The Associated Press article (“Insurance A Hard Sell To Texans In Poverty,” Tuesday) is a fine illustration of the hardships of obtaining mandated Obamacare.
Even if the premium were $50, the deductible would be astronomical.
So the indigent are on the last rung of the ladder. The cost of insurance is the primary reason many turn to JPS, since it’s supported by taxpayers.
With this arbitrary mandate to get coverage or face an IRS fine, so be it. It’s certainly cost-saving compared to the cost of insurance.
Prisoners in county and other state institutions are being signed up per the state government, and the majority are going to claim indigent status. So who pays their premiums? The taxpayers!
But the rest of us are discriminated against; get insurance or else the wrath of the IRS is upon us. Kind of like the Last Train From Gun Hill scenario!
— Sharon Ream, Fort Worth
The U.S. is almost alone in the developed world in failing to require labeling for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (“For advocates of GMO food labels, battle is in states, and wins elusive,” March 13).
There are many reasons for consumers to be concerned about the potential health or environmental impacts of GMOs — for example, USDA reports that farmers use up to 26 percent more chemicals per acre on crops that have been genetically modified to resist herbicides, and the American Medical Association has called for mandatory safety testing of genetically engineered foods.
Moreover, multiple polls show that over 90 percent of Americans want GMOs in food to be labeled, like they are in more than 60 other countries.
Yet instead of giving consumers simple transparency, GMO-developers like Monsanto and some food manufacturers are pushing policies that would keep us in the dark. Some grocery stores are starting to respond to their customers — Whole Foods has committed to labeling all products in its stores by 2018. Now others, like Tom Thumb, should waste no time in joining them.
— Diana Pop,
In regard to governors of the red states, while reading a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville: “A man’s admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.”
I thought it really applied to Rick Perry to a “T.”
— Evelyn Connaway,
North Richland Hills
I found your article (“Top cancer centers excluded by many plans on exchanges,” Wednesday) both informative and disturbing.
Aside from that, I was more concerned about how this information will likely be intentionally misreported by the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, Fox News and others trying to discredit the growing success of the Affordable Care Act.
— Ken Kirksey,
North Richland Hills
Richard M. Holbrook of Weatherford invoked the Constitution in claiming the Supreme Court erred in upholding womens’ right to self-determination regarding their own bodies by denying a fetus “due process.”
Under the separation of powers, our Founding Fathers designated the Supreme Court of the United States the final arbiter in determining constitutionality, Holbrook’s personal beliefs, opinions, religious preferences or unseemly desires to mandate same to all women notwithstanding.
— Robert Moore,
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