Dear Ed itor:
Dear Ms. Lehman, your initiative to purchase supplemental health insurance to your Medicare is commendable. In your letter, you describe how you applied for Medicaid to make up the 20 percent not covered by Medicare, but were rejected because you earned $10 too much. Obamacare will expand Medicaid to cover people who don’t qualify now, and will almost certainly cover you if you choose to apply again once it comes into effect in 2014. But then, you want the government to “keep its nose out of the business of private citizens,” so you probably don’t want it. And what are you going to do about your Medicare? You must know that Medicare is yet another government program: It’s government assistance to seniors who have made our society, and who don’t deserve to be left medically insecure as they age. Someone like you.
By the way, Medicaid is also intended for someone like you: If you only earned $10 too much to qualify, you’re probably a senior living on a fixed income that makes $170 for supplemental insurance a hardship, and it’s a shame that you have to do that. Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion comes in the form of funding provided to states, and some state governors have already declared that they will opt out of it when it comes into effect in 2014; I don’t know if Gov. Martinez will accept the federal funding or not — if she opts out, our state’s Medicaid will stay as it is, so you probably won’t qualify, but let’s hope she accepts it, and let’s hope you can get the full medical coverage that you deserve.
In your letter, you speak of “ all the problems” Obama is going to cause, but you’re not specific. Most people (myself included) don’t know what all is in Obamacare — and won’t until it actually comes into effect, but I do know that you, as an insured person, will not be touched by the mandate. The mandate is not a “tax” that applies to everyone, it’s just a tax that applies to people who are uninsured. You are on Medicare, so nothing will change for you — no mandate, no change in your insurance or medical care. You’re also privately insured, so again, nothing will change for you unless you qualify for the subsidy to purchase private insurance. If you choose to re-apply for Medicaid and are accepted this time, the mandate will not affect you. Calling the mandate a tax makes people think every single taxpayer will get dunned for health insurance, which isn’t the case.
A taxpayer looking forward to
affordable health care,
On Wednesday, March 22, right after the president visited Roswell, I was listening to a call-in talk show on the 94.9 radio station at about 8:30 in the morning. I was so embarrassed for the city of Roswell. It sounded like a bunch of hillbilly rednecks making fun of the president.
They said they had almost seen his (President Obama’s) relative, the lizard while he was in Maljamar. It just went on and on from there about what an idiot he was and how dumb he was for talking about oil or going to oil country. It must kill them that he has increased oil production more than even President Bush. They complain that the government will not open more federal lands for exploration. That all the increase in production has been on private land. Well that’s where private land owners become rich! Many land owners are now receiving tens of thousands of dollars a month in royalties for exploration on their private land.
The biggest thing to keep in mind is that oil is a finite resource. I will simplify that for my hillbilly friends, oil will run out, you’all. Do you understand that? Republicans are so shortsighted that they demand the U.S. drill everywhere possible here so that the price of gas will drop a few cents. And then what? As we deplete the oil here, oil will go up to $200-$300 a barrel and we will then be forced to go back to OPEC and beg them for oil!
Let’s use up their easily accessible, relatively inexpensive oil first, and then produce our fields when oil prices are much higher. It is pure insanity to use up domestic oil first! There should even be more restrictions on production to preserve this valuable resource. And ask people in Hobbs if they like oil prices going up and the price of gas going up? They love it! All the oil related companies are extremely happy. And don’t be a dummy, the president is not controlling the price. So please stop embarrassing yourself by demanding for more oil production. Just say you hate the president and no matter what he does you are still going to hate him.
Finally, I will add that the U.S. had plenty of funds to purchase cheap foreign oil a few years back until Bush gave all your money away in tax cuts for the rich and to defense contractors.