Health care: what happens now? | Letters to the Editor

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How can we let people suffer?

I was born in 1959 at Dallas Orthopedic Hospital. I grew up in Garland and Richardson. Now I live in Waxahachie and am attending college at UNT Dallas. I owned my own restaurant for 19 years and sold it three years ago to go to college. I have been a successful entrepreneur all my life, I have traveled many places in the world, but going to college in my 50s has been the greatest adventure yet. I am a progressive and I voted for Hillary Clinton.

Obamacare saved my son’s life. When he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis as a 35-year-old, tough, healthy entrepreneur, he had Obamacare insurance. Now, anybody with a good idea can go out and start a business and still be able to insure themselves and their families. Obamacare opens up the world of entrepreneurism to everybody.

President Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are trying to take away the provision where the emergency room must be covered in all plans. When my son fell ill and was hospitalized for over 15 days due to a severe infection, he would have died without this coverage because he would have waited longer to go to the emergency room. The doctors said if he had waited one more day he would not have lived.

It is so terrible and mean to take away people’s health insurance. I have traveled all over Europe and Canada and I have witnessed how the people there have no stress due to their health care. The healthcare systems are so much better and the people who say differently are just simply wrong.

Obamacare would have been much more affordable if the Republican Congress had not defunded the parts of the program which were supposed to keep premiums down. They should have allowed the system to develop and premiums would have come down on their own.

How can we call ourselves a Christian nation and let people suffer and die because of the lack of health care? They want us to go back to the “emergency room” method, where people wait until they are much sicker to get help. The sick suffer in pain and the tax payers suffer financially. All other First World countries make sure their citizens have good health care, yet the richest and mostly evangelical “Christian” country in the world does not.

Susan Thedford Simmons, Waxahachie

Not enough cuts?

Republican leaders are beside themselves because the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare has failed. However, only a very few of them are opposed to the bill for moral reasons, i.e., the brunt of the cuts will fall on children, the elderly and the disabled.

Rather, they are upset because the bill does not cut enough from Medicaid. This bill, aside from the fact that it is only supported by approximately 17 percent of the population in recent polls, is morally outrageous.

Aside from the fact that Congressional Budget Office estimates have said that 22 million people will lose health care over the next 10 years, the bill cuts approximately $700 billion from Medicaid over the same period.

Don’t they realize that approximately 40 percent of Medicaid money goes to pay for nursing home care for the elderly who cannot afford it otherwise? And that the people who receive it must first exhaust all other assets, so it’s not as if they were leeching off the working public.

And what about the sick and disabled children who will be turned away because of these Medicaid cuts?

This bill failed because it is a first-class stinker, and the Republicans should be ashamed of themselves.

Jim Barber, Dallas/Uptown

Don’t destroy Medicaid

Here’s what we know: 22 million of Americans would lose their health care coverage, including 15 million from Medicaid alone, all to give $700 billion in tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy.

Out-of-pocket costs would increase for all Americans, and coverage would be skimpier than under the Affordable Care Act. For someone at the poverty level, the deductible would be half of their annual income.

TrumpCare would allow states to opt-out of critical patient protections that ensure insurance covers vital services, which fails Americans with pre-existing conditions and undermines the battle against the opioid epidemic.

Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz said they had to vote to repeal. They promised. Well, when your promises are built on lies, keeping them will result in deaths of thousands of Texans.

Save Medicaid and do what 70 percent of America wants — to fix the ACA. And do not destroy Medicaid.

Buddy Luce, Southlake

Democrats give away too much

I would like to comment on the proposed Medicaid cuts to states from the government. We all know at least 12 families getting this fraudulently, same as the use of handicapped parking.

So, 22 million will lose health care in the next five years, but how many of them will turn 65 and qualify for Medicare?

This is just a few of the reasons Democrats lost the White House and Congress. Give, give, give. No one has to earn anything anymore. Donald Trump my not be your cup of tea, but he’s way ahead then the alternative we had to chose from.

Ed Ball, Dallas

Republicans, end the charade

Republicans in Congress keep saying they have to keep their promise to the American people. In every election since 2010, many people have made it clear that they hated Obamacare.

Now, without a viable plan to repeal and replace it, the leaders have to keep trying, because they promised. But people now see that their insurance coverage is in jeopardy, and they overwhelmingly don’t want Congress to proceed with their repeal-and-replace efforts.

So, why did people think all along that Obamacare was such a bad thing? Maybe because their leaders in Congress have been telling them so ever since 2010? Was the whole campaign against the Affordable Care Act just politics all along? Tie the name Obama to it, and tell voters it was awful, repeatedly, because that somehow makes it true.

Now that voters have seen the truth, and realize that they rely on the insurance coverage they’ve had since Obamacare began, it’s time for Republicans in Congress to drop the charade. Let’s work on making our current system better.

But stop saying that Obamacare is not working. Its only problems now are being created by the politicians who desperately want it to fail so their deceptions won’t be revealed.

Jan McDowell, Carrollton

Thanks to Trump, we can fix it

I thank you, President Donald Trump.

As a committed progressive, I can’t do that. Or maybe I can.

If Hillary Clinton were president, she would have commissioned a group of bi-partisan experts to recommend fixes for Obamacare and asked a Republican Congress to pass legislation to implement those fixes. They would have refused, claiming the only fix is “repeal and replace.”

But thanks to Trump, we are having the kind of robust discussion about health care desperately needed for decades.

Finally, the Republicans must present, define and defend their ideas; but they are failing miserably, often lying rather than admit to unpleasant truths. The unmasking of the con job they have pulled on the American people is slow but steady.

Will their legislative failure result in the ultimate irony? Will Republicans now have no choice but to reach out to Democrats and ask for their assistance to fix the ACA?

Will the Democrats seize this moment and finally build a movement that ultimately produces a sensible and necessary system providing health insurance – and the freedom that goes with it — to all Americans?

Maybe not, but thanks to Trump, we have a chance.

Barry Samuels, Plano

Process was un-American

With seven years to prepare a health care replacement bill, 49 Republicans voted for a bill that was, in their words, horrible, terrible, a disaster and a fraud.

This bill was crafted in secret in a legislative star chamber and it certainly should have been left to die there.

The process was un-American and anti-democratic and the resulting bill was worse. Shame on any senator who voted for it and shame on us if we re-elect any of them.

In this day and age, America can never be called great again until everyone has health care.

Anthony Barron, Georgetown

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