Letters to the Editor

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 12:00am

Don’t force health care on everyone

My family has always been fortunate enough to have health insurance provided through my husband’s company. The co-pays have been low enough, and I’ve been very happy with the experience I’ve had with my insurance.

As a mother of two, I can’t imagine having to choose between taking my sick child to the doctor and buying food for my family. It is horrifying to me that some mothers actually have to make this decision because they can’t afford insurance.

It is unsettling that we are recognized as the wealthiest nation in the world, yet many people in our country aren’t able to receive necessary health care because of the high costs.

Something needs to be done in our country so that all families have medical care just like mine. I fully support any efforts to help the uninsured; but having had a positive experience with a private insurer, I don’t think government health care should be forced on everyone.

Those who prefer to keep their private insurance should have the choice of doing so, but not at the expense of a government plan.

Laura McLaughlin, 1617 Graybar Lane

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245 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 8:47

I like to escape to a good book or a movie. I may go see The Hangover later today. It looks like a fun movie.

By: pswindle on 6/19/09 at 8:48

The Pesident said that if you have health insurance, and you are happy with it, you can stay with it. But, so many cannot affort to buy it through their own company. It is getting out of reach for so many. The insurance companies are covering less and less for the comsumers. Something has to be done, but the insurance companies are fighting this with everything that they have. Why are the doctors fighting reform? A lot of the doctors have invested in the insurance companies. Why do you think that doctors kept giving women hormone pills? They had invested in the companies that produced them. The doctors knew for years that the pills were giving women cancer. If we had some government health insurance with competition with the insurance companies, more people would have coverage and affortable drugs. The reason that we have the problem and it is getting worse, the last eight years was in favor of the companies with no oversight. Did you think that the companies would regulate themselves?

By: Loner on 6/19/09 at 8:49

I'm off to the North Country, once again, North of the Adirondacks, up the St. Lawrence River, nearly a hundred miles Northeast of the Thousand Islands; destination: Massena, NY.

I'm wishing everyone a great weekend...party on!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 8:50

pswindle, all the free market types apparently do think the companies are all good corporate citizens who regulated themselves. they've been duped.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 8:51

have a good weekend, Loner!

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 8:53

Say hello to Canada, Loner. Be sure to show Palin where it is. lol

By: Dragon on 6/19/09 at 8:54

Funditto thinks that all they are doing is changing insurance and the government will not run healthcare. Funditto needs to read more, including the $600 billion cuts to Medicare/Medicaid, the changes to end-of-life treatments, etc.

And, of course, the increased taxes to pay for it will dramatically change your insurance. The CBO estimates that 15 million will lose the insurance they buy through their employer.

Here are just some of the taxes the House is considering:

"House eyes new taxes as senators pare health bill

The list of options being weighed by the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, aims to raise some $600 billion over 10 years to partially pay for President Barack Obama's goal of overhauling the nation's health care system to tame costs and cover the 50 million uninsured.
The final price tag for that effort could top $1 trillion, with cuts to Medicare and Medicaid covering the rest of the cost.
The tax options include:
- Increasing the price of soda and other sugary drinks by 10 cents a can.
- Applying a potential 2 percent income tax increase to single taxpayers earning more than $200,000 a year and households earning more than $250,000.
- A new employer payroll tax could target 3 percent of employers' health care expenditures.
- Taxing employer-provided health insurance benefits above certain levels - a less likely option but one that still is in the running."

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 8:59

Funditto is just frustrated because she doesn't have her own private bathroom. :)

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 9:04

pain so true, no private place to shimmy into her spandex.

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 9:29

By Dragon:
Yeah, you can keep your insurance through your employer provided that 1) you can afford the increased cost of premiums and taxes and 2) your employer continues to offer it.

I would like to add 3) if you continue to be employed (& employed at a company that offers insurance in the first place).

By: Funditto on 6/19/09 at 9:30

Ha. Don't you know I'm a pinko libbie commie hippy. Nothing but organic homespun all natural fabrics for moi.

I'll take my chances on supporting Mr. Obama. Anything is better than what's going on now.

