Printed Letters: June 18, 2017
Reform cannot include Medicaid reductions
I’m a Republican, and have been since voting for Ronald Reagan in 1980. I also have a son with autism who receives care paid for by Medicaid. With both these experiences in mind, I am writing to urge our elected officials to reject the American Health Care Act (ACHA) currently being debated in Washington.
As a taxpayer, I understand the need to manage costs and to prevent instances of fraud and abuse in government programs. Yet, as a father, I have experienced first-hand the importance of Medicaid to our most vulnerable citizens; the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who are mentally ill.
The truth is this should not be partisan issue. Democrats are just as likely as Republicans to have a child with autism, suffer from depression, or have a parent with Alzheimer’s. Healthcare is a problem we must solve together, a fact well understood by elected officials in the past.
Without a doubt, our healthcare system is a mess. Something needs to be done.
However, nearly half of Medicaid spending goes to people with disabilities, the elderly, and people with mental illnesses. The non-partisan Colorado Health Institute estimates that if the AHCA passes, Colorado would lose $340 million the first year and $14 billion over a decade. Colorado simply cannot absorb those cuts without drastically reducing services to the people who most need our help.
There has to be a better way to fix our broken system; one where nobody gets left behind and the Medicaid services people need to live productive lives are not sacrificed.
For these reasons, we should all urge Sen. Gardner, Sen. Bennet, and Congressman Tipton to oppose the American Health Care Act and instead work to find a solution that meets the needs of all Colorado’s citizens.
Editor’s note: Tim Hudner has lived in Grand Junction since 2008 when his son Sandy was admitted to the Grand Junction Regional Center. He is a member of the Colorado State Housing Board, the Grand Junction Housing Authority board, and a past chair of the Mental Health Center of Denver’s board.
Kayaker grateful to all who came to her rescue
A BIG shout out of thanks to all the people who helped to pull me and my kayak out of the Colorado River at the 24 Road boat landing on June 4 after our kayak got crosswise in a current and capsized, dumping my husband and me out.
He made it to the shore, but I was caught in a current and got swept downstream. Thank you to Rich for trying to throw me a line and then running downstream to try again. Thank you to the three kayakers who saw me and tried to get to me, but waited with me. Thank you to Abby, her brother, and her father for pulling me out with my oar. Thank you to Mary and Lukasz, who retrieved the kayak and had to float further to the Fruita landing while not realizing what was happening behind them. Thank you to the Redlands crew of the Grand Junction Fire Department that also came to my rescue. Thank you to Bri, Nora, and Eva for giving my husband and me a ride home.
Grand Junction is filled with good people! God bless all of you!
Election outcome matters less than the president’s actions
I try to read all of the articles in the ‘Commentary’ section of the Sentinel on a daily basis. Although I don’t agree with all of the commentaries, I learned long ago the importance of perspective and therefore I plow ahead.
Rick Wagner is one of those writers that I struggle with, though his D-Day article was one I appreciated — until his last paragraph.
He included the ongoing Republican mantra that those (of us) who “tear at the fabric of the country because they don’t like the election results.” That is so wrong.
Yes, we don’t like the results of the election, but what we really don’t like is:
1. The damage that this administration is adamant about doing to our environment..
2. That the administration is adamant about reversing conservation mandates, such as Bears Ears, for the benefit of the oil and gas interests.
3. That this administration wants to impose anti-immigrant legislation that is contrary to the principles of our country.
4. That this administration does not represent the real character of our country.
That’s what is bothering us.
What role did media play in shooting of Congressman?
What is perhaps so troubling about the shooter of the Republican lawmakers is that this deranged killer may very well have been a radicalized leftist who was impacted enormously by the media.
Violence from the left is a growing phenomenon that is affecting so many groups and conservative students on campus.
The solution is not to ban free speech, but to tone down rhetoric all around, especially anti-free speech rhetoric from the left.
HENRY A. WHEELER