TERRE HAUTE —
health care law
As I watch the President pontificate about the Unaffordable Health Care Act (he refuses to call it Obamacare now), I have to cringe. It appears he views all Americans as fools with no memories or minds of their own. He talks about covering more people when that was not how this bill of goods was sold; 90 percent of Americans had health care coverage when this bill was passed and it appears that less will have it due to this abomination.
It was sold to us as a “control” for health care costs. Remember him promising “this bill will reduce premiums by $2,500.” Well, according to the Investor’s Business Daily, the average increase since his promise is estimated at $3,000 dollars, largely due to Obamacare. Add this to the other lies, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” or “if you like your doctor, you can keep him” and you can see why I cringe anytime he speaks.
He repeatedly blames Republicans for not “going along” or offering “alternatives” when too often they have done both. They folded on their efforts to defund this and there are multitudes of proposals that have been voted on in the house that do not get to see the light of day thanks to Harry Reid and the Senate. The people are smart enough to know that a party that controls 1⁄2 of 1⁄3 of the major branches of government is not the one to blame for this monstrosity.
It is also cringe-worthy to hear him speak of how the website will get better after they spent a half billion dollars for something that is non functional (can you imagine the CEO of Amazon going to its shareholders after spending that much money and telling them “don’t worry, if we just spend more money and wait six months, I’m sure it will be better)?”
The website is probably the most functional item in this law. Its sole purpose seems to grow government and redistribute money from working American families. It does nothing for health care other than to inhibit a stellar medical system much the same way government intervention does to everything it touches.
If you spend a half billion dollars and cannot even get a simple website to work, what arrogance makes you think you should be in charge of health care for American citizens? I suppose if you are a bald-faced liar like this president, it’s just another day at the office. Joe Wilson was so right.
— Michael C. Sherrill
TERRE HAUTE —
Readers’ forum: April 16, 2014
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• Salvation through the Indian way
RONN MOTT: Royce Waltman
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Readers’ Forum: April 15, 2014
Sound choice for county judge
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EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news (Honors for outstanding women)
Honors for outstanding women
Sprucing up around the wetlands
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Readers’ Forum: April 14, 2014
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EDITORIAL: Teaming up to fight the ugliness of graffiti
Graffiti hurts the Terre Haute community. It deflates property values and local pride. It literally paints an image of carelessness on the city.
MARK BENNETT: It’s (Not) So Easy
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ERIC SCHANSBERG: The 1040 tax form turns 100
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Readers’ Forum: April 13, 2014
• An attack of hypocrisy
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• Thinking about the next election
• Being positive a tremendous asset
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FLASHPOINT: Time to fix government
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
Death Notice: April 13, 2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Despite high court ruling, big money may not guarantee election success
The Supreme Court has taken the predictable next step in the wake of its 2010 Citizens United decision in which it lifted the limit on donations wealthy donors can make to certain political entities.
RONN MOTT: Pondering our planet’s future
I watched a TV show recently and the subject was global warming.
EDITORIAL: Warm thoughts for Waltman
When Royce Waltman left Indiana State University as its head basketball coach in 2007, there was a sense of disappointment in the community that covered a broad spectrum.
Readers' Forum: April 11, 2014
• An appeal for organic farming
• Kesler best choice for judge position
RONN MOTT: Bits & Pieces
I don’t know about you, but I get a total sense of helplessness when I realize 239 people died in one airplane crash. And to make it worse, if that is possible, the loved ones left behind can’t close. Maybe this week.
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Readers' Forum: April 10, 2014
• Appreciation for writer’s views
• Amazed by policy on birth control
EDITORIAL: Dangers lurking among us
Hardly a week goes by without multiple stories being published in this newspaper detailing the arrests, court proceedings, convictions or sentencings of individuals involved in sex crimes against children or young teens. It’s a disturbing trend that underscores the ever-present dangers that exist where we may least expect them.
- Readers' Forum: April 9, 2014
RONN MOTT: Basketball and Done
I guess I’m going to have to change my mind about the “One and Done” rule. It would seem the future professionals wearing university uniforms — national runner-up Kentucky is an example — has proven me a fool. Why should I care about the education they are getting, or not getting?
LIZ CIANCONE: Angling for a mate not fond of fishing
While many little girls daydream about the dream man they hope to find, it seems to me that they concentrate on all the wrong things. I can’t discount the appeal of beauty, brains and virtue, but my dream man was one who was not dedicated to fishing.
Readers’ Forum: April 8, 2014
Tracking the trail of thieves
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New voice for judicial system
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EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news (New roles for proven leaders)
A couple of familiar faces in Terre Haute in the realm of public affairs are taking on new jobs, and we take the opportunity today to express confidence in their selections and best wishes for the future.
Readers’ Forum: April 7, 2014
Playing politics with education
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Max Jones: Marching in place: As political world swings and cycles, Hoosiers remain wary of latest trends
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Editorial: Fast lane for road projects
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- Readers' Forum: April 6, 2014
Flashpoint: How to deal with a public-employee union
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- Readers’ forum: April 16, 2014