Insurance is only small part of health care
Having spent 50 years promoting access to high quality health care for all Americans, especially some of the most impoverished, I was amused by Perry Bryant's Dec. 29, 2013 celebration decreeing Obamacare most successful and averring my life-long objectives have been realized. If it were only that simple.
Timely access and receipt of quality health services is a reflection of many influences, of which health insurance is one small part. Many of the newly insured had access to health care before Obamacare and it waits to be seen how much various populations will gain or lose upon implementation. For example, where will those newly insured receive care for substance abuse and mental health conditions? A few of the "insurance dollars" might have been better spent developing these and other community treatment resources.
Despite Mr. Bryant's admonition, the "good carpenter" starts with a set of comprehensive blueprints and specifications and progresses to assure a strong foundation that will support the structure and meet the needs of the occupants. Providing a subsidy to homeowners to buy some 2x4s, nails, siding, roofing, and cement blocks does little to assure a home of integrity and endurance.
Democratic Party shouldn't give in to GOP
I would like to join Dan Cook in his recognition of the contributions of Perry Mann (Sunday Gazette-Mail, Dec. 15, 2013). Perry will be long remembered for his analytical mind and his ability to express his thoughts gently in clear and concise phrases.
I would also like to join Dan in his assessment of West Virginia voters but I will not be quite as lenient as he. I will stop with the "too damned dumb to vote."
My experience in politics has been that reason, reliable and valid information is far outweighed by repetitive lies, insinuations and deliberately planted rumors. How do we effectively counter the behavior of our unethical and unprincipled adversaries?