Letters to the editor

2013-11-30T00:00:00Z Letters to the editor Arizona Daily Star
November 30, 2013 12:00 am

Better, cheaper coverage available under ACA

Why is the media constantly reporting negative opinions about Obamacare?

Yes, the launching of the government website was an unfortunate disaster, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Affordable Care Act will help millions of Americans.

We rarely see reporting on how many people are helped by the new law. Instead, the media appears fixated on repeating only negative stories.

I am a 56-year-old self-employed bird-watching/wildlife tour leader and have purchased my own health insurance my entire working life. My monthly premium was $800 per month with a $5,000 deductible.

I have Type 2 diabetes. Before Obamacare, I was not able to change Blue Cross policies because of a pre-existing condition.

Beginning Jan. 1, I am able to purchase an equal policy from Blue Cross with a lower deductible for only $475 per month, saving about $4,000 per year!

I suspect most Americans who need to change policies can find a better and cheaper option, like I did with very little effort!

Gary Rosenberg

Tucson

We need to do more

to protect the elderly

Re: the Oct. 22 online article “Elderly neglected Australian endures brutal end.”

I’m a Pima Community College student in the social service program. I was doing research for a paper on the geriatric population and what I came across was horrific!

I took care of my mother for years, and the thought that this elderly Australian woman suffered unimaginable pain for three months, with a broken leg, covered in her own feces, overwhelms me with such pain and sorrow for a woman I don’t even know.

This article reaffirms my beliefs that something needs to be done to ensure that our elderly population is being cared for, and protected, instead of being the forgotten population.

No more than 2 cents of every dollar spent by the federal government on family violence goes to elder abuse.

We need to stand up and advocate for our elderly, to bring about change, so our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, get the care they deserve.

Beth Gongos

Student, Tucson

GOP needs compassion on women’s health

Re: the Nov. 13 column “GOP must do the right thing if it hopes to govern.”

Columnist Kathleen Parker mentions several areas where the Republican Party needs to show compassion if it hopes to win elections. The areas she mentions include the hungry, immigrants and gays.

Nowhere does she mention compassion for women who are being stopped from choosing when they can have a family and what size that family might be by the draconian anti-women health laws being proposed and passed by Republicans in state legislatures — including Arizona’s — and the Republican-led House of Representatives.

She talks about Republicans “refreshing their image.”

They might start by rejecting the agenda of the religious zealots who make up most of the anti-abortion mob that unduly influences Republican leaders.

I am a lifelong Republican whose first vote was cast for Barry Goldwater for president in 1964. He would be ashamed of his party now.

Randall Moody

Retired lawyer, Oro Valley

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