Is our government just incompetent, or corrupt?
I say both.
The Bureau of Land Management shows up in Arizona with paramilitary forces and automatic weapons.
Never miss a local story.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been withholding care for our veterans for years, it appears.
Look at that carefully. As soon as the single-payer system is implemented, that’s you and me.
The IRS and the Environmental Protection Agency? They get an enemies list and attack.
And while all this is going on, half the people in this country are so eaten up with hate for one party or the other that we sit and watch our liberties circle the drain.
Our government no longer works for us, it is actively working against our best interests.
I voted for our previous president twice and his record does not please me at all.
The present administration has taken that incompetence and corruption to a whole new level and still gets a pass from far too many.
This should not be about the two parties; they both want the same thing and that is absolute control over all of us.
— Jim Parker, Brownwood
Can Cynthia Allen name any programs which reveal the strength of big government? (“VA scandal reveals weakness of big government,” May 29)
I can name a few. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, minimum wage, the 40-hour work week, overtime pay, GI bill, Civil Rights Act and many more. Yes, as President Obama said, “We do big things.”
Republicans harp on Democrats and big government while not being specific what they would do differently — criticism without any solutions.
They say cut the budget, but they want to do it on the backs of the common man instead of closing the loopholes on the rich and big business. They want to cut welfare for the poor, but ignore corporate welfare.
As to the VA problem, it existed under George Bush. What did he do about it?
I guess you would call the Bush administration “little government,” which is a good description.
— Jack Vaughan, Arlington
Apparently Dr. Jeffrey A. Singer has never looked at an EOB (“We still pay more for care,” May 29).
For him to make the statement that we would pay less if we paid our provider directly is ludicrous.
I recently changed jobs. I applied for COBRA, which covers retroactively to date of separation.
Before coverage kicked, in my wife had a doctor’s appointment and was charged $135.
When we filed the claim, the EOB explained the “negotiated” price was $59. They subtracted the $35 standard co-pay and reimbursed us $24.
The doctor’s office declined reimbursing us the remainder “because you were not covered at time of service.”
I paid my doctor directly and got overcharged $76, according to Singer.
— George Logue, Hurst
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