To The Daily Sun,
Almost daily we find another way that Obamacare hurts people.
Because of Obamacare, millions fewer people will be insured in January 2014 than in January 2013. (About six million policies have been cancelled. About 1.1 million Obamacare exchange sign-ups.) Next year it is expected that 80 million existing policies will be cancelled. (And President Obama knew this in 2010.)
Many previously insured people with cancer or other terrible disease struggle to find new doctors and/or treatments. Some face agonizing choices of foregoing treatments or impoverishing their family.
Obamacare exchange users may get nasty surprises. Obamacare insurance has high deductibles and limited access to doctors, hospitals, drugs, etc. Treatments outside one's home area (e.g., while vacationing or at top hospitals like the Mayo Clinic) often aren't covered. Patients may be forced to less effective drugs or pay the full price (not counted towards their deductible). Obamacare will drive more people into bankruptcy than ever before.
Healthcare.gov's slowness and outages are just its obvious problems. Policies for people who think they have signed-up have been erased, altered, or not delivered to insurance companies. People are being incorrectly charged or not charged, meaning they probably aren't insured. There will be many nasty surprises when people need medical care.
Healthcare.gov contains very personal information and is a rich target for identity theft. But its security problems are extensive and may not be fixable. Poorly trained and inadequately vetted Obamacare "navigators" access people's personal information. Some navigators encourage people to submit fraudulent applications. Many people will suffer.
Obamacare upended our whole health care system and harmed many millions of Americans just to insure a few previously uninsured Americans (5-10 percent of our population). This wasn't necessary.
But Obamacare's real objective is not to insure people; it is to increase the size of government and its control of our lives. Progressives feel that the suffering and early deaths that Obamacare causes is worth it as long as Democrats increase their control of government and people. As George Maloof tells us, "the end justifies the means".
Most Americans know that "the end justifies the means" is immoral and un-American.
It is time that Americans reject big government and its "solutions" like Obamacare. Americans must reject the people, Democrats, who justify hurting people because it helps them achieve their big government utopia where Democrat "Masterminds" determine how people should live, for their own good of course.
Americans need to elect conservatives if they wish to return our country to the path of freedom, opportunity, and prosperity which will make our nation and the world a better place for ourselves and future generations.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:14
To The Daily Sun,
Perhaps the person who owns the Hathaway House has no idea how much of a tax break they would get if they paid for the asbestos removal and they donated the building to the Historical Society for the Hout kids to renovate. Of course it would probably be to late for it to help their taxes this year, but it would be like winning the lottery next year — if they would get off their butts and get the ball rolling now.
So get the hazardous waste people in there. My only hope is that there is no electricity in the building and that we have no thunderstorms before these people get a few smarts and do what is right.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 08:50
To The Daily Sun,
As 2013 heads to the history books, it's the perfect time to look back. Barack Obama, our nations first black president is finishing his 5th year in office. He was elected in 2008 to much hype, hope and enthusiasm declaring his presidency would be transformative in every respect. First, and foremost he promised to change the smoke filled, back-room politics of how Washington had conducted business for the past 100 years. Second, he promised to UNITE and heal the festering, economic and social wounds that have been increasing for several years in America. What does Obama's report card look like after half decade in office?
1. Today, only 38 percent of Americans think our countries best years are ahead of it. 48 percent think they are in the rear view mirror. The most pessimistic numbers ever revealed.
2. Today only 26 percent of Americans believe the next generation will be better off. 68 percent are certain they will have it worse. The most pessimistic numbers ever revealed.
3. 74 percent of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction. A number that has only increased over the last several years.
4. The failure of our political system to meet the peoples most basic needs has driven the public's confidence in government to an all time low of 12 percent in the latest Quinnipiac Poll.
5. 64 percent of Americans believe there is not an equal chance for them to get ahead. How to fix that? The poll is split evenly. 46 percent want freer markets, 45 percent want more government.
There are many other poll facts and statistics regarding Obama's performance as well as the health of country both economically and socially. They all paint the very same, bleak picture of a president who has simply FAILED TO DELIVER based on the the promises HE MADE, and NO ONE ELSE. This is extremely important distinction. OBAMA made these promises to the masses across, America time and time again, in more speeches delivered by any candidate for president in all of history. In fact it has been said the man can never stop talking or making speeches. Of course Americans have come to discover he is a very ineffectual leader and an even worse negotiator. Abilities that are crucial for any successful leader any place. There is a grand canyon of difference between charisma and leadership skills. There is an greater difference between orating a VISION and delivering one.