Read about Richard Scrushy. Would you rather he make your healthcare decisions?


By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 9:42

In the United States, every person spends on average $6,714 for health care. That's significantly higher than in the United Kingdom, where $2,760 per person is spent; or in France, where the cost is $3,449 per person; or in Canada, where medical costs are $3,678 per person, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. While some would argue that medical care is better in the United States than in these other countries, others would say the opposite is true. For example, the United States ranks 50th in life expectancy, and 180th infant mortality (meaning 179 countries have higher infant mortality rates such as Angola and Turkey and 43 countries have lower infant mortality rates such as France and Sweden) according to the CIA World Factbook.


By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 9:53

house and slacker, I did not know what to think of your until I read Suburban Turmoil.

Now I get get. lol

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 9:58

nazi, can you check your stats. for the country, where wealthy people, with unlimited funds, seek treatment for serious illnesses?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 9:58


Now that is what I call frightening for the United States to be 50th in infant mortality the world.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 10:03

slacker, that would be Hollywood.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 10:10


By: CAH on 6/19/09 at 10:22

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 8:06
There you go again. Limbaugh was was complaining about PETA. My cartoon was to illustrates what Limbaugh is capable of doing to enrage his worshipers."
Well, if he was complaining about PETA on the fly, so to speak, he would have been defending Obama.

Make up your mind. What do you want?

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 10:23

Its a proven fact, that midget carnies, who winter in Florida, have a longer life expectancy than those in southern France.
source: midcarnie.com//htp:shrt.stuf.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 10:26

As long as the health care overhaul can lower my insurance costs and not cause a
drop-off in service, I'm for it. I don't know how they're going to pull that off, though.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/19/09 at 10:26

CAH, I want an orange smoothie and a small order of fries. To go.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 10:32

slacker, I thought all the midgets in France were forced to work at an amusement
park in Metz, called Big Bang Smurf.

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 10:36

pain, rumor has it, mens prostate exams, will be administered by a robot with a broomstick device.
Guys waiting in the hallway for their number to be called.

By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 10:43

Loner: I wasn't avoiding your question: I didn't know Tenn. had different flies placed in different categories. Let's see, there's a horse fly, a shoe fly, a tetse-fly, and now a "Negro fly"? Must be affirmative action at work again.

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 10:44

pain, they closed that place down, the immigrant Muslim midgets. started burning cars.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/19/09 at 10:45

Well, I guess I'm just a hardnosed sonofagun...but I've always been a believer that if you can't sufficiently support your kids, the government should take them away from you and support them.

Better than paying for the adults and the kids...just pay for the kids and let the adults take care of themselves.

Now that is NOT to say we shouldn't take care of those who are not able-bodied. But the way I see it, if you can work, you can support yourself.

By: CAH on 6/19/09 at 10:46

"If we had some government health insurance with competition with the insurance companies, more people would have coverage and affortable drugs"

Funditto and Pswindle need to consider this: If you are in business and your main competitor sets the rules and regulations that control your business, how long would you be able to make a profit and stay in business?

National Healthcare becomes fact and business will no longer be able to provide health insurance for employees. Private insurance companies go out of business. The government then has a monopoly and can charge anything it wants.

This will cause fewer people to aspire to be doctors because there will be a limit on how much doctors will be able to make. Current doctors will follow the current trend to stop treating people if they have to do all the government required paperwork.

True story. The little town in Florida I go to on vacation and now own property in had 5 doctors 5 years ago. (Franklin County) All 5 have ceased to practice medicine. One told me it was because of paperwork. Consequently the county had to raise property taxes and the sales tax to provide 2 additional "Emergency Care" facilities to augment the only hospital in the county. The only other option for health care for residents is to drive 60 miles to one hospital or 84 miles to another. Ambulance service usually bypasses the local hospital and goes to one or the other distant hospitals. At least 1/3 of all transports are done by helicopter.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/19/09 at 10:47

Wow...I thought this was interesting. Wonder if Obama has talked with Dr. Scheiner?

Obama's Doctor Knocks ObamaCare

Dr. David Scheiner took care of Obama for 22 years. But they don't see eye-to-eye on how to fix the health care system.


