published Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Letters to the Editors

Hasn't fraud, waste already been cut?

Did you ever wonder...

For the past 20 years, have you ever listened closely while politicians at all levels enlighten us mere mortals about our need and inferred right for better health care?

They inevitably unveil a new government program that (1) provides better health care, (2) to more people (3) at no increased individual cost or taxes -- or possibly even reduced expenses. They assure us that their program will be "revenue neutral" (i.e. at no increased expense) due to savings to be realized by reducing current "fraud, waste and abuse" in existing programs.

Did you ever wonder, since they are already aware of pools of millions of dollars currently being stolen from all government levels through fraud, waste and abuse, why have not appropriate agencies already recovered these funds and punished the crooks?

Insurance companies are legally required to reserve a certain percentage of all received premiums to ensure that funds are immediately available to cover potentially huge payouts incurred from dramatic tragedies (e.g. hurricanes or tornados). Do you wonder if your governments are presently "overlooking" huge pools of stolen funds to use to finance new socialized government programs?

Makes one wonder ...

MIKE BYINGTON

Signal Mountain

New traffic signal makes things worse

The traffic light at the intersection of East Brainerd and the Ooltewah-Ringgold roads is one of the most screwed up engineering that I ever observed!

This intersection had a four-way red blinking light. Traffic flowed with ease. Two opposing cars, one turning left, one going straight -- the straight traveler had the right of way, rarely ever a traffic jam!

So our knowledgeable traffic engineers installed standard signals, and traffic halts with horns blaring. What's wrong? Traffic going east on East Brainerd Road has a left-turn lane. All other traffic, no such privilege! Traffic behind them is stalled, tempers are flaring! Exiting the convenience store and going any direction? Traffic isn't moving, irate drivers not letting you into the flow.

What can the traffic engineers do to correct this? Easy! First, program the new lights back to the red blinking sequence. Then widen the road the other three directions, accommodating left- turn lanes. Simple!

This new traffic light was mandated because of the new East Hamilton High School. Even the school buses easily negotiating the red blinking light are having difficulty turning left, and I surely don't want "hot-under-the-collar" school bus drivers around our children.

CHARLIE HARRIS

Ooltewah

'English only' bill shows state racism

It is outrageous that Tennessee is considering such a hateful bill, "English only" for testing drivers.

This is just a confirmation on how racist this state still is.

Have you noticed how many legal immigrants are coming to Chattanooga for different reasons? Some come to learn English, some come because of a job transfer, as is the case of many of the VW families. I personally know a family who was transferred here from Barcelona, Spain, VW plant. They speak German and Spanish only. Their kids are attending schools here, so they need the English as a Second Language classes to be able to perform successfully in the classroom. The mother needs to take the driving test in her native language, which is Spanish, so she can legally and safely transport her kids whenever they have extracurricular activities and to go back and forth to the school to learn English.

Passing such a bill would be evidence that this area does not deserve foreign investors here, does not deserve the VW plant. The road signs are international, even if you don't speak English, you can still get the message.

They are using this not to make Tennessee safer, but to continue with their splashing of hate and discrimination.

MARTHA PRICE

East Ridge

Deal delay best for the district

I commend Congressman Nathan Deal for listening to his constituents and postponing his retirement from Congress.

After he made his initial announcement, President Obama said he wanted a vote no later than March 18 on his health care package, which would have been after Rep. Deal's original date to retire. At great sacrifice to himself, he agreed to wait until after the vote so the 9th District wouldn't be without a voice.

Some people talk about his missing votes in the House. I don't have a problem with Rep. Deal missing votes to name a building or bridge after someone or on procedural items. He hasn't missed any votes of a substantive measure and that's what we need.

Some people talk about an investigation by the Ethics Committee, but do they know a group funded by George Soros is making the complaint? I wouldn't give any group funded by Mr. Soros any credence.

Rep. Deal is an honorable man. He's the only candidate with experience at the local, state and federal levels of government and is in a unique position to understand the ramifications of legislation passed by these entities.

His background clearly shows he is definitely governor material.

