Don't blame President Obama for insurance cancellations
I am so tired of hearing the uproar and outrage about the canceled insurance policies. All you hear is, "Millions and millions losing their insurance" and "Obamacare canceled millions of insurance policies."
Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist who played a key role in shaping the health reform law, told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that the Affordable Care Act isn't responsible for kicking people off their insurance plans. The law does not say to business, drop coverage! Each business decides what's good for that business, Emanuel, the brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, said.
The insurance companies decide how to make money. When the private companies decide to drop an individual, don't blame Obama. He isn't responsible for that. Figures that you won't hear on the nightly news programs: Of 318 million people in the United States, 80 percent are unaffected by the act, mostly due to employer group policies. Some have to buy new policy that pretty much matches old policy, while the 14 percent currently uninsured will gain access to insurance and/or subsidized policies.
We should be thankful to have outstanding health care
The Thanksgiving cartoon with the caption "We are most thankful that we don't have Obamacare" was both mindless and mean-spirited.
All the complaints about the Affordable Care Act's (admittedly problematic) web access bring to mind the old Yiddish complaint/joke about a Catskills' resort: The food is terrible and the portions are so small!
A more appropriate caption would perhaps have been: "I'm thankful that emergency rooms have to treat me whether I'm insured or not."
WALTER D. KAMPHOEFNER
Republicans are on the wrong side of American history
The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Irrespective of the ineffectual launch of the act by the Obama administration, the American people have rejected the savagery of our old system where, uniquely in the Western world, 50 million people were completely uninsured, where cancer victims were bankrupted and where an inherited health problem condemned you to permanent poverty.
The Republicans have offered nothing but their passionate disregard for the president and an obdurate rejection of any proposal towards addressing this or any other major issue. Instead, they would deny insurance for people innocently afflicted with pre-existing conditions, build a Maginot Line behind the millions of undocumented but essential workers, put a policeman in the room with a pregnant woman and her physician, allow workplace and legal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, make firearms with unlimited magazines available to everyone irrespective of criminal or psychotic backgrounds, and exacerbate taxation policies that let the top 1 percent garner 1,000 times the average income of the bottom 90 percent.
Talk about the wrong side of history
B-CS continues to show its amazingly generous heart
A young Ukrainian recently made a remark to me that is especially relevant in describing residents of Bryan and College Station.
The young man is an employee in a general music store in Odessa, Ukraine, and he had just learned about the musical instrument mission in which I have been involved for several years. This is a mission in which I solicit donated instruments and also purchase some myself to take to Ukraine, where they are placed to be of most use by children and young people.
I assist my son six days weekly in his Bryan retail business, and about two months ago, a young couple came in to shop. I was cleaning an instrument in preparation for taking it on my next trip to Ukraine. As this young couple was leaving the shop, they paused at the door and the young man extended his hand for what I assumed would be a typical handshake.
This one was so different, however, because in his hand were four folded $20 bills and he said, "We want to help."
And help they have. On Nov. 16, their donation made possible the purchase of six music stands in the music store in Odessa.
The statement made previously by the young Ukraine man was made as he placed his hand on his chest and said, "Americans have big hearts."
To that I would add, "And especially those in Bryan-College Station, and in particular the young couple to whom I refer." To them, and others, "Thanks."
Another unsolicited Bryan-College Station act of kindness.
GEORGE STUART (from Odessa, Ukraine)