, Derry, New Hampshire


December 12, 2013

Letters to the editor


The Municipal Building located at 14 Manning St. was built and staffed to serve the citizens of Derry, paid for by the Derry taxpayers. How were the citizens of Derry being served between the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, with the doors of our Municipal Building locked and not an employee in sight? What a blatant display of total disregard for the citizens of Derry who are forced to foot the bill for this latest excess in an economy that is still struggling.

Janet Fairbanks


No going back on health care

To the editor:

To hear Republicans tell the tale, the U.S. was in the golden age of health care insurance before the abominable Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their misty-eyed sighs of longing for the good old days seem to have by-passed a few memory cells.

In fact the U.S. health care system is one morass of inefficiency, waste and head-scratching complication. That’s why there have been major efforts to reform it, both Republican and Democratic, for 60 plus years!

Just a few basics should suffice. First, well over half of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are caused by medically related emergencies. Many of these families had medical insurance, but under the laws of the good old days insurance companies were allowed to cancel medical insurance when people got sick. Many policies had fine print that limited payouts to so little as to be meaningless. People only found out their medical insurance was worthless after they got sick. Almost all of this is eliminated by the ACA.

Second, the 2000 report of the World Health Organization (the only worldwide one ever done) rated the U.S. No. 1 in cost but 37th in delivery. So, yes, we are No. 1.

Third, in an Aug. 2013 report, a Bloomberg study ranked the U.S. 46th of 48 nations in medical efficiency but No. 1 in per capita GDP costs.

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