Time To Provide Insurance For Those Left Out Of ACA - And Response (2)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I live in Signal Mountain. I am an emergency physician. 

There is a myth that the emergency room is the place where the uninsured get their care. However, studies have shown that the uninsured are more likely to not seek care they can’t afford, at least not until their condition becomes more advanced or critical.

It is time to move forward in this debate. It is also time for Governor Haslam and the State of Tennessee to provide insurance for those left out of the ACA. 

Paul Headricks
Signal Mountain 

* * * 

I live in Chattanooga. I am one of those that is left out of ACA. 

Let's talk about insurance. I have insurance on my car in case of an accident that damages my vehicle. Health insurance should be similar. Health insurance should keep you from going bankrupt in the event of an accident or sudden illness. Preventative care does reduce the possibilities for later problems, however, all other insurance policies don't cover maintenance. I would love to go talk to my State Farm agent and ask him to cover my tires or my brakes so that I don't end up rear ending someone and causing more damage, but I know his response. It is my responsibility to make sure that I am living as best I could to prevent those issues. I avoid fatty stuff and I replace my tires when worn.  

I think we need to reevaluate what we expect from insurance because health care takes some personal responsibility. If it is preventative care that everyone is entitled to, then we need to have an optional maintenance plan. Don't confuse the two. Everyone is required to get health insurance and unfortunately, the ones with the maintenance plans are far from affordable. Most folks are getting catastrophic insurance instead. 

I agree that everyone should have a safety net to prevent death or total collapse, but one's health should take precedence over smart phones, bigger TVs and new cars. I think the best thing to come out of the ACA is the pre-existing conditions, period. 

Tim Giordano 

* * * 

It is not listed in the Bill of Rights that all Americans are entitled to free healthcare or free insurance so they can obtain free healthcare. 

It is not the government’s business to take care of the medical issues of anyone, regardless of income. 

It certainly is not the state’s responsibility to take care of the poor’s medical care and insurance and in doing so bankrupt the state. 

It is not time to provide insurance for those left out of ACA. It is time to get rid of ACA, before it bankrupts us all. 

Suzanne Keith


Roy Exum: From Private To General

It was quite a thing back in March, when Florida Gov. Rick Scott named Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun to command the state’s National Guard. After all, not many who sign up as a “buck private” climb the ladder all the way to become the state’s Adjutant General, and when you add the fact the highly-respected Calhoun is an African-American, the story only gets better. But there is more: ... (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Motorcyclist Dies In East Brainerd Crash Sunday Night

A motorcyclist died in a crash in East Brainerd on Sunday night. At approximately 10:07 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 8776 Igou Gap Road. It was found that t he motorcyclist left the roadway for unknown reasons. T he rider was pronounced deceased on scene by HCEMS. I nvestigators are working to determine the cause of the crash. (click for more)

Erlanger Chooses Epic Software For New $100 Million Electronic Medical Records System; CEO Judy Faulkner To Visit Chattanooga

Erlanger CEO Kevin Spiegel announced that the Chattanooga hospital has chosen Epic Systems for a new electronic medical records system that he said will cost close to $100 million over 10 years. He said Cerner was the other finalist for the major hospital expenditure. Mr. Spiegel said the new system will mean some 100 more jobs at Erlanger. He said Epic will bring up to 200 ... (click for more)

Clutch Eighth-Inning Hits Push Hurricanes Past Trojans, 3-1

 ATHENS, Tenn. – When most everything else failed, East Hamilton decided to work the corners. That plan worked perfectly. Garrett Owen ripped a run-scoring double that hit third base and rolled into left field, Hunter Smith added an RBI single just inside first base bag and the second-seeded Hurricanes upended No.1 Soddy-Daisy, 3-1, Sunday afternoon in a District 5-AAA ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Softball Claims Regular Season Title

After a 5-1 loss to start the day, the Chattanooga Mocs softball team clinched the 2015 SoCon regular season title and the No.1 seed on Sunday.   It is the 13th time in program history that Chattanooga claims the season title, the last time having been in 2011.   The Mocs finish the regular season 32-13 overall and 12-5 in league play. Receiving ... (click for more)