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August 30, 2013

Letter: Obamacare polls show disapproval

According to seven major polling organizations, an average of 38 percent of Americans approve and 50 percent disapprove of the “Affordable Care Act” that was passed three years ago. An average of 12 percent are unsure. Not a single poll taken since April 2013 indicate that a majority approve of Obamacare or think it will personally help them. These polls are:

CBS: 36% approve, 54% disapprove

Gallup: 44% approve, 52% disapprove

Kaiser Foundation: 35% approval; 43% disapprove

NBC News/Wall Street: 37% approve; 49% disapprove

CNN: 32% approve, 54% disapprove

Quinnipiac University: 41% approve, 46% disapprove

Fox News: 44% approve, 52% disapprove

Allow me to speculate on some reasons: Increased prices for personal and employer policies; loss in jobs and reductions to part-time jobs; definition of “full-time” as 30 hours or more; invasion of privacy from digitization of personal medical records; non-elected review panels for allocation of resources; federal requirement to purchase health insurance; hiring of 25,000 IRS agents to enforce compliance; special interest exemptions for some companies; and the recent postponement of mandatory requirements for employers until after the 2014 elections.

Many still resent the way it was manipulated through Congress with the promise of special favors for key members in exchange for their votes.

Perennial letter-writers Tim Mahaffey and Norma Abbey are still trying to convince readers that this medicine is “good for us.” But it doesn’t taste good, and the symptoms of poor health are not going away.

David E. Sumner, Ph.D.Anderson

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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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