Letter to the Editor

Socialized medicine

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dear Editor,

I hope the conservative people of Nebraska who pay their own bills and have pride in their independent values were watching last night's vote in Congress.

I hope they never forget that McCook's native son, Ben Nelson, had an opportunity to stop this nightmare but chose to sell out for the Husker Kickback that proud Nebraskans did not want.

Dick Trail took a lot of heat for his comments, but lo and behold, he recognized a spade as a spade.

I feel the citizens of McCook were a little hasty when they renamed the airport to "Ben Nelson Regional Airport." Instead, they should have renamed the social services office as "Ben Nelson Health Care Handouts."

Every time I drive by the airport sign, it is going to renew my efforts to help plan his retirement party.

Our Opinion

Paul J. and Pat Forch


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  • The "Cornhusker Kickback" was taken out of the final bill. And secondly, Ben Nelson voted against the final bill.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 1:13 PM
  • The health care bill helps those of us who proudly pay our bills too. No more 'pre-existing' conditions for anyone. Dealing with the Medicare prescription 'doughnut hole.' Lots of good things happened on Sunday night also.

    -- Posted by McCookBaby55 on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 2:16 PM
  • Very interesting to see the details. This bill also makes the pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies pay an annual fee. This fee is increased throughout the term and helps pay for the cost of the bill that everyone is complaining about. Read the facts first!


    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 3:24 PM
  • First the cornerhusker kickback is in the bill the president signed today!!!!!! Get your facts RC. The reconciliation bill being debated in the senate removes that, and my guess you'll never hear about it again. The bill signed was the bill the senate sent to them! If they changed anything it would have to go back to the senate and get voted on again. Dang you people, there slowly taking away your rights and you don't even know it!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by remington81 on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 4:18 PM
  • And so I wonder, how are the pharmaceutical and health insurance companies going to come with the cash to pay the feds their annual fee? Higher premiums? Higher medicine prices? And how many will bother to stay in business with few clients and fewer products?

    Oh yes, the feds will make John Q. Citizen buy insurance, and the feds will make him buy whatever meds they require him to take. That's what happened Sunday night. VA quality medical care for everyone.

    Yes, everyone of us taxpayers will pay for this. Where is that extra income going to come from for us to pay for our needs? It won't, we'll just have to cut back on spending. Notice I said taxpayers, not everyone is a taxpayer.

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Tue, Mar 23, 2010, at 5:54 PM
  • What we need is a civil war, at the ballot box. I for one, and sick of both parties and their antics. I am sick of all the idiots who refuse to compromise when it's in the best interest of the public and the country.

    The 75% of Americans who don't vote need to do so, so togeather we can get rid of the garbage now in both houses of government. Notice, I said "both houses", both are equally responsible for the mess we find ourselves in and if you can't see that, you're part of the overall problem, not the solution.

    We need to get rid of all the crooks who refuse to work across party lines and elect those who will, for the good of future generations.

    Don't count of the "tea party", they'll run out of juice and end up being wrung out, discolored bags with strings and tags. Sarah Palin is a joke, she couldn't take the heat when she was the govorner of Alaska. How could she stand the heat of the presidency of the United States?

    As far as our "rights" go, they've been taking those away since the time of L.B. Johnson. A lot of the social changes have allowed for illegals to get benefits they don't deserve and made this a welfare state for many who other wise wouldn't qualify.

    Finally, don't dis on the VA unless you're a Vet that has to deal with them. It took some time to learn the ropes, but I can get in to see my provider a lot quicker than people can at the McCook Clinic by the hospital.

    -- Posted by old grouch on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 6:33 AM
  • Ype ben nelson vote\d for it before he voted against it. haven't we heard that somewhere before?

    There is no such thing as a free lunch folks. Insurance premiums will go up and pharma costs will go up. Period.

    -- Posted by Chaco1 on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 8:44 AM
  • Now that our health care is up in limbo, why not make it truely socialized medicine. Let's do away with insurance all together, since government will be footing the bill. Let's put a price cap on all medications at, say $10.00 per perscription. Let's put a cap on what a hospital can charge for all procedures. And finally, let's cap what doctors and nurses can be paid.

    Let's just skip the baby steps part and go all out.

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 4:55 PM
  • Oh, and I almost forgot, absolutely no law suits.

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 11:29 PM
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