Letters to the Editor September 5, 2013

Defund Obamacare to save the nation

A very important deadline is looming if we are to avoid another setback to the weak economy. Congress must pass a continuing resolution before Oct. 1 to prevent a government shutdown. This continuing resolution is also the last opportunity to stop the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act better known as Obamacare before it is fully implemented on Jan. 1, 2014. Congress will be back in session Sept. 9 with three weeks to pass a continuing resolution. Now may be the only opportunity to defund Obamacare and stop it from being implemented.

Why should ObamaCare be defunded? People are already paying higher premiums for their health insurance. People are losing employer-provided health insurance. Employers are cutting back full time jobs to part time to avoid the mandates of Obamacare. The growing shortage of medical care providers. And all this before Obamacare is fully implemented. No one knows what the full impact of Obamacare will be on individuals, employers and the medical profession. The best indications we have are two other government-run systems in Canada and Great Britain where care is rationed, people are dying on waiting lists for treatment and the people have no control over their own health care.

The statistics of this recession since 2007 are staggering. Median household income down by 8.1 percent. Fifteen percent of Americans living in poverty, the highest number in the 53 years records have been kept. Food stamp enrollment is up 50 percent and seven of every eight jobs created are part-time jobs.

While we are still waiting for an economic recovery, the added costs of Obamacare could very well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It is absolute lunacy to increase spending when we are drowning in debt. Contact your legislators now while they are debating the continuing resolution and demand they defund Obamacare. If this opportunity is missed we will have to live with Obamacare whether we like it or not.

Raymond Settle

Blue Mountain

  • guest

    This, in my opinion, is the reason our country is in the shape it’s currently in. I don’t blame Raymond Settle of Blue Mountain; he is just passing on the same discredited misinformation we have been hearing for the past 4 years. I hold the media responsible for allowing this misinformed opinion an audience without any supporting facts. The public cannot make informed decisions when exposed to miss informed rhetoric. Regardless of how one “feels” about the Affordable Health Care Act you cannot avoid the following facts:
    1. You will not be able to defund the program only hold it up at the expense of the people. People like Raymond fail to see the extra cost spreading miss information or countless attempts of defunding it.
    2. People have been facing higher insurance premiums for over 14 years but in the states that are actively setting up the exchanges they are seeing rates drop as much as 50%. There is no link to the increase in part time jobs to the AHCA but with it part time workers have a chance to get subsidized health insurance.
    3. We know the State of Massachusetts has 98% of its residents covered with an approval rating of over 70%. The insurance mandate has been a republican idea going back as far as President Nixon.
    4. You can’t compare the health care systems of Canada and Great Britain to a Health Insurance mandate – there are two different things completely. I will add that if you compare objectively the health results of our country to theirs – they are doing better at least a cost of over 30%.
    5. The CBO and other independent groups that have analyzed the law state that it will reduce the burden on our debt.
    My suggestion to Mr. Settle and those like him who dislike AHCA is – instead of fighting this maybe you can offer a better option. Let’s have a real discussion of the pros and cons. I could care less if you like the law or not but before you go off and publish a letter to thousands of people in the newspaper I would think you would make sense.

    • Ells Worth

      This is what I call real Obama talking points. (half truth or complete falsehoods.)

      • TWBDB

        Mr Worth – – here’s just one polling site to review – – but they all look pretty much the same. Insurance premiums have risen every year for a long time. In the past year, there’s really been little difference.

        http://www.gallup.com/poll/4708/healthcare-system.aspx

      • TWBDB

        Mr Worth – – here’s just one polling site to review – – but they all look pretty much the same. Insurance premiums have risen every year for a long time. In the past year, there’s really been little difference.

        http://www.gallup.com/poll/4708/healthcare-system.aspx

      • TWBDB

        Mr Worth – – here’s just one polling site to review – – but they all look pretty much the same. Insurance premiums have risen every year for a long time. In the past year, there’s really been little difference.

        http://www.gallup.com/poll/4708/healthcare-system.aspx

      • TWBDB

        Mr Worth – – here’s just one polling site to review – – but they all look pretty much the same. Insurance premiums have risen every year for a long time. In the past year, there’s really been little difference.

