Printed Letters: April 24, 2014
Obamacare will take down fragile economy
Until last October, my family had affordable health insurance with decent coverage. We are a family of four, and we live a healthy lifestyle. We count ourselves blessed to have no serious illnesses. Aside from annual well visits and the rare event of a broken bone or a few stitches, we don’t have too many doctors’ visits.
Today, our Obamacare health insurance costs $1,100 per month: $250 more per month for the premium and deductibles that are twice as high with higher copays.
The entire process of selecting coverage was a disaster, and for all the hair-pulling, tear-shedding misery of “sucking it up” for the common good, it just keeps getting worse. Under the un-Affordable Care Act, our health insurance premiums alone cost more than our housing. My husband owns a small business, and I pick up part-time work when I can. We fall just under the threshold for subsidies.
I attended the health care reform update sponsored by the League of Women Voters April 14. Dr. Michael Pramenko started by stating he would be neutral. While he had a couple of neutral moments, his talk definitely leaned left, like the lady in front of me “leaning” toward her neighbor to say: “They just want to see Obama fail.”
I expected this bias. Most people in that room were over 65 and on Medicare. We are not sharing the same experience.
To the people in that room who scoffed at all the antics of those awful conservatives, I hope they continue to laugh when the weight of this huge tax bill helps to take down an already fragile economy. Plenty of families like mine have $3,000 per year less to pour into the economy.
A policy is only socially just if its implementation doesn’t hurt other people.
GOP originally put forth plan similar to Affordable Care Act
I am amazed at the ongoing negative response to “Obamacare” from right-wing conservatives. In actuality, President Obama’s health care plan was originally the Republicans’ idea back in the 1990s; thus, their inability to come up with something different or better than “Obamacare.” It was all their idea in the first place. In fact, the plan was so good that Mitt Romney adopted it for the state of Massachusetts when he was governor, and it has been a huge success there.
The national mandate, which is so abhorrent to conservatives, was originally proposed by them as a free-market ploy to guarantee coverage for all Americans in lieu of another entitlement program like Medicare … God forbid. One would think that this history of health care for all would have been a bipartisan effort, wouldn’t one?
However, when Obama favored it, the Republicans had no choice but to reject it. After all, their purpose in all of this gridlock and partisan politics is to see Obama fail.
It’s interesting to read Paul Krugman’s article, “Health Care Nightmares.” Contrary to the title, he talks about the successes of “Obamacare” and the lies that accompany the horror stories about Obama’s health care plan What is abhorrent is that some states have refused to expand Medicaid, and, as a result, people are dying.
When will the hypocrisy and the blatant disregard for bettering the lives of average Americans stop?
For the truth check boston.com, “Health Insurance Mandate began as a Republican Idea” and nytimes.com, Paul Krugman. Interesting reading for those who care.
HOLLY VON HELMS
City Council must challenge ACLU’s heavy-handed tactics
As a long-time resident of western Colorado and a past holder of public office, I am continually amazed that the response to a threatened lawsuit by the ACLU has brought more than one community or commission to its knees. “Do as we say, or face a costly lawsuit.” How is this right?
Just the mention of its name sends us running. Are not the taxpayers of this country entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Why must we continually be controlled by groups who put perceived entitlements of others before the rights of its citizens?
I, for one, would like to see the ACLU’s practices challenged. It has cost this country millions of dollars in wasted opportunities and resources.
I support making a stand. Let’s send the bullies in suits packing.
Lessons on water conservation learned in ‘50s still apply to all
As a child growing up in Vernal, Utah, during the early 1950s, I learned the value of our most important natural resource, water. My father worked long and hard for the approval of the Echo Park Dam to help conserve the water within the upper Colorado River basin. Ultimately, Echo Park was replaced by the Glen Canyon Dam.
I followed with great interest the wonderful articles by Gary Harmon, which outlined many of the same problems that still face this area with the amount of our water that is available. Many legal documents outline how and where this precious resource is to be allocated. I was dismayed to read that some feel that conservation should take a back seat to increased storage capacity.
With the Front Range wanting more of the Colorado River water, and the decades-old accords allocating water to the other six Colorado River basin states, plus the treaties with Mexico, it is incumbent on everyone to conserve every drop of water we can.
The lessons of the ‘50s are still the lessons of today.
MARY KAY WRAY