside from shifting wealth into the coffers of politicians and their cronies.
Everyone should check the report by retired NASA scientists published at www.therightclimatestuff.com. The final report of these highly educated and experienced scientists and engineers was released on the web in February. Their first two conclusions are:
• The science that predicts the extent of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is not settled science.
• Our U.S. government is overreacting to concerns about anthropogenic global warming
The behavior of the man-made global warming alarmists from the beginning has alerted me to the suspicion that they are not truthful. Throughout my engineering career, I have never dealt with a scientist or other expert who tried to shut down discussion by declaring that the “science is settled.” No true scientist would ever make such a statement because It is contrary to the way in which science is practiced.
GEORGE E. CORT
Old math morphs into Obama-math
Under the old math, if a company had 15 people retire and only replaced 10 of them, this would be a loss of five jobs. However, under Obama-math this would count as 10 jobs created. It’s just a matter of who gives you the “facts.”
Booth, other museum staffers lauded for dedication
I recently had the privilege of meeting and working with some of the staff members of the Museum of Western Colorado. As a volunteer on spring cleaning day at Dinosaur Journey Museum, I witnessed the passion, dedication and hard work of these fine folks.
Being a grandmother of a child who suffers from nut allergies, I was especially pleased with the replacement of the crushed walnut shells in the dig pit. I wish to thank Peter Booth, Ph.D., who, in his short 15 months as executive director, put forth much effort to find a suitable and safe substitute to replace the shells, which were donated many years before his time.
Along with that search for an alternative material came the challenge of how to finance it (no easy task for our nonprofit organizations). A special thank-you also goes to the city of Fruita for its financial support of this project.
Please visit and support this fun, educational, little gem in our valley and perhaps join me next year on spring-cleaning day. Participating in the “bathing of 40-foot dinosaurs” makes for an interesting topic of