LETTERS: Obamacare’s numbers don’t add up, with sign-ups or costs


To the editor:

Richard Strickland’s letter cannot go without response (“Obamacare wins, Republicans lose,” April 7 Review-Journal). He states that Obamacare enrolled 7.1 million more people for health insurance. He could not be more wrong. The 7.1 million number is the count of people who filled out an application. It says nothing about how many people paid their premiums, actually got an insurance card, etc.

And of course, Mr. Strickland ignored that there is no mechanism for the federal government to pay the insurance companies. Just how long does Mr. Strickland expect insurance companies to pay claims without any income? Based on state-run exchanges, about one-third of those who enrolled have actually paid. If that holds true to the federally run exchange, they actually have about 2.4 million insured. Compare that with the 6.2 million whose insurance was canceled, and about 3.8 million more people are uninsured. Even the federal numbers show a rise in the uninsured.

Remember “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance”? Well, in my case, I like my insurance but have been informed at the end of the year it will be canceled. Since my wife requires expensive medication, the only policy that covers that drug is the platinum plan, under which our premiums will double. Further, our $50 per month deductible for that drug goes to $1,800. In short, with other deductibles and the increase in rates, Obamacare will cost us $40,000 more per year.

I know Sen. Harry Reid calls me a liar, but senility does not make him right. Obamacare is going to take us to the poor house. This reminds me of the misinformation regarding unemployment: a stated rate of 6.7 percent when there are tens of millions of people without jobs. Do you actually believe that? President Barack Obama supposedly helped create 5 million jobs during his recovery, yet personal income has fallen 6 percent. How does that compute? There is positively nothing the president says that I believe. And Mr. Strickland is wrong on another point — we all lost.

WILLIAM TARASEN

LAS VEGAS

Youngster assists veterans

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about one of your outstanding newsboys, Richard Day. Once or twice a month, I accompany veterans to the IHOP restaurant on Boulder Highway in Henderson. These veterans are from the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City.

Richard is always at the door to greet us and help with the patients as they come into the restaurant. He is always very polite and courteous at all times.

James A. Smales

Las vegas

UConn coach

To the editor:

I liked seeing the photo of University of Connecticut basketball coach Kevin Ollie with Ed Graney’s column (“Time for Calhoun to let Ollie have the spotlight,” Monday Review-Journal). Thank you, Mr. Graney, for your fair commentary about retired Coach Jim Calhoun, Mr. Ollie and the Huskies. I lived outside the UConn campus for 21 years and of course loved the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. I also worked with crowd control at the college.

I was glad when Mr. Calhoun retired, as I had felt for some time that the Huskies needed new blood in coaching. This team went through a lot of adversity last year, as Mr. Graney wrote about, and he was right that it is time for Mr. Ollie to have the spotlight. The second-year coach has done a great job bringing this team to a national championship. I have also witnessed on TV when Mr. Ollie is interviewed with other coaches, he is not one of the good old boys. They forget how it was when they started out.

Coach Calhoun did bring his teams to power, but that is in the past. Now Coach Ollie is quickly rebuilding a good program, and he will continue to do so if given the chance. I thank Mr. Calhoun for passing the wand to Mr. Ollie. Thank you, Mr. Graney, for your column. You made my day.

LORRAINE SPOFFORD

LAS VEGAS

Noninjury accidents

To the editor:

On March 11 about 4:30 p.m., my son’s girlfriend was on Eastern Avenue near Harmon Avenue when she was struck from behind by a driver in a van, and she was pushed into another vehicle. Her two children were in the back seat with glass all over them, because the back window shattered. She called 911 and insisted a police officer be sent out. Her car was not drivable because it was struck so hard.

She was honest and told police that she didn’t think the kids were hurt, but they needed help. A Metropolitan Police Department officer was dispatched, staying only long enough to hand out driver’s exchange cards, then saying they don’t investigate accidents anymore. As he was leaving, she asked what she was supposed to do about the glass all over her children and the broken parts all over the street, and he said it would clean itself up and left.

While she was trying to care for her children and get information from the van driver, she noticed there were no plates on the van. He said he didn’t have vehicle registration and he had no proof of insurance. The police officer never even bothered to check. She took photos and later learned that he had lied about his insurance — he had none. Her car was totaled by her own insurance company. The driver of the van got away with no citation for the accident, no citation for driving an unregistered vehicle, and no citation for having no insurance. Thanks for nothing, Metro.

When a I vote for sheriff, the candidate I will choose will be the one who says Metro will investigate accidents. I’ve heard Los Angeles police don’t investigate noninjury accidents, but do we want to model ourselves after L.A.? Beware tourists and locals: Metro is not there to help.

RICK JONES

LAS VEGAS

 

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