Whole bill should be canceled now
Why would a U.S. citizen choose Obama-care? Even though there are 40 million citizens who cannot afford medical care now, after the Affordable Care Act there will still be 30 million who do not have medical care. Medical care will be more expensive because many more people will be involved who have to be paid. The medical offices will have to hire more people to handle the paperwork, and thousands of bureaucrats will be added to make the systems work. Because of the increased costs the price of medical care will be increased, much of the efficiency will be lost, and rationing of medical care will follow.
The majority of the American people are not in favor of the ACA, as shown in many polls, and not a single Republican congressman voted for it. Hardly anyone read it before it was passed, and probably very few have read it since. More items are discovered daily, which are insulting or unconstitutional; and more sections are postponed almost daily because a goal has not been reached.
The whole bill should be canceled now and a replacement passed by Congress. The desired goal could be reached by extending and redoing Medicaid and making it workable for everyone involved.
Jim Edwards, Colorado Springs
The concept of insurance
Imagine that you're struck with a chronic illness, one that you'll have to live with for the rest of your life. Under our old system, the insurance company would pick up its share of the tab for the first year but would be free to drop you thereafter. And why not?! The company has stockholders who expect a positive return on their investment. Their ads promised "peace of mind," but you only got peace of mind as long as your premium exceeded your expense to them.
Under Obamacare, you're still covered and at the same premium as a healthy person. That, after all, is the concept of insurance: We all chip in to spread the risk, not knowing if we'll be the one who needs help.
If we can make improvements on Obama-care, let's do it. But those who want to repeal Obamacare are either ignorant of the enormous improvement it provides our society, or consciously choosing to overlook the improvement for the sake of politics. I fear the latter.
Doug Pryce, Golden
Shedding light on Alzheimer's
On April 9, more than 800 people living with Alzheimer's, caregivers and advocates from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 26th annual Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum. Representing millions of people impacted by Alzheimer's across the country, they will engage in the democratic process and appeal to members of Congress for action on Alzheimer's disease.
Ten years ago, in her mid-50s, my mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. She still very much enjoys spending time laughing and playing with her grandchildren, but her condition continues to deteriorate. My father has spent every day of his retirement not only as her companion, but as her caregiver.
When I asked Mom if she had a message for me to pass on to Congress, she paused, then simply said, "Tell them we have a long way to go!"
Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 without a way to prevent, stop or even slow its progression. If we eliminate Alzheimer's tomorrow, we could save half a million lives every year. It is only though adequate funding and a strong implementation of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease that we will meet its goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer's by 2025.
In addition to the human toll, Alzheimer's is the most expensive condition in the nation, costing $214 billion a year. Nearly one in every 5 dollars spent by Medicare is on people with Alzheimer's or another dementia.
During the week of April 9, please call Rep. Doug Lamborn and ask him to make Alzheimer's disease a national priority. To learn how you can get involved in the fight against Alzheimer's, visit alz.org.
Dr. Jamison Miller, Monument
Demeans integrity of city's talent
The City for Champions projects are being promoted to increase tourism and provide an enhancement to our local economy. A recent notice in The Gazette requested proposals from design professionals for these projects.
The mayor, the City Council and all city leaders must recognize that our city has competent, talented, able and experienced architecture, planning, engineering and construction firms in our midst, many with national and international experience. To ignore such professionals would be antithetical to the idea that we are a great city that wishes to entice businesses and other professionals to join our growing economy.
We encourage all to look locally first, perhaps even making it a requirement that the selected firms have a local presence with established firms. To hire a firm from outside our community would be a disservice to the citizens of our great populace and demeans the integrity of the talent that exists in Colorado Springs.
It would be total hypocrisy if our first act in this process to boost our local economy would be to send our design money out of town. Buy local should be our mantra to keep our tax and bond money for our own benefit.
Three Concerned Citizens:
Al Feinstein, architect, David M. Barber, architect, Charles L. Campbell, Colorado Springs