published Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Don’t listen to misinformation and other letters to the editors

Don’t listen to misinformation

Nazi propaganda convinced many German people to blame Jews for their miseries. The right-wing propaganda hate machine has convinced misinformed Americans to blame poor and needy people for actual or manufactured USA problems.

The tea party, Koch brothers, and Wal-Mart’s Walton siblings have a combined wealth of over $150 billion. Wal-Mart adheres to very low pay with no unions for its employees. The Koches’ oil industries are subsidized by our tax dollars.

When someone says anything derogatory concerning a little caring for our needy, inform them about this egregious welfare for the rich. Please call your politicians to correct this absurd, upside down welfare. Sensible people ask for fairness. GOP politicians would hand over the rest of our wealth to their donors and turn us into a Wal-Mart nation.

Neo-cons have nothing except obstructionism, distortion, divisiveness, personal attacks and misinformation. When anything bad happens anywhere (even if only perceived as bad), their think tanks: AEI, Fox News, etc. begin the “let’s blame the Democrats game.” Then they begin their endless fake scandals.

Even when those are proven to be falsified, misinformed Americans continue to repeat them as though they were real.

WALTER M. BENTON, Signal Mountain


BlueCross policy to aid consumers

Would you pay more for a service if you knew you could spend less for the same one somewhere else?

I am responding to Dr. Danielle Mitchell’s letter in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Dec. 23 about lower payments from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for physician-based laboratory services.

Our members are concerned about affordability, and we’re working on their behalf to address medical cost growth, which directly impacts premiums. In this case, we have reduced rates for physician-owned labs to match what we pay independent labs.

Many physician groups within our BlueCross networks already send lab work to high- quality independent labs for testing, and we see no justification to pay higher rates based simply on whether a test is performed at a physician office.

If some physicians want to provide lab services in their offices, we believe they should offer competitive rates. This is the same dynamic other businesses face.

We have been reimbursing physicians for these services at above-market rates. Given the cost pressures in health care, we simply cannot continue to pay more for these services, as doing so drives up coverage costs for our members.

ROY VAUGHN, Vice president of corporate communications, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee


Congress drops ball on issues

All of the unfinished business for the 113th Congress is wrapped up neatly in a pretty red bow. But what happened to gun control legislation and immigration reform? Merry Christmas and much ado about nothing.

JOANN LEE FRANK, Clearwater, Fla.

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soakya said...

Mr. Benton,

Where do you stand on the subsidized handouts by federal, state, and local governments to Amazon, Wacker, Hemlock, Volkswagen, and the hundreds of others in TN that are in PILOT agreements? Do you condone these handouts because they are in your backyard and you perceive they provide local jobs?

December 26, 2013 at 12:49 a.m.
degage said...

Benton, you give the democrats a pass when they blame republicans for everything. What you seem to forget is the democrats are in control of the senate and Reid refuses to bring to a vote most of what is sent to the senate by the house. So blame should go to the democrats and your beloved Obama. Obama constantly changes the goal post on everything so he can control you. You may like being controlled but that isn't what many of us care to have in our lives.

As for turning over our wealth to donors, take a good look at what your god Obama has been doing for 5 years.

December 26, 2013 at 8:09 a.m.
schizka said...

degate, that's because every Bill sent to the Senate by the house has time bombs attached that would only do further harm both nationally and abroad. Don't be fooled by the sly and sneaky tactics of those Republicans.

December 26, 2013 at 9:03 a.m.
degage said...

Schizka, I take it that is your opinion. No one is as sneaky as this administration. You need to get your head out of the sand or should I say snow, your brain seems to be frozen.

December 26, 2013 at 9:11 a.m.
Plato said...

degage - for the sake of debate can you point to one or two bills the House passed that wound up dying in the Senate - not counting the 40 bills they passed to overturn the Affordable Care Act?

December 26, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.
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