To The Daily Sun,
Have you wondered why health care premiums will go up for some? It's rather simple. In the past, insurance companies would bar people with pre-existing conditions or drop people when they became too sick and expensive. That kept the costs down for healthy people and top earners. But now that is illegal.
By barring those people "not good enough" for the insurance company's bottom line, it kept many well-to-do and healthy people's premiums down. That's right. An uninsurable person gets sick for life or dies just to keep the premiums lower.
Now the playing field is leveled and the privileged are no longer customers with discounts due to barring people who really need health care. Fancy that. If you are not in the greatest health, you aren't good enough to be taken care of. People in actual need of health care get barred in order to keep prices down for others who benefit the cold, hard bottom line. This scenario is why health care can never work as a free market commodity. With health care, people must be the bottom line.
It would appear that the right wing is toast on repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act. The latest Quinnipiac poll reveals that 62 percent of Americans oppose repealing the law. In those 62 percent, 10 percent want it unchanged, and 52 percent want some tinkering and ironing out. The United States has finally caught up to New Hampshire, who by the same 62 percent, opposed its repeal back in 2011.
Last week, the Senate held hearings on Canada's single-payer system. A Republican was grilling the Canadian minster using the talking points of the Tea Party. One question regarded why doctors were leaving Canada. She made it clear such was not the case. When he hit her with the usual about waiting lines, she spoke of how they were dealing with that with elective procedures. It doesn't happen in emergency situations. She sunk his little plastic boat by adding, "We might have some waiting problems, but we don't have 45,000 people dying very year because they can't get health care."
I love my new Silver Plan. My wife and I pay a total of $106 a month. We do not shed tears for the people who lost their discounts and special treatment due to the illnesses of others.
Have you ever wondered why the GOP never said a peep when people got dropped or premiums went up before Obama? When you have been bought and paid for, you keep your mouth shut and let people die for the benefit of the sociopaths who only care about money.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:09
To The Daily Sun,
I was appalled after attending the Belknap County Convention meeting yesterday. The chairman, Ms. Worsman, asked for adjourning the meeting without any public input.
This is yet another attempt to abuse her power as chairman. Moving the meetings an hour away to Concord and then prohibiting public input is absurd. I cannot believe your caucus believes that having constituents drive an hour each way for a meeting held at noontime would be conducive for open and transparent government.
Shame on you, Ms. Worsman, for making it impossible for hard working-class people to attend these meetings. It is a slap in our face not to allow us to ask questions after driving an hour each way to attend these meetings.
For those of you who missed the 3-4-14 meeting please click the below link to watch — the 3/19-14 meeting will be downloaded soon.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
The horror stories regarding negative impacts on residents tied to the development of the Groton Wind power plant continue to mount. The toll on families across our region builds while the governor and many in the Legislature appear to care less.
Over the past few weeks many of our local residents traveled to Concord to tell their true-life experiences living next to the Groton Wind power plant. As expected, our politicians half-listened as they had other things to do. Many of our local residents were adding to and reinforcing true Groton Wind concerns. The worse part is that the issues are greater and broader than previously defined by Iberdrola. There is no need to repeat these problems, as we video taped all testimonies and put them on our Facebook page for all to see.
But there is a need to once again ask the governor and those in the Legislature pushing for rapid wind deployment in our community. What's the rush? We, as a state, produce more than enough electricity. Heck, we've been exporting excess electricity for decades.
Has New Hampshire, a state that has its own Constitution and prides itself on protecting individual's rights, now chosen to sell out to industrial wind developers?
If Massachusetts intends to outsource New Hampshire land in order to meet their so called "green energy quota," why must New Hampshire residents pay for any of it? And what about our "green energy quota"?
It's more important for our state to step back and review its energy policy and development regulations to get things done correctly rather than doing so quickly. At this point, the state has embarked on an energy policy course that's friendly to industrial wind developers, hostile to New Hampshire residents, threatens tourism, threatens our watersheds and does nothing to improve the quality of life that we've all become accustom to. This is wrong and it's bad public policy.
Eventually, with many thanks to residents who publicly expressed their nightmarish Groton Wind stories, the tide will turn where a more viable and achievable energy policy can be developed without destroying people, lives and health.
Ask questions, demand answers and pound the table if you don't get them. Now is the time, not later.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:01
To The Daily Sun,
Sometimes I wonder if Pope Francis is making any headway here in New Hampshire. From all appearances, (he's) not. Case in point is what I gleaned off the Internet below.
A prominent Catholic priest leads St. Joseph Cathedral here in New Hampshire, and is a recent former member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. But he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, whose president made headlines last week for his remarks that "the human-hating people that run modern universities should all be taken out and shot." While the president was forced to apologize for his "poorly chosen words," his organization continues to work for the passage of draconian laws criminalizing homosexuality.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has warned that this organization is aiding and abetting the anit-LGBT forces in countries whose anti-gay violence is prevalent. Monsignor Anthony Frontiera's involvement is helping this hate group masquerade as a legitimately Catholic organization, and undermining Pope Francis's efforts to focus the church on Christ's radical message of love. The monsignor needs to resign from this hate group's Board of Directors.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:57
To The Daily Sun,
My thanks to Gilmanton voters for returning me to the town Budget Committee. I will do my best to live up to the trust they have shown by their vote.
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 10:51