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Eliminating preventive health care for cost savings is just wrong

To The Daily Sun,
I find it interesting when someone responds to my letter with the intent of proving me wrong but actually makes my point. Thank you Kay Anderson of Laconia for repeating the facts about Obamacare that I stated in the letter I submitted. I am sorry that you didn't get the "tongue-in-cheek" reference that I made about the war on women. I was speaking just of Breast Cancer, which is the most common form of non-skin cancer attacking women. You mentioned the mammograms are available every two years and ignored the rest of my letter while stating all the talking points President Obama has declared about Obamacare. All of these talking points were available in insurance plans before Obamacare but I was only talking about the elimination of health care options under Obamacare.
Let me explain this to you so you might understand what I was saying. Kate claims that Republicans are waging a war on women because they believe that a religious organization or individual should not be forced by the government to violate their religious teaching, morals and beliefs. Instead Republicans believe that an individual should take personal responsibility for their reproductive rights and purchase contraceptive medicine that costs a mere $4 per month, with or without health insurance at any Wamart, Target or many other pharmacies, Kate believes that the federal government decides what religious doctrine is. If you follow Kate's reasoning to the logical conclusion a church would have to ask the government for permission to teach what the scriptures tell them.
I do believe, in fact I am quite certain that I mentioned the fact that under the recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which set the guidelines that were incorporated into the Obamacare regulations that Breast Cancer Screening is conducted EVERY TWO YEARS. This directly contradicts the recommendation of the Health Organization that directly deals with breast cancer, The American Cancer Society (ACS). I am saddened that you believe that repeating facts about Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society recommendations is "Fear Mongering" and misleading. I guess you don't believe facts unless they support your view.
Let me see if I can repeat these facts without you becoming afraid. ACS recommends that women begin conducting Breast Self-Exams (BSE) in their 20s and recommends that health care professionals are provided to teach this technique to women. Insurance companies and the government accepted these recommendations and the insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare paid this training. After the USPSTF issued their recommendations U.S. HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius turned them into regulations governing Obamacare. Under Obamacare, training for BSE by healthcare professionals is no longer provided.
Under the recommendations from the ACS that were accepted by insurance companies and the government, mammograms were made available to women every three years in their 20s and 30s and annually at 40 years old. Now women have to wait until they are 50 before getting their first mammogram and only get them EVERY TWO YEARS AFTER THAT. The ACS recommends that women at high risk for breast cancer receive an MRI screening to determine if they have cancer and under Obamacare this option is no longer available.
According to the CDC, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and over 40,000 of these women DIE EACH YEAR. The American Cancer Society, the ultimate expert on CANCER, says that early detection of breast cancer saves lives and the best way to detect it early is by conducting ANNUAL MAMMOGRAMS; ANNUAL BREAST SELF-EXAMS and MRI SCREENING for women at HIGH RISK. This important preventive health care is NOT SUPPORTED by Obamacare.
Tongue-in-cheek, I mentioned that Kate is waging a War on Women because of her support for a program that denies women access to health care that actually saves lives. Now I ask, why do you support this program? Life is precious to me and I believe that eliminating preventive health care for cost savings is just wrong and immoral. In my opinion Obamacare is exactly taking this step.
Greg Knytych

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 09:55

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President Obama's ego is surpassed only by his arrogance

To The Daily Sun,

Obama's visit to Fanuell Hall last week was an insult . The nerve of this man to stand on sacret ground in Boston given his , big government ,socialist agenda disgusts me. He has already disgraced the office he holds. The gall of this man to stand in a hall and give a speech, spinning his agenda of lies and deceit with a back drop mural of our founding fathers behind him should send a chill up all our spins. His ego is only surpassed by his arrogance.

Three more years — GOD HELP US ALL.

Thomas Sellew

Lochmere (Tilton)

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 09:50

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Wayne's World

To The Daily Sun,

Wayne's World — 

Have you ever felt so cold and alone?

Or had the feeling of feet turned to stone?

Did you search for the sky to clear way above?

Or try to recapture the joy of lost love?

How do they find where they truly belong?

