I had to laugh at the guest column from Kansas Reps. Lynn Jenkins, Roger Marshall and Kevin Yoder. (Jan. 28, 11A, “A fix for our broken health care system needs time to work”) I’ll give Marshall a pass, as he was just elected.
But for Jenkins and Yoder to ask the American people for time to come up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act makes me wonder what they’ve been doing for the last six years, other than voting to repeal.
What was their plan if any of those repeal efforts had been successful? Nothing.
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They’ve been playing politics with our health and our lives, and are still doing so now.
So I say to my congressman: Mr. Yoder, you’ve had plenty of time to come up with a plan that does all of the things that you are promising. You could have spent the last six years trying to improve the ACA so that we wouldn’t be in this position. But just like the dog that unexpectedly catches the car that it has been chasing, you don’t know what to do next.
While you’re figuring it out, we’ll figure out how to replace you in two years with someone who will actually do their job.
As a small business owner, the rising cost of health insurance is one of the biggest concerns I have for the future of my company. A 2016 survey by the National Federation of Independent Business confirms my concerns, listing the cost of health insurance as the No. 1 problem facing all small business owners.
In 2008, I was encouraged when then-President Barack Obama promised to lower health insurance premiums by $2,500 a year per family. But six years after the passage of Obamacare, thing are worse than ever. Employees are experiencing significant premium increases, huge deductibles and virtually no choice of insurance providers, doctors or plans. Average premiums are increasing by double digits again this year, while insurance companies continue to drop out of the exchanges.
If this wasn’t bad enough, the Obamacare regulatory burden on my company is preventing me from growing my business and hiring new employees.
Republicans in Congress have promised to repeal Obamacare for six years, and now with President Donald Trump in office, they have no more excuses. While there are many different ideas on how to replace Obamacare, Congress must focus its efforts on repeal first. Relief can’t come soon enough.
In light of the current presidential xenophobia, I’d like to applaud those institutions, employees and volunteers who have been on the front lines of refugee and immigrant resettlement for many years. Those foundations most well known to me in the Kansas City area are Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Della Lamb and Jewish Vocational Services.
I know folks who work with these people seeking a new life: counselors, teachers, volunteer coordinators, Roots for Refugees mentors, employment specialists, medical workers, social justice advocates, language specialists, lawyers and many others.
Some of these people will lose their jobs if the president continues to enforce these draconian bans on refugees who have already been highly vetted before being accepted into the United States. Moreover, the government of the United States will lose credibility as a nation of immigrants, and people seeking asylum will be returned to live in inhumane conditions — a no-win situation.
Kansas City, Kan.
President Ronald Reagan said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” President Donald Trump says, “Build a wall.”
Lady Liberty weeps.
With the Jan. 31 execution of Mark Christeson, we the citizens of Missouri have again been made killers ourselves.
His was a horrible crime, no question. But the crimes of others do not give permission for us to add to the killing and violence. People of faith and non-faith around our state appealed to our new governor for at least a stay so that this man might have appeals completed, but it was not granted.
Former Gov. Jay Nixon refused even to meet with top religious leaders, bishops and others to discuss the death penalty. It is my prayer that Gov. Eric Greitens will, unlike his predecessor, at least listen to the many powerful reasons why Missouri must minimally place a moratorium on the death penalty while an in-depth study of high costs, racial bias, mental disability and more takes place.
Please, citizens, of Missouri, join us in appealing to our new governor to open his mind and heart to this concern:
Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?
Jane Fisler Hoffman
Mexican job loss
To those bleeding hearts who are upset that Mexico may lose manufacturing jobs due to President Donald Trump’s NAFTA position, consider this: How many of those jobs belonged to Americans before Mexico got them?
Soren Kierkegaard, the famous Danish philosopher, wrote, “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”
In light of the many protests concerning executive actions and policies from President Donald Trump and his new administration, it is becoming obvious that the liberal left has turned to name-calling and hate-speech because it is losing the battle of rational thought and debate.
They should stop the emotional outbursts and focus on reasonable dialogue or they will continue to further diminish their voting base and alienate even more thoughtful, hard-working American citizens. Take time to think first before speaking, whining or crying.