Of course some have benefited from Obamacare, but at what cost?

To The Daily Sun,

There have been countless Obamacare letters written to The Daily Sun from liberals over the years — the latest from Mirno Pasquali, all infected with the same logic flaw.

The far left talks only about the benefit side of the ledger. A ledger has two sides, not just one. Liberals ask you to shoot logic in the head. Of course most people won't. That is why to this day the majority of Americans in every mainstream poll ever taken oppose Obamacare. These results infuriate Obamacare huggers to no end.

Mirno says, if you just keep focusing on the "benefit side" you will become as deluded about Obamacare as I am. I and hundreds of millions of other Americans demand a cost accounting of Obamacare, next to the benefit accounting.

A short review of Obamacare history reveals the following. Its the missing data Democrats refuse to talk about, including Mirno.

1. Five years into the program, the majority of Americans still firmly oppose Obamacare.

2 The cost side of the ledger reveals thousands of people harmed — paying much higher rates for every person helped. The help-to-hurt ratio sucks, to coin a modern phrase. No one denies Obamacare helps some people. But at what cost, to how many people? I can assure you Mirno doesn't know. More insulting, he doesn't want to know. His lack of compassion for those harmed sickens me. No one is going to have logical or common sense debate with Mirno about Obamacare.

3. Is it mere coincidence 20 million people have fallen out of the middle class since Obama was elected and Obamacare enacted? That many of those ejected felt the brunt of paying for those who benefit?

4. Is it coincidence that Democrats lost Congress after they passed Obamacare? Then they lost the Senate. Then they lost the majority of governorships. Then they lost so many state legislatures the Democratic presence shrank to numbers not seen since the early 1900s. Does that sound like an electorate in love with the Obamacare?

5. Is it coincidence that all the Democratic politicians who voted for Obamacare were immediately voted out of office.

6. Is it coincidence that just about every Democrat running for office has run from Obamacare as fast as their feet would carry them?

7. Is it coincidence Obamacare is producing what will be less-than-a-handful of giant insurers and hospitals that control all of health care while competition has all but dried up as the little guy in health care been blown from existence? Let Democrats once again extol their love for the little guy as Obamacare shoots everyone of them in the head, stone cold dead. I did not mention doctors because they have already been bought out wholesale by hospitals. Doctors and hospitals are now one entity. No small, independent doctor's office can survive the ravages, costs and compliance demanded by Obamacare. Mirno doesn't give a rats behind. I do.

8. Is it coincidence 55 percent of doctors in metropolitan areas already refuse to see Medicaid patients? That is where the majority of them live.

9. The percentage of people on Medicare who have trouble finding a primary care doctor are now at record levels. That number is now about 30 percent and going higher fast. Why wouldn't that be the case? Obamacare took $500 billion from the Medicare program and cut payments to doctors. Now, even fewer doctors are willing to treat Medicare patients because they go broke doing it.

10. Is it coincidence that the health outcomes of people on private insurance are better than those paid by government? This is a fact. Worse, government is already paying for 89 percent of all medical costs in America. That means 89 percent are getting poorer results than they should.

11. Is it coincidence health insurance rates on the exchanges are going up 25 percent on average in 45 states in 2016, while out-of-pocket deductibles increase as well. All on the cost side of the Obamacare ledger that Mirno refuses to talk about.

12. The health outcomes of people with no insurance are no worse than those who are on Medicaid. America is wasting hundreds of billions of dollars as the middle class hemorrhages people unable to make ends meet in order to subsidize free heath care for millions that produces zero medical benefits. It should be no surprise to anyone why the majority of Americans oppose Obamacare. No one without insurance, on average lives a day less than those on multibillion-dollar Medicaid. This fact has been pointed out a million times.

I can assure you the brain dead can't hear it. They refuse to look at the other half of the Obamacare ledger, the side that is ruining the lives of millions of people right now.

Mirno is dead wrong. I guarantee it. Obamacare will change, and dramatically, whether he wants it to or not. It is going to change quickly because many Democrats don't like many parts of it, because the majority of their constituents don't like much of it. Sanity will eventually prevail over the brain dead.

Tony Boutin

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Bob Meade - Assimilate . . . or else

There has been much made of the remarks concerning immigrants which were made by presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Bombastic though they were, they were not necessarily void of some truths.

In our last article, we wrote of how previous immigrants came in search of the American dream and how they assimilated into our culture; learning the language, working hard, getting educated, and being part of the "greatest generation" that fought and won the Second World War. But times have changed, not only in this country, but in much of the western world.

