To the Editor: A few years ago, I learned until you've lived on a crushed rock county road, you have no idea what it is like.
We lived only a short distance from Darrell Shelton and his family for several years, and they still live on that road. I think that alone is almost enough to qualify him to be our new Precinct 1 Commissioner.
When you couple that with his extensive road construction background, his experience working with people and budgets, and his all-around decency, it makes sense to elect him in the run-off election.
Early voting at the Navarro County Courthouse basement is July 23 through July 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and election day is July 31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
I hope you will join my husband and me voting for Darrell Shelton.
Mary Jane Plemons
Health Care debate
To the Editor: In reference to the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutional challenge to the Affordable (Health) Care Act and the opinions expressed in the June 29 and July 5 issues of the Corsicana Daily Sun, many people cannot afford healthcare and it is still a problem.
Even before Obama’s healthcare program was passed by the Democrat Congress in March 2010, the shortage of primary care physicians in the U. S. was “already a catastrophic crisis” per Joseph Stubbs, president of the American College of Physicians. Family care physicians are underpaid, therefore fewer are entering medical school, and fewer will become medical care specialists. The application of ObamaCare will only make the situation worse by increasing the number of patients by 30 million more people, and “the supply of doctors just won’t be there for them,” says Stubbs (Bloomberg News, Nov. 13, 2009) Obama’s incentives for medical school graduates to enter family practice or internal medicine are superficial — not enough to cover the costs.
At the same time, ObamaCare patient decisions will not be made on medical grounds, rather bureaucrats will determine the cost/benefit of human lives, holding doctors accountable for the costs of treatment. Obama’s program has $500 billion in cuts to Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals, driving them out of business, resulting in lower quality care and longer waiting times.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision to classify ObamaCare as a tax increase (the President said a mandate to purchase insurance is not a tax) will fall primarily upon young people and poor people, who cannot afford it. With the Medicaid provision struck down by the Court, allowing states not to participate, the government will not be there to help middle and low income families, who have to pay a larger percentage of their income for insurance or pay a large fine.
Expanded coverage, such as for pre-existing conditions, may sound good, but not when it is backed by a federal government with nearly at $4 trillion debt — a very dangerous pre-existing condition.
The entire Affordable Care Act must be repealed and replaced with a market-based system with better freedom of conscience.
Steven L. Jessup