Printed letters, February 11, 2014

In the near term, the widespread anxiety of 57 percent of the American public will become more of a reality. They remember the good times when they, along with 80 percent of other Americans, had insurance and liked their policies.

They are now asking why the Democrats and President Barack Obama tore up the entire health care system just to fix the problems for the other 20 percent. Now we are learning that even after Obamacare is fully implemented, who knows when, we are going to have about the same number of people uninsured.

Current heath premiums are skyrocketing, we are incurring huge administrative expenses, and, according to the Congressional Budget Office, more than 2.3 million future full-time jobs will be lost. What a disaster.

I think the Affordable Care Act is on the road of no return. Every day we dig the hole deeper for a program that is fundamentally flawed. The near-term problems that will surface are the lack of security on the website and the hiring of navigators without background checks. Both are invitations for identity theft. The question is not if this breach will occur, but when.

I am guessing the employer mandate will be extended. With the previous bad news about the act, Democrats can’t handle the political heat from the publicity of millions of people, currently insured by employers’ policies, being canceled in October.

While the Republicans will have fits, Obama can extend the deadline with the stroke of a pen. If he does something unconstitutional or unethical, a court ruling will not come out until after this year’s election.

So, what does Obama have to lose? He needs to keep control of the Senate for the last two years of his term.

WILLIAM F. McKNIGHT

Grand Junction

Let people smoke, drink, 
gamble at an earlier age

Charles Ashby’s article on Jan. 27, “Bill hikes Colorado tobacco age to 21,” was about the new bill that would raise the legal age for the purchase of tobacco. It raises some questions.

In the article, Sen. Steve King is quoted as saying there needs to be consistency in the law as to how it regulates legal vices. I agree with this, but I would say to go the opposite direction. Instead of raising the age for the purchase of tobacco, we should be lowering the age for access to alcohol, marijuana and gambling.

By the time most people in Colorado have turned 18. they have already had repeated access to alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes and sometimes even hard drugs such as LSD. Raising the age for tobacco consumption isn’t going to stop underage smoking or smoking in general. People will find a way to smoke if they really want to.

At the age of 18, a person obtains the right to vote and serve in the armed forces. This means we are trusting people of this age not only to help pick the next leader of our country, but also to help defend this country from those who would destroy it.

Having the age of legal consumption set at 21 sets a double standard for these people. We trust them to die in our defense and pick the person who will lead us, but we don’t trust them with their own personal life decisions.

MATTHEW ABBOTT

Delta

 

State’s marijuana users 
make our streets less safe

Thanks to the marijuana lovers in Colorado, we now can worry about how many people are unfit to drive because they have had too many “joints.” 

BOB STRONG

Montrose



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