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The Journal Gazette

Monday, May 15, 2017 1:00 am

Letters

Out-of-touch officials can't tell the truth

Recently, we have viewed on television pronouncements by President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price that the American Health Care Act, passed by the House, provides health care “access” to everyone. These political leaders astutely avoid explaining the details of how this can be true.

I have the opportunity, as do others, to visit the Cadillac automotive sales location to view their cars for sale; however, while I drive a 6-year-old automobile, I do not have the resources to purchase a Cadillac. That is the situation millions of Americans will be in if the House bill becomes law. We know that 24 million citizens in the next decade would lose coverage. Also, we know the $840 billion cut in Medicaid funding would drastically reduce health care resources for the poor, needy and disabled. Seniors could be charged premiums up to five times what they now pay. Coverage of pre-existing health conditions would be left up to each state to decide – with the possibility of no affordable coverage at the discretion of state officials.

Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho has publicly stated, “Nobody dies because they don't have access to health care.” This is simply not true, but the culture of the rich and wealthy government officials in Washington, D.C. makes it easy for them to defend a proposed law with falsehoods. The needs of average-income constituents are being ignored, so we must show up at the voting booth in 2018.

Marvin O. Ross

Fort Wayne

A big liberal lie

I am getting tired of the liberal left mantra that people are going to die without health insurance. This is one of their biggest lies. Hospitals cannot refuse to treat you if you don't have insurance. So no one dies without insurance.

Richard W Burridge

Fort Wayne

Pair of articles raise troubling questions

My sensibilities were jarred by the juxtaposition of two articles pages apart on May 3. A front-page headline drew my attention to a disturbing U.S. airstrike on a home in Mosul. It reported that more than 100 people were taking refuge from airstrikes in their neighborhoods when the building was leveled by U.S. bombs. Ali Zanoun was one of the only two people in the house to survive the airstrike. More than 20 of his family members were buried around him. Witnesses dismissed that the idea that Islamic State fighters booby-trapped the house. Abdullah Khalil Ibrahim reported that “there were no militants in his neighbor's home.” “My entire family is gone,” Zanoun said. “They melted. Not even a fingernail or a little bone found.”

Finishing this heart-breaking witness to war, I turned the page. The next article before me was an opinion piece written by Jim Banks, Indiana's 3rd District representative: “(President Donald) Trump has acted decisively on several key national security issues. The president has empowered our military to go after terrorists with greater force and intensity and the early results are promising.”

As Americans, may we take the time to hold our words of political policy alongside the reality of those whose lives are buried under rubble. How must these “promising results” seem to the families of our collateral damage? What if our homes and families were bombed in the name of their security? What about our commitment to the sanctity of all human life?

Anita Rediger

Geneva