published Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Obamacare deemed another entitlement and other letters to the editors

Obamacare deemed another entitlement

Obamacare is a mistake. It’s not cheaper for the middle class and will only make the “poor class” more lazy and “entitled.”

Why should I have to pay for someone else’s health insurance? Why should anyone?

It will also make health care of worse quality. Let’s get rid of the whole thing. We don’t need it, and we don’t want it!


Shutdown not all tea party fault

I felt compelled to comment on the recent Times editorial: “The shutdown was not a ‘good fight.”

My first impression was surprise over the vitriolic adjectives used to describe the tea party and the GOP. Attacking the opposition with labels of “anarchist” and “radical” is a tactic straight from Saul Alinsky’s manifesto that seems to be the modus operandi of today’s liberals — demonize but don’t argue on the basis of fact or logic. Where would our country be today if our Founding Fathers were swayed by similar verbal attacks by Tories and Loyalists?

My second impression was over the irony represented by the list of GOP bills and proposals receiving a “NO” response. Many of the GOP propositions listed were strongly supported by the American public and were logical proposals designed to bring fairness, create jobs, and improve the economy. Yet the Senate majority leader refused to bring any of the House bills to a vote and the President steadfastly refused to negotiate on any proposal. The editorials and the mainstream media continue to accuse the GOP as the “party of NO.” Go figure.

MICHAEL BUDNICK, Winchester, Tenn.

Newbies, statesmen and the shutdown

Before their election, many Republicans in Congress today have had no experience in government, are not and never have been interested in world affairs, history, economics, political science, or anything beyond their own lives, opinions, and prejudices. They shut down our government and the nation suffered. They threatened to ruin the country’s credit and standing among nations. They wanted to stop the world, get off, and take the rest of us with them because they find the world is too complicated and frightening. These are the people President Obama had to negotiate with. Successful negotiating requires two reasonable, informed, and well intentioned sides. House Republicans brought nothing but stubborn hatred to the table. And yet President Obama persevered in his efforts to teach them by example how great statesmen behave.

FAYE WALTER, Sewanee, Tenn.

Let’s make affordable health care happen

As T. R. Reid clearly explained in his outstanding book, The Healing of America, a universal health care system is a moral question. We have an ethical obligation, as a matter of justice, to assure everyone access to medical care when it’s needed. Yes, you are your brother’s keeper. Let us all cooperate to make affordable health care successful.


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moon4kat said...

Mr. Korneev asks why he should pay for someone else's health insurance. Perhaps he doesn't realize that we are already paying for health care that is routinely delivered to uninsured people who go to emergency rooms because they can't pay regular medical bills.
There's another reason: most of us interact daily with people who have no insurance. If those uninsured get a contagious disease, they are far less likely to see a doctor until the disease becomes disabling. Meanwhile, we are all exposed to the growing contagion. In that regard, widespread health insurance for all protects the general public health.

October 26, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

EDWARD KORNEEV...there are no words strong enough to aptly describe the despicable human being you are. "Obamacare....will only make the 'poor class' more lazy and 'entitled?'" It must be nice and cozy in that insulated bubble of existence you live in, where because you are fortunate enough or rich enough to be able to have an adequate health plan, you think yourself to be vastly superior to those "lazy" poor people. But the fact of the matter is that for every poor person who actually might be too lazy to work, there are a dozen who are up against hard times through no fault of their own. That little thing called "the Great Recession" that hit in 2008 has not lifted for many millions of Americans. Those jobs that were lost as a result of it have not come back and never will, and the vast majority of jobs available today are low-wage, part-time service sector jobs which offer no benefits and don't pay nearly enough for people to even pay their basic bills, let alone buy health insurance, which in many cases is even more than their rent or mortgage payments.

You and your ilk, sir, are the "entitled" ones. You somehow have it in your sick, twisted, egotistical minds that because fate has been good to you (and yes, no matter how hard we work and plan ahead, fate is always is a factor in our livelihood) you are somehow better and more deserving of your blessings. But you are just one serious accident or twist of fate away from being in the very same dire straits as those poor people you so flippantly demean. If/when that happens to you I want to hear you make the argument then that health insurance is not a right for all people but a privilege only for those who have acquired enough money to obtain it.

Moon4kat also makes a very good point. Like it or not, you have been paying for the insurance of others all along and will continue to do so whether Obamacare is successful or not. A large part of your increase in insurance premiums each and every year is due to those losses that hospitals incur from treating uninsured people in emergency rooms, where the cost is exorbitant, even for a mere one-hour visit. The insurance companies then pass those losses on to you, in the form of higher premiums. It’s not just a matter of “feel good” liberalism to make insurance accessible and affordable for everyone, it’s a matter of common sense and practicality. It would be far better, not to mention cheaper, to enable people to have preventive care and access to doctors in the early stages rather than have to wait until something serious happens, when it is so much more expensive to treat.

October 26, 2013 at 11:29 a.m.
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