After more than two months of dead ends on HealthCare.gov, I finally got enrolled in a health insurance plan.
I am self-employed and have been paying more than $200 per month for a plan with a $5,000 deductible.
Starting Jan. 1, I will be paying less than $90 per month for a plan with a $250 deductible. And, I am over 50.
Although it is true that I won’t be able to subtract my premiums from my adjusted income on my 2014 taxes (because I am using the tax credit upfront), it will still work out to about a $4,000 savings for the year.
Thank you, President Barack Obama.
Kansas City Breaking monopolies
Obamacare is a disastrous combination of government over-regulation and monopolistic private industry.
So, the front end of the website is supposed to be working. Obamacare has put the health-insurance beast on steroids. We, the people, can break this monopoly.
Elect state insurance commissioners who refuse to conspire in this game or governors who will use their bully pulpits to expose it. We need to break this death grip by big government/monopolistic private industry and force health-insurance companies to compete across all state lines.
Shawnee 12-year-old ‘likes’
I am 12 years old and I am a Boy Scout. I am pursuing the communications merit badge, and one of the requirements is to write a letter or email to the editor of a magazine or newspaper.
I am going to share my opinion with you about The Kansas City Star.
I like how on the front page it shows some of the big stories and what pages they are on.
I also like all of the cartoons because they make me laugh when I am tired in the morning. (I read them the morning after they come out.) I also like how there is a sports section so that I don’t have to search for the sports.
I am not very fond of the crossword puzzles only because I don’t understand any of them. I wish they were just a tiny bit easier.
I also don’t really like the section listing jobs because I can’t get a job yet.
You can keep what I dislike in the newspaper, though, because lots of other people like them.
Kansas City Lee Judge cartoon
Lee Judge seems to take delight in picturing Jesus in the background as someone in a suit (presumably a cold-hearted conservative) as the cartoon asks questions about the source of Christian doctrine.
I don’t recall seeing a Judge cartoon where Jesus is in front of an abortion clinic with the caption “Thou shall not kill.”
Can we expect such a cartoon anytime in the near future?
Reggie C. Giffin
Kansas City Hope of Christ
History comes close to repeating itself, and today we can learn lessons from the past.
The general mood of the country is rife with anxiety and confusion about what is going to happen to families and what the future holds.
There is so much negativity that the world seems ready to destroy itself, and there is no hope. But this has happened before, and the world survived.
Each time there were disasters, wars, disease and ruthless individuals, a leader emerged and gave hope to people. That person inspired others, gave them positive direction, told them not to be afraid, had their trust and had a vision on how to move through the rough times.
The world needs inspired leadership and someone who can hold out a guiding hand for everyone to grab.
Nelson Mandela was a voice for South Africa, Winston Churchill in Great Britain and Franklin Roosevelt in the U.S. during the Great Depression.
As we get closer to Christmas, maybe we all should remember the voice from centuries ago that inspired generations of people to have faith, and it changed the world. If you do not believe in the person, at least listen to the message and the hope he gave.
Leawood Iran-Israel conflict
In a letter to the editor on Dec. 16, the writer stated what he believed to be a danger as Iran had made murderous threats against Israel.
I think something is lost in translation, because Iran actually said the regime (Israel’s government) will be lost in the pages of history.
Iran in the past has posed the hypothetical question of what it would do with a nuclear bomb because the United States has several hundred and Israel is holding an untold number. And both nations have the capability to swiftly deliver devastation to Iran in retaliation.
For Iran to bomb Israel doesn’t make sense when one thinks about it. That would be suicide, and nations do not commit suicide.
The letter writer also states that Israel’s neighbors would rejoice if any misfortune happened to Israel. Does Israel ever think its own actions might be the cause of its neighbors rejoicing, or does it just not care?
Kansas City KCI must change
As someone who’s practically grown up at Kansas City International Airport, I love it and I have fond memories of it. At the same time, I recognize that it’s outdated.
For Kansas City to stay economically productive and competitive with other cities, it’s time for a new main terminal.
Emotions, nostalgia and personal convenience aside, a new terminal is needed. The current design is no longer practical with the way security and the airlines operate.
It’s much less efficient than other 21st-century airports, and the current setup is more costly for the city to operate and less appealing to travelers and airlines that would use KCI as a connecting destination or a hub rather than as a single arrival or departure point.
Opponents say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But the sad fact is that our airport is becoming broken.
Kicking the can down the road with a cosmetic patch here or an improvement there will not solve the problems it could face in the future.
Look at the big picture, and let’s not let our love for our airport keep us from progressing as a city.
Evan M. Parris
Kansas City TV weather hype
Three of the four television stations in Kansas City claim to have the most accurate weather forecast. How can this be? How can three stations be the best?
Are we suffering from a bad case of television marketing, that is, from a mixture of half-truths and gross exaggeration?
Most weather data and computer forecasts come from the federal government.
All weather forecasters (whether they are employed by government, television or private companies) use the same information to prepare their forecasts.
As a result, how can there be any significant differences among these forecasts?
The main difference among the TV weathercasts is the presentation of the weather information, not the forecast itself.
So, let’s cut the hype, stop the hedging and just give us the numbers.
Lenexa Streetlights needed
I’d like to explain an unfortunate yet preventable hazard. On Holmes Road, just south of 143rd Street, the streetlights are dim and scarce. I would like this to change.
I live farther south than most people, so I get why the lighting of this road is less important than every other road in Kansas City. But I feel it is an issue that must be addressed.
For those of us who frequent this location, the dim and much too spread out lighting is a danger between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. That is right around the time I am going to and from school, and many others are going to and from work.
Drivers are prevented from seeing anything farther than what the bright lights on their vehicles will reach, which is hazardous for the driver and those around him.
This area is also frequented by deer, and with only our headlights to see 100 feet or so ahead, drivers don’t see the deer soon enough, and those deer leap in front of cars — the cause of the most common accident in our area.