Printed letters, March 31, 2010

Emergency-room costs don’t justify health bill

This is regarding the article, “Local supporters cheer health vote,” The Daily Sentinel March 22:

“We already decided health care is a right by the way we treat ERs,” Michael Pramenko told the Sentinel.

Who decided? Not “we,” but Congress, when it passed a law forcing emergency rooms to treat everyone, regardless of ability to pay. By what right? None.

Each person has a right to liberty, as the Declaration of Independence asserts. Any law forcing anyone to provide a good or service violates our liberty.

It is wrong for anyone to take others’ earnings, achieved through their own efforts to spend by their own judgment. It is wrong to force anyone to serve others. That is why America abolished slavery.

Forced emergency-room treatment does not justify national health care. Rather, we should restore liberty. For more on this, please visit WeStandFIRM.org.

RICHARD WATTS

Hayden

Thanks due to Salazar for support of health bill

Thank you, Rep. John Salazar, for voting in favor of health reform.

Thank you for understanding the need to transform a medical system in a society that has already decided to care for all its citizens … through the emergency room.

Thank you for standing up to for-profit insurance companies that prioritize profits over patients and shareholders over policyholders.

Thank you for recognizing that we can’t realistically cover pre-existing conditions and encourage portability of insurance without an individual mandate. You listened to the 2008 Commission, the Colorado Medical Society and Club 20 — who all share this policy recommendation.

Thank you for insisting on more cost containment mechanisms in the health reform bill — many more than Mitt Romney requested in his Massachusetts health reform bill.

Thank you for inviting President Obama to Grand Junction to highlight how our local community and privately run health system saves millions of taxpayer dollars each year. And then, thanks for helping include some of these ideas in the reform bill.

Thank you for realizing that more uninsured Americans lead to much higher insurance rates for those remaining on insurance.

Thank you for recognizing that countries that provide universal health insurance have significantly lower abortion rates. Women have better access to preventive medicine.

And thank you for true leadership in starting to address the most difficult domestic issue of our time. It will be a work in progress.

Yes indeed, thank you Rep. John Salazar for your historic vote on health reform.

MICHAEL J. PRAMENKO, M.D.

Grand Junction

Salazar displays chutzpah with his fiscal claims

I was recently the recipient of a mass mailing by Congressman John Salazar regarding the federal deficit titled, “Congressman Salazar Knows Enough is Enough.” He goes on to say, “It’s a simple rule: Don’t spend what you don’t have.” This after voting for the biggest budget-buster entitlement program ever — the health care reform act.

This man must think his constituents are completely clueless. First, let him start following his own advice before trying to pawn himself off as a fiscal conservative. What chutzpah!

RICHARD E. STIEFLER

Grand Junction

County and state rules will end tractor help

I can relate to the problems of Jerry Darby as brought to our attention on The Daily Sentinel front page recently.

This is more serious for farm-designated machinery than one can realize.  I own a farm tractor and use it 98 percent of the time on my small acreage. But over the years, when heavy snow comes to our valley, I have plowed out 13 driveways for my neighbors, driven to town to clean off driveways and parking lots for non-profit groups and several years ago helped clean off Main Street when volunteers were requested.

If Mesa County, at the request of the state, goes forward to enforce the registration with SMM license, I can no longer offer these free services.

What are we coming to? I know we are in hard economic times, but really! Let’s show some logic and let the Legislature know.

BILL PITTS

Grand Junction



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