Thursday, December 5, 2013
Good week on the beach
It was cold on the coast, too. But not as cold as it was in Marshall County.
Once again, we spent most of Thanksgiving week in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Close to Nowhere
Rook, 42 or RummiCube?
• Cousin Linnette, who lives in Mobile, Ala., and her mom Aunt Eva of Banner, came by to visit us Friday after Thanksgiving. The granddaughters were gone off playing laser tag with their dad, Jason and Rexanne, so Linnette didn’t get to see them, but she did get to visit with all the animals.
Letters to The Editor
We give thanks:
As we approach Thanksgiving, then Christmas, the Leonards have a great deal to be thankful for all the time, but a special Thanksgiving today.
Our car stalled part way into our driveway, but mostly on West Street, which is heavily traveled.
Cory Westmoreland, a fine and generous person, unknown to me, stopped and gave every assistance he could to re-start the car and when that failed, to move it out of the street and into my drive.
Mr. Westmoreland would not even consider payment of any kind. That is the real spirit of Thanksgiving and certainly the real spirit of Christmas. Thank you, Mr. Westmoreland, and may God bless you. We will not forget you or your kindness to strangers.
“If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance. Period.” (B. Obama, 2009-2013)
Unfortunately, this has not been the case. According to Forbes in an article dated Dec. 3, 2013, 4.8 million fellow Americans have lost their insurance due to the ACA (Obamacare Act).
The news gets worse; 66 percent of California residents, some of the most liberal defenders of the act, have lost their insurance.
Contrary to the belief of the new bill, Mississippi premiums are expected to rise anywhere from 61-121 percent, depending on which poll one reads.
One might ask, why -- good question! According to Rep. Pelosi, there are certain points that must be covered in one’s healthcare.
These are: preventive care, childhood immunizations, adult vaccines, contraceptives, maternity/birth care, mental health, prescription drugs, rehabilitation, laboratory services, pediatric services (eye/dental/etc.) and HIV testing and counseling.
What this means to you? This means you have to buy every single one of these provisions in your next health insurance plan, whether you need them or not, thus, insurance rates are bound to skyrocket.
Being a single male and having had my children, my vaccines, am reasonably sane and don’t have unprotected sex; I am forced to buy things of which I have no use.
It gets worse. Rural areas, like most of Mississippi, have relatively fewer vendors of insurance than metropolitan areas; therefore, less choice and higher rates and deductibles.
This is not news to the administration; in a briefing to the president and his administration in 2010, 40-67 percent (Forbes) of the people in the U.S. would lose their insurance and this was considered acceptable losses.
Additionally, insurance companies are being pressured by those same people to not express concerns or expose the reasons for the cancellations and rate hikes.
This has also caused employers to drastically cut full-time employees who can barely afford insurance as it is, making them part-time. Many doctors are refusing to see new Medicaid patients, who are the majority of sign-ups so far. The number of enrollments as of Nov. 13, 2013, is approximately 102,000.
I own my own business, I could technically enroll in Medicaid, but I refuse to put the burden of my health needs on an already staggering middle class.
I am not urging one to apply or to pass on this issue. I just wanted to point out a few facts that tend to get neglected.
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