People were told by President Barack Obama that the “Unaffordable” Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would not affect those with health insurance. We were told we could keep our existing coverage.
That was a big fib to millions of Americans, especially in California. Two of our kids and two grandchildren had their private insurance policies canceled effective Jan. 1.
Several insurers will no longer offer private health insurance in California. And, it gets worse.
Our son-in-law has been researching comparable coverage through the Covered California health exchange (www.coveredca.com). It will cost $545 a month more for equal coverage for two adults and two children.
Yes, their monthly health insurance costs for the same level of insurance will go from $420 to $965. This family of four may pay $6,540 more next year for the same coverage as before Obamacare.
It’s definitely not affordable health care.
Prairie Village Poor leadership
I was glad to read the Oct. 29 editorial, “NSA gambled too much by spying on U.S. allies.” Finally, The Star notices that we are always pondering what President Barack Obama knew or didn’t know.
Whether it’s spying on U.S. allies, Benghazi, the inoperable Affordable Care Act website and the list goes on, it continues to add up to Obama’s poor leadership as commander in chief.
Fairway Vote yes on sales tax
I am surprised at the controversy regarding the vote to fund transitional research in Jackson County. I am most confused by the opposition from the Catholic diocese and Freedom Inc. because both have a long history of helping the poor, the elderly and minorities.
As a doctor who has spent years serving that population at Truman Medical Center, I am convinced they would benefit most from advances created by research.
Nothing pleases me more than to tell patients that new medication and technology developed through research will soon be available to improve the quality of their lives.
Advances have been made in all fields of medicine in the past 50 years, and ophthalmologists such as myself have been privileged to pioneer many technologies right here in Jackson County.
Translational research will produce advances locally without the cost, inconvenience and travel to visit distant health centers in search of a cure.
So let's rise above the political controversy. To all my patients and their families and for the sake of our children and future generations, please vote “yes” Tuesday on Question 1.
Felix N. Sabates, M.D.
Kansas City Disappointing media
At this point in my life, I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican, though the direction each of the two major parties has been headed for the last few decades finds me believing that the former is the lesser of two evils.
But the issue on my mind of late has little to do with political affiliations and lots to do with how the fourth estate — the journalists, newspapers and their loud-mouth-idiot-offspring, TV news organizations —are failing us as a nation.
Having ultrabiased media outlets like Fox allowed to pass themselves off as news organizations is bad enough (terrible in fact), though serious-minded, thinking human beings can see their way through the obviousness of that ruse.
But it is the homogeneity of the other major television news outlets (NBC, CBS and ABC, to name but three) and the fact that they don’t stand up and shed the light of day on the obvious falsehoods being generated by the corporate shills and ideological nutcakes warming the seats of power in the people’s House and Senate that is really troubling.
Kansas City Low-pay work
I see the food-service people are trying for decent wages. Good luck. I don’t believe it’ll ever happen. Maybe they’ll get a small increase.
Any time you work for any type of food service, your wages are lower than other types of jobs. If you work where you get tips, employers feel as if those are your wages.
Many times your work environment is not the best. People think if you were very smart, you would seek another type of work.
With the job situation like it is, some employers think that if employees don’t like the workplace, there is always someone else looking for a job, even though the pay is low.
Kansas City, Kan. Half-cent sales tax
A half-cent sales tax in Jackson County to fund medical research is supposed to bring in jobs and business.
Where do you think these extra people will choose to live?
In Kansas City, where the schools lack accreditation? Or in Kansas, where that’s not true?
And this will help Kansas City how, exactly?
Leawood Minimum wage
It is time, actually past the time, to raise the federal minimum wage. The current $7.25 an hour is not a living wage.
The economy is growing, and companies are profiting. Unfortunately, that profit will most likely go to the chief executive officers and other upper management.
When is it time for the majority of workers, many who are living at or below the poverty line, to be included in increased profits?
Most workers live paycheck to paycheck, which allows for no savings and no spending beyond necessities. Put more money in employees’ pockets, and they will start spending, which will improve the economy.
As usual, President Barack Obama’s plan to increase the minimum wage is stuck in our do-nothing Congress.
Write to your representatives and let them know whether you approve of an increase in the federal minimum wage.
If you live in Missouri, go to www.mccaskill.senate.gov and www.blunt.senate.gov.
If you live in Kansas go to www.moran.senate.gov and www.roberts.senate.gov.
Also, contact your state representatives.
It is time to get Congress to act on this very important issue so that so many citizens of this great country do not have to live in poverty.
Kansas City Steve Kraske column
This letter is in response to Steve Kraske’s Oct. 26 commentary, “Throw Out All of Congress? But How?” I say it’s time to flush the congressional toilet and throw everybody out.
Saying, “Oh, well…” and accepting the fact that we’re stuck with them won’t do any longer. In the past, voters have said, “My crook is OK, but your crook has got to go” because everyone wants to keep his senior congressperson.
Voters think, “My congressperson has ‘connections,’ committee assignments, etc. and can bring home the bacon for our district.”
We have to abandon that kind of thinking, and the only way to do it is to throw everybody’s “connected,” senior congressperson out.
The answer is term limits. Every day, everything I see on television and read in the newspaper or books tells me we have to try again for a term-limits amendment to the Constitution.
With the sentiment toward Congress being what it is today, I believe now is the time. Let’s get it started.
Kansas City Wonderful teachers
I wish to commend a group of the most wonderful women who are teachers at the Liggett Trail Education Center in Blue Springs.
I had my annual visit for Grandparents/Special Friends Day, as I am a grandmom to a special-needs little girl. Each time I am there I leave in absolute awe of these women and full of tears.
This center focuses on special-needs children who are unable to be in a regular classroom setting. Many are in wheelchairs, do not speak, are tube-fed and are not able to manage much by themselves.
These teachers are loving, compassionate, unselfish and without limits in what they do for these children, whom they are with every day.
The world is certainly blessed to have them, and we need more folks like them to teach us to accept, love, be nonjudgmental, share and care.
Thank you, Liggett Trail Education Center.