Sad vote on health care
After Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare, President Trump hosted a beer party in the White House Rose Garden. Celebrating the vote that will take away health insurance from those that need it most, putting the screws to the working poor.
The party in the Rose Garden was made up of old white millionaires, hosted by one billionaire. They were rejoicing about the vote that takes away insurance from over 24 million Americans. Not all was bad; their plan gives millions in tax breaks for the super-rich. Sad.
The irony in this is the states that voted for Trump will suffer the most. Donald’s way of thanking you.
The winner is the top one percent. Republicans know how to take care of the rich. Sad.
The latest TrumpCare allows states to offer health insurance premiums to be based on an individual’s health status rather than just their age. Here’s an example of how that works in reality.
We moved to North Carolina in 2003 and had to purchase health insurance through the private individual market. One of us had excellent health; our premium was $425 per month. The other had “pre-existing health conditions” (high blood pressure and diabetes, both well controlled by generic prescriptions); that premium was $2,050 per month. With no subsidies (this was before Obamacare), the total premium was $2,475 per month. That’s $29,700 per year. I cannot imagine how much that has increased in the last 10 years.
Obamacare provides subsidies based on age, premium and income. The subsidy would bring down the premium to a possibly affordable level. Trumpcare provides subsidies based solely on age. Trumpcare’s proposed subsidy for adults 45-64 would barely touch the premium for anyone with pre-existing health conditions.
I favor comprehensive, affordable and accessible insurance for all Americans, regardless of age or health status. Obamacare provides it. Trumpcare doesn’t.
Middle East bottom line
Judith Ferster (“What you’re saying,” CHN, April 28), conveniently dismisses a discussion of the disputed territories of Jerusalem, undisputed home of the temple of Jewish Kings David and Solomon, and the West Bank, known as the Jordan Valley in the (Jewish) Old Testament. Ferster then takes 500 words to provide a very confused picture of the living conditions of Israeli Muslims, Christians, and Druze.
For starters, these people are not Palestinians, as she refers to them, they are Israeli citizens. Unlike the Palestinian inhabitants of the Hamas-ruled Gaza and PA-ruled West Bank, they can go to Israeli schools, they have the right to jobs, medical care and homes in Israel, and they serve in the Israeli Congress (Knesset) and military (as volunteers, no less).
If Muslim-Israeli citizens choose, they are free to leave and join their brethren in one of the 49 Muslim-majority countries in the world. Most stay put…but why? The primary answer: Because they know if they move to Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, etc, they will lose many of their civil liberties and the opportunities for a better life that they enjoy from being Israeli citizens. Note also that Christian and Jewish Israelis have no such opportunity to move to many Muslim-majority countries. While Israel, like all other democratic countries including ours, has room to improve their society, they attract and settle Muslims, Christians, and Jews from Syria, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eastern Europe, all seeking a better life.
Israel is under constant siege from its Gaza and West Bank neighbors, who choose to spend your American foreign aid tax dollars rewarding families of terrorists, constructing terror tunnels, and buying or building missiles and bombs, rather than on building electrical power plants, water infrastructure, and schools and homes for their people. Because of this, Israel, as with all sovereign countries including the U.S., must defend itself and set aside some parts of the country for militarily strategic purposes.
The bottom line: When the Muslim inhabitants of Gaza and the West Bank decide they love their children more than they hate the Jews, then a peaceful coexistence with the Jewish democratic state may provide all inhabitants of the region with more opportunities to better their lives.
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