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Letter: Control is what the president seeks

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Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:00 am

Obama and his cronies have turned our health care system upside down. According to Fox News, Obamacare has resulted in 6 million people losing their insurance and only 2 million have enrolled in state exchanges, far short of the number he and Sebelius are looking for. How many of those are Medicaid, which will cost even more tax dollars?

If Mr. Obama truly wanted to help those without insurance, there was a better way. Unfortunately, this man wants total control of every facet of American life. He’s a socialist and promotes socialistic principles. Many people report doubled premiums, unneeded programs such as maternity and pediatrics for couples in their 50s, plus unbelievably high deductibles.

Now he is trying to move quickly to immigration reform. Why bother? They come across our borders freely. In fact, the DHS, which is supposed to protect our interests, is complicit in smuggling the children of illegal immigrants across our borders to reunite with their illegal parents here in the states. Why aren’t we enforcing current immigration laws already on the books?

What about the real truth on Benghazi, the NSA spying or the IRS abuses? So far, those implicated in any scandal have been promoted, not punished. What kind of shape are we going to be in when he leaves office? I have no doubt he will go down in history as our worst president. My worst fear is that he might be replaced by Hillary Clinton.

Sonia F. Glick

Lockeford

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16 comments:

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:56 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 554

    I could agree to that, but i do not think that would, in itself, bring on the changes in cost necessary to make health care affordable to those that cannot afford it. At least not in a timely enough manner.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:54 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 554

    I concur, but Kevin was commenting on charges originated by hospitals and care givers, not those paid or negotiated by insurance co.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:16 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2080

    Jeff, we already have laws in place to deal with it, I just want to see them expanded. The Price Gouging laws we have in place for Natural disasters and such could easily be applied here. A simple, no more than 20% mark-up on supplies from costs outside the hospital and Room costs within reality.

     
  • Jack Gilder posted at 2:00 pm on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Jack Gilder Posts: 26

    Jeff, the ACA only allows insurance companies to charge a 20% profit. Before the ACA they were charging around 60% profit for crap plans that offered little coverage and could be yanked for absurd reasons. Limiting the profit margin is, in effect, telling them what they can charge. This prevents the insurance companies from gouging customers. In countries with government-run healthcare the administrative costs are 3%--that's the difference.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 10:31 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 554

    Kevin, the gov't telling private and not-for-profit health care entities what they can charge for services WOULD really be a gov't take over of the health care sector, rather than the regulation and expansion of the private & public insurance market that the ACA has provided.

     
  • Christina Welch posted at 8:19 am on Tue, Jan 21, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 434

    You are correct about our culture here in America, and not just about our over-consumption and other abuses. And, let's not forget our embracing of debt, too. Here's an interesting article on the middle class in Germany: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jan/22/business/la-fi-germany-middle-class-20120122

    Little debt, living within their means, working hard...a whole different attitude than we seem to have here in America. We could learn a lot from them.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:13 pm on Mon, Jan 20, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2080

    America has a MUCH different culture than other countries. Using your logic we should install an Autobahn style road across the US since Germany has lass than half out fatal accidents. Other countries have successful welfare systems, but American culture abuses it. Our social culture is one of over indulgence, take all you can and sue everyone you disagree with.

    Our social culture has a very strong possibility of abusing the system and crushing any benefits Obamacare COULD have had.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:04 pm on Mon, Jan 20, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Here's a start, Mr. Paglia. Also, read Steven Brill's Time Mag article entitled "Bitter Pill."

    http://20somethingfinance.com/steven-brill-time-magazine-health-care-cost-article/

    Might fill in a lot of the blanks.

    I know what you mean about charging ridiculous amounts for common items. We still talk about the $20 price of a 2 x 2 inch piece of gauze (billed by Lodi Memorial) when my son was born in 1986. When I think about it, $50 for an ACE bandage is not so bad - inflation-wise that is - twenty-seven years later. Per square inch - YOU made out like a bandit!!

     
  • John Lucas posted at 9:47 am on Sun, Jan 19, 2014.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    You might see how other countries do it. They do it at half the price per person, cover everybody and have better medical outcomes. Switzerland, which has the next higher costs to us, is getting ready to go to a public option.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 9:41 am on Sun, Jan 19, 2014.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    [thumbup]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 9:10 pm on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    Walt Posts: 1161

    [thumbup]

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:26 pm on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Excellent analysis, Mr. Gilder.

    Ms. Glick's second sentence says it all. There is finally a media outlet for the lazy observer (I wrote "lazy thinker" and then recapacitated, realizing that "THINKER" is an unrealistic expectation for anyone who frequents the same programs as Ms. Glick on FOX News.

     
  • Jack Gilder posted at 11:25 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    Jack Gilder Posts: 26

    If Obama wants to control anything it's keeping health insurance companies from gouging Americans. Now it's illegal to charge more than 20% profit and the plans can't bump you for pre-existing conditions and other nonsense. What's curious is how only the people who are opposed to Obamacare are reporting premiums and deductibles going up; every one I know that enrolled saw those things go down dramatically and are delighted with the results. Maybe there's a new TEApublican conspiracy theory here about Obama intentionally screwing TEApublicans by spying on them and raising their premiums and deductibles. This sounds absurd to reasonable people but it wouldn't surprise me if a TEApublican said it.

    It's also curious how any time a TEApublican writes a letter they are compelled to mention a litany of issues unrelated to their point that are tired and long debunked GOP talking points as if it somehow is supposed to validate their writing. All it accomplishes is diminishing any credibility by identifying the writer with a corporate sponsored political movement bent on destroying Obama with baseless allegations and other nonsense.

     
  • Kevin Paglia posted at 10:36 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2080

    One way that the uninsured could have been helped is to LOWER healthcare costs by making the care facilities charge REAL world amounts for the supplies. was charged $50 for an ace bandage I could get from the corner market for $2. $2000 for a room I was in for 2 hours. The reason Health care costs are so high is because we get gouged when the bill comes. Lower THOSE costs and MORE people will be able to afford to get the medical care they need.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:00 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm not so sure that Obama has accomplished "controlling" the American public, but it is most CERTAIN that FOX News has.

    Maybe Obama could take some lessons from Roger Ailes.

     
  • Jeff Tillett posted at 6:08 am on Sat, Jan 18, 2014.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 554

    "If Mr. Obama truly wanted to help those without insurance, there was a better way." Okay, i'll bite. What would be the better way to help those without insurance?

     

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