- Author of Waller's manuscript rewarded for helping feds (1/13/18)
- Police: Man dies from self-inflicted gunshot after standoff in south Cape (1/14/18)3
- Here's what's being built next to Chick-fil-A in Cape (1/18/18)1
- Word to your superintendent: Glass rocks Vanilla Ice parody to announce cancellation (1/13/18)3
- Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes commitment to community at annual awards banquet (1/13/18)
- Poultry in motion: 4-H participants take first in nation with barbecue skills (1/13/18)1
- City of Oran water rates violate state law, auditors find; report details financial-management problems (1/13/18)2
- Cape lands new summer-league baseball team; Capaha Field to see major upgrades (1/20/18)2
- 3 mayor candidates in Scott City; former mayor Porch files for council seat (1/18/18)
- Redhawk Food Pantry helping Southeast students, employees who need assistance with food, supplies (1/19/18)2
America and health care
The Affordable Care Act is unpopular with many. But its main provisions are very popular.
The rate of uninsured Americans has never been lower.
You cannot be refused coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
* Women cannot be charged more than men.
* No more lifetime policy limits.
* Children can stay on parents' policy until they are 26.
* These provisions are very important to people that have been underinsured or refused service.
* All Americans should have access to health care. We are the only developed nation that does not insure all its citizens. Many hardworking Americans cannot afford coverage.
We have to craft better policies. If we are to repeal/replace or amend the health-care law, cost is a great place to start. We should consider taking insurance companies out of the equation. Developed countries that have done this have higher quality health care than we do much lower costs.
We become greater by working together. Rural electrification was a non-profit partnership between government and the people. Our health system should be non-profit as well. Health is our greatest commodity; some folks will die without access to health care, others go bankrupt. Bumping millions off of their insurance is not a good place to start.
Tom Rowley, Willow Springs, Missouri