Letters to the Editor: Oct. 1, 2013

Obamacare will destroy the overall US economy

In response to the letter from Kathy Fealhaber in the Sept. 24 Daily Journal. I can’t believe why she is so blind to what Obamacare will do to our country. The answers have been so obvious over the past year with so many people losing their jobs or their hours have been cut reducing them to part time workers due to Obamacare. Insurance premiums are set to increase and so many people will still be without insurance.

Everything we were told about Obamacare was a lie. Do you call that great? I guess that could be called insanity as we heard those lies over and over from the Democrats.

If Obamacare is so great, why are so many companies and our representatives in Washington wanting nothing to do with it and have managed to get themselves exempted from this horrible law. Even the unions have said this is bad for our country and “will ruin the 40-hour work week” (and they love Obama).

The Republicans are desperately trying to save our country. You can plainly see what Obamacare is and will continue to wreck our economy.

How many times do you have to beat someone over the head for them to understand how detrimental this stupid law is.

I am proud of the Republicans standing up for us as this law was passed against the will of the people and shoved down our throats. I am a Republican and a member of the Tea Party and I firmly stand with them.

Ann Gruner

Tupelo

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Correction

Alabama CPA John Harget’s letter in the Sunday Journal was factually incorrect. Because Obamacare has been largely prefunded, defunding it now requires approval in two houses of Congress, not just the disapproval in one house of Congress.

  • guest

    Granted you are free to express your opinion but as posted below in reference to John Harget’s letter yours is void of facts to support your claims. What puzzles me is that not only are your claims wrong but they can easily be checked before you go off half cocked in a letter on line. When you get time I suggest you read up:

    http://www.factcheck.org/2013/09/obamacare-myths/
    http://www.factcheck.org/2013/09/obamacare-myths/
    http://www.factcheck.org/2013/08/no-special-subsidy-for-congress/

  • 1941641

    “…a member of the Tea Party…”

    Poor, Poor, Pitiful You, Ms Gruner.

  • Thile

    Harget’s and Gruner’s letters are fine examples of what happens when you believe everything spat out from the RW echo chamber: easily refuted misinformation, but these people don’t care about facts and reality. The correction at the bottom of the letter says it all. Sloppy work for someone who calls themself a CPA.

  • jwray17@wildblue.net

    In response to Ms. Gruner’s letter, I’d offer the following letter from the Governor of KY – oh, that our state had such visionary leadership.

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — SUNDAY morning news programs identify Kentucky as the
    red state with two high-profile Republican senators who claim their
    rhetoric represents an electorate that gave President Obama only about a
    third of its presidential vote in 2012.

    So why then is Kentucky — more quickly than almost any other state — moving to implement the Affordable Care Act?

    Because there’s a huge disconnect between the rank partisanship of
    national politics and the outlook of governors whose job it is to help
    beleaguered families, strengthen work forces, attract companies and
    create a balanced budget.

    It’s no coincidence that numerous governors — not just Democrats like me
    but also Republicans like Jan Brewer of Arizona, John Kasich of Ohio
    and Rick Snyder of Michigan — see the Affordable Care Act not as a
    referendum on President Obama but as a tool for historic change.

    That is especially true in Kentucky, a state where residents’ collective
    health has long been horrendous. The state ranks among the worst, if
    not the worst, in almost every major health category, including smoking,
    cancer deaths, preventable hospitalizations, premature death, heart
    disease and diabetes.

    We’re making progress, but incremental improvements are not enough. We
    need big solutions with the potential for transformational change.

    The Affordable Care Act is one of those solutions.

    For the first time, we will make affordable health insurance available
    to every single citizen in the state. Right now, 640,000 people in
    Kentucky are uninsured. That’s almost one in six Kentuckians.

    Lack of health coverage puts their health and financial security at risk.

    They roll the dice and pray they don’t get sick. They choose between
    food and medicine. They ignore checkups that would catch serious
    conditions early. They put off doctor’s appointments, hoping a condition
    turns out to be nothing. And they live knowing that bankruptcy is just
    one bad diagnosis away.

    Furthermore, their children go long periods without checkups that focus
    on immunizations, preventive care and vision and hearing tests. If they
    have diabetes, asthma or infected gums, their conditions remain
    untreated and unchecked.

    For Kentucky as a whole, the negative impact is similar but larger —
    jacked-up costs, decreased worker productivity, lower quality of life,
    depressed school attendance and a poor image.

    The Affordable Care Act will address these weaknesses.

    Some 308,000 of Kentucky’s uninsured — mostly the working poor — will be
    covered when we increase Medicaid eligibility guidelines to 138 percent
    of the federal poverty level.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville concluded that expanding Medicaid
    would inject $15.6 billion into Kentucky’s economy over the next eight
    years, create almost 17,000 new jobs, have an $802.4 million positive
    budget impact (by transferring certain expenditures from the state to
    the federal government, among other things), protect hospitals from cuts
    in indigent care funding and shield businesses from up to $48 million
    in annual penalties.

    In short, we couldn’t afford not to do it.

    The other 332,000 uninsured Kentuckians will be able to access
    affordable coverage — most with a discount — through the Health Benefit
    Exchange, the online insurance marketplace we named Kynect: Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection.

    Kentucky is the only Southern state both expanding Medicaid and
    operating a state-based exchange, and we remain on target to meet the
    Oct. 1 deadline to open Kynect with the support of a call center that is
    providing some 100 jobs. Having been the first state-based exchange to
    complete the readiness review with the United States Department of
    Health and Human Services, we hope to become the first one to be
    certified.

    Frankly, we can’t implement the Affordable Care Act fast enough.

    As for naysayers, I’m offended by their partisan gamesmanship, as they
    continue to pour time, money and energy into overturning or defunding
    the Affordable Care Act. It’s shameful that these critics haven’t
    invested that same level of energy into trying to improve the health of
    our citizens.

    They insist that the Affordable Care Act will never work — when in fact a
    similar approach put into effect in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then
    the governor, is working.

    So, to those more worried about political power than Kentucky’s families, I say, “Get over it.”

    The Affordable Care Act was approved by Congress and sanctioned by the Supreme Court. It is the law of the land.

    Get over it … and get out of the way so I can help my people. Here in
    Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day or another life.

    Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is the governor of Kentucky.