To The Daily Sun,
If you are not scared by Obamacare, then you don't know enough about it. Or, you are one of the very few, maybe 5 percent of the population, who will benefit from Obamacare. Or, you are completely callous to the suffering Obamacare causes millions of Americans who lose jobs, incomes, health insurance, and quality health care. Or, some combination of these.
My letters are not scare tactics, as Kate Miller of the Belknap County Democrats claims. My letters just provide information about how Obamacare destroys the livelihood of middle income Americans, reduces health care access and quality for all but the rich and politically connected, and, by injecting government bureaucrat controls, degrades America's health care system that is the envy of the world.
Congratulations to Ms. Miller for finding one of the few companies, Cumberland Farms (part of Gulf Oil), that claims to be providing health insurance to more employees because of Obamacare.
However, Obamacare has been a disaster for jobs. Most companies have reduced or eliminated hiring, cut worker hours, or even cut jobs to avoid Obamacare requirements. For example, see: http://freebeacon.com/medicare-cuts-obamacare-prompt-hospital-layoffs/
Obamcare has been a disaster for our health care system. Doctors are retiring early. Obamacare taxes, regulations, and reduced Medicare/Medicaid payments are causing many hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, clinics, research companies, medical device manufacturers, and others in the health industry to cut jobs, eliminate products, services, and even hospital beds. For example, see: http://freebeacon.com/medicare-cuts-obamacare-prompt-hospital-layoffs/
Considering all the devastation caused by Obamacare, let's hope that some people do benefit. But, most of Ms. Miller's claimed benefits are just redistribution of income or political magic, where politicians herald giving you some benefits while hiding the fact that it cost you much more in taxes or fees than the benefit was worth.
The biggest Obamacare beneficiaries are federal employees whose health insurance premiums are mostly paid by taxpayers and whose median compensation is double that of private sector employees. With 150 new federal Obamacare bureaucracies, there will be many more federal bureaucrats (including 16,000 new IRS agents examining your records) deciding everything about America's current great health care industry including what treatments you can have.
If Americans are stuck with Obamacare, then let's hope that it actually helps some people. But it will make most Americans suffer, from a stagnant economy, from higher costs for an increasingly poorer health care system, from lower incomes but higher taxes, and from less access to quality health care resulting in more pain and early deaths.
Obamacare is not worth the suffering it causes. Americans were right to oppose it originally and are right now to demand Obamacare's total elimination.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 12:35
To The Daily Sun,
I write to thank the wonderful people of Laconia for donating over 208 neckties at Big Banana for us to ship to the mission in Zimbabwe, Africa. We way over-achieved our goal of 100!
Big Banana, Laconia
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:45
To The Daily Sun,
Friday night's naming of the athletic field at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium — "Jim Fitzgerald Field" — in my honor was a humbling and greatly appreciated honor.
I would like to thank the "Silver Sachems" and all who helped make this wonderful athletic complex a reality. This athletic complex is a symbol of pride for the school and community. It will serve the youth of Laconia for generations to come and I am proud to have my name associated with it.
My 30 plus years at Laconia High School as football coach and athletic director were wonderful years. The friendships I and my family developed with players, parents, fans, teachers and the community will always be special in our hearts.
Thank you once again for this wonderful honor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:43
To The Daily Sun,
Temple B'nai Israel does it again!
"Gathering Time", the New York based folk rock trio, brings it's captivatingly unique blend of inspiring harmonies, spiritual togetherness and memorable creativity into the spirit reflective of today's events and experiences. This concert, along with an enormous dessert buffet, will take place this Sunday night, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia. This high energy group combines the sounds reminiscent of Peter Paul and Mary, and Crosby, Stills & Nash and infuses them with the electricity of the Byrds, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and America.
"Gathering Time" has captured center stage on the northeast folk scene and has already placed in the top 20 national folk groups, according to New York's well respected disc jockey national survey.
This concert coming to the historic Belknap Mill features elaborate desserts, along with coffee and soft drinks presented by noted Lakes Region caterers, "The Rustic Gourmet, Josette's Fine Catering, JB. Scoops , the Common Man, Moulton Farm and Temple caterers (BYOB). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the music begins at 7:15. Organize a group of your friends and round out your weekend with this finale!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:39
To The Daily Sun,
This is in response to Jon Hoyt's letter in the August 27th Sun:
I have to agree with one statement you made in your letter, Jon, "...if (Obamacare) works as advertised then we, the American people, will win big time." The problem is it isn't working as advertised. It isn't even coming close. When a program like a takeover of one-sixth of the American economy, which is what Obamacare is, requires 10 years of tax revenues to fund six years of operations, then it's a loser right out of the starting gate. When a program that adds yet another layer of government bureaucracy on to an already bloated system, all it does is add cost, decreases efficiency, creates delay, and in the end, results in an artificial shortage of the very thing it was supposed to provide.
The disincentives built into Obamacare are staggering, both for businesses and individuals. The heavy costs to be shouldered by small businesses and the younger generations in order to fund Obamacare have been driving many to forgo participation. Businesses are being forced to dump employees onto the exchanges because they cannot possibly afford to pay the premiums required by Obamacare. Other businesses are not expanding because they don't want to go over the 49 employee limit that triggers their requirement to provide health insurance. Others are turning full-time jobs into part-time jobs in order to stay under that limit. Individuals who were promised that they could keep their doctors and their health plans are finding out they can't. The young are unwilling to pony up the exorbitant amounts of cash in order to pay for the health benefits of older Americans, and frankly I don't blame them. The unintended consequences of Obamacare are far reaching and will actually end up hurting everyone, including the people it was supposed to help.
When Max Baucus, one of the authors of the misnamed Affordable Care Act, calls Obamacare a "train wreck", it should give you and others pause to consider that maybe it isn't such a great idea after all and that it should be scrapped. It won't be delivering on the promises made by Obama, Pelosi, and Reid no matter how much anyone hopes and prays that it will. When a large majority of the American people don't want and don't like Obamacare (and they never have liked it), how can anyone possibly justify forcing it upon the American public?
To paraphrase a statement made about the Canadian health care system: "85 percent of the Canadian people like it. The other 15 percent are sick." Soon enough we'll be saying something similar about ObamaCare, though I expect the numbers will be different, with the former lower and the latter higher.
Dale Channing Eddy
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 09:35