Health care greed
Many hospital administrators, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals are always railing about the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and equating it to “socialized medicine.”
Their real concern is not patient choice or the efficient delivery of medical services. It is the preservation of obscene profit margins.
The aforementioned groups, along with the big pharmaceutical and insurance companies, will make the socialized medicine they dread inevitable.
It will be their unbridled greed, not the taxpayers or the government, that kills the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Dr. William S. Eickhorst
GOP offices open
On Oct. 7, I received an email response from Sen. Claire McCaskill to a letter I wrote her. Her response was her office couldn’t respond because of the government shutdown.
I telephoned her Kansas City office and her Capitol office, hearing recorded responses saying they were closed because of the shutdown.
I then called Rep. Sam Graves’ Kansas City office, and it was open. I called Sen. Roy Blunt’s office, and it was open for business, too.
It appears Sen. Blunt and Rep. Graves take their responsibility of representing us seriously. It also appears Sen. McCaskill assumes her responsibility to represent President Barack Obama seriously.
I go back to work without pay, and now I have to buy gas with no pay. Wow, just when you think our politicians can’t get any more out of touch.
Oust Bishop Finn
The sentencing of Shawn Ratigan raised an issue many have forgotten about. Although he has been convicted by a Jackson County judge for failing to report suspicions of child abuse, Bishop Robert Finn remains in his post at the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
This is simply outrageous. From the 13 years of Catholic schooling I’ve received, I’ve learned that all Catholic teachings can be summed up in one phrase: Do the right thing because it’s the right thing.
Rather than report criminal activity to authorities, Finn chose to protect his diocese’s reputation by keeping it to himself and taking his own course of action.
By doing so, he compromised the safety of our community’s children.
This was clearly not doing the right thing.
Finn not only broke the Catholic codes he swore to follow, but he was proved guilty in court of breaking laws of our government.
If the government will punish Finn, why won’t the Catholic Church?
Tweeting KC Chiefs
How very refreshing to read the tweets from some of the Kansas City Chiefs players after their victory Sunday.
Instead of praising some obscure person, several of them gave praise to our heavenly father.
Way to go, Chiefs, and great season so far. God bless.
An extremely popular street for commuters is Ward Parkway. One would think that because the street is so often traveled, it would be taken care of more than it is.
With countless potholes and extremely narrow lanes, Ward Parkway needs to be expanded and patched up. This will make the road safer and less stressful to drive on.
Political child’s play
House Speaker John Boehner castigated President Barack Obama for his position of “my way or the highway.”
It appears to me that Mr. Boehner’s position is basically the same.
He refuses to put up a bill to open the government unless Obama “has a conversation” with the Republicans. I don’t see the difference.
Both sides seem to be like 2-year-olds holding their breath until they get their way.
Tea party praise
The arguments in the Oct. 2 editorial, “Unreasonable tea party demands drag nation into turmoil,” represented a new low for The Kansas City Star’s left-leaning editorial staff.
The editorial cites the effect the shutdown will have on government workers. What was not mentioned was that all previous shutdowns have turned out to be paid vacations.
Then there is the argument that these disruptions will make public service less appealing. An inflated salary, exorbitant benefits and now an additional vacation. Where do I sign?
While the effect on the economy is cited, one must ask where the shutdown fits when compared with accepted norms like double-digit real unemployment and trillions in new debt.
I do agree with the editorial’s statement that elections have consequences. While citing the 2008 and 2012 elections as a mandate for Obamacare, it fails to recognize the 2010 election, a Republican landslide driven by the tea party in opposition to the legislation.
Like we saw from the Democrats with the passage of Obamacare, desperate times call for desperate measures. While acknowledging the short-term implications of the shutdown, it is a small price to pay for derailing efforts to socialize medicine.
Inflexible tax plan
Barbara Shelly’s Oct. 4 commentary, “A chance for the region to lead,” asks that the proposed sales tax for medical research be judged fairly. She writes of a “forward-looking attempt” (“attempt” being the key word), according to supporters.
According to critics, it’s a money grab. Shelly cites “one ballot measure, two spins.”
I submit that there are many factors to consider in judging this measure. I believe the process in putting the measure on the ballot was flawed. It was not publicly studied and evaluated before being placed on the ballot and contains many troubling aspects.
These include how the receiving institutions were chosen and how the percentages of money were decided upon. A competitive process would allow all Jackson County health entities to submit proposals to determine where the money would go. This would encourage growth and possible relocation of other research entities into the county.
My biggest concern is that the measure is both too vague in all details and too specific in institutions and dollars.
The tax is too much of a long-term commitment and too inflexible for the changing economic climate of the county.
Rules for cyclists
Nobody likes to be stuck behind someone riding his bike at 20 mph on the side of the road. Cyclists slow down traffic and cause problems, and the blame for an accident is always on the driver of an automobile.
Cyclists are putting themselves in harm’s way. Even though some streets provide a small lane for them, drivers of automobiles still have to try to avoid them.
There is a mandatory side-path law in Kansas that requires a bicyclist to use a path adjacent to a road if it exists. But that law is rarely followed.
If people on bicycles followed this law, there would be fewer problems.
Register all guns
The epidemic of gun violence in this country has people on all sides of the issue trying to figure out what’s going on.
On one side, people with mental illness seem to be taking the brunt. That, on the surface, seems to be the answer — just keep guns out of the hands of people with mental illness, right?
The problem is that lots of people are not identified as mentally ill until they take the gun they purchased legally or got from a family member who also purchased it legally and shoots up a school, as happened in Newtown, Conn., or a movie theater, as happened in Aurora, Colo., or some kids in a high school, as happened in 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado.
You see what I mean?
Maybe the best way is to register all guns like we register cars, or boats, or businesses, or airplanes, or barbers, or massage therapists, or dogs.