Letters to the editor, Aug. 4

A good thing
Health insurance companies have gotten rich insuring the healthiest segment of our population and allowing the elderly, children and people with chronic conditions to fund their own medical care or go without it. America's workers are in the healthiest years of their lives ages 18 to 65. But who pays for the remainder of their lives? Obamacare is forcing insurance companies to cover more of the sick than they had to in the past. This is a good thing.
Obamacare is also forcing Americans to think about the funding of health care for their entire lives, not just the next few months. It is expensive, and the average American cannot afford it. Those individuals fighting against Obamacare are flippantly suggesting that those who can't afford full-life health coverage are not deserving of this coverage, because they were somehow too lazy to earn enough money. This attitude puts us back in a society of the royals and the peasants.
If you believe that every citizen has an equal right to health care, then you should be working with the government to find ways to help peasants get their health care paid for by the economy they create. If you believe that only the royals deserve health care, then please leave my country.
Congress should look at how much profit health insurance companies make and not allow them to make millions for investors by indirectly forcing workers out of the pool of Americans who get health insurance subsidies from their workplace. But Congress should also realize that we are closer to learning what it really costs to provide health care to Americans for a lifetime. Only then can we realistically consider how to pay for it.
Steven A. Enkemann
Thanking unions
How fitting that Norman Pallot's letter to the editor was printed before Labor Day. In it he demonizes collective bargaining and praises Right to Work laws. His letter, however, disrespects the sacrifices of the men and women of this country's unions — people who suffered great hardship, beatings, loss of their jobs, and even loss of life while trying to improve working conditions in this country.
Jerry Lonergan
Spring Hill
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