Letter to the Editor: Don't rob health care
BY Jo Davis, Shawnee
Thursday, May 10, 2012
5/10/12 at 2:43 AM
So far, the only way Republicans will keep interest rates low for college loans is to take money from health care. For some reason, many of those cuts are from women's health care. A healthy America is a more productive America. It seems as if Republicans just automatically oppose anything that is for the common good.
Those millionaire CEOs who pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries also will benefit from our president's efforts to create a healthier America.
Retaining their tax cuts probably will not create any more jobs. We know that when the tax cuts were initiated, very few jobs were created in the U.S. The rebates mandated by Obamacare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) will mean next year's insurance rates will be lower or more services will be offered, and since employers pay part of the cost of insurance it will help them too.
Main Street always benefits when workers have more money in their pockets and that will happen with lower insurance costs and low-interest rates on college loans. Creating a financial climate that encourages education and a healthier workforce will benefit everyone except the insurance companies, which are making a profit of up to 60 percent now.
More preventive care for seniors eventually will mean lower Medicare/Medicaid costs plus a better quality of life for seniors.
Low-interest loans for those who want to pursue higher education will create a more qualified workforce. Republicans say we cannot afford it; I think we cannot afford not to do it.
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