JUDY GRAMMER

Rock Spring, Ga.

ObamaCare means we lose freedoms

My predictions if ObamaCare passes:

Because, by design, there are no controls in ObamaCare, costs will continue to skyrocket. The outcry over this will "force" Obama to offer a public option at artificially reduced premiums, wiping out private insurers. ObamaCare premiums will be tied to medical costs, thereby automatically increasing taxes without legislation. Benefit rationing will follow.

ObamaCare benefits do not take effect until 2014, while taxes to pay for the plan are to take effect immediately. This is unfair. Consequently, Obama will make benefits effective at the same time as taxes.

Using the cost on ObamaCare as an excuse, Obama will mandate what we can eat by taxing various foods. For example, "obesity is dangerous to our health" ( which Michelle is already trumpeting). Because of the effect of pollution on the general health and ObamaCare costs, Obama will raise taxes on gasoline (he already thinks $7 a gallon is a "fair" price). Similar legislation will be demanded for the same reasons.

If ObamaCare passes, our ability to decide almost anything in our personal lives will be limited or destroyed by government.

JIM HEFFREN

Hixson

Tackle campaign reform after health

I have worked in the medical field most of my life. Over the years I have seen the steady decline in quality of care. Nurses' patient load keeps increasing. Profit in the health care field is inhumane.

Our Congress took over a year to create a weak health care bill. But we all know they will never agree on a better one. I am tired of hearing the myths, the mistruths and fear tactic politics.

It is sad this is the best bill our Congress could come up with. Starting over will only worsen the situation for the voters.

I believe after we pass health care reform our country should concentrate on campaign reform. Our congressmen spend all their time raising money for favors and it's the system we created. It's time for campaign reform; that's the only real hope we have for productive change.

It's also time the public get unbiased facts about prospective bills. It's our fault we are so easily fooled by the speculation and propaganda.

LINDA BRYSON

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Sailorman said...

Dear Ms Price

Love your choice of words and phraseology:

'English only' bill shows state racism

outrageous, hateful ,how racist this state still is. splashing of hate and discrimination.

Geez talk about hateful (along with a healthy dose of lunatic ranting);

If I lived in Spain, I would take the test in Spanish

If I lived in Germany, I would take the test in German.

Most countries teach English - that's not our fault.

Have a nice day

March 20, 2010 at 9:52 a.m.
CarolinaGal said...

The economists have weighed in. THis health care bill will increase the cost of insurance, raise taxes, limit choice, ration through long waits, and cost jobs.

Hopey changey strikes again.

March 20, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
acerigger said...

"The economists have weighed in. THis health care bill will increase the cost of insurance, raise taxes, limit choice, ration through long waits, and cost jobs."

                       perhaps you could provide links to verify your assertions? which economists in particular?
March 20, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.
Sailorman said...

carolinagal

Please be very specific for the economic wunderkinds like poor ol' ace. They apparently are unable to think for themselves and rely on soundbites to educate themselves. They have trouble relating tax increases and gov mandates to less income in their pockets. The theories of supply and demand, and employment opportunity apparently escape them as well.

March 20, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.
acerigger said...

why is it when i ask for details or confirmations of someone's general statements,i get some smart?-aleck putdown or snarky reply? if you have FACTS to back up your statements,assertions,let's hear 'em.otherwise kindly stf.

March 20, 2010 at 5:49 p.m.
Sailorman said...

You get those kinds of replys because you appear to be trying to bait an argument rather than understand facts. YOU find an econmist not employed by the Whitehouse (or Krugman) that believes these numbers as pitched by the Whitehouse. The information is all over the place but libs right it off as "right wing nuttery".

Fact: 10 years of taxes, 6 years of benefits. The next ten years after that are anybody's guess.

Fact: The supposed saving is illusory based on, at least, a $500 B reduction in Medicare waste and fraud.

Fact; That same 500B is supposed to pay for the new health care bill but is also being used to reduce the deficit. Can't be in two places.

Fact: They took over the student loan progam to include its revenues in their forecast. What does that have to do with health care?

