Care without insurers

Regarding the April 13 letter, “One-payer care too costly”:

The writer has it wrong. First, it is socialized medicine when the doctors work for the government, which pays them and the hospital for services and benefits. When doctors and hospitals operate their own businesses independently and the government pays them and the hospitals for services and benefits, that is single payer.

The writer states that Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, is ready to implode — not true. This will only happen if the Trump administration continues to gut vital parts of the law that are needed to fund health care for all. The GOP would eliminate the individual mandate, taxes on unearned income affecting the very wealthy, and various taxes on manufacturers and importers.

Trace the roots of Obamacare to RomneyCare in Massachusetts. Obamacare would not exist were it not for the conservatives’ imperative to generate profits for special interest groups, health insurance providers and drug companies.

In July 2013, Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts found that “under the single-payer system created by John Conyer’s HR 676, the U.S. could save an estimated $592 billion annually by slashing the administrative waste associated with the private insurance industry ($476 billion) and reducing pharmaceutical prices to European levels ($116 billion). In 2014, the savings would be enough to cover all 44 million uninsured.”

The U.S. is tops in per capita health care spending yet ranks 37th in keeping people healthy. It must do better.

Nick Reina


Supports rise of GOP

Several wonderful events have taken place over the past six months or so. President Obama’s time in office came to an end; Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election; Donald Trump won the 2016 election and became the president of the United States; and last but not least, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was recently confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. This has indeed been a series of wins for the nation and the people. If there were to be icing on the cake, it would be a huge loss by Democrats in the 2018 elections.

The local GOP has been lackluster over many years and I was told at one time that I was too conservative for the party. So I left the GOP and became an independent. But all that is about to change.

I have it on good authority that by the end of this year going into 2018, the local GOP is going to be a party to be reckoned with and pretty soon everyone will know who and what the GOP stands for.

It is about time. So many good things are happening since Obama left office and Trump has taken over. We the people must continue to push this current positive trend by not allowing complacency to set in. We must hold the current GOP government accountable and hold their feet to the fire as well. As for the Democratic Party, it is self-destructing all over the place and I do hope that trend continues.

Jimmie Hollis


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