What on God's earth did they ever do wrong?

One little step gone astray and they're lost. 

Now seems forever they'll pay the cost. 

Where do they go when roused from their sleep?

And have to decide what goods you can keep.

Just try to live one night on the street.

When all the weather is ice or wet sleet.

Don't fail to mention the piles of snow.

Not being welcomed wherever you go.

That is the river, home of the crew.

You may be chosen but they are the few.

Dan Levesque




Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 10:35

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'Look, it happens': 500 U.S. kids died from accidental gun shots in '09

To The Daily Sun,

Interesting news story concerning Senator Ted Cruz while on a pheasant-hunting trip. Commenting on the Feb. 11, 2006 ACCIDENTAL shooting of Harry Whittington by former Vice-President Richard Cheney (on a quail hunt), the senator remarked: "Look, it happens!" Jokingly, he also mentioned that the 30 lead pellets left in Whittington's body still set off airport metal detectors.

Another interesting presentation at a recent American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference by Dr. Arin Madenci of Boston Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dr. Christopher Weldon of Boston Children's Hospital(www.upi.com>health news) was entitled "United States Gunshot Violence: Disturbing Trends". Seems that about 500 American children/teenagers died in 2009 due to the ACCIDENTAL use of firearms (approximately 80 percent handguns), an increase of about 60 percent over the previous 10 years. Additionally another 7,000 children were hospitalized in that same year due to ACCIDENTAL serious gunshot injuries, which amounted to an 80 percent increase between 1997 and 2009. Hmm! Sad, but..."Look, it happens!"
Frank M. Weeks

Gilmanton I.W.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 10:31

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If insurance can't protect you from going broke, why buy it at all?

To The Daily Sun,

I am so enjoying the health insurance debate going on now, because it has been so entertaining. It is amazing how our president can take something that has always been rather dull and boring, and turn it into a national crisis. I'm also paying close attention to the details of the Affordable Care Act and comparing what they are offering to the insurance plan that I have with my employer. I went to the government website and actually got a lot of information including descriptions of different plans and what benefits they provide.
I can tell you from my personal experience after going through some huge health problems myself recently, that the care that I received from the doctors and the staff at LRGH was first class and they literally saved my life when I had emergency surgery on my guts in January 2012. That included a total of three major surgeries, over four weeks of hospitalization including a week in intensive care, and several months home care provided by the Central NH VNA who were absolutely wonderful. Such professional services do not come cheap, however, and Anthem Blue Cross also came through for me. My plan has a three thousand dollar deductible per year, so even though I had run up a bill of over $350,000 over that time, my portion was only $6,000 plus some co-pays, which is normal. That is affordable. My plan costs about $400 a month but my boss pays 60 percent and I pay 40 percent. It's a lot of money but it sure paid off for me. You can see how a sudden illness could plunge you into impossible debt very quickly without good health insurance.
Now let's compare that to the plans that are being offered by the "Obamacare" insurance exchange. I found three basic tiers of coverage, Bronze, Silver and Gold although the Gold Plan was not available to me for some reason. There is an informational attachment that calculates your premiums and what benefits you receive. There is no deductible but instead they pay a percentage and you pay the rest. The Bronze plan pays 60 percent. The Silver plan pays 70 percent. Sure it costs less than the insurance I have now but if I had their best plan it when I got sick, I would have received a bill for 30 percent of my grand total, over $100,000! Hey, I don't know about you, but for me, at my age, there is nothing "affordable" about that! We would have been broke for the rest of our lives and instead of a comfortable retirement, I would probably have to work until I died, leaving my debt for my wife to pay.
I hope that I haven't bored you too much with my story, and fortunately most people won't get what I had. Still, when you buy insurance that will not protect you from going broke if you do get sick, why buy it at all? What's the difference if you owe $100,000,or $350,000, or even a million, If you don't have the money? The result is the same, you lose everything. And if I had been forced into such a plan by the government against my will, I would be very bitter about it as you would to. Check it out for yourself and if I have this thing all wrong, I would like to know how.

Alan Moon


Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 10:27

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