Rushville Republican

October 8, 2013

Affordable Care Act a giant boondoggle

Dear Editor:
Rushville Republican

---- — Affordable Care Act a giant boondoggle

Dear Editor:

Well, here it is Day Two of The Affordable Care Act and already I have changed from being for it to being against it! Why the sudden flip-flop, you ask?

Since Marilyn and I both have supplemental insurance along with Medicare A and B, all of which we pay, I assumed that “Obamacare” would have zero effect on us. Boy, was I wrong!

I have had, for a long time, an Anthem supplemental policy. Marilyn, who is semi-retired, had supplemental coverage with a company called Starbridge. Starbridge has a connection with K-Mart, where she works a couple of days a week, but the coverage is at her expense, not that of the company.

A few days ago we received a notice that effective the first of the year, Marilyn would no longer be allowed to continue to purchase her supplemental coverage from Starbridge. She was told she was on her own to find a new source of insurance.

While that ticked me off considerably, I figured I would have it covered by just adding her to my Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield policy; however, when I messaged Anthem with the particulars and asked what the new monthly amount would be for both of us instead of just me, they “regretfully” informed me that I was not allowed to add her to my policy and she would have to seek coverage elsewhere. (As far as I know at this point, Anthem will not cancel my own supplemental policy.)

So the upshot is that my insurance company is not allowed to sell me “family” insurance, even though I am a policy holder of long standing and Marilyn’s company, of which she is also a long-time customer, is no longer allowed to sell her any insurance at all.

Thus, a government program in which I saw a lot of good has, in reality and in our case, turned out to be a giant boondoggle.

Now, it may occur to some of you that I really don’t understand all the ins-and-outs of the Affordable Care Act. That is true, of course. What is also true is that, like the Infernal Revenue Act, nobody will ever fully understand “Obamacare,” and it will be subjected to about a zillion interpretations by government employees, bureaucrats, politicians, et al, ad infinitum. What I’m saying is, if you don’t understand the whole mess, you’re in a company of millions who don’t understand it any better than you do, possibly even less.

Of course, it may all turn out well in the end, forcing me to once again do the old flip-flop-aroo. It’s without doubt true that in spite of our big talk about state and national affairs, we are really most interested in what affects our own household.

What I really won’t enjoy all that much is the I-told-you-so hilarity that will ensue among my conservative friends as they read this epistle.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: It is now Day 4 if the Affordable Care Act and I have been informed that Anthem is not alone in not selling Marilyn coverage on my policy and that it is because we are retired and it is not because of the ACA.

Anthem, after “regretfully” declining to sell me coverage for Marilyn, gave me a phone number for their “new sales staff” (their words). After days of futile attempts, Marilyn finally got through to them. She was informed that they did not know what their rates would be, but they would call us...sometime in the future.

My frustration level has not declined to any noticeable degree.

Best regards and good luck with the Affordable Care Act,

Norm Voiles

Rushville, Indiana

Discovery about diplomacy

Dear Editor:

Children of the Republic are you awake? We are few in number and dwindling; our children will not even know that we were founded as a republic not a democratic nation soon although; I fear that this is the case already.

I have so many times thought of the difference between the two. I have been told “you need to be more diplomatic in your approach.” I wondered if perhaps this might be true. I have done a lot of soul searching into this matter. Now let me tell you what I ultimately discovered about diplomacy, it is the ability to tell someone to go to hell and make them look forward to the trip. It does paint a prettier picture for the masses but the end result is the same. It appears to me even our republic minded leaders, be that religious or politic, have adopted this smooth speech when telling the people the truth of the matter. Where are the Watchers that warn the people of danger, it used to be that our Pastors preached truth form the podium but, you don’t find that much if at all anymore. Are they now graduates of the democratic finishing school? For the sake of being “Politically Correct” we have forsaken the TRUE GOD; we have gone whoring after false gods, and we will pay a terrible price for this. WAKE UP Israel of old .Did you know that is what the Christian settlers of this” promised land” referred to themselves as and this land? They said, “We shall be a city on a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.”

All of our 50 states not 57 declared gratitude to the Creator for their existence and LIBERTY.

Samuel Adams said “The Constitution was made solely for a moral and religious (Christian) people. Wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” Is that why we need to tweak and change the Constitution, we are no longer that Christian people but a melting of every pagan god known to mankind? I understand that we are no longer only a Christian people but, to those of you who are, we need to Wake Up! We have all but lost the land that we love.

The Truth Shall Make You FREE In Deed.

Victoria Foley