published Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Letters to the editors

Night on Delta Queen awesome experience

Last Saturday night, I experienced the dream of a lifetime, spending the night on the Delta Queen. It was one of the most awesome experiences of my life. The integrity of the boat has been maintained with all of the beauty of the antiques, stained glass, and even the mechanical systems, like even keeping the steam engine. And it didn’t hurt that it was the last night of Riverbend. Can you imagine experiencing Little Richard and the festival’s finale, the fireworks, from a rocking chair on the Queen’s deck?

Again a big thank you to Harry Phillips for all of the hard work he has done to bring the Queen to our city so we may all experience it and its beauty and charm once again.

NANETTE HAWKINS

Fort Oglethorpe

Protest to leaders about health cuts

In the news Friday (June 12), U.S. House Democrat leaders are proposing $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and $600 billion in tax increases for health care reform. Those elderly people on Medicare or Medicaid are lucky to get enough care as it is, with politicians having cut doctors and hospital pay allowance.

Cutting medical services by another $400 billion will most likely cause rationing of services and waiting periods for needed services.

Surely we can protest to our congressmen and senators and president about this and not be too lazy to do so.

CLINTON GRANT

Rossville

Private insurance is the intruder

One talking point used by opponents of a government-run option in health care is that government will come between patient and doctor. Experiences with both a private and a public insurer lead me to a quite different conclusion.

Many of us on Medicare (public) also have supplemental policies through private insurers. My supplemental policy explicitly says that the insurer will pay up to $120 a year for an annual physical. The past five years I have gone to my physician for this service. In addition, I’ve visited the doctor a time or two each year for treatment of minor ailments covered by Medicare. After the $100 deductible has been met, Medicare paid for services, no questions asked. I’ve experienced nothing approaching an intrusion between me and my doctor.

Not so with my private policy. Each year the first action taken by the private insurer is to deny the claim.

On several occasions, I’ve had to ask my doctor to resubmit claims. Then I’ve had to have extensive conversations with insurance representatives to get the company to honor provisions of my supplemental policy.

People like me already have both public and private options. It’s the private company that consistently has stood between me and my medical care.

BOYCE BRAWLEY

Crossbearers should not be judging

Let’s see. Two teenagers holding hands are called “fornicators” (June 13 news story). A young man with long hair (which Jesus had, by the way) is labeled a homosexual. I have only one thing to say to the crossbearers: “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

LAUREN PIENIASZEK

Ooltewah

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moon4kat said...

I agree. My so-called "good" health insurance (BC/BS) frequently denies, delays and defers payment of VALID claims. Private insurance companies are unnecessary middlemen, creating paperwork profit-centers that make money by frustrating doctors and their patients.

June 18, 2009 at 10:53 a.m.
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