Letters to the editor: Dec. 14

December 14, 2013 

Wheels will come flying off 'Obamacare' Kentucky bandwagon

Recently Gov. Steve Beshear and others published a letter claiming the success of Obamacare in three states.

They failed to mention what percentage of signups were for Medicaid versus how many were actually buying insurance.

If the trend in Kentucky is as it has been reported in other states, the signups are overwhelmingly for Medicaid. Your new tax bill will be in the mail.

Realistically, Obamacare was destined to fail even if it went without opposition because it was "designed by committee." As a creative professional I know all too well what happens with group push and pull on a project. It bombs. Or it fizzles. Maybe even morphs into a Frankenstein monster.

This project ignores its stated goals and, more importantly, the way it was sold to voters — to insure the uninsured without disrupting existing plans.

Only half of that is happening. A one-year extension for the previously insured adds insult to injury for those who lost their plans. Democrats are hoping you are appeased with this bandaid come November 2014.

I predict the wheels will continue to fall off Obamacare. Then I think we can expect to hear more about single payer as the solution. On that, there should be massive opposition.

Mismanagement of Medicare's account has it going broke. Why would any reasonable person trust government to manage every aspect of all health care dollars? Remember to vote. And remember, not one Republican voted for Frankenstein.

Georgann Chenault

Lexington


Tripping the light is fantastic

Who in the traffic department had the bright idea of putting the traffic lights on Tates Creek at full cycle during the overnight and early morning hours?

I leave my house at 5:30 a.m. and end up sitting through a full cycle at both Old Mt. Tabor and Alumni rather than the light tripping upon stopping at the intersection as it has for years.

That, along with the weird way left and right turn signals are programmed around town, makes me wonder about who's in charge.

David Carr

Lexington


Renewable energy bill

$176 million. That's how much money North Carolina's electrical ratepayers are projected to save by 2023. That's $176 million that will stay in the pockets of hardworking Americans.

The reason for these savings? In 2007 North Carolina passed legislation that established a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) which set a minimum amount of renewable energy that utilities in the state must use in their energy portfolios.

North Carolina now has the fifth-largest renewable energy industry in the nation and tens of thousands of full-time jobs have been created, with thousands more on the horizon.

Kentucky has had a similar bill, the Clean Energy and Opportunity Act, introduced every year since 2010. Never heard of it? That's because your elected official has probably not supported it.

The Clean Energy and Opportunity Act is going to be introduced again next year, a year that marks Kentucky electrical rates having gone up nearly 50 percent since 2007.

Wouldn't it be great if the bill passed and Kentucky could revel in the energy savings and economic growth that our neighbor to the southeast is experiencing?

Tyler Offerman

Lexington


Checking it twice

Lexington to-do list:

1. Coach Mark Stoops should recruit players who know how to tackle and block.

2. Get Mitch Barnhart to turn down the ear-splitting music at home football games. It's not Woodstock.

3. Get Mayor Jim Gray and the rubber-stamp council to spend the surplus fixing streets, sewers, sidewalks, street lights and hiring more police and firefighters. Forget the frills.

4. Arts Center Downtown: a gathering place for drug deals, gang fights, homeless, assaults and vandalism.

5. Keep Rupp Arena at 24,000-plus. Spiff it up a bit, clean up restrooms, serve decent food. Repeat after me: "YUM Center financial woes."

6. Tell the Webbs to build a casino on Main St. That would get people to come downtown.

7. Downtown will never recover until there are stores for soccer moms, teens, senior citizens and free parking everywhere.

Wynn Paul

Lexington


Five-term memory loss?

Hypocrisy abounds with Kentucky's senior senator: Mitch McConnell voices extreme displeasure at the recent Senate vote for the so-called "nuclear option," approving most presidential appointees by a simple majority vote.

During the Bush administration in May 2005 in a Senate floor speech, McConnell supported the majority party's "constitutional authority" to change the rules "by a simple majority vote."

I suppose we need more medical research into the causes of short-term memory loss among voters and politicians alike.

Douglas A. Boyd

Lexington


Flush with cash

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and his supporters say that Barr voted numerous times to reopen the government.

But let's start at the beginning.

The government shutdown was caused by Barr and the GOP because they voted to abolish the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. How could anybody in his right mind think the Senate and President Barack Obama would abolish Obamacare?

Barr and his supporters also brag that Barr voted to fund programs that were hurt by the shutdown (after Barr voted for it).

That's like starting a big fire and then expecting praise because you threw a glass of water on it.

Barr and his crew accomplished nothing except to flush $24 billion down the toilet.

Ralph Blumer

Lexington

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