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Supreme Court said Affordable Care Act is a tax, so let's treat it like one

To The Daily Sun,

While our current health care laws have afforded many the ability to obtain coverage, they appear to be unsustainable and have disadvantaged those who accept extremely high deductibles in order to afford the cost of coverage. Compounding this problem is the insurance companies' policies of forcing payment of the entire deductible before they assist in any way, essentially leaving people without coverage if they are healthy. Barry Dame brought up an excellent point (letter March 30) "A health care tax just like Social Security..."

The ACA has created "health care" as an entitlement. The Supreme Court ruled the ACA to be a "tax" so let's treat it like one. Through payroll taxes, we all pay into Social Security and Medicare. No matter what we do, those of a certain income level and up will be paying for those who receive care they cannot pay for just like we always have. The ACA did not change that concept and no amount of fixing the ACA or passing another bill will fix it. A small payroll deduction designated for Medicaid will fairly place responsibility on all. We also need to pass a law that says Washington cannot tap into any funds collected for a specific purpose.

I agree with Sara Kender, (letter March 30) that our country has a great health care system, but I disagree with those who believe it should be run by the government. Many VA hospitals attest to the fact that an overblown bureaucracy doesn't work all that well. The government actually stepped into heath care in the 1980s when they decided how much physicians would be paid and what they would and wouldn't be paid for, for Medicare patients.

Health insurance companies quickly adopted these rules for themselves increasing their profits. This was my first awareness of the government determining the income of a professional not in the employment of the government. Someone should do this for lawyers.

I understand a few bad apples brought this about, but I think it's unfair to say, "...they make millions off of the sick." Just to clarify, I'm a nurse, not a doctor. My concern is always for the patient, but I do understand all the hidden costs of health care.

We have suffered obstructionists on both sides of the aisle far too long. They know the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines will benefit the people yet they seem beholden to the insurance lobbyists. They know the pharmaceutical companies keep the costs of necessary drugs high and contribute to the country's opioid issue yet they seem beholden to the pharma lobbyists. We need to remind our elected officials we elected them to work for solutions to the nation's problems and not be so concerned about their next re-election.

Althea Dunscombe

Center Harbor

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LHS English Dept. Spelling Bee to benefit Got Lunch is Thursday night

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia High School's English Department is partnering with our local "Got Lunch!" program to host its second annual Team Spelling Bee on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m.

The narrative about public education is too often hijacked by polarizing topics. Let's use this event as an opportunity to reclaim that narrative. In Laconia, public school teachers, local business owners, and community leaders work together to ensure the success of our young people. Laconia High School's Team Spelling Bee is just another example of what makes our city so special.

Price of admission is an unopened jar of peanut butter or jelly. This donation will help "Got Lunch!" volunteers feed hungry children during their summer vacations.

And this year, Hannaford Supermarket is matching our donation.

Local business leaders will serve as our official pronouncers, and WEMJ will broadcast the event live.

Forty-eight students have signed up to participate.

Plenty of communities in the Lakes Region host similar academic competitions. And although their students' achievements are comparable to ours, the daily obstacles impeding their students are not. This spelling bee's goal is not simply to celebrate the successes of our young learners but to provide a context for those successes.

Please join us, on Thursday, April 6, at 6:30 in the Laconia High School auditorium. Let's reclaim the narrative, and let's continue to serve as a model of collaboration and commitment in our state.

Tate Aldrich, Chair

English Department

Laconia High School

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