It's time: Pass the bill | March 8, editorial
We don't want this health care reform
On Tuesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, referring to health care legislation, said that "We have to pass the bill in order to find what is in it away from the fog of the controversy." This boggles my mind coming on the heels of your editorial. Are these people living in an ivory tower and think the "people" are idiots? No one can even say how they will pay for this.
Under this administration, the deficit has spiraled out of control, and passing this bill will create an even bigger and more frightening deficit the likes of which the world has never seen.
The majority of Americans do not want this bill to pass as it stands and Pelosi tells us we'll find out what's in it after it passes?
A lot of members of Congress are going to be out of jobs in November.
Barbara Archer, Treasure Island
Let's move forward
Though I am somewhat troubled by the process, I do think that the Democrats have played footsie with the Republicans for long enough.
It's time to pass this health care legislation and own it. If it works, the Democrats get the credit for taking the leap. If it fails, the GOP can crow for years.
Either way, is time to move forward. President Barack Obama wasted a good year trying to build bridges, and it's clear that the Republicans want nothing to do with helping the president.
The Democrats have the votes: Just do it and get it over with.
Truth is, no one knows if this will truly succeed or fail. It's all spin.
What is guaranteed is that if we do nothing, costs will continue to skyrocket, ensuring profits to the big insurance companies, at the expense of those who both have and do not have medical coverage.
So far, the right has unfailingly hammered Obama for what might happen. Is time to let this bill pass and see if it can fly or not.
Rick Moglia, St. Petersburg
Everyone fell in love with her | March 5
Our compassion is a call for health care
The wonderful story about Glenda Hill, waitress at Skyway Jack's, reminded me of the need for this country to offer basic health care insurance for all American citizens. She faced nine years of suffering with ovarian cancer, and it was noted that she did not have what so many of us have: health insurance.
Would a basic policy have allowed her to live more comfortably and possibly longer? We do not know, but every one of us with coverage knows it gives you peace of mind.
The customers' donation of $1,500, as noted, and probably many "write-offs" by medical offices/clinics/hospitals demonstrate that human beings do not want to see others suffer. This is the message we should send to the president and every member of Congress over the next few weeks. For the love of others, we must be one!
Donald W. Chandler, Clearwater
For the sake of America
As a registered Republican, I normally side with most positions taken by my party. However, in good conscience, I can no longer accept that our country can sit back and allow our citizens to suffer or die because they cannot afford health insurance.
We have always valued life, especially that of our fellow Americans. What higher and best use of government can there be but to protect its citizens from both foreign intrusion and poor health. Both would threaten to weaken and/or destroy us. And, yes, they cost money. Lots of money! But it's money that we must find.
Do we really want to put a dollar value on the lives of our neighbors? I do not know of a single person who would be willing to take on that responsibility.
A healthy America leads to a strong America. The pending health bill is not the best or the worst; however, it's time we moved on this issue. We have debated and debated and debated for decades, and more than 30 million of our fellow Americans are still suffering. We, Americans, are better then this. We take care of our own.
Tom Woods, Brooksville
Do-over gets nothing done
We should remember that the persistent cry to scrap the current health proposal and start over from "scrap," actually has a long history. That is what happened when Harry Truman made health care proposals, followed by Richard Nixon's initiatives, and later the Clinton proposals. They all ended up with us "starting over" — or more accurately doing nothing.
As a nation we have "started over" too many times.
The terrible consequences of "restarting" should be obvious to anyone examining the current health care mess.
Arnold Frigeri, Sun City Center
Health insurance mandate
Everyone seems so concerned about the rights of people to go without health insurance. Bill McCollum, our state attorney general, even joined a group of Republican attorneys general to fight the idea in court if gets passed.
Well, I want to know who is looking out for the rest of us who are paying for health insurance. Some people don't want to pay for insurance, but when they get sick they still go to the hospital, which has to treat them under federal law. Those expenses are then "cost shifted" to those who have insurance. It is a hidden "tax" on everyone who has health insurance.
According to Families USA, quoted in USA Today, the average insured family pays $1,017 extra yearly for health insurance because others don't want to or can not. That is real money your employer could be using to give you a raise or better insurance coverage. The current proposals have ample subsidies to help out those at all levels of income. That is good.
What we shouldn't do is to continue to force workers and companies desperately trying to maintain their current health care to pay for those who simply don't want to pay!
Peter S. Cohoon, Tampa
Aid for the aged can provide dividends March 8, letter
I trust we will all support Dr. Larry Polivka's admonition for the state Legislature. A vast majority of the aged prefer to remain in their own living environment, and since it costs less, please contact your legislators to urge them to take steps to assure it.
My grandson has a term for this type of thinking. It's a no-brainer.
Norm Bungard, St. Petersburg