Printed letters, August 8, 2012

I can’t remember the last time I read in the news anything productive being done in the U.S. Congress. Partisanship and the resulting gridlock exist because the few who are willing to work together are silenced with threats from special-interest (money) groups and/or party hardliners.

We need representatives who will put their heads together as we deal with a stagnant economy and escalating education and health care costs threatening to undermine the middle class.

When it comes to voting for the congressman in Colorado’s 3rd Congress- ional District, Sal Pace will get my vote.

During his tenure as Colorado House Minority Leader, Sal worked with both parties to protect our water, improve hunting and fishing habitats and eliminate the estate tax for farmers and ranchers.

Pace emulates the bipartisan tone set by Colorado Sens. Bennet and Udall, who have proudly represented all the people of our state by tirelessly working across the aisle. We need more representation with this mindset to move our country forward.

We all understand that change in Washington is necessary. Our elected officials must work diligently to make sound decisions that allow each and every one of us to maximize our talents and have a quality of life that all people of the world aspire to.

The election of Sal Pace will add a voice in Congress to those who have the courage to work together for the American people.

JUDY HEGGE

Grand Junction

Pace would ignore opinion of majority on health care

Poor old Bill Grant and Sal Pace live in an alternative universe.

After reading Pace’s commentary on his take of Obamacare, I had little doubt that he would have been standing arm in arm with President Obama and Nancy Pelosi in support of it.

He would have been one of the “pass this bill to find out what’s in it” crowd, glibly mouthing that this bill is going to allow you to keep your physician, is going to be cheaper, and is not going to add to the national debt. He did hit on the solution when he pointed to what the local and state governments are doing here in the Grand Junction area with health care.

Health care from a centralized federal government is not the answer. If it takes 50 votes to repeal this bad piece of legislation, then so be it. A large majority of people in the country and in this district want Obamacare repealed. Nancy Pelosi and Sal Pace would work against that majority.

In Grant’s universe it is only “fair” (a code word for socialism) to tax the top 2 percent of earners more because if it had not been for the government they would not have able to earn their money, even though this group already pays more than 40 percent of the total tax bill.

After all, only the government can grow the economy and create jobs and these 2-percenters are getting ahead in spite of the government’s best efforts to prevent them from doing so.

The economic uncertainty has been created by the Obama regime and the Democratic Party because of their belief that somehow they can tax and spend their way out of the economic mess we are in.

Rep. Scott Tipton is doing what those of us who voted for him want him to do. It is not a very difficult thing to understand. We want Congress to cut taxes and make the United States a more business-friendly place. More importantly, we want Congress to cut spending.

MICHAEL HIGGINS

Grand Junction

 

Economy historically shows better growth under Dems

We read and hear so much about which party will handle the U.S. economy the best. Here is some history that we should consider.

Democrats have been in the White House for 22 years and the Republicans 28 during the last 50 years. The Democrats created 42 million jobs, the Republicans 24 million.

The gross domestic product grew 4.1 percent under the Democrats and 2.7 percent under the Republicans, while real income grew 2.2 percent under the Democrats and 0.6 percent under the Republicans.

Stock-market returns also grew more under the Democrats, 992 percent, compared to 109 percent under the Republicans. The annualized stock-market returns were 2.7 percent under the Republican and 11 percent under the Democrats.

If you are a member of the working class, you should know that you did better in the last 50 years under the Democratic leadership, but so did big business and the financial markets.

So, the next time you hear Republicans talk about how bad a Democrat in the White House could be, please consider the facts. 

JEFF PHILLIPS

Whitewater



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Mike Higgins’ ill-informed polemic (“Pace would ignore opinion of majority on health care”, August 8, 2012) confirms that local “opinion” opposing the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) remains firmly grounded in willful ignorance of its benefits.  Thus:

First, nothing in the ACA prevents anyone from continuing to see their physician-of-choice, and its Medicaid provisions increase compensation for many such physicians.

Second, every authoritative study establishes that health insurance premiums will likely increase at a slower pace under the ACA rather than without it, as will total health care costs – particularly, as its provisions promoting primary and preventive care take effect.

Likewise, third, Higgins disingenuously ignores the Congressional Budget Office’s recent report that the ACA will actually reduce the national debt over the next ten years.

Fourth, Higgins totally misses the point as to why Grand Junction has been touted as a paradigm for health care reform – and as a viable alternative to both avaricious for-profit health insurers and to “socialized medicine”.  Because of cooperative community-wide efforts and Rocky Mountain Health Plan’s not-for-profit status, the Grand Valley enjoys lower health insurance premiums and lower overall health care costs.  By promoting not-for-profit health insurance cooperatives in state insurance exchanges, the ACA will create free market competition for commercial health insurers that will help control premiums.

Fifth, nothing in the ACA entails “health care from a centralized federal government”.  Rather, the ACA addresses the questions of who pays how much for what benefits, rather than who provides health care.  The American Hospital Association supports the ACA because – by insuring millions more – hospitals will be compensated for the health care services they already routinely provide to the uninsured.

Thus, as suggested by Bill Grant’s timely column (“Women must stand with Obama to protect their health care rights”, August 8, 2012), Sal Pace – not Scott Tipton—is responsibly leading public “opinion” toward better appreciating the ACA.

              Bill Hugenberg
              543 Rim Drive
              Grand Junction, CO 81507
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