Printed letters, October 28, 2013
The Affordable Healthcare Act, or Obamacare, is having a rough rollout. If we had the estimated $24 billion the American economy lost due to the actions of Sen. Ted Cruz’s fool-playing with the stability of the American dollar and our future, the rollout and necessary health care outreach could have had more resource support.
Programmers were not “essential.”
Veterans, do you remember when the Veterans Administration nationally changed over to electronic records in the late 1990s? The VA here in Grand Junction was a “beta” or test site. All personnel were responsible for changing over to and proficiently using the electronic programs as quickly as possible. Simultaneously, the nursing staff began using bar code medication administration. Consequently, it was a whole new way to do business.
It literally took a year for the staff to start trusting the electronic digital records. As one of only a few beta sites, the staff at the Grand Junction VA was responsible for communicating necessary changes to the programming.
Huge digital programs like these take time and a lot of coordinated effort to make a workable product. Each user’s experience makes that of the next user smoother and more productive. Time is the most important element for the programming, and patience is the most important attribute for the users.
llness care in the U.S. is grossly overrated. The ACA is a new way to approach the health state of our population. It focuses more resources on upfront care, namely prevention. Preventative health access can and will turn our illness-focused care into true health care. If you are eligible and have not registered due to a brain-dead principle, I refuse to pay your emergency bill.
Obamacare will increase cost of premiums and deductibles
The president is sticking to his guns, insisting that Obamacare is a great law. Many are already benefiting from it. Like most laws liberals promote, it isn’t about the overall results or the cost.
This law does require that many provisions be added to existing policies right now that many insured have no need for, like maternity coverage. That has resulted in sky-rocketing premiums and higher deductibles for those already insured. Many insurance companies are dropping policies for many who are currently insured because they are not in compliance with the demands of Obamacare. It’s a good deal for some (if you need maternity coverage), but awful for many others. They lose the ability to keep a policy or build a new one that suits their individual needs. This additional cost is an indirect tax.
The penalty for not having coverage next year is $95 or 1 percent of your income. That tax goes up significantly in future years. The reality of these indirect and direct taxes will shock lots of people. You think things are bad with the Obamacare website? Wait until you see how bad this law is in its fine print.
The Supreme Court got it right when it upheld this law. The president likes to point this out. The court said Obamacare is all about taxes. Those taxes cannot be hidden much longer. We the people still have the right to elect politicians who don’t increase taxes. In the end we will decide how good this law is.
Global warming causes effects that will create more warming
The problem with human-caused global warming is that it is cumulative over time. Greenhouse gases last 100 years, and the current population is near 7 billion and still going up.
A bigger problem with global warming is unforeseen consequences creating and reinforcing even more global warming. These include methane releases from permafrost thawing (already happening), undersea methane releases and humans rebuilding and living unsustainably in flood-prone coastal areas.
The federal government should not be subsidizing rebuilding in flood-prone coastal areas. While a good economy is a good foundation for sustainability, sustainability is a greater foundation for the economy. In the future, most people will know that burning nonrenewable fossil fuels is a weakness.
FMHS soccer team happy to compete at Walker Field
The Fruita Monument boys soccer team set a goal early this year to win the SWL and host a state playoff game — which it had not done for 20 years.
To help realize this dream, the boys continually visualized playing this game at CMU’s Walker Field. When the bracket was first announced, the game was originally scheduled to be played at Canyon View — a great playing field but not very spectator-friendly.
Thanks to the diligent hard work of Denny Squibb at Fruita Monument, Paul Cain with District 51 and Jermaine Williams at CMU, the site was changed to the beautiful CMU venue.
As head coach, I know how hard these boys have worked to accomplish this goal. I also appreciate all of the valley’s soccer enthusiasts who came together and attended the game. Thank you for your support. I also want to thank The Daily Sentinel and local broadcast media for their coverage this season.
FMHS Soccer Coach