There is an outstanding YouTube video that illustrates the demographics of world poverty, and how the problems need to be addressed if they are to be solved: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=LPjzfGChGlE&feature=player_embedded (Please take a few minutes and view the video. If you don't have the Internet, please copy the underlined information and provide it to the librarian who may be able to help you access it using the library's computers.) Essentially, the video shows that in order to effectively address the enormous poverty problems around the world, the knowledge and physical resources to overcome poverty must be brought to the poverty stricken areas. The sheer numbers of those in poverty are so large, that the wealthier countries simply cannot physically absorb the needy . . . the help must be brought to them.

Our most pressing issue in this country is assimilation. Or, more accurately, the lack of assimilation. Think about this . . . people leave their native countries seeking the American dream. They arrive on our shores and then choose to live in an enclave, not assimilating into the American culture, but expecting the American culture to be modified so as to mimic the culture from which they migrated. One glaring example can be found in Dearborn, Michigan, home of the Ford Motor Company. In a relatively short time, the Muslim community has grown to become 46 percent of that city's population and, in a 5-4 decision by the Dearborn City Council, it was decided to officially implement all aspects of Sharia law. Obviously, they are not seeking the "American dream" but are wishing to replace it with their former culture.

In California, the Census Bureau has reported that as of a year ago, Hispanics became the dominant population in that state with 14.99 million residents as compared to 14.92 million Whites, 5.3 million Asians, and 2.22 million Blacks. Nationally, the Hispanic population reached a high of 55.4 million people, or 17.4 percent of our total population.

The immigrant populations of the past learned the language and became educated. Pew Research has shown that in the 2000 Census, of those residents who were over the age of twenty five, 85.5 percent of whites had achieved at least a high school diploma, as compared to 52.4 percent of Hispanics. This presents a couple of significant problems. The first is that communities with high immigrant populations, not just Hispanics but Muslims and other minorities, must pay for and accommodate additional staff to teach English, and to have translators in various municipal offices and departments, and the judiciary, to accommodate the immigrant's inability to speak or understand English. Instead of placing the burden to assimilate on the immigrant, we often place the burden on our government to "accommodate".

Another issue is that, according to Pew Research, last year more than $120 billion was sent by workers to their families in their native countries. Of that amount, over $23 billion was sent to Mexico, and China-India-Philippines all received over $10 billion. Obviously, a country such as Mexico, is happy to have their unskilled citizens come to this country and earn money to send back to their families, as that relieves them of having to provide for those of their own population who are needy.

This problem, assimilation or the lack thereof, is not limited to this country, but is a significant issue in much of the western world. Because of declining birth rates, many countries in Europe needed to import workers from other countries; mainly the Middle-East. However, in many cases, they too have the problem of immigrants not assimilating but living in enclaves, bringing their native country's cultures with them. France has had many issues as there are enclaves within that country where police and fire departments simply can't enter. As we've seen in a number of European countries, the immigrant populations strongly resist assimilating but nevertheless demand the benefits available to those living in socialist countries. As a side but important issue, the immigrant populations are significantly out-birthing the native population of each host country. It has been predicted that much of Europe's native populations will , within a generation or two, be the minority populations in their own country.

Without assimilation, and without continued pursuit of the American dream, what will America look like in a generation or two?

(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident.)

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We must continue to strongly enforce separation of church & state

To The Daily Sun,

Some writers to this newspaper in recent weeks have been using various forms of Christian beliefs to demonstrate the basis of their thoughts. In this country, certainly one has a right to these thoughts and, yes, they can be respected. While many of our Founding Fathers did have a Judeo-Christian background, most of them also strongly encouraged the separation of religion and the government. As CNN points out, "The Founding Fathers lived in a world that was fundamentally different from our own. It was a world in which there was one largely only one religious game in town, Christianity." (7/3/2015)

This now brings us to the U.S. Constitution as well as the Declaration of Independence. In contrast to many writers to this paper, two things must be made clear. The words "God" and "Christian/Jesus Christ" are not in these documents, nor are there any references to the same. It is quite clear that the Founding Fathers' purpose was to protect the rights of all religious groups and beliefs which is specified and protected in the First Amendment, the freedom to worship as one chooses. The closest reference to a supreme being are the words reflected, "Endowed by their creator certain inalienable rights." Therefore when writers claim that the Christian faith is the basis of our country's development, is not true at all.

