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Without free market principals & tort reform health care bill is junk

To The Daily Sun,

Speaker Paul Ryan has said because of Senate rules, we have to pass Phase 1 of the American Heath Care Act now and then Phases 2 and 3 later. If they add anything about tort reform or free market then they would need 60 votes. This way Phase 1 needs only 51 and Phases 2 and 3 need 60. President Trump would go to Democratic states to try to get the 60 votes to get Phases 2 and 3 to pass.

I am not stupid. Free market and tort reform are the most important parts. If they don't pass then we have junk for a health bill.

I want Congress to put all together and if it passes great and if it does not, then we are not stuck with the junk and not have the important parts of the bill.

The proposed bill will have a fund for patients with severe medical problems like cancer, or heart disease with funds going to states.

New Hampshire will get screwed again. With the feds opioid help, more money goes to states with larger populations and not where the population is worse. New Hampshire has the third highest deaths per capita in the nation, yet because our population is low, we will get much less funds to help. Our tax money will go to other states.

I have car insurance and house insurance. It is my responsibility as an owner to maintain my home and my car. If something horrible should happen, then hopefully insurance kicks in and helps me. But I decide what should be covered in my policy according to what I want covered and what I can afford to pay. I can buy insurance from a company out of state.

Why can't medical coverage be like that?

I have seen examples of concierge medicine and like it. A Kansas physician charges $50 for adults and $10 for kids each month. It covers unlimited visits. It covers things like stitches, broken bones, X-rays. He negotiated with pharmaceutical companies and get medicines for 5 percent pharmacy costs to patients and patients get them at cost. Some things are not covered, but the physician negotiated with other physicians and services are much cheaper. Patients only need catastrophe insurance and that would be cheaper.

Isn't that better than getting either state or federal government involved?

Speaker Ryan, work now to give voters what the Republican Party promised.

Linda Riley

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I hope locals will begin to embrace this wonderful Holy Grail restaurant

To The Daily Sun,

I just wanted to take a moment to comment on the restaurant, The Holy Grail, which myself and the wife visited while on vacation there recently.

This is really a gem in your fine city. We spent several hours shopping at the local shops, on Sunday afternoon. We became hungry and stopped at the Holy Grail for lunch. The food was great and the atmosphere was truly unique and inviting. What a beautiful job the owners did of re-purposing this space, which could have gone unused and eventually run down. Possibly even a burden to the taxpayers.

The owner Maureen personally served us and couldn't have been more gracious and welcoming. I would have thought it would have been busier at the time we were there, so I would hope that the locals see what we saw and will embrace this establishment and make it the success it should be.

Richard & Maryann Ethier

Jamestown, R.I.

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