November 17, 2013

Letters to the editor: Obamacare can and should be saved

It’s time our leaders worked together to ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

We need to do four things to save Obamacare.

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A couple sign up for health insurance coverage. Moving thousands of people onto a new program is bound to have problems and should be given time to work, a writer says. The deadline for signing up for coverage is the end of March 2014 – more than 100 days away.

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First – give it time to work. The massive undertaking of moving thousands of people onto a new program is bound to have problems. The deadline for signing up for coverage is the end of March 2014 – more than 100 days away. We have time to fix it.

Which leads me to the second thing – make it work. Instead of trying to score political points, Congress needs to figure out how to make it work. That includes adequate funding for Americans to be able to learn about the program and to understand all their options.

Third, we need a congressional investigation into the insurance companies that are misleading policyholders and trying to blackmail them into expensive plans that they offer. Hopefully, this would be led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Lastly, we need to end partisanship and work to implement a health care plan that a vast majority of Americans want and need. Can anyone tell me what the Republican plan is to fix Obamacare other than to kill it?

Ironically, Obamacare is the same plan put forward as an alternative to the Clinton health care proposal! It is time for all our elected leaders to work for the American people and ensure that everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.

Bruce Hodsdon

Port Clyde

Find way to charge drivers for all miles driven in state

Curtis Chapman gets it almost right in his letter to the editor “Another View: Imposing tolls not the way to fund highway repairs” (Oct. 16).

While he doesn’t say it, I assume he understands that a mileage-based system would replace the current per-gallon fuel tax.

That leaves a big gap in the revenue stream if verifying mileage can only be done at the time of the annual registration of the vehicle.

Disregarding the illegal practice of turning back the odometer, which is now done for better resale purposes, an even bigger and legal loophole would result.

All the tourist miles traveled in the Vacation State would not contribute to the upkeep of our roads.

Anyone who could possibly find a legal way to “live” in Maine but not register his vehicle here would do so.

Snowbirds would have another incentive to spend six months plus one day in another state. Truck fleets that operate interstate would certainly move all their vehicles out.

Excise taxes, which cities and towns collect at the time of vehicle registration, would tumble.

The only winners I can think of are the gas station owners near our borders with New Hampshire and Canada. They would be overwhelmed with fill-ups.

Road maintenance income based on miles driven and some size and efficiency adjustment is certainly the way to go, but we have to find a way to charge drivers for only but all miles driven within the state.

Roger Rotvig

Biddeford

Planned Parenthood users have right to privacy, care

Re: “Another View: Protest buffer zone makes civil protest harder” (Oct. 15): No protester is “obliged to yell to be heard,” even when at the perimeter of a 39-foot “buffer zone.”

It is a matter of personal choice whether any message is delivered at a loud or a conversational level.

David Melley pleads for an unborn child’s voice, neglecting to take into account the fact that most patients at Planned Parenthood are seeking medical services other than abortion.

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