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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 1:00 am


Health policy statements put Trump all over map

1. “If you can't take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it's all over. ... I believe in universal health care.” – Donald Trump to Larry King in October 1999.

2. “We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. That's not going to happen with us. (People covered under the law) can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better.” President-elect Trump in a Jan. 16 speech.

3. “(The American Health Care Act is) something very, very incredibly well-crafted…we're going to get this passed through the Senate.” – Trump on May 4 in a Rose Garden ceremony to celebrate the House's passing the American Health Care Act.

4. The AHCA is a “mean” bill. The Senate needs to come up with something “more generous.” Trump to senators on June 13.

5. “This will be great, if we get it done, and if we don't get it done, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like, and that's OK and I understand that very well.” Trump to senators on June 26.

6. “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” – Trump tweet on June 29.

This is leadership?

James Cox

Van Wert, Ohio

CHEERS to the woman who picked up the breakfast checks for four old vets at Bob Evans on June 20. We appreciated your thoughtfulness.

Chet Perkins


CHEERS to the couple who paid for our dinner on June 30 at the Oyster Bar – a surprise in addition to my birthday celebration. Your generosity was over the top.


Fort Wayne

Young owes public explanation on bill

“The facts, ma'am … just the facts”: Sen. Todd Young would do well to remember these words from Sgt. Joe Friday on the old “Dragnet” radio and TV show and start sharing some real information about the Senate's health care proposals.

So far all we've had from Young are a couple of infomercials in The Journal Gazette that were nothing more than personal opinion and questionable campaign rhetoric.

I've watched the various media all year for an announcement of Young's meetings with constituents. Again, nothing.

I regularly look on his webpage and Facebook page for health care information, and nothing there but bland endorsements of organizations or individuals. I call and email his offices and get only recordings and generic responses.

Most Americans are terrified of the draconian changes being planned for our national health care, plans made in secret by a dozen or so rich white men. There have apparently been no hearings, the Congressional Budget Office numbers are routinely discredited, and there are no town halls where our senator can explain the bill and answer constituents' questions. I hear only the alarming announcements of tens of millions losing their coverage and of many billions of dollars being diverted to the richest of the rich. Health care is a life-and-death concern for all of us, and we deserve some real information. Young needs to show up in public forums in Indiana to explain just how this bill would affect us … the sick, the healthy, those with special needs, the young, the elderly.

The facts, senator … just the facts!

Bob Field