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Updated: December 21, 2012 6:05AM



Health care is one place
where government belongs

It has been reported that Lake County pays $18,000 yearly per employee for private health care insurance. That means taxpayers are stuck with that cost.

To compare with big-government Medicare, the premium is 2.9 percent per worker (half worker and half employee). So a worker plus employer, for instance, making $25,000 per year would pay $25. Big difference at triple the cost.

And, roughly speaking, private health care insurance companies take off the top an average of 30 percent for administrative expenses, CEO salaries and profit. That translates into 70 cents on the dollar going to actual health care, compared to Obamacare, which cuts private health insurance to 15-20 percent. A little better, but not good enough.

The best way to go is to get our political representatives to pass legislation having everyone, from birth on up, on Medicare.

Why? For one reason, Medicare’s administrative cost is a paltry 2 percent, so 98 cents on the dollar efficiently goes to actual health care, where it belongs.

This is a perfect example where our government outshines private insurance companies by a long shot.

John Anderson

Kouts

Obama only knows how
to campaign, not run U.S.

President Barack Obama is one heck of a campaigner.

He has mastered his skill as an expert mudslinger and subject changer, studying the radical teachings of Saul Alinsky and communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

Obama honed his craft starting as a run-of-the-mill Chicago politician, digging up dirt on his opponents and spreading misinformation about every election foe since.

The president has been in perpetual campaign mode from that first day he decided to leave his job as a community organizer. Unfortunately for Obama, there are no more campaigns to run.

Since he can’t run for a third term, he will have to confront and try to solve real problems and not just blame others for them.

I think he will soon start to realize his legacy will depend on his ability to govern, and not empty stump speech rhetoric. His leadership, or lack thereof, will be spotlighted during the next four years.

The problems he faces are immense — pending economic collapse, a Middle East in turmoil, and a deeply divided population at home loom large.

Scandals such as “Fast and Furious” and the mishandling of the situation in Libya that resulted in the deaths of our ambassador and three other citizens aren’t going away, either.

I really hope there is a competent statesman hiding somewhere within the president, waiting to surface to meet the daunting challenges ahead.

But sadly, I feel that if we have any chance to get out of the mess we are in, “The Buck Will Have to Stop Elsewhere.”

Gary Ziolkowski

Crown Point



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