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

Chattanooga 

* * * 

Sandy,
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
Hixson 

* * * 

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



Democrats Should Change Name Of Fundraising Event To Ray Blanton Dinner

Once again our state Democrats display the abject hypocrisy for which they are famous. Only a few days after Rep. Jim Cooper called for the removal of the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust in the state Capitol he was the featured speaker at the state Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner which one Democrat described as a "vital" fundraising event" for the party. Since both Thomas Jefferson ... (click for more)

Lorri Wyatt Thanks The Community

Over the past 10 days, my life has been a whirlwind. My entire life changed in an instant. My husband, David Wyatt, was an incredible man, father and husband. He was funny, hardworking, honest, kind, loving and devoted to everyone in it. Everyone that knew David, loved him. He had a way of touching lives, without even knowing he was. On July 16, we lost him, and our lives will never ... (click for more)

Thousands Line Route For Funeral Procession Of Sailor Slain In Chattanooga Shooting; Wife Sings Song At Funeral She Was Singing When They Met

Thousands of people waving flags and signs again lined the streets and highways of Chattanooga for the second of two local funerals for military personnel slain by a gunman on July 16. And at the funeral service for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith, his wife, Angie, sang the song she was singing the first time they met. She said she was singing "You say it best when ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Declared He Was "An Innocent Man" On Child Pornography Charges Gets Conviction, 24-Year Sentence Overturned

The Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction of a Chattanooga man who claimed at his trial and sentencing that he was wrongfully convicted by a jury of possession and distribution of child pornography. James Paul Lowe had been sentenced in May to serve 24 years in federal prison. After the sentencing, he had bid his family goodbye and told them to ... (click for more)

Former McCallie Swimmer Qualifies For 2016 Olympics

Sean Ryan, a 2010 graduate of McCallie, qualified for an Olympic swimming competition early Monday morning. His fourth-place finish in the 10-kilometer open-water race July 27 at the FINA World Championships earned him a spot on the United States Olympic Team for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The race took place in the Kazanka River in Kazan, Russia, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Football Club To Host National Semifinals Saturday

Saturday  Chattanooga Football Club won the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) South Region Championship over the Myrtle Beach Mutiny – its second title in a row. That win puts CFC in the final four teams in the league still competing for the national title. By winning the South Region, Chattanooga FC became the number two seed in the country and will host the third-seeded ... (click for more)