Insurers make the profit, taxpayers pay the price
Last month, I received my Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield rate increase for health insurance. My premium has been raised by 30 percent.
I only carry catastrophic coverage — not a "Cadillac plan." Did Anthem not see House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wield the gigantic gavel to pass the landmark legislation or hear President Barack Obama's promise to reduce the average family's annual health care premiums by $2,500?
Maybe I should send my increased bill to Washington. After all, Washington has been sending its bills to me for the past 30 years. This is exactly as Obama's critics predicted. Insurance companies are raising premiums in anticipation of the legislation's effective dates to pay for community ratings and universal coverage.
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The saddest part is that Anthem's business model will not work. The private insurers will be forced out and a government plan will be enacted to "save the day." We will all end up with the public option and Anthem will run the administrative side for the government, which is really what the insurers wanted in the end — thus their endorsement.
That way, the insurers make the profit with no capital risk and we foot the bill with taxes.
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Tea Party really GOP
When the Tea Party movement began, I watched with interest to see if it would become a viable third party. Upon closer inspection, it appears to be the same right-wingers that make up the extreme parts of the Republican Party.
Polls have shown that the average Tea Party member is further to the right than the average Republican, with more extreme views on guns, immigration and abortion than the average American. Members are far more likely to watch Fox News exclusively as their source of information about the world.
I have also noticed that a typical Tea Party gathering looks like a John McCain rally with mostly elderly, white people and a complete and total lack of diversity.
If the Tea Party is for real, then it will run a presidential candidate of its own to compete with the other two parties. I predict that instead of splitting the conservative vote and helping a Democrat to win, the Tea Party members will probably fall in line behind a Republican at the ballot box.
Instead of having a vibrant and new third political party, it appears we simply have a bunch of Republicans who are ashamed to be called Republicans after the horrible eight years of George W. Bush.
I have a simple question for Tea Party members. If they are so opposed to deficit spending, then why didn't they protest the tax cuts for the rich and the two wars that Bush financed with borrowed money?
Recently, I went to a Wal-Mart just to look around and do my daily walking.
As I looked at all the beautiful things the store had, I couldn't help thanking God that I was blessed to have everything I wanted or needed. That is, until I came to the delicatessen with all those mouth-watering pies and cakes; my resistance was almost overwhelmed.
I sat down to rest on one of the benches by the entry door and was patting myself on the back for my self control when a friend came by and joined me.
As we watched the parade go by, my friend pointed out that most of the women going by were overweight. I looked at him and did not say anything. But I was thinking: What about all those men going by who look like they are pregnant?
Political disease spreads
Diagnosis: Grover Norquist hemorrhagic fever.
Carriers: The political class.
Transmitters: Voodoo economists
Symptoms: $12 trillion national debt; "no new taxes" pledges; red ink into the horizon.
Delusional ideations: That the Republicans are fiscally conservative; that the wealthy will never have to pay off the national debt; that there is no connection between the national debt and excessive tax cuts.
Over-the-counter cure-all: Former President Richard M. Nixon brand surcharge tax lotion. No prescription or presidential commission needed, if used as directed.
Dosage: A 10 percent tax upon the gross income of the 10 percent of wealthiest and most patriotic Americans until the national debt is reduced to $2 trillion.
Progression: Sinking to second-world status under a mountain of debt despite unprecedented levels of education and worker productivity, if vigorous treatment does not begin immediately.
Prognosis: There is little hope of an early cure, as the political class refuses to acknowledge the disease, let alone agree to begin treatment.
Perhaps the only force strong enough to quarantine the political class for treatment is the soccer mom-nurses of America getting shoulder to shoulder as a fiscal solvency league for responsible government, the greatness of America and the future prosperity of our children.
It will take many a stout heart to help break the fever of our sickly, dishonest political class and restore the health of fiscal realism to the national budget.
Allen T. Kelly
Janitors looked down on
Why do network and cable news in reporting of an accomplished individual, celebrity, politician or professional always say they have achieved despite the fact that their parents were janitors?
It is as if they think they are and were lepers, Satan worshippers or Nazis. Would they rather they were janitors or people that did not work or even try to take care of their children?
I was a janitor for 24 years at Georgetown College. Yes, at times it is a very dirty job, but the job had to be done. So network and cable news decides that lowlifes can't have and raise a kid to be a teacher or other professional?
This is what is wrong with America and the rest of the world. It is a shame we base things on wealth and degrees.
Floyd C. Shipley
Gandhi got it right
Mohandas K. Gandhi once said, "It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune."
The sorry state of the American economy, so entangled in out-of-control greed, seems to support Gandhi's statement.
Deregulated capitalism, what many would say is our country's greatest strength, is becoming a weakness that threatens to bring down the American empire. How can a nation that has "In God We Trust" inscribed on its currency allow evil greed to corrupt and disrupt the economy? Greed kills; if untreated, it is a terminal disease.
Does anyone of faith really believe a just God favors Wall Street over Main Street?
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.