Your Views for November 1


Obamacare apology

Reading the Obama administration’s mea culpa reminds me of why government still does not get it. The apology needs to be delivered to the American public for getting duped into this 2,572 page bill that promises to deliver health care better than the current system.

The administration mandated that if they liked their insurance then they could keep it, and health insurance agents would not be part of the process. Unlicensed navigators and market-assisters with no background checks are now your guide to nowhere. Ask yourself: How effective was your last call to IRS, Social Security or Medicare?

I believe we do need health care reform, but that begins and ends with the consumer, insurance companies, drug companies, trial lawyers and the medical professionals. All five of these entities have to bend and flex in order to make the system functional.

These distant government bureaucrats who want to remove the broker have now confirmed why we actually are part of the solution as we continue to serve as patient advocates, help with claims assistance, and resolve billing concerns and actually guide people through the process. People who help people, plain and simple.

When it comes to personalized service, a faceless bureaucracy can’t replace the service and dedication of dedicated and professional health agents. Replacing hardworking Americans with a government call center is a 1-800 BAD-IDEA.

Steven Markham

Hilo

Let’s call it progress

In 1791, the First Amendment was passed, giving people Freedom of Religion.

In 1863, after several years of civil war, slavery was ended in America.

In 1920, women were finally given the right to vote.

In 1948, President Truman finally stopped segregation in the U.S. military.

In 1954, white Americans and non-white Americans were finally allowed to go to school together.

In 1964, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The next year, the Voting Rights Act was signed, ensuring that all Americans could vote.

One thing that all of these milestones in American history had in common was that there were certain people in America who did not want these things to pass. These people in American history tried to stop human progress, and they tried to stop America from being more civilized. These people did not want other people to have these basic human rights.

And now Hawaii is getting ready to vote whether or not another group of Americans are allowed to have the same basic human rights that the rest of us have.

The world will be watching to see if Hawaii “lives aloha,” or we just use the word when it suits us.

Dennis Chaquette

Keaau

 

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