Thursday, February 21, 2013
Criticism of Obama overlooks the facts
Peter Hain's letter ("America is a nation without a leader," Feb. 18) is just another example of the right wing's unfounded drivel. He insinuates President Obama has spent too much time on vacation. The president was on vacation only 131days during his entire first term in office. Compare this to George W. Bush, who spent 1,020days on vacation over the course of his two terms, including a five-week vacation at his ranch.
Hain also claims that the president has not shown sufficient leadership throughout his presidency. Really? How's this for a partial list of the president's achievements through his first term in office: passed health care reform, passed the stimulus, passed Wall Street reform, recapitalized banks, ended the war in Iraq, turned around the U.S. auto industry, repealed "don't ask, don't tell," improved school nutrition programs, expanded hate crimes protections, increased support for veterans, signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, improved the food safety system, expanded health coverage for children, expanded stem cell research.
I could easily add to this list, but I doubt that Hain would ever let facts get in the way of a good rant.
Health costs already burden older people
Re: the article "Concern grows over premiums in health law," Feb. 19:
The story says of President Obama's health care law that "many of its backers are growing increasingly anxious that premiums could jump." What? They could jump? Excuse me, maybe what the report meant to say was they could jump again. The premiums have already jumped. Where have those backers been?
Ask many retirees who are on fixed incomes and continue to have premiums jump. They try to be healthy and take care of themselves only to find that the financial burden of doing so is unbelievably difficult.
To quote again from this article: "young, healthy people could elect not to get health insurance and pay the small penalty in the law for not having coverage. That, in turn, would leave an older, sicker population in the insurance pool, a phenomenon that typically inflates premiums." Heaven help us all.
PATRICIA A. JOHNSTON