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Health care debate filled with name calling

September 13, 2013
The Alpena News

I'm 70 years old now, retired, and no longer able to claim expertise in any particular area except perhaps one - name calling. I'm still pretty good at telling the difference between a reasoned discussion and a name-calling session.

With a surname like Pugh - pronounced "Pew"- my grade school education featured a strong independent study component. Playground name calling would entail homework requiring off playground "reasonable discussions."

But at no time on any playground have I witnessed the level of name calling occasioned by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Never followed by a reasonable discussion; you always know the value of the names used.

Much of my adult life I've witnessed efforts to improve our healthcare system. The problems have always been the same: compared to other nations we pay more - a lot more - for both care and drugs; our outcomes aren't as good; and, unlike them, everyone is not insured. Obamacare addresses all these issues initially by extending coverage to everyone, young and old, thereby spreading the risk - it's simple and efficient - but you'd think some people were being ask to back-flip off the jungle gym.

Our state senator, John Moolenaar, recently voted to deny the expansion of healthcare coverage to thousands of his constituents. His failure, according to a Detroit Free Press report, promoted a delay in universal coverage that will cost $7 million per day in lost federal reimbursements, funds sorely needed by our hospital and other health care organizations.

In 2011, Sen. Moolenaar - same guy - gave himself what he seeks to deny to others: he voted to ensure lifetime medical coverage for he and his family - all at taxpayer expense.

Maybe we should pay a visit to the playground of Sen Moollenaar; do a little name calling. There appears no chance for a reasoned discussion.

Douglas A. Pugh

Alpena

 
 

 

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