Obamacare Can Make Health Care Work Better For All - And Response (2)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I am a career educator who has lived in Chattanooga most of my life. I have always been fortunate to have good medical insurance as a teacher and now I benefit from Medicare coverage with a part B supplement as a retired teacher.   

That being said, there are many people in my circle of friends and extended family who cannot afford health care coverage. My niece, Becca who has returned to school in order to better her work situation, my best friend, Lindsay who is a choreographer and teaches on the adjunct faculty at Chattanooga State and a public middle/high school in addition to working with our local community theater group and teaching children and adult classes there. Neither of them can afford health care, nor can my manicurist, Nikki.  

What happens when they need to access health care? They must go to an emergency room or a doc in the box for treatment. Obama care could help all three.

I think every man, woman and child in America should have health care coverage. We are cheating the very people who are the backbone of our country. 

Obamacare can make health care work better for all. It prioritizes the health our families and ensure access to free preventive care and protect us from abuses by insurance companies. It will give families the security they deserve and provide more freedom and control over their health care choices and quality of care.

Sandy Smith


* * * 

I read with great interest you selling of Obamacare....but I have a question...you seem to think that everyone is entitled to healthcare even if they can not pay...so that means that you believe that the Docs/nurses/techs have to provide their time, education and experience without being paid. 

I wonder if you can explain that if Obamacare is so great, why are there so many exemptions, including Congress. 

Roy L. Ellis

* * * 

Mr. Ellis, 

Are you saying that those who cannot afford health insurance should not be entitled to basic healthcare?  Children? The elderly?  I really hope I misunderstood your statement, but I'm sure I didn't. We are not talking about people being "entitled" to a new car or a steak dinner here, and your callous response is exactly why something has to be done. 

Do I feel that the President's health plan is the answer? Maybe, maybe not. But I don't see you offering any solutions. Just sarcasm and disregard. The only thing missing from your letter is the quote "let them eat cake." 

I'm ashamed for you. 

D.J. Locke

Haynes Exemplifies Effective Leadership

Our county commissioner is Marty Haynes.  Over the last few months we have been reminded that effective leadership builds trust.  Marty has kept his word to be accountable to voters and govern with conservative principles.  County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s budget was balanced with spending prioritized.  Marty joined a few other commissioners in voting for that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Banjo Boy’s Secret

There is a wonderful email now making the rounds that shows Billy Redden standing in front of the Walmart store where he now works in Clayton, Ga. There is nothing remarkable about the picture because Billy’s looks have changed considerably in the last 40-odd years. But back in the early 1970s, his face was memorized by millions upon millions of people and he was universally known ... (click for more)

Toddler Killed In Car Accident On Boy Scout Road Friday Morning

A toddler was killed in an auto accident Friday morning.  Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident with injuries at the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday. Upon arrival, deputies found a single car accident involving four passengers. Three of the four passengers were transported to a local hospital and the ... (click for more)

Triple Murder Suspect, Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Captured In New Orleans

Less than a day after being placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Daniel Lee Henry was captured Saturday night in New Orleans, La.  Shortly after 8:30 CST, Henry, 38, was taken into custody without incident at a hotel by authorities from the United States Marshals Service Task Force, which includes law enforcement officers from the New ... (click for more)

Arkansas Ground Game Pounds Tennessee, 24-20

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – At least Tennessee didn’t blow a double-digit lead late. Arkansas wiped out the Vols’ 14-0 lead in the first half in front of 101,265 fans at Neyland Stadium and went on to dump Tennessee, 24-20, Saturday night in Southeastern Conference football action. It was Tennessee’s second straight loss and the win snapped the Razorbacks’ three-game skid. ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Tennessee Falls To Arkansas, 24-20