Health-care crisis a left-wing creation

To the editor:

In response to Ronald J. Shy’s Wednesday letter ("Health care is right — so give it to me now") and Gerry Hageman’s letter (‘Not so simple"): I take exception to their simplistic and short-sighted responses.

First, there is no national health care crisis, Mr. Shy. This so-called crisis has been fabricated and exaggerated by the left. It is true that health-care costs are rising, but this is happening not only in our country, but in every country that has government subsidized health care.

I also take exception to Mr. Shy’s notion that government-provided health care is a moral obligation, and we can cover the costs by raising taxes. I can only surmise that the current 10 percent national unemployment rate is OK with Mr. Shy. To give him a short economics lesson: Contrary to popular belief, rich people do not put their money under their mattresses. They invest it. Raise their taxes and you will have less investment, higher unemployment and a stagnant economy.

Mr. Hageman’s response on tort reform ignore that this is only one step that could be implemented for a true health-care reform bill. More steps would be: to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines; to allow health-care savings accounts so individuals and families can control their own health-care costs; and to eliminate many of the current state (and national) government mandates.

Contrary to what the left would like you to believe, this health-care bill has nothing to do with improving your health care, cutting the cost of health care, or providing health care to the uninsured. It is all about expanding government power and control and saving President Obama’s presidency.

The Congressional Budget Office just published its estimated cost of health-care insurance under this new proposal and concludes that the cost for a middle class family will be around $15,200 per year. I bet you are not paying close to this amount currently, are you?

Warren Willis Sr.



Success story

To the editor:

This week, UNLV held the 47th commencement, which marked the largest graduating class ever in a mid-term graduation. Among the graduates was a 76-year-old gentleman who, after spending his life in business, returned to school at the age of 72 to obtain his doctorate.

Dr. James Allen Nott is an inspiration to all lifelong learners and should be featured within our largest newspaper as the success story of the year.

Sheila Scarborough



Doesn’t care

To the editor:

Gov. Jim Gibbons proposal to cut human services another 10 percent will subject the citizens of Las Vegas to go hungry waiting for food stamps, allow physical suffering while the sick wait for a medical card at Clark County Social Services, as well as create undue hardships to disadvantaged populations.

Is it clear who he doesn’t care about?

Leslie French



Raise this!

To the editor:

Buried in the pending 2010 federal budget of more than $1 trillion is a 2 percent pay raise for federal employees. Shame on the Obama administration and Congress for approving a pay increase in an economy that has 10 percent unemployment.

Authorizing pay raises in the current economic environment is ludicrous. When businesses are faced with reduced revenues, they look at ways to cut costs. Congress has taken a new meaning to thinking outside the box by ignoring reduced revenue (taxes) and instead increasing costs through pay raises.

Media commentators must have become numb to budget authorizations because there has been virtually no criticism. We can only hope that the majority of our future elected officials will demonstrate better financial management than the current Congress.

Paul Markowski



We need Reid

To the editor:

I am completely astonished over the negative reaction to Sen. Harry Reid. I would like to know if these people have ever had any personal contact with Sen. Reid or his office. Or is this negative reaction simply Republicans against Democrats?

About three years ago I was having trouble with my HMO refusing some costly medical treatments. I wrote to Sens. Reid and John Ensign and Reps. Jon Porter and Shelley Berkley trying to resolve my problem.

From Sen. Ensign I heard not a word. From Rep. Porter I received a form letter extolling all the wonderful things he had done, none of which addressed my problem. From Rep. Berkley’s office I received a phone call telling me that because I lived in Rep. Porter’s district I should try to contact him and if that didn’t work to give them a call and they would try to help.

Meanwhile, Sen. Reid’s office wrote and told me that they had contacted the Governor’s Office for Consumer Health Services and they should be contacting me shortly. They did and I received my treatments.

In addition, do these critics know the money Sen. Reid has brought to this state? If we elect a new senator he or she will be at the very bottom of the totem pole and we can add federal funding to another list that Nevada is at the bottom of.




Make it legal

To the editor:

John L. Smith’s column in the Sunday Review-Journal makes a great case for legalized prostitution despite his stated opposition. The best way to protect children from pimps is to regulate the industry.

Frank Beaty



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