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November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Congress: Republicans need to stop throwing mud and get to work

I think the latest round of Republican theatrics in Congress (suing the president) demonstrates a real lack of vision for the people of this country [“House GOP sues Obama administration on health law,” Nation & World, Nov. 21]. Throwing mud and sand at the president and all his ideas is not really a viable…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Congress, health care

November 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Obamacare: Courts shouldn’t be revising laws

Paul Krugman does not respect your readers. He asks us to believe that the language in the Affordable Care Act that specifies federal subsidies will be provided for those who purchase health insurance through state-run and not federal exchanges is due to sloppy drafting of the legislation [“Death by typo for Obamacare?” Opinion,…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: John Prueitt, Obamacare, paul krugman

October 14, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Ebola: Health-care obstinance helped create problem in Texas

Froma Harrop’s column regarding the Ebola case in Texas is the only thing I have heard or seen that began to address the real problem: the abysmal health care available in Texas generally and for the poor specifically, as is also the case in other states refusing Obamacare and Medicaid options [“Ebola and…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola, Froma Harrop, L. Patrick Carroll

September 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Extend charity care to help debt-ridden patients

As someone with medical debt, I find it inexcusable that hospitals are using the gains of Obamacare as an excuse to slash their charity care programs [“Obamacare helps slash hospital charity costs in state,” Local News, Sept. 14]. My husband passed away from pancreatic cancer two years ago as a result of being underinsured. We were…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: charity care, Franciscan Health System, health care

July 27, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Government dysfunction: The power of pledges

Our words and our promises matter. That’s why the Independent Women’s Voice created the Repeal Pledge, for repeal of the president’s health law. Recently, columnist Danny Westneat wrote that pledges make Washington, D.C., “dysfunctional” [“No new taxes’ means no new anything in D.C.” Local News, July 15] But pledges like ours are not responsible…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Danny Westneat, Hadley Heath Manning, Independent Women’s Voice

May 5, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Obamacare’s drug problem: There were many foreseeable problems with the ACA

Columnist Jonathan Martin exposes his own hypocrisy regarding critics of the Affordable Care Act [“Obamacare’s drug problem,” Opinion, April 24]. He accuses opponents of creating “manufactured controversies of the Affordable Care Act,” yet the problems he describes don’t seem very different from the “technical fiasco” he claims was foreseeable. He actually proves the case of…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Cecilia Bordenet, health care

April 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Obamacare: Why are we so scared of a single-payer system?

Syndicated columnist Paul Krugman is absolutely correct about the simplicity of a government single-payer system compared to the private insurance mess that is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [“Obamacare: a Rube Goldberg device,” Opinion, April 5]. Single-payer systems cost half as much and cover everyone without bankruptcies. The ACA does nothing to control the…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, Obamacare

March 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Health care: Numbers of enrolled don’t explain much

Columnist Danny Westneat writes, “Statewide, about 375,000 people have insurance due to health care reform” [”As GOP grumbles, many more now insured,” Local News, March 30]. I sure do. My individual policy was canceled, and I was offered a policy with a much higher deductible for double the premium. I was forced into…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Danny Westneat, Hugh Hendrickson

March 25, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Health care coverage is more than just numbers: It’s about quality

In the article “Elusive numbers make it hard to grade state’s health coverage” [Local News, March 22] the writer rightly points out the difficulty of measuring the impact of the Affordable Care Act in terms of numbers of policies or people. It’s questioned how many of the new enrollees were new to health insurance,…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Constance A. Hellyer, Obamacare

February 13, 2014 at 6:02 AM

U.S. workforce: Revise hourly wage system for low-paid workers

Ross Douthat’s syndicated column, “Leaving work behind” [Opinion, Feb. 11], juxtaposes liberal and conservative solutions to the tendency of low paid workers to leave the workforce. One other solution should be considered: amendments to the wage and hour laws. If, over the course of a number of years, the 40 workweek were reduced to…

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Comments | More in Income inequality | Topics: jobs, Obamacare, Ross Douthat

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