Republic then and now

A writer on May 8 stated that we are a democracy. Really? But then maybe he's not aware that America is a republic. Of course the words republic and Republican bear a certain resemblance and maybe that similarity causes him some angst. But he might remember that our national anthem doesn't say "and to the democracy for which it stands..." Our representative republic was well planned by our forefathers and, of course, we cherish the democratic ideals for which it stands.

Mele Bond

Oak Hills

Obamacare replacement

You reference AARP in your criticism of the current attempts to federally manage health care. Have you read the bills or are you quoting AARP? AARP helped get us Obamacare and will defend it, and just on principle. They will oppose whatever President Trump supports, and if Obamacare is allowed to remain and die a natural death they will blame Trump.

And such blame has already started. Obamacare co-architect Jonathan Gruber — who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the measure to become law — now blames Trump for rising premium costs. “Whose fault is this? Since President Trump has been elected premiums are going up and insurers are exiting.”

Obamacare has been dying for seven years and some say it is already dead.

But federal management of health care is a stretch anyway. And when Obamacare was coming into existence Vladimir Putin quoted Vladimir Lenin, who said that control of health care is the key to controlling everything else. Be careful what you wish for.

Ray Davison

Apple Valley

Disappointed in vote

I am writing in response to your article dated May 4, “Rep. Paul Cook explains his vote in favor of AHCA.” I am a voter and constituent of Rep. Paul Cook. I am terribly disappointed by his vote.

I have been a self-employed single mom for the last 20 years, which means I have had to obtain my own health insurance in the individual market. In fact I have been in the individual market for 31 years and I know what I am talking about when it comes to individual health insurance policies.

The ACA is clearly not perfect and I could point out all its flaws, however I am not going to do that because my intention here is not to put down the ACA but to point out how the AHCA and Rep. Cook’s “Yes” vote is morally and ethically wrong and in opposition to the needs and wishes of many of his constituents.

Rep. Cook says “There is still significant work to be done before this bill goes to the President’s desk and I look forward to the Senate continuing to improve this bill before it becomes law.” My first question to him is why vote yes on something you know needs significant work? Why not take the time and work through the bill to assure that no one will lose their coverage before putting it to a vote?

He also says “Under Obamacare’s regulations, many counties and even some entire states were limited to a single plan on the health care exchanges, denying patients any choice in their health care.” This is true, however, the reason this is true has nothing to do with the actual ACA, it is because of the greedy insurance companies. The insurance companies don’t want to be part of the ACA exchanges because they are not making enough profit.

I know Rep. Cook is hell bent on repealing the ACA so I called his office today to find out about this. The conversation veered toward the topic of single payer. I asked the intern I was speaking to what Rep. Cook’s stand on single payer is. He is adamantly opposed. The reasons cited by the intern made me realize he, the intern, clearly does not understand what single payer is, especially when he was citing “alternate facts” or his personal opinion. During this conversation I was told that Rep. Cook gets his health care for free/for life through the VA because he is a veteran.

In conclusion, regardless of what happens with health care Rep. Cook will not be impacted personally because he is already receiving his medical care through the one socialized medical care organization in this country. I see a huge irony here. He throws those of us relying on the individual healthcare market under the bus, he wants to dismantle the ACA and he refuses to even consider or look at single payer. What is going on here? Who is he beholden to? Clearly not his constituents.

Deborah McAfee

Pinon Hills

Senate steps up

Members of the Senate are justifiably declaring they will scrutinize the new health bill and make changes. Good for them. No "we have to pass it to see what's in it" this time. If time had been taken out to review it a few years ago, it might have been changed enough that we would not be going through this now.

Genevieve Heater

Apple Valley

Liberty vs. privilege

President Trump's support and executive order regarding the "protection" of religious liberty smacks more of religious privilege. With the number of our population of atheists/agnostics growing, (see May 6 Daily Press religion section article on page 2 — over 2 percent of Americans that will admit to being "nones," i.e. atheists, but real number no doubt much larger), it appears that dismissing and demonizing this segment of our citizens is coming to an end, thankfully.

Maybe it is high time that atheists claim this privileged category as so many "believers" think that non-belief is a belief system like theirs and that we have "churches."

Nancy Oswald

Silver Lakes

Re: "Presumptive arrogance," Letters to the editor, 5-9-17 ... Thewriter's scathing comments deserve the term "Presumptive arrogance." A careful reading of the info at http://www.josephus.org/testimonium.htm will show that there is more evidence of the accuracy of Jesus' words and teachings than she allows. Also, the presumed historical errors ascribed to time do not take into account classic oral tradition, which in many cultures was very reliable.

Cities named in the bible are still being found and even biblical names of prominent residents have been verified. In the mid-20th century, an archeologist claimed that the bible incorrectly stated the time period when Jerusalem was burned. She based this on the fact that a popular pottery of that time was not found. A later archeologist pointed out that she searched for that pottery in the poor section and the poor couldn’t afford that pottery. He searched in the wealthy area and found the pottery, verifying that the biblical time frame was correct.

This does not prove the existence of God, but it supports biblical accuracy. It also shows how far atheists will go to denigrate believers.

Pat McGuire

Victorville