Your Voice: Obamacare and taking care during prom season
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A prom and graduation promise

EDITOR,

The glory of prom and graduation celebrations is on the horizon. Shimmering dresses, rented tuxedos, and a cap and gown come to mind.

Prom is an event to hold lifelong memories. I never had the opportunity to go. I did go to my graduation in a wheelchair in 1993. I was active in sports but never expected to end high school like I did.

When I was 16 in April of 1992, a drunken driver hit me head-on. I had multiple broken and dislocated bones, torn tendons, a swollen brain, paralysis, and I spent weeks in a coma. I stayed at two hospitals for seven months. Therapy followed at a clinic and at the Tracy hospital (now the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital) for 17 months.

I can walk, but my hearing and speech are damaged. I lost my driving ability, but I am moving forward in other ways. As a partner with the CHP, our goal is to encourage and motivate teens to make the right choice to save lives on the roads.

Pictures or words cannot explain how important it is to not drink and drive. I urge teens to notice how my life changed due to a drunken driver. Promise not to become one!

Lori Martin, Tracy

Obamacare not a win

EDITOR,

As I learn more about Obamacare, I am becoming convinced the insurance companies are the ones profiting, not the people, as President Barack Obama promised.

The premise for Obamacare was to insure the roughly 30 million uninsured. In the U.S., I believe about 3 million privately insured lost their insurance. Our family was included. Our family has had health insurance for more than 26 years. For the first time in our family’s history, we have been without insurance for close to three months. Not for lack of trying, as we applied through Covered California in December for a Blue Shield plan, immediately paid the premium and to date do not have confirmation of coverage.

We only had four insurance companies to choose from through Covered California, and only one plan covered our doctors and health care facilities. The premium for our plan doubled and our deductible increased by about $3,000. We have also learned that the insurance companies on Covered California are paying doctors and health care facilities up to 30 percent less than the same plan purchased on the commercial market.

This does not look like a win for the American people. Costs to obtain health care have increased, the uninsured have increased and the money paid to the insurance companies has increased.

Thank you, Mr. Obama.

Diane M. Stone, Tracy

 
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Krauthammer
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April 16, 2014
People are just starting to learn about the term annual deductible plus co-pays. They will also learn which cancer drugs aren't covered for endless types of cancer not to mention other diseases. This year we will hear without any help from the gangsterment media news outlets about people dying by obamacare. People with half a neuron finally know that obama is a serial liar and lied about everything regarding gangsterment healthcare. I wish it wasn't so but it is.
YuHouh
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April 05, 2014
I used to think government run healthcare would be a good idea. Told everyone not to worry, then my friend told me he lost his job and had to take a contract work assignment and has to pay his medical bills out of his own pocket.

Then it dawned on me. We are all going to pay more on average for healthcare costs that are going up, not down. And we are losing jobs to work visas at the same time, courtesy of our government? Huh?

Now I'm wondering if we should have been on the side that was worried about this a few years ago.

Sorry people, I think I was wrong in saying don't worry be happy and I admit it now.
rosa62
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April 05, 2014
On this I have to agree with you YuHouh. Although it's not the only cause of our country's financial woes, unemployment problems and overall feeling of complacency; government run health care is a big contributing factor.

What I think we need is less government and more private industry. Government is never going to solve our problems, it's only going to make things worse and limit our ability to be creative in our efforts to find solutions. Look at the EPA for example. They have created thousands of new regulations that limit private industry's ability to drill for oil. This limits the number of new jobs for people who are out of work.

