Obamacare is a disappointment
All the U.S. Supreme Court did with its decision that found Obamacare constitutional was give the health care companies a big, wet kiss. The really poor, the elderly and, not coincidentally, the folks in Washington, D.C., who passed the law and the folks who upheld it will get their health care courtesy of John Q. Taxpayer, as they always have. But the middle class – or what is left of it – once again will be caught holding the bag.
Now our already complicated tax system gets even worse as a panel of pencil necks decides who makes too much money for subsidies and who does not. Companies that realize it’s cheaper to pay the fine than to provide the exorbitantly priced health care for their employees will drop those policies like a hot rock. When that happens, those employees who try to find “affordable” policies and can’t will be stuck paying the fines and still be uninsured.
As a lifelong Democrat, I always wanted this country to have a truly egalitarian system that provides the same health care for all – taking the burden off of business and putting it onto all of us, as it should be. Not this unfair mess. I’m disappointed.
A major step
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding Obamacare was a decision for the poor. It speaks for the uninsured, the homeless and the helpless – indeed, for all those who have no one to speak for them.
The decision is a major step toward the solution of a health care problem that has been passed on from one administration to the next. June 28, 2012, will be a day to be remembered for all generations to come.
PREM N. BAJAJ
The writer of “Proud of record” (June 22 Letters to the Editor), who extolled President Obama’s record, needs to bone up on history.
The real-estate bubble that collapsed and caused the financial crisis of 2008 was a creature of the Congress that included then-Sen. Obama. It was aided by government-sponsored mortgage corporations that prospered exorbitantly from loose mortgage-borrowing requirements that had been legislated by Congress, and abetted by equally loose Federal Reserve monetary policy. If the financial sector participated, it was made possible because former President Clinton had signed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which for 60 years had prevented that sector from leveraging on depositors’ funds in such potentially risky investments. Oh, and the Troubled Asset Relief Program and other early post-crash government actions that prevented the crisis from being even more damaging were initiated during President Bush’s administration.
HARRY R. CLEMENTS
Kevin O’Connor said a “conservative, pro-life Republican” is what we need in the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, apparently above all else (June 22 Local & State). What a cheap ploy to try to rile up the old gang that puts abortion opposition above everything else.
You’d hope the county’s top prosecutor wouldn’t be among them, especially since no abortion providers even exist in the county. Can we expect scarce resources to be diverted to harassing any new abortion clinics in the future, rather than actually, you know, prosecuting real crimes?
No better is District Judge Phil Journey, whose fundraising letter brags about him representing more than 1,700 “Summer of Mercy” defendants. He asks where his primary opponent was then. I have no idea, but maybe not associating with, nor encouraging, hundreds of lawbreakers who cost the city thousands of dollars with their repeated and willful illegal acts.
It can’t be stated enough that everyone needs to be concerned about these Republican primary races.