CNN did an excellent job to summarize Thomas Jefferson's thoughts. "Jefferson explained his support for religious freedom in practical terms: "it does me no injury for my neighbor to believe in 20 gods or no gods. It neither picks my pocket or breaks my leg." This then provides protection to those who are atheists, Jewish, Muslim, Quakers, Buddhists, and so forth to ensure their safety in their places of worship as well as their families. This protection must be maintained to ensure our history continues as defined by the Constitution. Whether one has any religion or not, does not impact on the overall common good of the human race. Religion must remain separate from the government.

One can appreciate these writers' expression. Their viewpoints are also a given protected right also under the First Amendment, under the Freedom of Speech clause. These thoughts offered may have a different personal basis of their own, and it is within their rights to express these. They are enriching to help us gain a better appreciate the concepts within the U.S. Constitution. As such, while different in thought, these writers might want to research this article in CNN on July 3, 2015. Hopefully these writers might have an open mind as they read the article.

It is critical to note, as CNN points out, "Meanwhile, in the text of the Constitution, religion was deliberately kept at arm's length from the state. In radical departures from the era's norms, there would be no religious tests for federal officeholders, no establishment of any national religion and no congressional interference with individual citizen's free exercise of their own faith. This was no accident. Despite their respect for religion and their belief in the divine origins of human rights, many of the Founding Fathers worried that religion would corrupt the state and, conversely, that the state would corrupt religion."

Given the reported corruptions within religions in the past, it is quite apparent even today, such fears could potentially be realized again. We must continue to strongly enforce the separation of state and religion today. The Treaty of Tripoli in 1797 further stressed this point. Created by the signers of the U.S. Constitution (per CNN): "The government of the United States of America is not in any sense, founded on the Christian religion."

One of the purposes of the Founding Fathers in creating both the Declaration of Independence as well as the U.S. Constitution was a hope for tolerance for all peoples regardless of their faiths. Future authors in subsequent amendments also sought this same tolerance for all races, creeds, and now the recent Supreme Court ruling granting same sex marriage is constitutional.

The cause to promote the welfare for the common good as well as tolerance is strongly protected. This actually makes sense. If your neighbors are a gay couple, of a non-Christian faith, what they enjoy in the privacy of their own lives does not impact on your own welfare and safety.

The conservation of our rights to the pursuit of happiness, life, liberty, and property are clearly defined. The protection of these rights is the purpose of our government. These protections include taking care that religious institutions and beliefs are respected. So in a sense, tolerance is mandated by our Constitution, not the contrary. It is the law of the land.

Even as this is typed today, the U.S. remains the only country in the world that more people want to come here than leave it. The Constitution is designed to protect all people regardless of their faiths, their communities, race, sexual preferences. Even in this invasive time of high tech industry, this Constitution is powerful and appropriate to all our needs today. We need to continue to encourage this to make us a better and stronger nation.

All of our blood is red.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.
New Hampton

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The selling of souls and young black lives on an altar of hate

To The Daily Sun,

Holy smoke! Forty-eight people shot in Chicago over the weekend. Seven dead, including a 7-year-old boy.

Remember readers, what James Veverka had to say in reference to me in his last letter? Earle says "black this black that, blah, blah, blah." Is another child killed in Chicago just blah, blah, blah, James? Have you any other insightful, meaningful wisdom to share with the world?

And by the way where is that scum bag Al Sharpton, or for that matter our Marxist-socialist President Obama? MIA again, selling their souls and young black lives on the altar of hate, stupidity and progressive values.

Steve Earle


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New Horizons Band concerts are free; musicians welcome to join

To The Daily Sun,

I'm wearing my "Clarinet Karen" hat today, and on behalf of the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region and conductor Mary Divers, I'm writing to thank Vint Choiniere, Russell Weeks, and the Meredith Parks and Rec Department for inviting the band to once again play the pre-fireworks concert in Hesky Park this year. The kids were dancing, the people clapping, and the musicians had a lot of fun playing wonderful pieces for a great crowd.

The band will continue summer concerts in Gilford on July 21, Sanbornton on July 25, Bristol on Aug.t 20, Center Harbor on Aug. 22, and a possible Laconia date on Sept. 1. Performing year-round, the holiday concerts will begin in November and December at the Veterans Home, the Belknap County Home, the Taylor Community and other locations around the Lakes Region. In the spring there are exchange concerts with several other New Horizons bands across the state.

Our concerts are always free to the public and the band welcomes musicians of all skill levels. New Horizons bands have been created around the world for those musicians who are over 50, with the slogan "Making Music for Life." However, the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region welcomes musicians of many ages. Practices are on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. and/or Saturday afternoons from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Music Clinic in Belmont. More information can be found at newhorizons-lakesregion.org.

Hope to see you at a concert soon, and thanks again Meredith Parks & Rec.

Karen Sticht


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