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Letter: Fix ACA, don't repeal it


Monday, March 20, 2017

“Someone is sitting in a hospital right now with chemo running in their veins and trying to figure out if they will have health insurance next year.” These noteworthy words were uttered by Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings in a CNN interview. Such a statement also reflects the emotional and political context in which the Republican-dominated House of Representatives is agonizing over a health care bill to replace (or dramatically change) the Affordable Care Act.

The Congressional Budget Office, which is nonpartisan, said in a recent report that 24 million Americans would lose coverage over the next 10 years under the Republican plan. Moreover, according to estimates by the Joint Committee on Taxation, the controversial bill would slash taxes for the wealthy and corporations by over $600 billion over the coming decade.

Congressman Cummings was right when he asserted, “This is a moral issue. People have a right to stay alive.” Cummings posited that the bill must provide safeguards for the mentally challenged, chronically ill, and those using opioids. Further, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy often taught us the importance of affordable health care for all Americans and not just for the privileged few.

Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich said, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” He continued, “We have to care about people.” (Meet the Press) The governor seemed baffled by the fact that many governors oppose Medicaid expansion. Kasich simply wants his Republican gubernatorial colleagues to have empathy and compassion for the poor, including vulnerable senior citizens.

In a nutshell, the ACA is not perfect, given that countless people in some states have complained about high deductibles and costly premiums. However, the U.S. Congress has an obligation to fix the problems and not hurt those who need health care access the most. Mere coverage is not the same as access.




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Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


May 25, 2018

In a recent letter, David Rushing claims that I erred (1) in writing that the arms protected in the Second Amendment are arms available at the time of the amendment’s adoption, and (2) in writing that the Bill of Rights contains no preamble.

First, in the 10 years since Heller, the Supreme…

May 24, 2018

I noted in Sunday’s Daily Reflector that Rev. Bob Hudak is retiring as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. I am glad he will enjoy a respite from his pastoral duties and know he will remain active in the eastern Carolina community he lives in.

Although we in the Coalition…

May 23, 2018

While the argument over the 2nd Amendment carries on in the DR, some of our sclerotic legislators introduced a two-page piece of legislation Thursday, HB 965, that is a direct affront to both the U.S. Constitution and the Bible. Should this bill pass, both public school and charter school students…

May 22, 2018

In reference to the column by Walter Williams talking about Kanye West being a problem for the Democratic Party, I admire Kanye West for standing tall and speaking his heart. I don't think most people, if polled, would agree that they like change.

If your friends told you that you could do certain…

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May 21, 2018

I am shocked and ashamed that our government supports the current murderous regime of Israel. I don't understand how we, as American citizens, can stand by and calmly observe the unwarranted murder of more than 50 Palestinians and the wounding and maiming of hundreds more by the Israeli…

May 20, 2018

Entering hurricane season, I recall Irene (which hit Pitt County in August 2011).

At that time, I was discussing with Mrs. LaRue Evans, a cousin and historian of Winterville, about putting my homeplace on the national historic registry because of its architecture

This home was built in the 20th…

May 20, 2018

Cokie and Steve Roberts’ column in The Daily Reflector on May 10 begs the question: Why have a House chaplain at all? If there is currently so much controversy between Catholics and Protestants, who share a belief in the same god, how much worse is it going to get as the U.S. (and likely the…

May 18, 2018

Any honest, fair-minded, law-abiding citizen who attended the April 23 Pitt County Board of Commissioners meeting that considered a re-zoning request by Bill Clark Homes has to have anger still punching his/her gut along with frustration.

An overflow crowd of thoughtful citizens of Moss Bend, Holly…

May 17, 2018

A few weeks ago I wrote to correct Tinsley Yarbrough’s claim that the Supreme Court in its Heller decision limited the Second Amendment to protecting only the arms available at the time of the adoption of the Constitution. In that letter I also suggested accuracy is important with issues as…

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