Printed Letters: May 14, 2017
House passing AHCA is a major milestone
The American Health Care Act does not eliminate the pre-existing conditions the liberals so strongly want us to believe. To quote the AHCA: “Nothing in this act shall be construed as permitting health insurance insurers to limit access to health coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.”
However it does reduce taxes on the American people by over $1 trillion in abolishing 12 taxes that President Obama put into place with the passage of the ACA, even though he promised no additional taxes. Bashing the rich on benefits from tax cuts serves no purpose. They will always benefit to some extent — since they pay the majority of the taxes. Premiums on the ACA are unsustainable for most Americans, including businesses that provide insurance to their employees.
Providing health care coverage is a difficult undertaking and Rep. Scott Tipton does have the interest of his constituents at heart. He withheld his vote on the ACHA until items, such as pre-existing conditions, were included. Passing this act by the House of Representatives is a major milestone. Now it is up to the Senate to step up to the plate and get this act passed.
Tipton should join movement calling for investigation
President Trump recently fired FBI Director James Comey, the person in charge of overseeing the investigation of Trump’s ties to Russia. Comey’s termination came just hours after CNN reported that the FBI had issued subpoenas as part of the Trump-Russia investigation, and it came just days after Comey requested more funding for the investigation.
The White House states that Comey’s termination was recommended by Jeff Sessions, who was supposed to have recused himself from the investigation after lying to Congress about his own contact with Russian officials.
Despite the obvious appearance of corruption and the threat to our country, Rep. Scott Tipton has not joined the growing bipartisan group that is calling for an independent investigation. Instead, Tipton issued a weak statement saying, “None of the investigations should be impacted by the firing of Mr. Comey.” Is Tipton too daft to understand that the firing of Mr. Comey has already impacted the FBI investigation? Trump has sent a clear message that he will fire any member of the Department of Justice who dares investigate him.
Tipton must join the growing movement in support of creating an independent commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Tipton was elected to defend American democracy, not Russian interests. He needs to start doing his job.
Government can obligate us to do just about anything
I was glad to see Sean Goodbody’s commentary in the May 10 paper. I think he covered a lot of ground well. I was struck by a quote from Joe Walsh in answer to Jimmy Kimmel’s now famous monologue concerning his son’s health care. Mr. Walsh said, “Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s healthcare.” I need to explain why this is wrong in many ways.
First, when you buy insurance you are not paying for someone else’s health care, you are guaranteeing your own. It is not an act of forced generosity but a very intelligent response to the fact that anyone can be financially destroyed by the health care costs they might generate.
Second, Mr. Walsh and the rest of us are now and always have been obligated to pay for other people’s health care. As stated in the same issue of the Sentinel in regard to a state bill, “It lays to rest more than $250 million in planned cuts to hospitals from the fee program, used to pay for the health care for the poor. That program, paid for by hospitals themselves and matched by federal dollars that go back to those hospitals, has created a budget conundrum…” I presume that “paid for by the hospitals themselves” means paid for by the insured patients and others who can afford their care. We know where federal dollars come from. It seems that we will not tolerate folks dying in the streets no matter what our politics are.
Third, as I remember it, the government can obligate us to go to a foreign land and go to war. If it can do that, it can do about anything. With proper consensus, that’s how it should be.
Sentinel, continue to put positive news on front page
My compliments on the current format of the Sentinel. It is good to see positive happenings on the front page instead of the region’s dysfunction. This is more in keeping with the paper’s mission of being the custodian of the area’s history, and I am sure that it can only have a positive influence on the economics, progress and general good feelings of the citizens and businesses here or planning to move here.
ROBERT A. TALLARICO