What we’ve learned about health law
As then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., famously said about health care reform, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”
Friday will mark the second anniversary of the new law’s enactment. In two years, we’ve found out the law cuts Medicare, raises billions in new taxes and increases premiums for families by $2,100 a year.
We’ve found out many employers are dropping, and still more are planning to drop, the coverage they provide, so if you like what you have now you may not be able to keep it. We’ve found out the law is so unpopular that the government has granted more than 1,700 waivers to exempt labor unions and others from participation.
And we’ve found out the law’s mandates may be unconstitutional. Kansas and other states are challenging them before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month.
That’s why I am working to repeal health care reform. It’s one anniversary I don’t want to observe again.
Sen. PAT ROBERTS
In 1994, the Clinton administration’s plan for a national health care plan was dead, having been placed in that state by a vigorous attack by conservatives calling it socialism. However, as the rhetoric died down, Republicans and insurance companies said the debate had been productive, and they assured the American people that through the free-market system, affordable health care would become a reality.
So much for that promise. Today they are very unlikely to make false claims like that again as they forge ahead against what they call Obamacare with the single objective of killing it off, just as they did when Bill Clinton was president.
Pay court cost
I propose an amendment to the Kansas Constitution, as follows: If the Legislature passes any law that is subsequently successfully challenged in state or federal court, the costs of defending that law shall be deducted from the budgets of the legislators who voted for it.
That should force our representatives to give some real thought to their actions.
“Obama’s big fundraisers landed administration jobs” (March 11 Eagle) was a great article.
For those who didn’t see it, the article described how more than half of Obama’s 47 biggest fundraisers (those raising at least $500,000) were rewarded with high-level, well-paying administration positions and ambassadorships, despite federal law prohibiting such actions. Among the more notorious of the fundraisers was Attorney General Eric Holder, whose “Fast and Furious” program allowed drug cartel members to get automatic weapons. Another fundraiser, Steve Spinner, was appointed to the Department of Energy, where he pressed for the Solyndra loan that cost the government millions. Other parts of the article discussed the ineptitude of many of the appointees whose capabilities apparently did not extend beyond the ability to write a check.
The article listed several instances of the cronyism. And the article didn’t even mention the Wall Street bailout, in which CEOs donated millions to elect Obama and were rewarded with billions soon after the election.
The only real question is: Why was the article buried on Page 9A? The readers need to learn about the cesspool of corruption that exists in the highest levels of our government.
Lack of respect
While running an errand recently, I witnessed adults arguing, children arguing with or begging parents, and shoppers in such a hurry that common courtesy was lost in the haste.
Many of society’s ills could be traced back to lack of respect. A news report told of a domestic violence situation and noted that police authority alone was not enough to end it without “negotiation.” Daily there are reports of police officers taking drastic measures to keep others safe because their authority is ignored.
Of course, the lessons of respect for one another and for authority start in the home. But like so many things, the educational system is left to make up for the gap by using the classroom to teach those skills. Schools are left with more and more parental responsibilities and shrinking resources.
Students often disrespect one another, teachers and administrators. This makes teaching and learning difficult for all.
Teachers are told by students that their lessons are boring or stupid. Often the vocal student cannot focus on a reading or writing task long enough to feel success. Expressing blatant disregard for schoolwork is just another example of lack of respect for authority.
The phrase “family values” gets thrown around a lot by politicians such as Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. Yet few actually define what it means.
We may think we know what they are implying when speaking of values. But if they were asked to tell in honest detail what they really mean, I suspect politicians would have differing views.
The phrase “family values” is deliberately vague, so as to appeal to the widest possible cross section. Nobody is going to come out against families and their values, so the phrase is meaningless in itself – but it sounds noble.
Most politicians just give lip service to these values without really considering what the phrase means to others – even in their own political group. If The Eagle were to ask a cross section of people to write essays on “family values,” I bet we would be surprised at the vast difference in views.
I just had to write to voice my dislike and distaste for the Intrust Bank Arena.
If I’m not mistaken, all people of Wichita (meaning all races) were included in paying to bring this “home of great entertainment” to this wonderful city. Yet never has anyone of color performed in it – and that does not include the Harlem Globetrotters.
When can we expect to get some “bang for our bucks”? It’s pretty sad when cartoon characters and circus animals take precedence.
People of color may have had to pay for the arena, but we don’t have to continue to pay. We should boycott it.
“Home of great entertainment” for whom?
Slime isn’t beef
Many of our food suppliers, grocery stores and restaurants incorporate “pink slime” in ground beef (March 15 Eagle). This is scrap beef treated with ammonia, and until a few years ago it was only approved to be included in dog food.
I grew up in small town and worked part of my summers on farms cooking for harvest crews and dressing out chickens. I know where our meat comes from, and I am not overly squeamish about these things. But this makes me feel sick.
I am sure my grandparents did not include this stuff in the hamburger they made. I’m even more sure they did not add any ammonia.
We are told it’s just beef and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It may be part of the bovine when it is up walking around. But it is definitely not meat, which is what I expect in ground beef. Whoever approved this did not represent my interests.
Which sellers of ground beef in our city are incorporating this glop in our hamburger? Until I find out, I’m going to a butcher shop that processes its own meats and can guarantee that it does not sell this in the guise of ground beef.