Letters to the Editor
Healthcare is a moral issue. The purpose of government is to use our common wealth to provide services which private individuals are unable to provide. The government builds roads, funds police and fire departments, public education, provides infrastructure for utilities, and takes responsibility for the defense of our nation. Government funding was behind the creation of the internet and many other innovations. Virtually every developed nation accepts the fact that universal healthcare can be provided most efficiently by government. The privatizing of healthcare is a way for rich people to make money from the common man’s misfortune. This is also a moral issue. A study done prior to the implementation of the Patient PROTECTION And Affordable Care Act (that’s the full name of “Obamacare”) found that a full 30% of revenue paid for health insurance went to “administrative costs” rather than patient care. (This includes multimillion dollar salaries for CEOs.) By comparison, the government-sponsored Medicare program has a 3% administrative cost. The private sector has proven that it is unable to provide a service; universal affordable healthcare. It is estimated that 18,000,000 people will lose their healthcare in the first year if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. If ever there was a moral justification for the government to protect its citizens by providing a service, this is it! -Rolly Brown, Sellersville PA
I am writing you today to urge you to oppose, by all means, the recent scheme to repeal the ACA and replace it with a bill which, for the American people, will cost more and provide less while lining the pockets of the rich. It is curious that you’re willing to monitor “possible changes” to a completely flawed attempt at repealing the ACA, yet it seems that you’re not at all interested in promoting changes (as opposed to repeal) in the ACA itself, which has insured more Americans than ever before, and, in most cases, lowered the pre-ACA costs of health care. DonTCare is opposed a/or severely criticized by the AARP, the Congressional Budget Office, the American Cancer Society, the American Nurses Assn., the Consumers' Union, the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Assn., and the American Hospital Assn. Its sole purpose seems to be to bilk the American people of every last cent of their income. If this bill were to pass, it would be a travesty for the American people: Less coverage, higher deductibles, worse access. Instead, why not work at fixing the problems (largely caused by greedy insurance companies which continue to rake in huge profits) that are hampering the ACA, and restoring the idea of a public option, which would keep the Health Insurance industry from monopolizing the marketplace and extorting millions from hardworking Americans?
Rolly Brown, Sellersville PA
Hypocrisy on Trumpcare
How much do Republicans in Congress love their new Trumpcare bill? I'll tell you how much. They love it so much that they exempted themselves from it.
You may remember that members of Congress were required to use the Affordable Care Act. The particular section of the ACA where they were required to use it was Section 1312 (d) (3) (D).
In the new Trumpcare bill states are allowed to get a waiver to do away with the essential health benefits required under the ACA and on to do away with the provision forbidding insurance companies from charging people with preexisting conditions higher premiums.
At least states are allowed to do that to you and me. But consider this provision which was added to the Trumpcare bill: "(A) Specified Non Applications Provisions. In no case may a waiver for the purposes of paragraph (1) apply with respect to any of the following provisions... (ii) Sections 1312 (d) (3) (D), 1331, 1332, 1333, 1nd 1334 of such Act."
In other words, the Republicans in Congress carefully excluded themselves from those wonderful waivers under the new Trumpcare. You and I can lose the defined essential health benefits and if we have a "preexisting condition" be charged unaffordable premiums, but congresspersons and their staff can't be. No, they would rather remain under the ACA provisions.
The hypocrisy is staggering. After something like sixty votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the failure to even bring the first Trumpcare bill to a vote, the new Trumpcarebill, which is so good for you and me, won't apply to congresspersons. No, they'll keep the ACA provisions, thank you very much.
Jim Bode Lima, Ohio
At the Town Hall meeting sponsored by Ahead on Monday, April 24 Jim Jordan continued to insist people voted to repeal the ACA/Obamacare. I do not believe people voted to repeal the ACA/ObamaCare at the expense of patients and the opportunity of pharmaceutical companies, private for profit health insurance companies, and wealthy investors. I agree they voted for change. This is what I think American voted for: 1. Love and respect one another. Build our country together. Care about and for one another, our country, and our world. 2. Let people buy into Medicare at the same price they pay for private insurance. Slowly bring Medicare For All online a few age brackets and a few groups at a time. Continue to fix Medicare making the paperwork simpler. Medicare for All would allow companies to get out of the health care business and pay much higher wages. This is the single easiest way to begin to bring some sense to our tangled web of health care dollars. 3. Continue to work with our allies. 4. Continue to work for peace in the Middle East. The best way to decrease forced immigration is to decrease the need for people to leave their own countries. Peace in the Middle East cannot be just about fighting. It also needs to be about economically viable nations. 5. Continue the measures that are already bringing down abortion rates: access to birth control, education, and birth control options. 6. Help "fix" social security by taxing entire income. Don't stop the tax at $118,500 continue the tax over the entire income. 7. I believe voters voted for an increase in public works program. It is needed! (I prefer to tax the top wealth to help pay for it based on my understanding of history. If there is a way to cut taxes and increase jobs and increase tax revenues, I am all for it. But that didn't work under George W Bush.) Maybe there is a way to change taxes so that tax savings must be spent on growth not stored in banks, placed in the market, or hedged. 8. If you know me you know I am a Democrat and I tend to believe our recent problems were brought on more by corporate and wall street greed than by the government. The voters voted differently and I hear some of them. Obviously, many people voted differently. 9. Thanks for reading! I will try to listen and look for positive ideas and ways forward. I do not want to rebuild our country at the expense of patients or marginalized people. I hope to we enrich our nation with intelligence, cooperation, wisdom, and hard work. Love, Cris Elstro
1531 Lakewood Ave Lima, Ohio 45805
Example 5 Graham Cassidy is by far the worst possible choice!
Republicans have until September 30, 2017 to appeal and replace the ACA/Obama Care with 50 votes. After September 30 they will need 60 votes.
1. The Graham Cassidy bill is expected to come up for a vote
The bill ends Medicaid expansion coverage for millions of low income adults. It takes health care dollars from the federal government and gives it to the states in the form of block grants. Federal funding is dramatically decreased. In 2026 Ohio would receive $2.5 billion less in Medicaid assistance.
Winners: Private Insurance Companies, Losers: Patients
2. A bipartisan bill initiated by Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican from Tennessee includes a list of proposals to stabilize the health insurance markets so Americans can continue their health insurance coverage under the ACA. Forty-three Democrats and Republicans are working together on this bill.
Winners: Private health insurance companies and patients Losers: Potentially none if federal investment remains at the same levels
3. The third plan Medicare For All was reintroduced by Bernie Sanders on September 13, 2017. Sixteen democratic cosponsors signed on. Medicare For All House Bill 676 was introduced by Representative John Conyers and currently has 119 cosponsors. Medicare for all would eventually stop private for profit health insurance costs and be replaced with tax increases.
Cost estimates 2018- 2017
Medicare For All = $ 32 Trillion Uninsured Americans = ZERO
Current System = $49 Trillion Uninsured Americans = 27.5 Million (2017#)
Winners: Everyone: Patients, Health Care Providers, American Business and Industry, America