All Americans must buy in if Obamacare is going to succeed
Pope Francis issued a papal message [on] Sept. 16 that read, “meddling in politics is one of the highest forms of charity because it serves the common good.”
The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” commonly known as “Obamacare,” is an effort to serve the common good with universal health care. When it comes to health care, the United States currently spends the most in the world per person, but the results are very disappointing as infant mortality rates and longevity rates are worse than 26 developed nations who have some form of universal health care.
Over 30 million in the United States — mostly poor — do not have health insurance, but some are the filthy rich, who self-insure and pocket the profit the insurance companies make. Those in the poor category are the uninsured whose catastrophic costs and premature deaths drive the cost of premiums for everyone else. Thus, it is a category targeted by Obamacare that needs improvement the most.
Statistics show that one-third of them need immediate health care, and they could get it for free, depending on their income. The less they make, the more they are subsidized. The rich will have to pay for their insurance premiums or get hit with a penalty tax. We should all be in this together — rich and poor alike. That is how the common good is served.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates Obamacare would save $200 billion medical costs over the next decade. Yet, the Koch brothers, and other well-healed special interest groups, are running fallacious ads to torpedo Obamacare, which is now the law.
It’s disgusting. People could actually die because they don’t get the health insurance they need — all because of the lying and scare tactics by the greedy special interest groups and the spineless politicians whose self-respect (if not their souls) would be best served by listening to the papal message, reversing direction and serving the common good.
Hold teens accountable for destructive party
I feel I must write regarding the break-in and out-of-control party that took place at Brian Holloway’s farmhouse [Sept. 19 Gazette].
I am sickened by the sheer number of kids who were there and the disgusting behavior of drinking and drugs that seem to be overwhelming our society in every age group. Where are these parents? Engaging in the same type of activities that their children are? Learning by example?
Breaking into someone’s home, defacing personal property, stealing; this is what they can find time to do? And then knowing how to “post” all of this disgraceful actions [on the Internet]? I can pretty much bet that not many of them are good students who can read, write and do basic math, or know our country’s history. But they know how to get alcohol and drugs and invite hundreds of “friends” to a party to destroy someone’s home.
Mr. Holloway seems to be taking this all very well and extending help to these brats, who in my opinion don’t deserve anything more than community service and repayment for the damages. How dare some of these parents state they will sue him for showing pictures that were already public knowledge? What kind of message are we sending to these kids that there should be no punishment for their very serious illegal actions?
Wake up, everyone, and start seeing that problems begin at home, and should be addressed before a party such as this turns into something more serious. Your kids are not innocent little darlings; they are on their way to being another burden on society, and you are enabling them — which makes you just as guilty!
The writer is a former Schenectady resident.
Use minimum security prisons to grow food
Now that I have read more about Aaron Alexis, the shooter of 12 people with an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon at the Washington Navy Yard, I know that people like this have to be put away so they can be treated for their condition. There are many people that need help one way or the other.
Now is the time to build new-type prisons in areas where crops can be planted year-round. These prisons can be for people who do minor crimes they should be put away for, but because of overcrowded jails they are let go. They then return later when their crime gets more serious.
The new prisons can be used for most minor crimes, like DWIs, drug use, bad people who keep getting in trouble, maybe even street people with no place to go but the street. This will make room in the regular prisons for those who need that type of lockdown.
Building new prisons will put thousands of people back to work, it will be good for the economy, the food that is grown can be used to feed the prison population and help feed the poor in our country.
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