Irony of McConnell’s delay
I am taken by the irony of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s need to delay discussion of his health care plan pending Sen. John McCain’s recovery from treatment of a blood clot in his arm. Interestingly, such treatment would be either poorly or not at all covered under the low-premium “products” offered by our junior senator in order to get the bill passed.
No worry for our congressmen, as they are well covered for their health care needs. The cynical offer of low-cost products to “keep costs down” does nothing to address the substantial problems affecting health care financing in America. Insurance companies can only offer such products by either insuring that which didn’t need insuring to begin with, such as physician visits, or substantially increasing deductibles and co-pays, which our senior senator decried on Face the Nation Sunday.
Few households can withstand a $10,000-$15,000 hit from their deductibles and co-pays. I can assure you that McCain’s sophisticated treatment and hospitalization well exceeded those levels within 24 to 48 hours of his arrival in the emergency suite. I sincerely wish the Arizona senator a full recovery while reflecting on these matters.
Bob Haddox, Rowlett
GOP’s self-inflicted wound
The Republicans are in the process of self-destructing over health care for reasons that make no sense. They believe there was a clear mandate to repeal Obamacare and must do so to fulfill some notion of obligation.
But, if you were to poll Republicans specifically when they voted last November, the vast majority would have been for: 1) a broader base of opportunity for all Americans to have access to fundamental health care; 2) a means by which to avoid exclusion for prior existing conditions; and 3) manageable costs for health care.
All of these are key objectives of the Affordable Care Act, which of course needs revision. Had Trump and Republican leaders not been fixated on “Obama” and “repeal” for pure partisan campaign purposes, the path of compromise to reform was obvious.
But instead of bipartisan substantive reforms, Republicans are self-inflicting a wound which will haunt them in 2018 and 2020.
We need a healthy two party system — both with rational convictions, common sense and an ability to compromise. Democrats and Republicans have both failed their members in recent years, but now the Republicans are outdoing themselves for no good reason. All of us lose.
Michael Eberhardt, North Dallas
Dogs have it better
“I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” ― Abraham Lincoln
The Republican health care bill will likely harm the 20-plus million people thrown off health care insurance. Yet the Humane Society and other animal protection groups will still make possible for destitute dogs to have easier access to medical care than people.
Somehow, I don’t think Trumpcare would pass the Honest Abe test for religion or politics.
Robert Staebell, Richardson
McConnell, can you hear the people?
Last year, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell refused to let President Barack Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court even be interviewed, much less confirmed. McConnell said a new judge must wait until after the people have spoken in the presidential election. So we got Donald Trump and he gave us Neil Gorsuch.
Now McConnell is trying to ram through a health care bill that no one seems to want. A recent NPR poll shows only 17 percent of Americans approve the Senate’s bill, while 63 percent say Congress should either leave Obamacare as it is or make some changes to improve it. That’s the voice of the people speaking loud and clear. Can McConnell stop long enough to listen to us?
Roger T. Quillin, Dallas/Lake Highlands
Regarding voter ID lists, Trump asks what are they hiding.
Regarding income taxes, the United States asks what is he hiding?
Robert J. Pesce, Benbrook
Indivisible’s losing strategy
In resisting the Trump agenda, the Democratic party finds itself at a strange crossroads. Throwing money at congressional campaigns hasn’t worked. Trying to disrupt Republican meetings hasn’t worked. Nothing is working for the Democrats. The Indivisible movement has now put far-left Democrats into a mob-mentality mode. Most are still stunned from President Donald Trump’s victory and in disbelief that he is actually acting on longtime campaign promises.
As chairman of the Dallas Young Republicans, our group was recently affected by the Indivisible group on July 6, when we had to change our meeting venue due to a media advisory that protests were coming to the small Uptown Dallas bar where we meet. In the interest of keeping the peace, and of course, wanting to spare our typical meeting venue the chaos, we changed the venue.
Now where does this leave us as an organization? How were we affected by Indivisible protestors? There are now 50 more Young Republican campaign volunteers for Congressman Pete Sessions.
Indivisible: a losing strategy for Democrats, a motivator for Republicans.
Chris Ford, Dallas/Lower Greenville
Why not solar?
Re: “Tangled web with deep ties — Conflicts, partially cloaked, cloud Trump effort to cut red tape,” Wednesday news story.
Brian McCormack was appointed by the Trump administration as a member of the Energy Department’s “deregulation team.” A key Energy Department mission is (was?) promoting renewable energy. But previously, McCormack handled political affairs for a trade association, Edison Electric Institute, which fought against solar energy, saying it could be “a threat to grid reliability.”
Disclosure records confirm that while McCormack was at Edison, it lobbied the Energy Department. The Energy Department wouldn’t answer questions about McCormack’s involvement with those issues.
I’m not an energy expert, but I know that brownouts occur during peak electrical use and solar has the highest output at the same time. So, wouldn’t more solar improve electric utility reliability?
It seems that giving McCormack this position equates to “filling the swamp.”
Hugh Resnick, Dallas/The Cedars
Where are the police?
Re: “Police aim to put brakes on aggressive driving,” July 7 Metro public safety briefs.
Glad to see at least one local police department has the guts to crack down on speeding and reckless drivers. I travel through Sachse at least four times a week at the posted speed limit and I’m tailgated and passed by 90 percent of other drivers weaving in and out changing lanes recklessly.
I started counting in mid-May and since then, I have seen one Sachse patrol car on Highway 78. That’s almost for two months. What are they doing? And I travel at various times in the day.
Red Benson, Wylie
Drive 55 on the Tollway
Am I the only person who realizes that the Dallas North Tollway has lowered its speed limit to 55 mph? When I drove at 55, people were passing me like I was standing still. Is this going to be a permanent change, and will it be enforced? Just wondering!
Thomas M. Reeve, Dallas