Fact: They took out the doc fix. It's still there just not in this bill.

Fact: Adding 30MM people to the rolls will overload the current numbrer of GP's plus nurse practicioners.

Study those for a bit and we'll talk again. Enjoy your weekend.

March 20, 2010 at 6:33 p.m.
acerigger said...

thanx for your list of facts,but i'm looking for specific authors of these facts.guess i'll go to "fact check.org"to check 'em out.

March 20, 2010 at 9:34 p.m.
Sailorman said...

not sure I follow you. You're looking for the author of the fact that 30mm people will be covered? The author of the fact that they took out the doc fix?

I'm not sure what you're trying to prove. Whatever it is - good luck.

March 20, 2010 at 10:18 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Sailor, I'm curious. I have not figured out if you object to helping 30 million uninsured people have coverage, whether your objection is to the cost of achieving it, or perhaps have a better solution for achieving coverage.

You can use the cliche of "government takeover" if you wish, but the private sector has failed miserably. Skyrocketing rates, cherry picking, dropping high risk people, fraud, etc. Sure it will cost us more in the future. But in case you have not noticed, we are talking health care for millions of Americans. We are talking life and death issues for Americans. We are talking of 60% of bankruptcies attributed to medical bills.

But hey, no problem if you are already receiving federal health care, huh.

March 21, 2010 at 1:17 a.m.
acerigger said...

here's some "facts" i found; 1. Hope for the 50 Million Uninsured 2. Improvement for 25 Million More Underinsured 3. Halt to the Rapid Deterioration of Employer-Based Coverage 4. Help for the 1 in 5 Americans Already Postponing Their Medical Care 5. Drop in the 62% of Bankruptcies Due to Medical Bills 6. End to Double-Digit Increases in Business Insurance Premiums 7. Barrier to Family Premiums Doubling in 10 Years 8. Reduction of the Near-Monopoly Status in 94% of Insurance Markets 9. Reversing the Dramatic Decline in Emergency Room Capacity 10. Rescue for the 45,000 Uninsured Americans Needlessly Dying Each Year 11.A Chance for Failing Red State Health Care

March 21, 2010 at 1:23 a.m.
Sailorman said...

hotdiggity and ace

Typical lib ploy asking those silly questions - it's for the children right? lol you guys are truly pathetic.

If you could could get your heads out of your ideological nether regions, you would realize this fiasco has nothing to do with covering those poor folks. If, with all the information available for all to see, you can still believe what you posted above, more power to you, enjoy yourselves, etc etc.

I've said this repeatedly -I'm all for healthcare reform. Something you two obviously know nothing about. This thing is nothing more than a tax increase and entitlement expansion. We can't pay for it. Read my post under the Sunday cartoon.

Oh btw, ace, who authored your "facts"?

March 21, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.
Nashmusic said...

Ms. Price:

Don't we have a great country where we can disagree on issues? But disagree in the English language.

The fact is Ms. Price that the people for whom you refer are here temporarily and they can already drive with their respective country's license. My point has been and still is that ONCE YOU declare that you want to remain in the "my" country (cause you seem to be in another) you MUST take OUR driver's license exam in ENGLISH!

And unless you've just awakened on our soil, here in the USA driving is a privilege not a right.

If you disagree with that, fine--your prerogative, but you're at a loss. Why don't you sue the state on the grounds that your rights have been violated because you have to take an exam to get a license and register your vehicle. I'd love to have that case precedence.

Have an enjoyable week in our beloved state. Oh, don't get into an accident caused by someone who couldn't understand the English written road sign down the street. Eddie Garcia

March 22, 2010 at 1:48 p.m.
redbearded said...

Hotdiggity....the fact of the matter is that Sunday your beloved messiah made criminals of those 30MM people. It is now illegal not to have health insurance in this country. Do you really believe that costs will drop? Do you really believe that there will be now fraud? Do you really believe that all people will now bask in the sunshine of free health care? You have got to be out of your mind.

March 23, 2010 at 11:24 a.m.
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