Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: Obamacare

Feb.
10th

OBAMA: President isn’t given enough blame/credit

Re: “Policies haven’t helped the middle class” (letter, 2-9).

There is so much wrong with what the writer penned it’s hard to know where to start.

Working part time and low wages are cost cutting for profits caused by big business and not President Obama.

Ten million new jobs created in six years? Thank you, Obama. We’re out of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Thank you Obama. The Congressional Budget Office estimates Obamacare will save 20 percent more than originally estimated. Thank you, Obama.

Public sector jobs as well as private sector jobs under unions are what has built the middle class

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Feb.
6th

OBAMA: Policies haven’t helped the middle class

With his Fiscal Year 2016 budget rollout, President Obama spoke in glowing terms about the economy. The unemployment rate has come down to 5.6 percent, but millions of Americans have stopped looking for work, are working part-time or are in low-paying jobs.

Is Obama finally trying to help the middle class? What was he doing the past six years?

While thousands of private sector jobs were being lost, billions were being spent to preserve public sector union jobs (unions are a core constituency of the Democratic Party). Was your job saved?

Obamacare was going to reduce annual premiums $2,500 for a

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Jan.
13th

ACA: Horrible experience with Obamacare

One of the promises of the Affordable Care Act was that your present insurance would not be canceled. If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn I will sell you.

My son was recently hospitalized, and the diagnosis was that he had pancreatic cancer. He was sent home to wait for surgery which was then scheduled for Jan.  7. The hospital did some checking and called him the day before to tell him that he had no insurance. The cancellation notice came while he was hospitalized, and he had not yet opened the accumulated mail.

Since then he

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Nov.
17th

ACA: Krauthammer OK with ‘transfer of wealth’?

It is time to call the bluff of Charles Krauthammer, the apparent champion of honesty and transparency, and the deadly foe of any “huge transfer of wealth” (unless, of course it is upward into the hands of the already wealthy).

Never has he noted the massive “transfer” of wealth to the “1 percent” over the past three decades, a ”transfer” fully documented by many writers and economists.

I read his frequent diatribes with gritted teeth, still trying to understand the point of his constant fault-finding, rarely accompanied by any constructive alternatives.

What are his values and motives? He rarely states them,

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Nov.
17th

ACA: Cheerleaders don’t provide all the facts

Re: “No health insurance? Now’s when you can sign up” (Viewpoint, 11-16).

The authors don’t mention the cost of signing up for an Obamacare program, and they don’t state the cost to the consumer of deductibles.

An Affordable Care Act policy does nothing for you until that deductible is met, and how many can afford a deductible of perhaps $8,000? Meanwhile the premiums are used to subsidize others, an intentional wealth transfer.

I’m always wary of anyone trying to sell me something who is coy about the price. Recent revelations of video by Jonathan Gruber and well-known statements by President Obama made

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Nov.
13th

OBAMACARE: Where were our representatives?

Missing from the angst about Obamacare are the actions of our representatives in Congress. The recent revelation of deceptions by Jonathan Gruber in preparing the text of the Affordable Care Act and his referring at least three times to the American people as “stupid” has again raised the ugly head of deceit practiced in the passing of this Bill.

Maybe our representatives in Congress need job descriptions, to include their primary obligation of serving as the delegate of the people who voted them into office. There is no excuse for voting on a bill that they haven’t read and don’t

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Nov.
11th

OBAMACARE: No typos in ACA language

Re: “Death by typo: Frivolous attack on Obamacare” (Paul Krugman column, 11-11).

The Krugman column was printed in The News Tribune the day after the video of Jonathan Gruber, architect of the Affordable Care Act, was made public.

The video is a recording of a meeting among President Obama’s staff, explaining how carefully the text of the law had to be prepared. Gruber says he had to avoid calling it a tax (which would not pass), and it could not be disclosed that healthy people would be paying for coverage for the sick. He was proud of the many rewrites that

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Nov.
11th

OBAMACARE: Deception in the ACA’s intent

Two architects of the Affordable Care Act - Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist and fellow at The Center for American Progress, and MIT economist Jonathan Gruber - recently voiced troubling information regarding the intention of Obamacare.

Emanuel wrote an article in the Atlantic last month, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” in which he argues that in many ways those who manage to live beyond 75 become a burden on health care resources and seldom make meaningful contributions to the quality of life for society as a whole. This simple-minded assessment seems to overlook the drain on resources presented by drug addicts, alcoholics, the

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