To The Daily Sun,
Another dirty little secret of Obamacare: One of the principal aims of Obamacare is to destroy the practice of independent medicine in America. Beyond its incredible success dividing the country, Obamacare has accomplished that objective with surgical precision.
In 2008, 62 percent of American doctors were independent. By 2012 that percentage had fallen to 49 percent. Today, just 35 percent of doctors are independent. Within five years Obamacare will have destroyed every small, Main Street, health care provider in America. Every independent clinic, lab and doctors office will have been acquired by some much larger hospital chain or New York Stock Exchange conglomerate. The cost and complexity to comply with Obamacare's 2,000-plus pages of rules, regulations and guidelines make it financially impossible for small, health care providers to survive alone.
Obamacare destroys competition in health care by creating an environment where only huge entities can exist. The Laconia Clinic is the perfect example of this. For decades the independently owned Laconia Clinic was a formidable competitor to LRGH. Not any more. The clinic is now part of LRGH.
Even worse, Obamacare turns doctors into nothing more than salaried, 9-to-5 employees of monster business enterprises that face ever less competition in the future. The one, sure way to keep prices high? Kill off competitors by buying them out, creating what essentially become "competition free health care zones across America" where only government determines all pricing. Government pricing assures the misallocation of vital investment capital. Regulated pricing always leads to a scarcity of supply of services and products.
Liberals, progressives and Democrats continually scream their dislike for the Walmarts of the world because they harm small businesses. Consider their hypocrisy as they kill every small, health-care business in America with Obamacare. The legislation insures only King Kong and Godzilla will survive. This outcome is not some unintended consequence. The result is by design.
This path serves Democrats' ultimate goal, which is government-controlled, government-paid health care under a single payer. The end game is complete price control of health care, by government that accompanies the death of innovation and discovery. An area where America still prospers and has lead the world. Nothing kills risk taking, and new discovery like price controls with the intent to eliminate or minimize profits.
It is a lot easier for government to monitor and oversee a thousand medical behemoths than millions of small operators. The Obamacare path offers never-ending opportunities for collusion and corruption between big government and big business. In fact, Obamacare is already stuffed to the brim with big business, big government collusion and corruption. Highly complex "risk corridors" described with pages of fine print "protect businesses" from poor Obamacare outcomes at the expense of taxpayers. This "profit protection corruption" was the price Barack Obama had to pay out to get business to play "Obamacare Ball". This is just the first inning of governments obfuscation game over actual health costs.
The last benefit for Democrats with Obamacare is that it further weakens the pillars of capitalism that underpin the prosperity America has enjoyed over the past century. This country did not attain its No. 1 status producing the world's largest GDP, and the world's most efficient producer by praying at Democrats alter of socialism. Democrats despise capitalism to their inner core taking every opportunity to demean its success and dilute its power. Obamacare is simply Democrats' latest edition of wealth destruction for the middle class and taxpayer class.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:40
To The Daily Sun,
I can't imagine what Mr. Mayotte was thinking when he wrote a letter to the editor which was in The Daily Sun on Dec.13. It was always my impression that after my first 16 weeks in the Army that I looked at it as a child-to-adult development course. I would like him to explain what Senate Democrats had to do with the torture he received in Navy boot camp. Ha, ha.
Mercy, I got a belly ache laughing so hard.
I'll let the Marine Corps speak for themselves. I was under the impression that Supreme Court passed abortion law. However, now I'm confused. It looks to me that he has never caught up with the sleep he missed in boot camp.
Good night. Ha, ha.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
During the holiday season I think about why I am grateful to be living here, in this area of the world and during this time. I am a member of the Gilford Stroll Committee and of the Gilford Historical Society and I am grateful to be working with so many busy people who donate their time to make life a bit more enjoyable during this time of year by creating the free Candlelight Stroll.
We so often take for granted all the people who volunteer their time and energy to help make our lives enjoyable. It takes many, many people working behind the scenes and many hours to prepare for Gilford's Candlelight Stroll (on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.).
The Gilford Historical Society would like to publicly thank those members of the Gilford Senior Moment-um group who patiently strung the garlands of popcorn and cranberries that will be on the tree in the parlor of the 1838 Rowe House. Thanks go to Kristin Jarvi and Sue King for helping to coordinate this and to Joanne Blais, Ginny Brake, Carleen Cornelison, Diana Dufault, Bev Fortson, Carol Graves, and Doris Millo. We appreciate your volunteering.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 11:52
To The Daily Sun,
As a resident of Meredith for 13years, I must voice my thoughts and feelings about the three proposed roundabouts. On Monday December 15th, there is a workshop at 4:15, followed by the regular scheduled Selectboard meeting at 5 p.m. — location is the Community Center. I encourage the people of Meredith to come, listen, and voice their concerns! If you are unable to come, please call the Selectboard members, talk to them, or maybe write a letter with your thoughts. It is our town and We the People should be deciding this important change to our town. Most folks I talk to are against this project!
I am against this multi-million dollar adventure. I do not want the antiquity of our town changed again! A lot of our character as a town has been relinquished to the restaurant business. The more development, the more impersonal the town traits and features become. Do the good town folks really want this change? We are a nice town right now! The whole project reminds me of the game "Candyland"...I use to play with my grandchildren — a board of circles and lines, making anyone feel like they are in seclusion. The town will be surrounded and shut in everywhere one goes! Millions of dollars to defeat traffic congestion and only for eight weeks out of the year. It seems to me a policeman could accomplish this same feat. We need a new Meredith Neck Road, this road is heavily traveled all year round by many of our residents and businesses! This road has needed repair for years! I have spoken with Joe Kenney, our Executive Council representative and he is looking into when it was paved properly. The roundabouts are not a necessity!
I travel Pleasant St. on a daily basis and the safety cones that are in place during the summer months are sufficient. Phil Warren has such good ideas. I really find myself comfortable and safe exiting Pleasant St. I certainly agree with Phil about the fire truck, plus EMS travels could be hampered by three roundabouts, and very dangerous. I can't imagine either vehicle going around three at the speed they travel, certainly a risk for everyone! I think improved signalization is the most cost effective decision. I also think Ingrid Smith from Center Harbor idea was very good; he stated he had directions that would include a usable by-pass. Coming from Route 104 to Winona Road to Waukewan Road, and continue past the golf course to Route 3. Then if motorists want to reach Route 25, they simply cross Route 3 and take Keyser Road until they come to Route 25 and continue east. Ingrid Smith called the directions, the "Meredith Scenic By-Pass!"
Mr. McCarthy, who is being contracted by the state Department of Transportation said 'there's concern there will still be congestion after construction is finished." Is this common sense? I would say not! I repeat a multi-million dollar project is not a necessity!
Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 11:48
To The Daily Sun,
Monsanto and its allies have announced they are suing the tiny, rural state of Vermont to block a law requiring the labeling of GMO foods. If they succeed it could set a precedent that stops labeling in dozens of other states and countries.
Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 11:42