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America has opened Obamacare box & don't like what's in it

To The Daily Sun,

Democrats have always believed the public would fall in love with Obamacare. They see it as one step closer to donkey heaven, where government pays for their health care with someone else's money

Democrats must be beside themselves with horror and frustration. The public hasn't embraced it after four years. In addition, the health law rollout last October was a three-stooges disaster of epic proportion, proving once again the bottomless pit of money supplied to government by taxpayers only ensures total incompetence, mismanagement and eventual bankruptcy for whatever government operates.

Nancy Pelosi laughingly suggested, "We need to pass Obama care to find out what's in it. Democrats did pass it without the support of a single Republican in the Senate or House. More importantly, without majority support of the American people. Democrats own the public's dislike and unhappiness with Obamacare all by themselves.

The "rubber hits the road" evidence on Obamacare is coming in fast. Exchange premiums for 2015 are set to increase on average more than three times the rate of inflation, with many states seeing double-digit percentage increases. Tens of millions of Americans are paying much higher insurance costs, handcuffed to sky-high deductibles tied to less choice and access to both doctors and hospitals. Emergency room visits for non-emergency problems are still setting records while the nation's courts keep declaring parts of Obamacare are unlawful. A potentially fatal flaw has been discovered.

The Obama administration used individual federal health subsidies as a cudgel to brow-beat states into submission. The law unambiguously states subsidies to buy health insurance can only be offered by states that set up exchanges. Thirty-six states refused to set up exchanges. The billions these 36 states have handed out in subsides are all illegal. This dispute is headed to the Supreme Court. There is an excellent chance Obama will lose there, again. No one in the current Congress or the new one in November is going to change one word of the law. Obamacare will become a dead man walking.

Here is the latest polling information from the non-partisan, nonprofit, Kaiser Family Foundation, based in ultra liberal California whose history and advocacy in health care date back to 1948: 37 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Obamacare, while 53 percent hold an unfavorable view. When asked if Obamacare directly helped or hurt them, 15 percent of respondents said it had helped them, 28 percent said it had hurt them. Nearly twice as many were harmed as helped. Fifty-six percent said it had no effect at all. Clearly, the last group has missed the fact they are paying higher taxes and higher prices for medical products while getting nothing in return. They too have been harmed. The unfavorable polling will increase further when they figure it out.

Over the past several polls since Obamacare became a reality the increases in unfavorable and decreases in favorable are seen across both parties. The increase in unfavorable crosses all income groups, ethnicities and races. Americans have opened the " Obamacare box" that Pelosi referred to. Now most Americans are ready to bury her, Obama and Democrats in it, with no headstone. They will in November.

Tony Boutin

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:06

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Sen. Shaheen has always supported women's health initiatives

To The Daily Sun,

To suggest that Senator Shaheen supported the stimulus package in 2009 for personal financial gain is an egregious accusation that has no merit. She has always supported women's health because she knows it is the right thing to do.

As our governor, she signed into law a bill that would guarantee women could receive healthcare coverage from their employer. Now as a U.S. senator, Jeanne Shaheen continues to stand up for women's health issues. She co-sponsored legislation that would provide better access to contraceptives and family planning counseling to women in the military, and women who have family members in the military. In addition, Senator Shaheen has supported legislation that would provide preventative healthcare, like mammograms for free, to women.

So, with all of this in mind, I don't know how anyone could suggest she supported women's health issues for personal gain. I trust Sen. Shaheen to continue to support meaningful legislation and do what is best not only for women, but everyone in New Hampshire.

Paula Trombi


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:03

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His service was rewarded 10 times over with memories & pride

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to comment on Mr. Matthew Tetreault's letter regarding his resigning from his job as custodian with the Laconia School District. What a breath of fresh air! This gentleman is a perfect example of getting out of something what you put into it. His service was rewarded ten fold with memories and pride, and his simple few words of wisdom for the students and alumni are all that our young people need to remember: "live well, do what is right, have a good work ethic, be kind to others....".

Thanks for brightening our day with your letter.

Ted Carl
Alton Bay

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:11

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I'm a fiscal conservative running to represent Grafton District 9

To The Daily Sun,

To my neighbors in Grafton House District 9 (Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol and Grafton), my name is Eric T. Rottenecker and I'm running to be your state representative.

I'm a Navy veteran, Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom/Iraq Freedom. My last tour I was the air mobility coordinator for the Navy SEALS.

I'm a fiscal conservative, pro-Second Amendment and will oppose any legislation that threatens those rights. I will support a strong Republican House leader that will hold the Oversight Committee to stop raiding dedicated funds. I will support a strong Republican governor, for a strong economy.

Work hard to control spending, a balanced budget, smaller government, right-to-work, eliminate job-killing regulations, support Northern Pass only if it's buried, oppose wind power, the Lakes Region is not an industrial zone.

I support legalization of marijuana, spending $6.5 million annually of taxpayer money on a loosing battle is not fiscally responsible. I will stand in opposition to any new taxes and will oppose a state tax.

I will work with our fruit growers and agriculturists to protect our environment from harmful pesticides and defoliants.

I will always be there for my constituents.

Thank you for your support.

Eric T. Rottenecker

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:08

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VA health care has been very thorough & you can't beat the price

To The Daily Sun,

I will stand behind the VA and its services. There was a time years ago, even though I was eligible to receive medical care at the VA, that I had chosen to receive medical services at a regular hospital. The drive to Manchester did deter me from going the distance to the VA hospital. I went to a regular hospital, only to be misdiagnosed and I paid a serious amount for the medication later prescribed to me. When one has no insurance, the cost of getting medical care locally is really a lot to you. I was charged $257 to only sit on their gurney for a few hours. My total bill for those few hours, with no testing done, was $800 and still I ended up going to the VA to get proper treatment. 

I know the VA is having some problems and my heart goes out to those who it has affected. I tell you, the care has been very thorough every time I have had to get medical care. You might have to wait for hours, but it is worth the visit. The Tilton VA Clinic goes out of their way to help you out. They make calls to check up on you to make sure you are doing well. 

In both cases, when I had chosen not to drive to Manchester, my VA medical care would have only cost me under $20. It is hard to complain when you are getting great service at those rates. Give the VA another chance. You will be glad you did. 

John W. Sanborn

Lochmere (Tilton)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 10:03

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