Cross the aisle and fix health care
In response to “Trump, Congress likely to replace Obamacare, but with what?” (Nov. 11):
While the ACA is fraught with flaws, it is better than nothing.
Katherine Restrepo of the John Locke Foundation demonstrates how out of touch she is when she suggests a system where insurance covers “the big stuff” while consumers pay out of pocket for “less costly medical care.”
I’m a healthy person with very good low-deductible medical insurance and I still spend $5,000 to $10,000 annually out of pocket. Fortunately, I can afford it.
What about a middle-class family of four with an income of $65,000?
It’s time for politicians on both sides of the aisle to come to grips with this and eliminate the shame of people dying for lack of affordable care.
Jack Hankins, Charlotte
Those premium spikes affect us all
“Premium spikes affect a relatively small number of people.” Not exactly.
The fact is that premium spikes affect us all. An increase in the federal subsidies affect every tax paying U.S. citizen.
The money to pay the premiums has to come from either the consumer or the taxpayer, so these rate increases are real and affect us all.
Roger O’Connell, Davidson
Board should pick chairman, not voters
I have voted for Pat Cotham every time she has stood for election. She contributes a valuable voice and energy to the Mecklenburg board of commissioners.
But, she did not prove to be a particularly effective chair and I have no problem with the board instead selecting Trevor Fuller for that role.
Some voters may intend their votes to indicate a preference for the leader of the board. I do not.
If we want the voters to determine the chair, we should structure the election to enable them to do so.
Richard J. Osborne, Charlotte
I feel hopeless after Trump election
I’ve lost hope. I survived service in Vietnam. The country survived Watergate, attack by terrorists, the ill-advised Iraqi War, and a foundation shaking recession.
Through it all, regardless of who had power in Washington, I maintained faith in the greatness and common decency of our country.
But I’ve lost hope after this country elected the most unfit person, by all standards of decency, to be president.
I’ve lost hope that executive, legislative and judicial decisions by those in power will provide for the common good of all , regardless of race, gender, orientation or religious preference.
I’ve lost hope.
Michael Finney, Hickory
Career politicians failed; Trump is proof
Career politicians failed; Trump is proof
As people wonder what a Trump presidency will look like, I hope they’ll keep in mind that the current president’s tenure was marked with the highest spike in racial unrest since the ’60s and a socialist mindset with a health care policy that was shoved down our throats and cripples business growth. As he leaves office, this country is more divided than ever.
Trump’s election is proof that if you are a career politician you are part of the problem.
Lynda Bouchard, Charlotte
What I heard at the polling place
While standing in line to vote, three men behind me did their best to vocalize on how smart Donald Trump was in avoiding taxes.
“He sure is smart for not paying taxes,” one said. Unfortunately what I heard was something more like this:
In the future I may require assistance from the police or fire department in my community, but I don’t want to pay for it. My neighbors will pay for me.
My country may need defending, but it is more important that I have vast wealth than pay for the bullet-proof vests our troops may need. You pay for them, for I am smarter.
Don Raubar, Matthews
Time to heal our nation, move on
As a grief group facilitator for 20 years, I am intimately familiar with the power of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is independent of a wrongdoer’s acknowledgment of guilt and is not withdrawn even when the perpetrator persists in denying wrongdoing. However, forgiveness does not tolerate continued abuse.
So, difficult as it is, I will try to forgive Donald Trump and trust that amazing grace will heal his narcissism. The well-being of our diverse and divided nation must come first. I’m moving on.
Dan Busch, Charlotte