DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

October 10, 2013

Letters to the editor


Derry News

---- — No breaksfor the little people in Obamacare

To the editor:

It is here! Obamacare has arrived! Of course more than half the states are not setting up the exchanges since Obama’s attempt to force them to was ruled unconstitutional. And of the states setting up the exchanges and taking the printed bribe money, over half can not link with the federal hub, because the hub and portal are not working. And by the way, none of this has been tested and they have admitted that it is not secure.

To cure the lack of preparedness on the part of the feds, Obama’s plan was to hire minimum-wage, part-time “navigators” through politically favored groups to “guide” people to enroll online through the non-working hub and portal. These part-time, minimum-wage workers will have access to your personal information, Social Security number and the like. The fraud will be massive.

But, the president has illegally -- for where does the president get the authority to change passed law -- postponed the sword of Damocles hanging over the head of business. He has given 2,400 of his biggest donors and contributors waivers from Obamacare and subsidized the “wealth barons” in Congress. But for the little people, he has refused to postpone anything. You must pay immediately! Only businesses and donors get breaks in the Obama White House.

Does anyone else see how corrupt this is?

Mark Acciard

Derry

State should accept Medicaid money

To the editor:

The New Hampshire Legislature will vote in October on whether or not to accept $2.4 billion from the federal government to expand Medicaid coverage in the state as part of the Affordable Care Act. This would provide health care to low income people not currently covered by insurance, including current Medicaid. To be eligible individuals must earn less than 133 percent of the poverty level of income.

So far the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Senate has said no to this. That would be a self-inflicted wound to the state because: the federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost of the program for three years and no less than 90 percent thereafter; the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Hospital Association and the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association have all endorsed the program and believe there is capacity in the treatment system to handle any increase in utilization; and the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute states that the expansion of Medicaid will create 5,100 new jobs in the state and increase gross state product by $2.8 billion.

So, it doesn’t cost the state money, and provides significant fiscal benefit, all while helping low income people get health care. The state can withdraw from the program if it is unsuccessful. Why not do it? Maybe because it is part of our president’s excellent health care insurance plan and some Republicans will do anything to stop that. Let’s hope the New Hampshire Legislature will be more interested in helping the state’s citizens than in trying to spite the president.

Robert Wilkinson

Portsmouth

Shutdown is an intimidation tactic

To the editor:

The partial government shutdown is President Obama’s political theater intended to intimidate Republicans into ending their opposition to Obamacare, continued reckless spending, Obama’s job killing policies, and Obama’s appointment of radical left-wingers to key government positions.

Without media hype, most Americans wouldn’t notice the “shutdown.” To increase the pain and get attention, President Obama spent more money to shut down things never closed before, such as open air monuments like the World War II and Vietnam memorials, where he erected barriers and sent more guards to prevent access than normally would be there.

Republicans passed a bill to fund every part of government except for two minor Obamacare changes to which Democrats object.

Republicans say big business shouldn’t get a one-year delay from Obamacare requirements unless individuals get a delay, too. And, Republicans don’t want highly paid (on average double the private sector) senators, congressmen, and their staffs to get three-quarters of their health-care premiums paid by taxpayers over and above any normal Obamacare subsidies.

President Obama stated that these Republican changes wouldn’t stop Obamacare, so these aren’t the reason for the shutdown.

There is a partial government shutdown because President Obama believes he can win a political victory and bludgeon Republicans into dropping opposition to anything he wants.

Don Ewing

Meredith