Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Good health care ideas that have gone nowhere

Back in 2008, a number of good ideas were circulating designed to improve our health care system. One of these was to encourage more people to set up Health Maintenance Accounts. The idea is to have people squirrel away money to be used for their own health care down the road.

Another suggestion was to encourage people to purchase their own individual health care insurance. By owning their own policy, they would take it with them from job to job, as well as continue coverage between jobs. Currently, individual policies do not get the same tax break as those provided by employers, so the idea was to give individual policies the same tax break.

Another proposal was to allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines, something that currently is not legal. By broadening the market for health insurance policies, it becomes easier for individuals to find the policy that best fits their situation.

Note that each of these proposals allows each of us more choice in arranging for our health care insurance.

But none of these proposals were enacted into law. Instead, we got Obamacare. Under this plan, the government makes all of our health care decisions for us. We are told what coverage we will have. A government board decides which medical procedures will be used. Our employer must furnish us the government approved health care policy, or else we must purchase it ourselves.

Worse yet, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that over the next decade, Obamacare will add another trillion dollars to the national debt, as well as permanently extinguishing 800,000 jobs.

Polls indicate that a majority of Americans don't like Obamacare; what's more, they want it repealed. But the president has decided that it is his signature achievement, and has vowed to veto any Obamacare repeal measure. Senate Democrats do not even allow repeal measures to come up for a vote.

As long as the Democrats control the White House and the Senate, we are stuck with Obamacare, whether we like it or not. Something to think about when you cast your vote in November.

Pete Sundin

Baker City

Lots of work went into Community Connection sale

Thank you Ramona and John Creighton for your leadership and many hours of hard work in organizing and performing the garage sale for the Seniors. Also many thanks to the numerous volunteers who so graciously labored in helping to prepare and administer the sale. A special thanks to the inmate crew that moved the Bohn and Leuenberger-Coughlin donations to the sale site.

Major donors of merchandise was the family of Mary and John Bohn and the law firm of Coughlin, Leuenberger. Also thank you to the many contributors who graciously helped make our sale a big success. We also thank the many customers who purchased the merchandise that was donated.

Due to funding shortfalls from our funding sources, supplementing our meal site with local funding becomes a necessity. All funds from the sale are dedicated to the Community Connection of Baker County meal site.

We invited all seniors to come join us at Baker County Community Connection meal site, 2810 Cedar St.

Ed Payton

Baker City

Payton is president of Baker County Seniors Citizens Inc.