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LETTERS: Obamacare in need of new moniker


To the editor:

Fellow Americans, we must stop calling the national health care disaster, er, health care law, by the name of the president who misled us on how Obamacare would work. In the coming years, the law will be changed, made readable and workable. It will take the work of many more competent people to make the drastic changes needed and should therefore not carry President Barack Obama’s name.

How about Uncle Sam Care, or Americacare? Let’s have a contest and come up with a new name. Let’s not call it by the name of the guy who fouled it up in the first place.

EDWARD DODRILL

LAS VEGAS

Level with the people

To the editor:

I’m a registered Democrat, but it’s beginning to get nauseating watching these people on TV trying to defend what President Barack Obama said about the Affordable Care Act. Everybody in the country knows the phrase, “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it,” was said between 25 and 30 times. The president and Obamacare proponents look foolish when they go on TV and stammer and stutter about it.

There are certain times in life when you have to eat crow, realize you made some mistakes, and admit it. Most Americans are tolerant of a lot of things, but the vast majority of them have one thing in common: they hate being lied to. The president needs to man up and level with the American people.

TIM HICKS

LAS VEGAS

Election consequences

To the editor:

Daily, I read or hear stories of dismay at the failures of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), including loss of choosing a certain doctor, or current coverage, or increases in premiums for those affected by the law. The affected seem dismayed that they were impacted by Obamacare. Well, what did they expect, lower costs or better service from the government takeover of the health care industry?

When was the last time the government did anything better than the private sector? In my lifetime, I can remember few that were successful; most were a hindrance or at worst a dismal failure. I could name a multitude of failed attempts by those in Washington, D.C., or any of the states.

All of this leads to several questions. Republican voters, where were you in the last election? Sitting on your butts waiting for the perfect candidate? Where were the supposed independents? Drinking the Kool-Aid offered by President Barack Obama? Where were the centrist Democrats? Toeing the party line?

Elections do have consequences, and now this great nation is feeling the results of the past two elections. I offer no sympathy to those who voted for President Obama in 2008, or the continuation of the Obama administration in 2012. Those who voted for Mr. Obama and the many national Democratic candidates in 2012 have only themselves to blame for the current situation. Those who voted for change will just have to hope (and pray) that the electorate sees the light and boots out anyone who voted for the Un-Affordable Care Act in the next election.

GEORGE PEEL

HENDERSON

Out with incumbents

To the editor:

Late last month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the 2014 House of Representatives calendar for 2014. It appears innocuous enough but needs scrutiny.

Here is what we get for a representative’s annual salary of $174,000. The schedule is made up of weekly sessions of three or four days each, totaling 113 days. But there is a catch. There is no voting until 6:30 p.m. on the first day or after 3:00 p.m. on the last day of each of the 29 sessions. This is to allow ample time to travel to and from home on government time without missing a vote. There are 29 days designated as “no vote” days, giving members time to make speeches to empty chairs and satisfy their egos by being recorded in the Congressional Record. A “no vote” session is like a restaurant that is open seven days a week but doesn’t serve food on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There are approximately 90 days (not including weekends or holidays) designated as “Constituent Days,” which give lawmakers ample time for campaigning and holding fundraisers. And no sessions are scheduled in August or from Oct. 3 until Nov. 12.

The question I have: With email, cellphones, Facebook, Twitter, etc., why do representatives have to spend more than 200 days in their home district finding out what their constituents want? They ignore the average citizen and listen instead to their big campaign donors, lobbyists and party leader.

When will Congress start working full-time for the average American? Let’s show our outrage. Out with all incumbents.

DONALD N. MAW

MESQUITE

Smaller classes

To the editor:

The state Public Charter School Authority approved a new, conservative-thinking charter school for Las Vegas (“State agency gives OK to new charter school,” Nov. 2 Review-Journal). Founders Academy plans to follow a classical model of education based on the conservative Hillsdale College in Michigan.

One of the notable selling points for the school is that the elementary grades will have 27 students per class, while the middle and high school classes will have just 20 students per class. This is a much better situation than the regular public schools. Accelerated English classes in middle schools average 35 to 40 students. That’s almost double the number of students.

Crowded classrooms are like crowded restaurants. One waitress serving five tables can provide much more quality attention to her customers than one waitress serving 10 tables. It would appear conservative-thinking people realize this basic fact. Hopefully they’ll remember this on Election Day.

BRENT BANDHAUER

LAS VEGAS

 

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