That's just one example, I am sure there are thousands more where that came from. We need less government and more entrepreneurship.
YuHouh
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April 06, 2014
Why drill for oil Rosa? Why not make fuel from sugar?
rosa62
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April 06, 2014
I don't think it should be an either/or situation. Why not do both so we can develop jobs in multiple industries. This would help to get many of the unemployed off the government dole and back to work. I am sure many of those receiving unemployment would much rather be working.
YuHouh
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April 06, 2014
It was Leon's idea to make fuel from sugar. We don't drill for oil here.
Krauthammer
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April 07, 2014
Sometime this year the stories of people dying by government will be leaking out due to BO care that isn't covered like many cancer drugs and much more. BO never ever had a job doing anything at all and the unstudied, untutored morons in amerikah picked him because he read smooth telepromter. The yearly deductible plus copay will financially ruin most amerikahn's as well. They won't be able to afford to live. I wish it wasn't so but it is. Government bankrupts beyond all known math everything the pigs earmark for the financial benefit of themselves and family members (Feinstein-Pelosi) and we get the bill. Machill Obama's friends in Canada got the contract to set up BO Care and they still have it completey screwed up. Think about it people before you vote next time.
rosa62
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April 07, 2014
First of all, I am certain that was not "Leon's" idea but an idea he heard somewhere and he simply reitterated it. Even so, that doesn't make it a bad idea.

Here's the thing, I think anything we can do to create jobs is a good idea and we shouldn't focus specifically on one idea, or another to get the economy back on its feet.

Clearly, government run health care has been a complete cluster since day one and government has no business getting involved in the management or provision of health care industry.

Your original comment, which is what I initially commented on, was one focused on the federally regulated health care system. How you got from there to a statement on the ideas of the "former" city manager are beyond me.
me-here
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April 02, 2014
Diane, so sorry about your medical insurance situation. On the Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Program, there is a specific section that most people are not aware of. Those people being forced into the Medi-Cal coverage, upon your death after the age of 55, the government automatically has a lien against any and all of your assets for the full amount of any services provided to you by Medi-Cal. As of today, this is the law of the land. This little detail has not been made public.
LAM75
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March 28, 2014
I will continue, TimMichaelCase. Thank You for your comments. My words save lives and that means a lot.
TimMichaelCase
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March 28, 2014
Thank you Lori for your letter. My family and I have lived in Tracy since 1982. I have taught Traffic Safety since 1980. It was part time until 1995. I then opened up my own school and have been self employed ever since.

I am so impressed and very glad to see a citizen so very dedicated to the cause of advising youths as to the dangers of drinking and driving.

I have read your letters on every Holiday season and during special school occasions.

We are very lucky to have you "spreading the word." I am also very glad to see the penalties on a DUI while driving become increasingly more punishing over my 34 years of teaching.

Drinking alcohol or taking OTHER mind altering drugs and getting behind the wheel to drive is about the most self-centered things any person could do.

The person who does that is thinking only of themselves with no care whatsoever to the many drivers that share the road with the drunk. Unfortunately the highest percentage of DUI injuries and deaths still rest on the shoulders of the young.

The 18 to 24 age group is approximately 17% of the driving population but are responsible for roughly 30% of the DUI deaths and life altering injuries.

TimMichaelCase
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March 28, 2014
The overall death percentages have improved dramatically over the past 34 years. Back in 1979, just over 50% of highway deaths and injuries each year were DUI related. The overall percentage is now down to 31% of those killed and seriously injured in DUI crashes.

This shows that folks like you who dedicate themselves to this cause of educating citizens regarding the reality of DUI driving along with tougher laws are working.

What you do Lori is WORKING VERY SUCCESSFULLY. Please keep up your great dedication to this work. You are making a real difference in many peoples' lives. God Bless you always as I know He will.
LAM75
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March 28, 2014
Thanks for commenting, doors17. If people read and follow my words, everyone is doing a great service to the community. Each one is saving a life by not driving drunk. My letter is just to remind people (especially teens in this letter) to not drink and drive. A safe future for all!!!

LAM75
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March 28, 2014
Sorry for my long silence, readers, but I am still educating the public to stay sober when driving. Now, I am focusing on the teens because the end of the school year is coming quickly.

I went to Tracy High yesterday and talked with the students of Mrs. Alayna Carter's class. Speaking and writing about the dangers of driving drunk is working and will not stop.

I hope I see my TP friends online again!
doors17
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March 28, 2014
Thank you Lori! You're providing a great service to the community.


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