11-21-13 Waconia Patriot Letters to the Editor

Lions project appreciated by community’s veterans

To the editor:

The enhancement to the Veterans Memorials in our park is a major improvement to our city. Thanks to the Waconia Lions Club for all the projects they do in our community.
For many years, these projects would be funded by the Veterans Organization. Because of the aging veteran population and fewer members taking an active part in veterans clubs, the efforts of the Lions are appreciated by all the veterans and their families.

Dan Steinhagen
Retired Veteran Service Officer

The president is steering the nation to socialism

To the editor:

As the reality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins to be felt, over 5 million Americans are now facing a crisis — cancelled insurance plans. When they heard their president say: “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” they felt safe and secure.
Unfortunately the president has proven himself to be a serial liar. The pundits count no less than 30 times this now infamous statement was made. The president has even tried to rehabilitate himself in the past week re-stating that his quote was intended to mean you would be grandfathered in “if” your insurance plan hasn’t changed.
Well, the plans were terminated due to federal mandates — the trap was set. The president knew all along it was a lie as the ACA was deliberately structured to cancel millions of policies. In the Federal Register, June 17, 2010 Table 3 shows range estimates as to how many plans would be lost. Up to 80 percent of small employer plans (<100) and 69 percent of large employer plans (>100). Why? It was necessary for this to happen in order to fund the risk pool of the ACA. The president surely has earned “Four Pinocchios.” Even doctors, by the thousands are getting their termination notices to practice from insurance companies.
Democrats are jumping ship trying to save their political futures. A few are sponsoring bills that even require insurance companies take back their cancelled clients. What they criticized as “sub standard and lousy” last week, is now good enough? What fools do the democrats think the voters are? There is more uncertainty yet to come.
Health insurance provides a great sense of confidence, knowing it is there if needed.
Family budgets can be arranged and investments planned by knowing the important insurance component is in place. This disruption the president and his Democrat party have now caused is just the beginning. What will happen late in 2014 when the exemption for employer sponsored plans lapses? Oh and unions are exempt — never would have guessed that.
Readers, this unnecessary debacle will lower the confidence of businesses and the consumer. The Republican Party must renew their commitment to the American people and push for free market solutions.
The president is steering us down the road to socialism. A form of government that fails everywhere its tried because it must rely on the implied use of force to maintain control. A force that stifles God given rights which allows a free man to pursue his/her dreams.
The president has crossed a “red line” that the Founding Fathers warned us could happen. Elections matter.
Never would I have expected the ideals of liberty and capitalism to be such a hard sell to so many Americans. What have we become?

Joe Polunc
Young Americans will pay dearly for Obamacare

To the editor:

The disaster called Obamacare worsens each day, and begs the question “How did we get here?” How did we get Barack Obama, a left wing freshman senator from Illinois with no qualifying experience, to lead the Free World? Similar to the Pied Piper of old, biased news media outlets and biased left wing professors convinced young Americans to vote for him. That was enough to get Mr. Obama elected President in 2008 and again last year.
And now our young, who voted in huge numbers for him, must pay dearly. Elections have consequences, one of which was Obamacare. The young, who typically need little insurance beyond low cost catastrophic insurance, are now being forced to pay for far more health insurance coverage, coverage they don’t need or want, in order to fund Obamacare coverage for older less healthy Americans.
In addition to destroying the U. S. health care system that has served 85 percent of Americans quite well, the Obama Administration has further diminished the future for our young with its war on small and medium businesses in the Private Sector.
Job opportunities in the Private Sector have been reduced by the crushing weight of government regulation, Obamacare employer requirements, and Obama anti-energy policies. Seventy-five percent of new jobs created in 2013 are actually part time under-employment situations.
Examples of a heavy media bias resulting in a misinformed America are endless.
One of my favorites occurred last week in the New York Times. The Times, heavily invested in Barack Obama, said in an editorial that the President “misspoke” when selling his health care plan to America several years ago. This was extreme whitewash! That Obama lied repeatedly is widely documented and undeniable — the sale of Obamacare was fraud, pure and simple, as stated by Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin this past week.
Even Bill Clinton agrees publicly that Obama didn’t tell the truth. The Times also described Obama’s 2009-10 guarantees of grandfathered existing coverage as “inaccurate promises” — more whitewash! Unfortunately, many media organizations have traditionally followed the left wing, big government bias of the New York Times, and well-meaning Americans have been hurt.
Americans, certainly including young Americans, must take a long hard look at whom they are willing to trust for their news sources, including their educators. Their future is impacted heavily, depending who they listen to. We should all cast a very wide net when in search of new sources, keep an open mind, and of course, maintain a healthy skepticism!

Vince Beaudette