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December 28, 2013

Viewpoint: Affordable Care Act will waste millions

On Oct. 1, with much hype and fanfare, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rolled out. With over 300 million people in America, and an estimated 48 million uninsured, there must have been hundreds of thousands sign up, right? Wrong. Well, there must have been tens of thousands. No? Thousands? Try again. Hundreds? Nope. Six. That’s right. According to the Obama administration, a grand total of six people signed up for Obamacare the first day. One comedian (I think it was Jon Stewart) said more people walked on the moon than signed up for Obamacare the first day. I would add at considerably less cost, too.

Now, it would be easy to jump on the bandwagon and blame the Obama administration, but I’d like to point out the obvious, that this was inevitable. But, I will say I believe that by the Obama administration awarding no-bid contracts to companies that were incompetent, but being paid back for their campaign contributions, didn’t help.

Why do I say Obamacare is bound to fail? Because it is being implemented by the federal government. It is my opinion that the federal government cannot run one agency effectively, efficiently, and under budget. I challenge anyone reading this letter to name one. The Affordable Care Act will be no different.

Let’s look at some examples: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Hurricane Katrina. Need I say more? It was disclosed in April by David Montoya with HUD that approximately $700 million simply disappeared. And now they are dealing with super storm Sandy. I wonder how much fraud and waste will come out of that.

How about Medicare? I heard Kirsten Powers hold that program up as a shining example. Simply enter “Medicare Fraud” in your favorite search engine, and you will find a long list of fraud, including a $67 million fraud, a $29 million scheme, and the list goes on and on. If the media did their job, they could bust a scam artist every day for Medicare fraud.

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  • Viewpoint: Voters, especially seniors, should ask questions It’s that time of year again. Kids are getting ready for school, corporations are reviewing their semi annual reports and — yes — many seniors are filling out their absentee ballots. Some are voting because they are fed up with the status quo, some out of habit and some because they feel it is their civic duty.

    July 29, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Adding such a robust water resource with Mounds Lake would set us apart I have lived in Madison County most of my life, and for the past 14 years, I served on the Town Council in Pendleton, recently retiring as president. I have watched with great interest the happenings around the proposed Mounds Mall for a few reasons.

    July 26, 2014

  • Letter: Dr. David and Kay Mares are local treasures Throughout history we have had treasures that were not appreciated until years or centuries after their time. The lost art of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The terra cotta men of China. Vincent Van Gogh was a failing, starving artist in his time. Now his works are some of the world’s most valued. Madison County has a prize of its own that should be recognized in its time.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Reservoir promotion has circus approach P.T. Barnum is starting his tour to promote the reservoir by going to all the towns surrounding the dream. Rob Sparks is this town's P.T. Barnum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Repentance is key to surviving times What happens to a nation that refuses to repent before God? What happens to a nation that had strong Christian beginnings, but now more closely resembles Sodom and Gomorrah?

    July 24, 2014

  • Letter: Anderson's annexed areas still lack business On July 10, 2014, at the Anderson City Council meeting, the executor of the estate was shut off from speaking, because she did not live in Adams Township, and the person from Adams Township tried to get up and speak was not allowed to. The council rushed the vote for zoning the land for business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Letter: Birth control, abortion should be woman's choice Why are Republicans so gung-ho on restricting birth control and abortion? That's easy. Republican legislators are so unpopular because they don't legislate and literally block all bills that would help the middle and lower income classes.

    July 22, 2014

  • Bannon, Tom Viewpoint: Paramount is an investment that is paying dividends About 25 years ago the citizens of Anderson made a decision that would have a long lasting impact on the community. Instead of saving the old Paramount Theatre, which had fallen into serious disrepair, it was decided that the easy and prudent decision was to get rid of the building to create additional downtown parking. Shortly after the Paramount came down, the community got rid of another abandoned structure when the old Carnegie Building, which was the former home of the Anderson Public Library, was torn down.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter: Wall Street should not be in politics Talk about corruption, ponzi schemes, we're looking at you, Wall Street, controlling the prices of our food, gasoline and clothing we must buy and about every company in America — while trashing President Obama, the Affordable Health Care Plan, along with every Democrat, to influence our elections, at the same time.

    July 17, 2014

  • Letter: 23 Relay for Life teams raised $40,000 As chairs of this year's American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Madison County, we would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support.

    July 17, 2014

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