By: Dragon on 6/19/09 at 10:50

Chief, California is already on it. Pay the parents to care for their kids.

L.A. County officials offer a novel idea to save millions
Supervisors suggest putting unemployed parents to work caring for their own children as part of proposed changes to CalWorks and other state government aid programs.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/19/09 at 10:52

Guess we've decided negotiation isn't a substitution for proper preparation. Or in other words, hope for peace but prepare for war. Or talk softly but carry a big stick.

U.S. Fortifies Hawaii to Meet Threat From Korea


By: dargent7 on 6/19/09 at 10:53

Hey, wait a gosh darn minute "girliegirl"..."there's no effective treatment for most cancers"? Where's you get that nonsensical nonsense? Go to the Onctology Dept. at Vanderbilt and clue them in. Or St. Thomas. Or Baptist.
If there is no "cures" why bother having complete wings and wards named after donors for cancer treatment and research?
I can recite case after case of people who have been in "remission" and cancer free for years after treatment. Prostate, Hogdkins Lymphoma, testicular, even brain.
Look at Lance Armstrong, Gen. Swarzkoptv, Ted Kennedy, Scott Hamilton.
There was that massive search for the 15 year old last week because the cure rate was almost 100% if treated, 0% if untreated. Geez!

By: CAH on 6/19/09 at 10:53

Blanket - On the infant mortality rate. Does it break it down to show how many were born to drug addicts? I've seen more crack babies than I want to. Even the first one was 2 too many.

Just guessing but I would think that most of our infant mortality involves mothers with risky life choices.

By: Dragon on 6/19/09 at 10:56

chief, think Little Kim is laughing at how he is making the Americans dance to his every whim?

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 10:59

chief, Obama would have become a cult hero if he had muttered ''your next N. Korea'', after killing the fly.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 11:00

d7 said, "testicular". Huh-huh, huh-huh.
You forgot mayflies.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/19/09 at 11:00


And paying the parents to take care of their own kids is different from giving them food stamps and free federal housing how exactly?

By: CAH on 6/19/09 at 11:01

This just in!!!

This Sunday is Father's Day.

It is also "National Naked Hiking Day".


Think I'll go for a walk - to enjoy nature of course.

By: Dragon on 6/19/09 at 11:04

At least they are dropping the pretense of welfare-to-work.

CAH, don't enjoy yourself too much. It might be illegal.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/19/09 at 11:06


I doubt he's laughing...I think he painted himself into a corner and is trying to figure out how to get out of it without losing face.


Only with those of us who are paying attention to N. Korea. Those who don't want us in any fight would have been appalled by the very notion...you know, those similar to Code Pink.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/19/09 at 11:07


"This Sunday is Father's Day.
It is also "National Naked Hiking Day". "

Hummm...maybe I'll go hiking to get away from the noise of the house for a while.

By: chiefpayne568 on 6/19/09 at 11:08


"At least they are dropping the pretense of welfare-to-work."

Well yes, there is that...but why not just call it what it is - Charity.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 11:09

Father's Day should be held during football season.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 11:13

Why is Father's Day in June?
About a month after Mother's Day, someone said,"Hey, wait a minute...".

By: CAH on 6/19/09 at 11:15

Actually, Mother's Day should be 9 months after Father's Day.

By: slacker on 6/19/09 at 11:16

Some places in Appalachia have cousins day.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 11:19

I have a really good Father's Day joke, but it would certainly get me banned.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 11:19

By: CAH on 6/19/09 at 7:54
Actually, Loner, it is PETA who is castigating Obama for killing that fly. Sad that you would believe Nemo's little verbal cartoon.


My cartoon seem to fit the bill.

Now go get Blankets order. chop chop!!

By: MamaG on 6/19/09 at 11:20

CAH, Is St. George Island in Franklin Co? I went there once, about 30 yrs ago and I loved it there.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/19/09 at 11:22

slacker, They have cousins day in parts of Cheatham county every day.

By: house_of_pain on 6/19/09 at 11:24

In Kentucky, coitus interruptus means "get off your cousin".