Letters to the editor, December 20
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Updated: January 21, 2013 2:09PM
No one seems to understand anything about Obamacare
Ask your doctor, ask your lawyer, ask your senators, ask anyone how Obamacare works, and you get the same answer: “I think children are covered on their parents’ insurance until age 26 and, oh yeah, pre-existing conditions have to be covered and there is something about the states having an exchange, whatever that entails.”
Fact is, no one — including President Obama — really knows how it works. Remember, Nancy Pelosi famously said, “We will learn what is in the bill after we pass it.”
Is it scary that none of the people who voted for the bill read it? The bill is more than 1,000 pages, and I’m sure full of legalese that very few people can understand.
If this bill is so great, why didn’t we hear about it 24/7 during Obama’s campaign? I barely remember him discussing it, except for the fact that it was passed. We didn’t hear any of the specifics about how great the insurance would be and how much money it would save (it is called The Affordable Care Act, by the way).
I did notice my insurance rates go up about 15 percent. With a bill that takes one-sixth of the nation’s economy, why aren’t we receiving pamphlets explaining the law? Why aren’t there infomercials that explain the law and what it means to us personally? Do we really trust the government to be led blindly to this thing?
Or, is it like a lot of us right-wing nuts think, nothing more than the government growing as exponentially as it can by biting off a huge part of the nation’s economy and enacting a law that will, by its nature, grant the government the ability to take away more freedoms.
Make sure you put some identification on photos
I would like to point out something of which many people are guilty, and need a gentle reminder to do.
I recently viewed more than 1,000 photos and found fewer than 50 were written on. There were no names of persons or things. I wanted to know the identities, but there was no way to learn.
So, on behalf of future viewers, please take the time to write the name or identity of the person or thing.
Newton County must trim budget, not sure where
The rumor has started that Newton County will discontinue its Animal Control Department. Why and by whom this rumor has been started, I do not know.
Newton County has been asked by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance to cut its annual budget by about 21 percent. We already have cut millions.
Our entire operational budget is on the table for discussion for cutbacks with no prejudice. There are many ideas and plans, but no decisions have been made.
We are looking at what best serves the taxpayers.
Luke S. Abbott