Nov. 25 Letters From Readers: Affordable Care Act

2012-11-24T18:02:00Z 2013-12-24T09:59:39Z Nov. 25 Letters From Readers: Affordable Care Act Journal Times
November 24, 2012 6:02 pm

Affordable Care Act

Robin Vos said, “I vehemently oppose Obamacare as it is a major step toward socialized medicine, which I am against. The individual and their doctor should make health care decisions, not government bureaucrats.” Unless you’re a woman who wants to plan her children, in which case let the government intervene. I presume that Vos is against Medicare, which (according to his definition) is socialized medicine. Like Paul Ryan, he probably wants to privatize it.

People on Medicare can choose their physician and hospital. Medicare eligible persons who choose plans administered by private insurance companies, called Medicare + Choice, discover that their choices are limited. It turns out that not only do they inflict limitations on choosing providers, they are more costly. The federal government has had to bail out those companies because they were not able to cover the cost of care they had promised. An ex-CEO of Aetna/US Healthcare claimed that administrative costs of private insurance plans average 25 percent compared to 2-3 percent for administrative costs of Medicare.

The Affordable Care Act is the right first step to a more just distribution of health care for all. It will likely require numerous adjustments as a “work in progress”. However, as a nurse I have seen and welcome the changes that have already begun to help the uninsured and underinsured of our country. Let’s work together for our common good, not by bashing “Obamacare”, but by becoming involved in the process of reforming what is broken in our nation’s healthcare system.

Joannie Williams, RN


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  1. An American
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    An American - November 25, 2012 10:12 pm
    Granny, I agree with you about Republicans. They are, however, the party of DEATH. They want it their way, and only their way. There is no compromise with these radical extremists. They are not the Dwight Eisenhower Republicans, they are the Koch brothers, tea party of nut jobs. Even Jeb Bush said Ronald Reagan and his father, George H. Bush could not get elected by these nuts.
  2. An American
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    An American - November 25, 2012 6:24 pm
    Walker hasn't made a good decision since he got out of Marquette before he got busted for his corruption. Who else do you know that throws that kind of education down the drain?
  3. An American
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    An American - November 25, 2012 6:07 pm
    Vos and Walker got theirs. So what is your problem? Them first, you know. That's when they love socialism.
  4. granny grits
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    granny grits - November 25, 2012 4:38 pm
    You just won't be happy until everyone is making minimum wages will you? Do you work at Wal-Mart?
  5. Blindman
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    Blindman - November 25, 2012 3:58 pm
    The problem with healthcare is the hospitals and inurance companies...The federal government should crack down on those institutions that have MASSIVE profits and leave the American people alone...Two doctor visits shouldn't cost $1.300 , it should cost about $200...That's affordable health care.
  6. An American
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    An American - November 25, 2012 2:07 pm
    Joannie is spot on. Vos, and his two former wives, along with Walker's record at Marquette University, proove what the indians use to say: "White man speaks with forked tongue." No wonder the GOP is headed for the history books.
  7. An American
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    An American - November 25, 2012 1:50 pm
    Didn't you get the Republican memo before the Nov. 6th election -- the one in which that GOP Senator said a child from a rape/pregnancy is a gift from God -- That he intended that baby to be born. The GOP wanted us to know that God condones rape, according to the Republican Senator. Well, he is the company of Paul Ryan and Robin Vos.
  8. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - November 25, 2012 10:56 am
    *WOW* I thought jesus was waiting for you and everything is a gift from god?

    Isn't your condition the way jesus wants it to be?

    You are supposed to be going to heaven, where the streets are paved in gold and your family awaits - at least that is what I hear christians say.

    I find you christians to be a little confused between what you say you believe and how you act. Proud to be a non-christian.
  9. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - November 25, 2012 10:50 am
    I can agree to a single payer health care plan that is run as a NON-PROFIT. It is time to take the private insurance company profit driven middleman out of this - their cut is way too large.

    In addition, costs need to be controlled, so we'll start by limiting and capping Joannie's pay, along with all her colleagues in the health care field. Pay cuts are in order here.

    We must also end the malpractice fiasco and end the outrageous settlements for "damages". There must be reasonable caps and limits set.

    Obama's plan is set to enrich the FOR PROFIT INSURANCE COMPANIES only, and one has to wonder what Joeboy and Gritty Granny plan to profit from it.

    Obamacare is just another wealth transfer scheme from the Democrats that will fatten the pockets of their cronies in the health insurance biz
  10. ordmm
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    ordmm - November 25, 2012 10:49 am
    granny.....Agree with you. Putting the administration of the healthcare act in the hands of the federal government is the best thing. I think Gov. Walker made a good decision on this issue. Since it's a done deal don't know why people continue to debate it.
  11. granny grits
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    granny grits - November 25, 2012 6:44 am
    Republicans can continue to kick and scream about ACA, but it's not going away. The logical end will be universal healthcare and Walker, along with other republican governors, is helping move us in that direction. Life is good.
  12. An American
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    An American - November 24, 2012 8:33 pm
    So, Mr. Vos wants us to believe he is great Catholic and pro-life. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Affordable Healtcare Act finally takes into considertion people like me. I have worked for more than 50 years, never got sick until three year ago when I was dianosed with diabetes and heart trouble. Now that usless litte twerp Vos says go die with your preigsisting condititions. May God have mercy on his soul and family if this ever happens to him or his family. The sooner voters turn Vos out, the sooner we have a chance at a real honest to God future. If that is what a so called Catholic is, no way, count me out and against. Robin Vos' God is wealth, not life.
  13. Joeboy5471
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    Joeboy5471 - November 24, 2012 6:51 pm
    Joannie Williams is correct in her presentation on the AHCA. It is really unfortunate that the Republicans in this state support the likes of Walker and Vos. I think it has allot to do with the fact that these voters listen to and do not question their leadership do to a total lack of understanding. Wait until they find out that their mentors sold them out for a few dollars in campaign contributions and there is nothing they can do about it.
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