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Health care system we had wasn't working; too many were uninsured

To The Daily Sun,

I read with interest Bob Meade's letter in which he lauded the Bush tax cuts, again, and criticized Obamacare, again. He was wrong about the tax cuts and what he said about Obamacare confuses the forest for the trees.

President Bush was responsible for two tax cuts, neither of which did much for the economy. The first came during an economic decline and was followed by ... more decline. The second coincided with the beginning of the housing bubble which, when it subsequently burst, nearly destroyed the world economy. If the cuts were responsible for the subsequent growth, such as it was, they led to the collapse, too. But, they weren't. All the cuts did was enrich the so-called job creators who mostly pocketed the money while job growth and wages remained stagnant. Forbes business magazine reported that Politifact found that the claim that the Bush tax cuts led to job growth was "wholly false".

As to Obamacare, Mr. Meade made some good points about problems with the law which should be fixed. The point, however, is that the law did not destroy job growth as the Chicken Littles kept predicting. The law was a decent, though clearly not perfect, compromise between leaving millions uninsured and expanding government involvement in health care.

What we had wasn't working. There were too many uninsured and medical costs were skyrocketing. With Obamacare, there are fewer uninsured and cost inflation has slowed. Most of my doctor friends dislike Obamacare but they acknowledge that it's better than what we had. I wonder what Mr. Meade's solution is to getting full insurance coverage and controlling medical cost inflation?

Dave Pollak

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People kill people. But a lot more often if they have access to guns

To the Daily Sun,

I communicated with our state legislators asking them to support more sensible gun regulations in New Hampshire. Following are excerpts from the exchange I had with Rep. Peter Spanos (Republican from Laconia) and his comments are shared with his permission.

Rep. Spanos: "Thank you for your note. I voted against the concealed weapon repeal and will support the governor's veto against my parties wishes because I believe it is the right thing to do. Some issues are bigger than partisan politics, and this is one of them."

Me: I'm very surprised to have received a response from you on this very important issue. Thanks for going against your party and deciding to support Gov. Hassan (D-N.H.). You sir give me faith that both parties can work together.

Rep. Spanos: "I support the permit requirement for concealed carry because it helps to protect the safety of those in law enforcement. I also fully support the Second Amendment and all it guarantees as well."

We need more legislators who are willing to support gun regulations (which, by the way, even the absolutist Justice Scalia has written are permitted by the Second Amendment). The following is excerpted from a worldwide study published at www.rightdiagnosis.com:

"People kill people. We need better support, care and treatment of those with mental health problems."

"But: people kill people because they have guns in their hands. In Sweden, where the rate of mental illness is 22 percent, same as in the USA, the number of guns per 100 people was 33 ( 2010 data). In USA, the number of guns per 100 people was 101. Deaths by guns in Sweden? 138 in the year 2010. Deaths in USA during the same year: 31,672."

"The difference? Gun regulations. Background checks. While people most definitely kill people, having guns so readily accessible makes it easier to kill people, and mental illness issues alone do not explain the difference. States that have the strictest regulations have seen the greatest reductions in gun deaths."

Bernadette Loesch

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