Letters to the Editor

Trump health plan: Letters to the editor, April 14, 2019

President Donald Trump greets well wishers after disembarking from Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles.
President Donald Trump greets well wishers after disembarking from Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Los Angeles. AP file

Trump health plan after election

President Trump says he has a healthcare plan much better and simpler than Obamacare. One that will 1) cover pre-existing conditions, 2) allow children to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26, and 3) have an affordable premium. His plan will provide all with access to health insurance.

I have figured out his plan. All private health insurance companies will have to offer such insurance to all Americans regardless of their health condition or income. In accordance with the president’s support for the free market, the companies will be allowed to offer two deductible options — one for $50,000 and one for $100,000 before the insurance company starts paying for any actual coverage.

The president has been advised by Republican leaders in Congress that this plan would not fare well with the voters, so the president has apparently decided to wait until after the 2020 presidential election is over to unveil his plan.

Howard K. Watkins, Fresno

Feeling poorly from Trump winning

I felt so much better about being an American citizen before this president came along.

Don’t interpret me wrong — I’m still a proud citizen, but I’m also increasingly embarrassed. It’s a new feeling.

Does that mean he’s winning?

David Clopton, Fresno

Fascist takeover now underway?

I am dismayed by what I am currently seeing happen in Washington: 1) Packing the courts with conservative lifetime appointments; 2) waiting for a Supreme Court justice to pass on in order to fill their post with a conservative; 3) A Republican party acting like lemmings running for the edge of the cliff on a suicide mission; 4) demeaning anyone and everyone who opposes them: name calling, character assassination; 5) using presidential actions in order to avoid the constitutional process for bringing about change; 6) giving the Defense Department huge increases in budget; 7) continually telling lies until such time as they are accepted as “fait accompli;” 8) inability to state positions and hold to them; 9) A Republican Senate leader hell bent on stacking the courts for years to come; 10) Stacking appointed offices with incompetence.

All of these things point to a fascist takeover of the government, as history has shown us.

David Rugeroni, Visalia

Problems with U.S. medical industry

I had to respond to the April 9 editorial, “Telling Democrats to be wary of ‘Medicare for All’” is misleading and simplistic. There are many problems with the American medical industry.

Crony capitalism is a better description than capitalist of the economics of the medical system. It is fraught with monopolies, nondisclose agreements, out-of-reason salaries, outright bribery (Purdue Pharma and Oxycontin) and unmitigated greed. Consumers seldom know the cost of medical care, or whether they are in a place to shop around for more reasonable care.

We must as a nation change the way we pay for medical care. Currently medical care is paid for by many means — payroll deductions, employer payments, government payments, outright cash. We must adopt the payment system used by almost all other countries. A federal sales tax levied on all goods and services (we are a majority service economy, so taxing services is long overdue). This means that everyone and every business, government entity, foreign visitors would pay. Rich, poor, old , young, employed, unemployed. Everyone must be treated the same. This is the first step.

Then reign in the greedy impulses in the medical industry. Medicare for all will work, This is how we pay for it.

Mike Enos, Fresno