I have some basic questions about the Sunday editorial, “Texas rules impede healthcare enrollment.”
If the navigators are so crucial to the sign-up process of the Affordable Care Act, why did the Department of Health and Human Services wait until just six weeks before the sign-up period began on Oct. 1 to offer the grant to the United Way?
The editorial states the navigators went through training, but nothing is said about passing certification testing.
I agree with state officials who have concerns about this situation, especially in light of the problem-laced rollout of the ACA.
— Brent Clarkson, Arlington
Obamacare was passed based on lies, yet your elite Editorial Board is blasting Texas Republican leaders about “navigators.”
Did all of the mothers of editorial writers drop them on their heads when they were babies?
Ever since former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine abruptly voted to help get Obamacare out of the Senate Finance Committee, the nation has been duped into a clunker of a used car by a used car salesman, President Obama.
I don’t want a person who has only 21/2 work days of training handling my personal financial and medical information.
Also, there is video proof that “navigators” coached people to lie to get a better deal and your editorial left that out.
You guys plainly messed up in your editorial. Or was there an ulterior motive?
— Del Gabaldon, Grapevine
Want to know what’s wrong with our healthcare system? Read the Sunday news story “These NYC doctors do make house calls — for a hefty sum.”
The story said that the median income for practitioners of internal medicine is $210,000 per year.
A New York doctor isn’t satisfied with that, so he and his partner require a payment of $25,000 per year from each of 400 patients. In addition, his patients must also pay extra for lab tests and other special procedures, such as home visits.
He and his partner are guaranteed more than $10 million a year to finance their salaries and costs of their practice.
The two doctors no longer accept patients with health insurance of any kind because insurance doesn’t pay them enough. This unabashed greed is a major contributor to the rising cost of healthcare.
— Norman Remley, Fort Worth
I’m amazed and appalled by the arguments that the Affordable Care Act should be abolished and is going to fail.
Those who make these arguments don’t seem concerned at all about the massive number of people without health insurance and that our politicians had done nothing about providing affordable healthcare before the ACA.
These critics emphasize that we need to let people, who won’t help themselves, do without medical insurance and cut their government aid.
They ignore the massive amounts of money that politicians and their rich backers are getting by laws passed to benefit them and the costs of our unfunded foreign wars.
When it’s shown that uninsured people cost everyone with insurance more money because of their hospital and emergency room visits, this is ignored. Studies show our government provides less medical care for the poor and needy than the European countries. This results in a much higher mortality rate in our county.
I hope these uncaring people don’t live to need the assistance they refuse to the poor and needy.
— Edward V. Harris, Hugo, Okla.
The focus in reporting on Obamacare should not be on how many people have been able to sign up, as that is so low relative to the estimated 30 million people it was supposedly designed to help that it’s hardly worth mentioning.
The focus, for the vast majority of your readers, would be more educational and newsworthy if you outlined the following:
• What is the cost for the average American who has insurance as a result of this new law?
• Now that we believe millions have lost their insurance coverage, what is the reality in terms of their being able to maintain the same coverage they had before the law?
• What is the truth related to people’s ability to continue to use their existing family doctors?
• How many of the people who are said to have signed up actually have paid their new premiums and have insurance?
— Mike Holt, Fort Worth
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