Letters to the Editor

Obama’s health math just doesn’t add up
In his speech to Congress on Wednesday, President Obama promised people with health insurance that it will be against the law for an insurance company to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition, for an insurance company to ever drop coverage, to place any limit on how much could ever be paid out on a policy, to ask you to pay more out of your pocket for health care than the limit set by the government regardless of the care required, and to charge you higher premiums even though all policies must pay for checkups and preventative care. Sounds good, doesn’t it? But to make all of these promises with the understanding that you can keep what you have and that premiums will not go up defies common sense.
President Obama’s plan would require every individual American to have health insurance and every business to offer it to its employees or pay a fine. Yet he says he would exempt “95 perc ent of all small businesses” from the requirement. Small businesses employ over half of all the private sector workers in the country. How can he achieve his goals without including them in his plan?
Obama said he “will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits.” He admits that his plan will cost nearly $1 trillion over 10 years and says that it will be largely paid for with savings from Medicare and Medicaid and new taxes on health insurance companies. Taking $500 billion out of Medicare and Medicaid will have a big impact. The president’s waste may be the health care you need. He also said “we will create an independent commission of doctors and medical experts charged with identifying more waste in the years ahead.” This continues to be the focus of the president’s reform – a commission that decides what is covered and what is not, what is waste and what is not.
The president said, “I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.” I am concerned about anyone who thinks he is the last word on an issue. Health care is complex and intensely personal. A littl e humility in listening to people would go a long way toward developing a better approach.
Linda Pearson
Baldwyn

Jasper family thankful for support in tragedy
My wife, Melanie, and I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us and reached out to us during our recent tragedy.
On July 17, our 5-year-old son, Cooper, died due to a four wheeler accident on our small farm. We certainly are experiencing every parent’s worst nightmare by losing a child. Our loss would be even more unbearable if not for the wonderful, caring people in the Tupelo area. This is truly a remarkable place to live with many kind, thoughtful, loving folks.
We want to thank all of the emergency personnel in Pontotoc County and Tupelo who responded to the accident. Everyone was conscientious and very professional. We want to say thank you to caring individuals at the NMMC, Daily Journal, Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Hope Church, Lakeview Baptist Church and Academy, AFA and AFR.
It is impossible to mention all the other area churches, family and friends who reached out to us, but we hope this letter will help let you know there are not enough words to say thank you and say how much we appreciate the outpouring of love shown to us. Your thoughtfulness means more to us than you will ever know. Thank you for loving Cooper and our entire family the way you do and for holding us up in prayer.
God is so good and so faithful and though His ways are not our ways and we can’t see His plan, we trust His heart. He does see the whole picture and His plan is perfect and as painful as it was to let our sweet precious Cooper go, we know beyond the shadow of a doubt we will see him again and get to spend all of eternity with him.
We have always valued quality family time and have a lifetime of memories with Cooper to cherish. Life is fragile and it is precious. In light of what has happened to us, we want to encourage other parents to turn off the TV and spend time making memories with your children. It’s so very true that you really never know when it’s your last chance to hug and kiss a loved one.
Thank you again for your prayers and thoughtfulness. We love you.
J.J. and Melanie Jasper
Lauren, Sadie and Maddie
Tupelo

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