GOP PROPOSAL IS A BIG ‘CON’
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan’s column in The Courier (Viewpoint, July 13) supporting Republicans’ health care proposals is one of the biggest cons in the history of flimflam Republican politics.
The Republican health care proposal is nothing more than trillions of dollars in tax cuts for the wealthiest at the expense of sacrificing the health and lives of poor and middle classes, as well as the elderly, disabled and women.
“Trump Care” will cause 14 million people to lose their health care coverage by 2018 and skyrocket to 24 million uninsured by 2026.
The Senate bill proposes cutting funds, putting the Medicaid program on a spending budget for the first time in its history. Rather than the open-ended system that exists now, states would get a set dollar amount per program or per beneficiary based on history of expenditures. The problem is that new drugs and treatments can increase health care costs or limit who gets treatment.
A wide range of groups and individuals are trying to block the Senate health care bill. Community hospitals are holding information sessions. Even insurers, the billionaires that Republicans want to impress most, are against the disgusting proposal Trump doesn’t want to be called Trump Care.
A partnership of organizations encouraging the preservation of Obamacare encompasses most of the nation’s most influential provider and disease advocacy groups: AARP, American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Federation of American Hospitals, March of Dimes and American Nurses Association.
Contrary to Jordan’s column, most Americans support Obamacare.
Ten House Democrats will unveil a new plan to improve Obamacare, highlighting the parts of the law that have struggled to work and offering modest steps to improve them. The proposal includes more funding to help insurance plans cover the sickest patients, insuring those with pre-existing conditions as well as changing the timing of the open enrollment season, hoping more Americans sign up for insurance.
A MATTER OF RELIGIOUS VIEWS
Mr. Berger (letter, July 12) is right. His religious views should not be a reason for me to give up a kidney or anything else for that matter.
The point of my letter (July 10) was that religious views were a reason for the Native Americans’ pending court case. At least some Native Americans want their religious views supported by a court.
As for Mr. Berger’s point on abortion, yes, it’s legal, but not with taxpayers’ money. Although some exemptions exist, no federal tax money is to be used for abortions.
Oregon is trying to change this law when Medicaid is used and by forcing insurance companies who take federal subsidies to cover the procedure.
The Hyde Act signed into law by President Clinton prohibits federal money from being used for most abortions.
Here is the breakdown: less then 0.5 percent of abortions are for rape, 3 percent for fetal health and 4 percent for physical reasons. All other abortions are for birth control.
To that point, how is it fair to force a person to violate their religious beliefs through a tax like the Affordable Care Act?
Chief Justice Roberts’ rationale for the constitutionality of the ACA was Congress’ right to tax, not an establishment of a state religion.
It seems that for Mr. Berger, religion is only good if it supports his views, the same thing he demeans everyone else for.
IT’S TIME TO SAY ‘NO’
It is time we, the people, stand up to the careless “big spenders” that we made the mistake of electing to manage our financial affairs.
One thing that bothers me is that I (we) have been so complacent through the years. In 1957, I purchased a parcel of ground four miles east of Findlay, then Ohio 15, now Ohio 568.
I built a home there and still reside there. The flooding conditions are the same today as they were back then.
Over the years, I voted in favor of the tax issues favoring flood control. The Army Corps of Engineers bled us dry, and now our elected officials, county commissioners and mayor want us to approve another outlandish tax.
Why we keep doing this to ourselves is the big question. The only answer I could come up with is mass stupidity. It is time to admit to our past mistakes and mend our ways, get some smarts and say “no.”
“No” to the new tax or any renewal, unless we see some activity taking place out in the field. Like tree removal, widening of the river, getting rid of huge logjams, islands in the river between Riverbend and three-mile bridge would be a large improvement.
Also, we shouldn’t be hoodwinked again by them attaching this to or with another issue, as they have done in the past.
This time they are trying to reach you by a promise of a jail expansion and construction of a commissioner building to house probate, juvenile, and other county offices.
Do not fall for this ploy. I say it is time they manage on the money they have or get out of office and make room for those who can do the job.
It is time we, the public, stop opening our wallets or checkbooks and instead open our minds to what is right and again say “no.”
It is time for visible results by and from hard work.
Melvin D. Householder