        http://www.gallup.com/poll/4708/healthcare-system.aspx

      • countrydawg

        “Waaaaaah those TRUE statements and REALITY make my head hurt!!! Owwww!” – Ells Worth

      • countrydawg

        “Waaaaaah those TRUE statements and REALITY make my head hurt!!! Owwww!” – Ells Worth

      • countrydawg

        “Waaaaaah those TRUE statements and REALITY make my head hurt!!! Owwww!” – Ells Worth

      • countrydawg

        “Waaaaaah those TRUE statements and REALITY make my head hurt!!! Owwww!” – Ells Worth

    • Ells Worth

      This is what I call real Obama talking points. (half truth or complete falsehoods.)

  • guest

    This, in my opinion, is the reason our country is in the shape it’s currently in. I don’t blame Raymond Settle of Blue Mountain; he is just passing on the same discredited misinformation we have been hearing for the past 4 years. I hold the media responsible for allowing this misinformed opinion an audience without any supporting facts. The public cannot make informed decisions when exposed to miss informed rhetoric. Regardless of how one “feels” about the Affordable Health Care Act you cannot avoid the following facts:
    1. You will not be able to defund the program only hold it up at the expense of the people. People like Raymond fail to see the extra cost spreading miss information or countless attempts of defunding it.
    2. People have been facing higher insurance premiums for over 14 years but in the states that are actively setting up the exchanges they are seeing rates drop as much as 50%. There is no link to the increase in part time jobs to the AHCA but with it part time workers have a chance to get subsidized health insurance.
    3. We know the State of Massachusetts has 98% of its residents covered with an approval rating of over 70%. The insurance mandate has been a republican idea going back as far as President Nixon.
    4. You can’t compare the health care systems of Canada and Great Britain to a Health Insurance mandate – there are two different things completely. I will add that if you compare objectively the health results of our country to theirs – they are doing better at least a cost of over 30%.
    5. The CBO and other independent groups that have analyzed the law state that it will reduce the burden on our debt.
    My suggestion to Mr. Settle and those like him who dislike AHCA is – instead of fighting this maybe you can offer a better option. Let’s have a real discussion of the pros and cons. I could care less if you like the law or not but before you go off and publish a letter to thousands of people in the newspaper I would think you would make sense.

  • TWBDB

    This is silly. There are certainly no more people ‘dying in line while waiting on critical care treatment’ in Canada and Great Britain than there are right here in the US. As a matter of fact, many major US health care providers accept both Canadian and UK single payer coverage for treatment here in the US. I actually wonder how many US citizens are getting bumped for treatment here in the US due to the acceptance of these foreign health care plans. Have you ever googled that?

  • TWBDB

    This is silly. There are certainly no more people ‘dying in line while waiting on critical care treatment’ in Canada and Great Britain than there are right here in the US. As a matter of fact, many major US health care providers accept both Canadian and UK single payer coverage for treatment here in the US. I actually wonder how many US citizens are getting bumped for treatment here in the US due to the acceptance of these foreign health care plans. Have you ever googled that?

    • countrydawg

      Mr. Settle ignores the fact that we have folks here in the US skipping medical care altogether because it’s prohibitively expensive without insurance. Emergency rooms should be for emergencies, not one’s primary medical care. A trip to the ER now comes with a surcharge ($100 up front at some MS hospitals) along with whatever care that person may need. The uninsured are time bombs; an accident or a family member in need of a medical procedure could devastate their finances. People decide whether to get that pain in their side or that headache that’s lasted for a week and a half checked out or buy groceries. How is this any different than “rationalized care in other countries?”

    • countrydawg

      Mr. Settle ignores the fact that we have folks here in the US skipping medical care altogether because it’s prohibitively expensive without insurance. Emergency rooms should be for emergencies, not one’s primary medical care. A trip to the ER now comes with a surcharge ($100 up front at some MS hospitals) along with whatever care that person may need. The uninsured are time bombs; an accident or a family member in need of a medical procedure could devastate their finances. People decide whether to get that pain in their side or that headache that’s lasted for a week and a half checked out or buy groceries. How is this any different than “rationalized care in other countries?”

