Don't abandon ACA; fix the problems

Before Obamacare, insurers could change and discontinue policies on a whim. What we're seeing today, with the implementation of the market-based, conservative Heritage Foundation-originated Affordable Care Act is simply more of the same.

Anger should be directed at avaricious insurers -- not at altruistic efforts to insure the uninsured, cover preventive care and eliminate benefit caps and pre-existing condition denials.

The ACA standardized basic, minimal elements health insurance should've already provided yet often didn't. Insurers could've simply included these safeguards into their existing policies -- albeit eating into their record profits. However, in flagrant expressions of greed, they've instead chosen to use the ACA as an excuse to gouge their customers with expensive new policies.

The public option -- single-payer -- would've precluded these issues. But that design, practiced throughout the developed world, was kiboshed by neoconservatives dominating Congress.

Americans' demand for health care is inelastic. It defies the law of supply and demand: Everyone needs it, at some point, but cannot then choose to postpone or decline it without grave and deadly consequences.

We need to fix the glitches, not abandon reform.

Ed Chainey

Richmond

Political parties don't work for us

One thing that we do not need is political parties because they do not help anyone besides themselves.

We need politicians who represent us, the people, and not a political party. The sooner we get rid of political parties, the sooner we will get things done in favor of the people.

Al Legault

Pleasant Hill

America needs to wake up right now

Surfing the Internet, I came across an article in which the author wrote, "Is it too late to save America?" Sadly, I couldn't help feeling we're catching on too late to what's impacting us from many directions.

Issues include a debt-ridden economy resulting in job losses and families on food stamps, and citizens having to stand up against attempts to place sharia law in our courts, schools and churches. These critical issues weigh heavily on the minds of all thinking American citizens.

Now we're confronted with Obamacare, a poorly thought-out and constructed piece of legislation that places the government in control of just about everything, as was its original intent.

The obvious impact of this ill-conceived law will be the collapse of capitalism, resulting in the disruption of our traditional way of life. It will certainly be the working middle class who will pay and suffer the most -- if not totally wiped out -- as we decline into a Third World economy.

Our government, over time, has become so corrupt as to be unworkable and must be replaced in its entirety if America is to live on as the great nation it once was.

If rebellion is necessary, so be it!

Selma Soss

Walnut Creek

The new, revised American dream?

No more sugar? Richmond failed, but not Mexico City.

To protect the ignorant masses from their self-destructive ways, their all-knowing and benevolent government -- all governments are, you know -- passed huge taxes on sugar.

The plan is for sugared products to become so expensive you'll change the way you want to live to the way they want you to live.

Which leads to a curious thought: Our government subsidizes American sugar growers by banning imports and buying, warehousing and storing sugar. If the anti-sugar crowd has its way and sugar is banned, will Big Sugar be paid to produce ... nothing?

I'm going to buy land. I'm going to tell the government I'm going into the sugar business. Government will pay me not to. I'll get paid for doing nothing.

The new American dream.

Michael Shatto

Concord