Veterans Day should truly honor veterans

Nov. 11 was once again Veterans Day and, as in the past several years, it keeps losing its meaning.

Many, if not the majority, think of it as a way to extend the weekend. It gives them an extra day to be either grilling, drinking, watching more TV or taking advantage of the sale specials. It never strikes them as to why they are enjoying the day off.

Veterans? Oh, yeah, they were in the service, some died, some were wounded and some retired -- this is as far as it goes in their recent recollection of events.

And this is not new to veterans; as we know, honoring veterans is the least of the issues this nation wants to acknowledge. To do so would mean to assure they are taken care of properly and as promised when we, the veteran, raised our right hand and swore to uphold the Constitution and defend our country against foreign and domestic enemies.

Veterans Day. Just two words. As a nation, there should be only one meaning: Honor, love, respect and remembrance. The often-quoted "Freedom is not free" or "All gave some. Some gave all," should not resound in the emptiness of cemeteries or columbarium's.

Roberto Angel Rocha

Alameda

Being lied to about Obamacare

I find it ironic that Republicans are saying President Barack Obama purposely lied about Obamacare. Maybe so, but a look at the fact-check sites shows that when it comes to lying about Obamacare, Republicans take the trophy.

They're not the only ones lying. When my own senior advantage health plan notified me that its rates will go up by 50 percent in January, I asked why. They said it was because of Obamacare.

When I asked why that is, they said that because of Obamacare that Medicare was paying less and they had to make up the difference.

I called Medicare and asked them if they were paying for less now. They said that, in fact, they were paying for more now.

After checking around the Internet, I discovered that many insurance companies are doing what they've always done and what they're going to do anyway -- raise rates -- only now they're using Obamacare as an excuse.

Frank Grygus

San Ramon

Apology won't fix your health care

By now, all who have canceled health coverage should feel warm and fuzzy inside. After all, President Barack Obama said he was sorry about that. Isn't that assurance enough that he cares for you?

Meanwhile, tough it through, because the glitches aren't fixed, there's no backup plan for you, and you can't get any adjustments to your canceled policies because your former insurer won't accommodate the changes called for by Obamacare.

When Obama said, "Too bad" to you, he knew all along it would happen, yet he didn't prepare you for it. What we have, then, is a forceful move to drive health care just where he wants it -- a single-payer plan, which means a governmental socialist plan.

If you accept his crocodile tears, don't count on him to provide you with a comfortable, affordable insurance; that's a pipe dream. If you don't sign up for Obamacare, you're violating a federal law, so you're a criminal with no way out.

Our president hasn't enrolled his family in the Affordable Care Act. How's that for an encouraging note for you?

Lloyd Horton

Richmond