ACA is worth saving for those who need it and more letters to the editors

ACA is worth saving for those who need it and more letters to the editors

December 24th, 2016 by Staff Report in Opinion Letters

ACA is worth saving for those who need it

Do not repeal the Affordable Care Act. There are too many people who will suffer from its loss.

Insurance companies will discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions; some can't afford good insurance. There are other ways to save money that won't bring undue suffering to the citizens of America.

Every person should have health care. Too many suffer for lack of funds, they go without needed medication, and they have to make choices on where they spend the little money they have. Most are seniors, having to decide whether to buy food, pay rent, utilities. Medicine comes in last on the list.

Carolyn Griswold

Trump will tackle real problems

Re: Dec. 13 Chattanooga Times commentary by New York Times columnist Charles Blow:

I agree with Mr. Blow we should check out Mr. Trump's chosen helpers, but his specific gripes strike me as horribly wrongheaded, defending problems against possible solutions.

An attorney general who may enforce our immigration laws is "hostile to immigrants"? Maybe the Cherokee Nation could teach Mr. Blow unrestrained immigration is a problem. Mr. Trump has noticed this problem. Mr. Blow defends problem against solution.

A pro-life, "anti-Obamacare" secretary of health? Obamacare came in and life expectancy went down. Forcing healthy people to pay sick people to be sick makes health worse, not better. And blacks are aborted at twice the rate of whites: Where is Mr. Blow's hatred of racism, and his love for the poor and helpless babies? Again, Mr. Blow defends the problems.

Education has problems. If "vouchers" fit college, they fit K-12 just as well, freeing families from lousy schools right away, supporting diversity, flexibility, accountability and parental involvement.

The establishment has failed. Mr. Trump seems willing to change things. Thank God.

Andrew Lohr

Obama's legacy: loss of Democrats

On Tuesday, the newspaper published four political letters to the editor, three of which were written by liberals who can't grasp Hillary's defeat.

One, titled "Obama deserves our thanks for his service," was written by someone who has obviously been living in a cave for the last eight years. He takes each failed category and twists it into an Obama victory, when in reality every Obama project has been a total disaster.

As a result, liberal losses last month were the worst Democrat defeat in more than 70 years. More than 1,400 congressional, gubernatorial, lieutenant governor, secretaries of state, major city mayors and city council seats and judgeships were lost to conservatives, in addition to the White House and future Supreme Court justices. This will be Obama's legacy that he so worries about: the total ruination of his own party. In addition, our friends worldwide don't trust us, and our enemies don't fear us. All the while he golfs, and his wife shops, mostly at your expense.

Good job, Barack.

John Bergen

2016 provided 2017 resolutions

With the end of 2016, I find myself compelled to join those who make New Year's resolutions. Here are mine:

Never vote for a politician who is a racist; never vote for a politician who demeans women (or men, for that matter); never vote for a politician who receives "news" primarily from social media; never vote for a politician who dismisses current scientific findings; never vote for a politician who thinks the dictatorial head of a repressive Communist country is a "great" leader; never vote for a politician who is a bigot, anti-Semite, or Islamophobic; never vote for a politician who is a serial liar; never vote for a politician who dismisses facts in favor of "what feels right to me;" never vote for a politician who is promoted or endorsed by the KKK or other hate groups; and finally, never vote for politicians who routinely put their personal interests ahead of those of their country's.

Alan McMurray

McDonald, Tenn.

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