Letters to the editor on Obamacare, Obama, airport name

11/08/2013 12:00 AM

11/07/2013 5:02 PM

Kentucky actually helping citizens

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is still raving about repealing Obamacare. It’s over; it’s law. Get used to it and help your fellow Kansans benefit from it.

Pompeo should really take a good look at Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky and what he has done on Obamacare. About 32,000 Kentuckians have signed up for Obamacare, with nearly 400,000 having gone to the state website to look over the plans before making their decisions. It is working very well and very smoothly, and the people are delighted with it. They are finding the policies are much better than they had previously, and cheaper, too.

Beshear brought in independent analysts to study the financial impact on the state, and they told him he would be crazy not to expand Medicaid and support Obamacare. They estimated Obamacare would create 17,000 jobs in Kentucky. Small businesses also like what they see.

Too bad we don’t live in Kentucky, where the governor is actually helping the people in his state, instead of in a red state like Kansas, where all the conservative politicians are catering to the tea party instead of helping people.

SANDY LOVE

Maize

Ignores advice

Remember when President Obama, in a 2011 speech, called for “more civility in our public discourse”? This sample of his recent words attacking Republicans proves he doesn’t take his own advice: “burn down your house,” “demand ransom,” “hold people hostage,” “reckless Republican shutdown,” “extortion.”

Not only doesn’t Obama take his own advice, he tells people they can keep their insurance plan, period. Many can’t. He says Obamacare is like the Massachusetts health care plan. It is not. He is a pathological liar.

STEPHEN L. GUGLETA

Bel Aire

Cost daunting

The cost of changing the name of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport “didn’t daunt” Wichita City Council members, The Eagle reported (Nov. 6). Well, the benefit of a name change is zero, and the estimated cost is up to $728,000. I find that daunting and stupid.

Let’s see a list of all the budget items of the same cost that the city can’t do because it doesn’t have the money, and then decide if the name change makes sense.

ROGER SHEPHERD

Wichita

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