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Coverage thanks

to ‘Obamacare’

I am a 51-year-old female living in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I have not had health insurance for the last 10 years, and if it were not for the implementation of “Obamacare,” I would be looking at remaining uninsured for the next 14 years, until I turn 65 — assuming I live that long while not getting proper health care.

You see, as a clerical/secretarial worker in this part of Pennsylvania, the odds of finding a job that offers health benefits are slim to none for someone my age. And purchasing insurance on my own is pretty much impossible, as my pre-existing conditions (arthritis, a back injury and a thyroid problem — not to mention being female and over 50) cause most insurers to either deny me outright or price me out of the market. (Who can afford to pay $700/month for individual health coverage, especially on a secretary’s wages?)

But thanks to “Obamacare” that problem is finally going away for me. For the first time, I have hope to have comprehensive health coverage so that I can not only get treatment for my existing health issues, but also perhaps prevent or treat any new problems that crop up with age before they become life-threatening. Come October, I finally will be able to buy insurance from companies that cannot deny me coverage and that will actually compete for my business instead of rejecting me.

Can any of you understand what that means to someone like me? To go from wondering if you will live to see your 65th birthday because you can feel your health deteriorating but can’t see a doctor to even get a diagnosis, let alone treatment, to knowing that you will, finally, be able to have the coverage you need so that you can get the health care you deserve as a human being? Never before has a piece of legislation been so vital to my future welfare. I will fight to preserve “Obamacare” at all costs, because my life literally depends on it.

Maureen Mower


News about army

puzzles veteran

I dropped out of Avoca High School. I have 10 years of formal schooling. Will someone help me understand several matters that are seemingly beyond my poorly educated brain?

How did someone like Bradley Manning, a sad sack E-3, come to control the dispersal of top-secret, vital military documents? How did Manning come to be in the army to begin with? He makes Beetle Bailey look like Gen. George S. Patton.

The army and its welfare are of particular concern to me. I joined at 17. In those days, you weren’t kept out until you turned 18. As soon as I said “I do” in the old Veterans Administration Building on North Main Street, we flew out of Avoca airport on a prop-driven DC3. I considered the army as much of a family as my own, and I’m an only child.

Now, while superb troops are still dying in Afghanistan, they barely merit a mention in the media, while certain elements tout traitors such as Manning as “hero whistle-blowers.”

Many of the same people who praise Manning advocate for GIs to go to Syria. While the safety of the Suez Canal and its protection from damage by radical elements is vital to the U.S. economy and merits possible military action, we have no dog in the fight in Syria. It is a human tragedy, but both sides are piratical bandits. The only possible mission for the U.S. in Syria is protection of the WMDs. Period.

Lastly, I’d like to say that although I have limited education, I was taught that the mission of the U.S. Army is to “close with,” “kill” or “capture” the enemies of the United States. I never was told we were an international police force to hold the hand of foreign revolutionaries.

Neither is it the mission of the U.S. Army to be a laboratory for gender politics, as seems to be increasingly the case.

So if anyone can instruct me as to how I may understand these puzzles, please do so.

Robert J. Hines


Family thanks all

for help after fire

On Aug. 9, we had a fire in our home in Mountain Top that has changed our lives forever. Even though our hearts are filled with sadness, we want to express our gratitude to the people of Mountain Top and the surrounding areas. Your thoughtfulness and generosity have been overwhelming.

To the American Red Cross and the many businesses too numerous to mention who contributed food and clothing, we say thank you.

The community of Mountain Top should be so proud of three young individuals — Brittany Randall, Adam Wood and Justin Kraft — who took it upon themselves to raise money to help our family. We will be forever grateful for the kindness you have shown.

To the Wright Township Fire Department, it saddens our family to hear people condemning your department. We know that you gave your all to save our family and our home. Since the fire, you have given endlessly of your time to help us and we will be forever grateful. Your appearance at my wife’s funeral service in Mountain Top and my grandson’s memorial service in New Jersey was very comforting to my family. We know that you share in our grief, but together we will make it through this difficult time.

We are trying to put our lives back together. The love, prayers and support that we have received from family, friends and the parish community of St. Jude’s Church are helping us through the healing process, and we thank each and every one of you from the bottoms of our hearts. We hope one day to relocate to the wonderful community of Mountain Top.

Tom Navin and family

Mountain Top

Obama flouts law,

including his own

The increasing lawlessness with which President Obama has been acting in his second term is not only scandalous, disgraceful and politically motivated, but it is also not going unnoticed.

In a strong rebuke to the despotic actions being taken by the Obama administration, a federal appeals court came down hard on the administration’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission by ruling the NRC’s delaying of a decision on a proposed nuclear waste storage facility was in violation of federal law. In a majority opinion, the court judges declared that the Obama administration was “simply flouting the law,” and that Obama “may not decline to follow a statute or prohibition simply because of policy objections.”

Obama’s lawlessness is also blatant in his selective enforcement of his own health care act, “Obamacare,” after it was signed into law in 2010:

• In 2011, he ended the CLASS Act, a long-term care insurance plan originally included in “Obamacare” that proved to be unworkable.

• This summer he issued a one-year delay on the employer mandate that would force large employers to insure their employees or pay a penalty. He also delayed provisions that would limit out-of-pocket health care costs on individuals and families.

• He has now ignored legal statute and issued a delay on anti-fraud measures. Taxpayers now are at significant risk for fraud and abuse, as Obama seemingly seeks to push as many people as possible onto “Obamacare” subsidies, whether they are eligible or not.

• He recently circumvented a GOP amendment to “Obamacare” that have required members of Congress and their staffs to abide by the same health care exchange rules as everyone else, by permitting the Office of Personnel and Management to pass a special ruling that accords Congress less expensive employer-subsidized premiums while using the exchanges.

At a recent press conference, Obama was asked about his decision to pick and choose what parts of “Obamacare” he enforced. He replied, “In a normal political environment, I would have contacted the Speaker of the House, and asked for help to tweak the law.” One must wonder what Obama considers a “normal political environment.” Is it one where his party controls both the House and the Senate?

President Obama’s fall from grace as the candidate elected to curtail executive power in 2008 is not only tragic, but also his tyrannical actions should be immensely alarming to all Americans.

Bill Ostrowski


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