Ads start attack on health reforms | May 11, story
Reform's foes fear for their profits
Rick Scott is spending millions of dollars to discredit President Barack Obama's health care reforms before he even knows what reforms the president has in store. He's doing this because he is apparently ever so concerned about Americans getting the quality health care they deserve. How amusing.
The only thing Rick Scott and the corporate giants that run the hospitals and health insurance companies in this country are concerned about is the profit they can squeeze out of the sick and dying. Quality health care is their last concern.
These health care groups spent millions to torpedo the Clinton administration's efforts to reform health care, and now Scott is targeting the current administration with ads claiming the care in nations with national health care —like Canada, Denmark and the United Kingdom — is inferior to ours.
Funny, but I have talked to a great many people from those countries and they all claim to be pretty satisfied with the medical care they receive and are quite puzzled by the whole notion of health care as a profit-driven business. Could it be the captains of corporate health care are lying to us to protect their profits?
Anyone who has not read Money-Driven Medicine by Maggie Mahar or watched the movie Sicko by Michael Moore owes it to themselves to get the real picture about what drives the health care industry. It most certainly is not compassion.
Duane Bitter, Dunedin
Government would offer inept care May 11, letter
Americans deserve health care for all
I'm a 75-year-old retiree. Let me tell the letter writer that I'm being bled to death by the medical profession and its insurance cronies. I have Medicare plus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and I'm still being assaulted with medical bills that neither will pay for.
The doctors charge me more than Medicare will pay, and Blue Cross denies my claims more than they will pay. I'm on a limited income and therefore scrimping and digging constantly for money to pay for fancy offices, big boats, country clubs, gas-eating cars and fancy houses. All the while I'm eating beans and wieners to pay for these medical bills.
Let's bring in a government health plan like most of the rest of the developed nations have. It's time that this country gets its citizens out of the lower level of health care that we endure. If ours is so good, why do we rate near the bottom? I hear what people in Canada and England have, and when I tell them what I go through for good health care they are astonished. People, don't let the medical profession sell you a smelly bill of goods. It's time we got health care for all.
I've heard the argument that it will bring high taxes. Well, think about what your health care premiums cost you — that is if you can afford them. Please tell me the difference between high premiums and a tax increase.
Robert Murray, Oldsmar
"Watershed" health savings could fall far short | May 12, story
Try a real decrease
I agree, this falls way short of any savings. I don't get it. Everyone agrees to increase the cost of national health spending annually by only 1.5 percent instead of 7 percent for 10 years.
How does that save us any money because next year we will still pay more for the same? How about decreasing it by 1.5 percent per year?
William Shumaker, Tampa
Debate ideas, not slogans | May 11, E.J. Dionne column
Follow the Constitution
Interestingly enough, the leftist E.J. Dionne somehow managed to omit the word "Constitution" from his op-ed about the coming Supreme Court nomination. If you don't find that interesting, then I suggest you are one of those who are in favor of what's described by the slogan "judicial activism," which Dionne would so much rather not see.
Since the Constitution is the law of the land, the Supreme Court justices only exist to decide if laws passed by Congress are "constitutional." Congress would still have the power to pass bad laws as they have always had.
One of the bad laws that Congress has passed is the Voting Rights Act of 1965. What a strange law for Dionne to bring up in this context. This law does not have a prayer of being upheld by this or most any Supreme Court. There cannot be a more clear violation of "equal protection" laws than this. Dionne sees nothing wrong with the fact that eight states and "dozens" of other areas are subjected to this law, but there is nothing said about the vast number other areas in the country.
Laws passed by Congress should be directed at the entire country, not just segments of it. Let's remember that, thankfully, this is not a democracy, but a democratic republic. If you don't know the difference you should look it up.
Bill Brower, Seminole
Obama thinks small on budget | May 10, David Broder column
Every bit helps
David Broder disparaged President Barack Obama's effort to trim unnecessary programs from the budget. His comment, among others, was that the effort was much ado about nothing based on the percentage of the budget that these cuts would represent.
I am a coupon user, a rebate mailer, and a bargain hunter. For too long, I have heard politicians say that trimming "small" items from the budget is not worth the effort.
Maybe I only save 25 cents when I use a coupon, but that amount is, in my opinion, worth the effort. Please don't put the president or any other money manager down for trimming waste.
Thom Cooper, St. Petersburg
Soldier kills 5 in clinic shooting May 12, story
To ease soldiers' stress
The fragging incidents listed with this story seem to be proving a point. As a mother of a company commander in Iraq and a son-in-law also serving in Iraq, both with multiple deployments down range, I think the solution to the problem is relatively simple: reinstate the draft. This way the protection of this country can be shared by all able-bodied men and women and not by just the few whose dedication to country and duty has been stretched to the max.
These brave men and women would be the last to complain, but ask the children and families of those who are enduring their extended tours of duty. I know grandchildren as young as 3, 4, and 5 years of age who are able to pick out where Iraq and Afghanistan are on a map. Maybe some of the drafted, able-bodied candidates would get a lesson not only in fairness and pride in country but also in geography.
Norma McCulliss, Palm Harbor