No report card on Obama could be complete with out a review on Obamacare. Obama, the man who proclaimed to detest smokey, back-room, slime-ball, sausage-style law making, enacted his signature legislation in the black of night, with 100 percent Democratic votes, using arcane Senate rules, while offering overt bribes for FIVE critical votes needed for the laws passage. The real Obama had been REVEALED right then and there. The sweet-looking innocent girl, cloaked in a long skirt, high neck blouse with a twinkle in her eye, whose lips had never felt four letter words, was in fact the Mayflower Madam. Time has only revealed not only did we have a hooker but a lying hooker as well. Tens of Millions of people have been duped straight in the eye by Obama. Tens of millions will lose their current insurance policies and their health relationships. Tens of millions more will be forced to pay much higher insurance rates. Millions more will pay for policy features they do not want or will ever use, and almost everyone will face huge bankrupting deductibles under Obamacare. The average young couple will have to pay for the delivery of a new baby almost entirely out of their own pockets.
Obama now endures the LOWEST job approval ratings of his presidency including the young adults that had long backed him. It seems they OPPOSE getting stiffed to pay for the SICK. Any surprise there? More than 70 percent of Americans believe Obama INTENTIONALLY and KNOWINGLY lied to them with the specific intent to deceive regarding the ability to keep their insurance. Barack Obama has diluted the prestige and status of the office of president of the United States. Obama's grade? An "F" from me — a with a footnote to parents: YOUR son is a bold faced, LIAR... suggest he look for employment as con man.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:16
To The Daily Sun,
Many of the letters published by this paper cause me angst, and I hope those of mine cause both plaudits and outrage. Too often I am tempted to respond, but by the time I have cooled to the point where I could make a reasoned response, some new outrage takes my attention.
In this instance, Mr. Danforth's letter (12/18) moved me to write. Basically. I agree with what he has written. How could I object to his favorable reference to my son, Chan. However, I do have a quibble with his use of the word "intelligence". Intelligence is an innate quality given at birth and barring accident it can be honed by diligent study or blunted by inapt instruction or by boredom. Two other aspects of humanness are insight and wisdom. I am not equipped to discuss insight. Perhaps it is a stray gamma ray that causes some synapses to be connected with no willful input.
Wisdom, however, is most often a product of life experience and acute observation. I have known "old souls" wise beyond their years. I consider myself to have "puppy dog wisdom". That is, I make a mess and Mother Nature rubs my nose in it. After a few repetitions it occurs to me that I shouldn't do that anymore. I assume that wisdom is allocated on the ubiquitous bell curve between the two extremes.
There can be an inverse relationship between intelligence and wisdom. A superior intellect can allow a person to be deluded and delude others to believe his messes are not his fault. "It's Bush's fault."
Dale P. Eddy
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:11
To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region continues to be plagued by a slow economy, cuts in public assistance programs, and high unemployment. As such, the charitable programs of St. Vincent de Paul are needed more and more.
We have been successful in increasing our mission of charity to meet the need. The food pantry was able to provide Thanksgiving food baskets to almost 800 families. Our financial assistance program continues to help folks pay over $125,000 of rent, utilities, heat and car repairs. The Children's Foundation will assist over 1,000 children this Christmas. The thrift store gives away $20,000 of clothing, furniture, and household items.
The donations that you give allows us to help make many families' lives more comfortable. Your monetary, clothing, furniture, and food gifts are used in our various programs to help the community. Also, your shopping at our thrift store brings needed revenue. These programs are extensive and reach local schools, the elderly, and especially families that are struggling with low-paying jobs, high heating and fuel costs, and increasing rents.
Our programs are very well staffed and managed thanks to all 125 of our volunteers. They are dedicated and committed to our cause in helping those in need. They come from all walks of life and all ages. However, with our works continuing to grow, we still need and could use more help. Why don't you join us? You'll work hard, but have great fun and make lasting friendships.
Thank you for all your support through the years. We appreciate all you do regardless of the type and amount. The community appreciates it as well.
So come and meet new friends as a volunteer of St. Vincent de Paul. Give me a call at 524-5470 or check our website, www.svdplaconia.org. Blessings to you and your family. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Erika Johnson, President
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Laconia
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:08