    • countrydawg

      Mr. Settle ignores the fact that we have folks here in the US skipping medical care altogether because it’s prohibitively expensive without insurance. Emergency rooms should be for emergencies, not one’s primary medical care. A trip to the ER now comes with a surcharge ($100 up front at some MS hospitals) along with whatever care that person may need. The uninsured are time bombs; an accident or a family member in need of a medical procedure could devastate their finances. People decide whether to get that pain in their side or that headache that’s lasted for a week and a half checked out or buy groceries. How is this any different than “rationalized care in other countries?”

    • countrydawg

      Mr. Settle ignores the fact that we have folks here in the US skipping medical care altogether because it’s prohibitively expensive without insurance. Emergency rooms should be for emergencies, not one’s primary medical care. A trip to the ER now comes with a surcharge ($100 up front at some MS hospitals) along with whatever care that person may need. The uninsured are time bombs; an accident or a family member in need of a medical procedure could devastate their finances. People decide whether to get that pain in their side or that headache that’s lasted for a week and a half checked out or buy groceries. How is this any different than “rationalized care in other countries?”

  • 1941641

    Follow The Texans and Save The Nation

    Ell’s Worth’s “half truths and complete falsehoods” are the exact words I used to frame Rep. Alan Nonelee’s letter to the editor blasting Obamacare which appeared in the Journal just recently. “Falsehoods,” oh my can Alan tell them, big time!

    Nonelee and Ells Worth should seriously consider signing up with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s supporters to form what they appear to call the New Texas Nation. Like the secessionist movement they have been advocating for years now. It may be on go this time around for sure. The Lone Star State will be a nation to itself. Just think, Rep Louie Gohmert could at least be vice president. David Barton Secretary of Historical Texas Documents. Tim Wildmon Mullah of the People. And, many other opportunities for those eager to succeed in the New White Conservatives Only Texas.

    I’m not much of a praying man, but if there is any possibility at all of this “New Texas” being created, I encourage every American to pray for it with all they got. Just think about it as a “Dream That Could Come True” for every American man woman and child!!

    • Ells Worth

      I make it a point to never argue with anyone afflicted with dementia or obamacitis.

    • Ells Worth

      I make it a point to never argue with anyone afflicted with dementia or obamacitis.

      • 1941641

        Mr. Ells Worthless you are just now beginning to really live, thanks a bunch for your comment!! Oh, and BTW, don’t get hungover too much. Mr. Morals is watching!

      • 1941641

        Mr. Ells Worthless you are just now beginning to really live, thanks a bunch for your comment!! Oh, and BTW, don’t get hungover too much. Mr. Morals is watching!

      • 1941641

        Mr. Ells Worthless you are just now beginning to really live, thanks a bunch for your comment!! Oh, and BTW, don’t get hungover too much. Mr. Morals is watching!

      • 1941641

        Mr. Ells Worthless you are just now beginning to really live, thanks a bunch for your comment!! Oh, and BTW, don’t get hungover too much. Mr. Morals is watching!

    • Ells Worth

      I make it a point to never argue with anyone afflicted with dementia or obamacitis.

    • Ells Worth

      I make it a point to never argue with anyone afflicted with dementia or obamacitis.

  • 1941641

    Follow The Texans and Save The Nation

    Ell’s Worth’s “half truths and complete falsehoods” are the exact words I used to frame Rep. Alan Nonelee’s letter to the editor blasting Obamacare which appeared in the Journal just recently. “Falsehoods,” oh my can Alan tell them, big time!

    Nonelee and Ells Worth should seriously consider signing up with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s supporters to form what they appear to call the New Texas Nation. Like the secessionist movement they have been advocating for years now. It may be on go this time around for sure. The Lone Star State will be a nation to itself. Just think, Rep Louie Gohmert could at least be vice president. David Barton Secretary of Historical Texas Documents. Tim Wildmon Mullah of the People. And, many other opportunities for those eager to succeed in the New White Conservatives Only Texas.

    I’m not much of a praying man, but if there is any possibility at all of this “New Texas” being created, I encourage every American to pray for it with all they got. Just think about it as a “Dream That Could Come True” for every American man woman and child!!