Forum: Obamacare attacks our freedom
November 6, 2013 10:14PM
Pictured at the Crisis Center for South Suburbia dinner/dance are (back row) CCSS Executive Director Edward Vega, Sr., CCSS Board President Therese Dubelbeis, and CCSS Board Member and event co-chair Kathy Mahoney; (front row) CCSS Board Member and event co-chair Pam Jeanes, and Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 9, 2013 10:35AM
In response to the recent letter from a DePaul university professor (“GOP afraid Obamacare will work”), the author failed to mention that as U.S. citizens, Obamacare is a tragic blow to our liberty and religious conscience, with its imposed mandates.
It will stagnate one-sixth of the economy and make it the norm to have part-time employees instead of full time, so that employers don’t have to deal with the expense of covering them. This year, only one full-time job is being created for every four part-time jobs.
The author states that this will be high-quality health care for all. How can rationing not follow when 30 million people will be treated by the system?
Predictably, there will be a top-tier and a low-tier health care system. If you have the money, you’ll be able to pay for the care you want. Don’t forget that a 15-member panel will decide what costs need to be cut from our medical care when we grow old.
There should be changes to the health insurance industry but not in this way that smites our freedom.
Zabrocki doesn’t get message
While many in Tinley Park attempted unsuccessfully to unseat King Zabrocki in this year’s mayoral election, perhaps those who voted for him should take a second look at what they have done. Their mayor admits that 80 percent to 90 percent of the people he speaks with are against the proposed Wal-Mart development and yet he persists in trying to land it.
The Summit Hill School District 161 Board unanimously voted against giving the tax break Wal-Mart sought, objecting to the concept and not seeing a Wal-Mart Supercenter as a benefit to most of its constituency. I thank its members for their wisdom and long-range view.
There are no guarantees that Wal-Mart would stay long enough to eventually pay taxes to the village and the school districts. The company has a history of making its money, getting tax incentives and moving on to the next town. The Walton family are not billionaires because they’re nice guys.
Who or what is behind the mayor’s insistence that a store that he says he shops at but doesn’t particularly like comes to Tinley Park? The mayor has lost touch with the people.
I and a full house of concerned citizens against the Wal-Mart project attended a village meeting where many questions were put to the mayor and trustees regarding crime, congestion, pollution, rats, taxes for the schools and parks, etc., if a Wal-Mart were to be built. The mayor did not answer even one question. He attempted to divide and conquer by asking those present to pick three people to meet with him periodically regarding their concerns.
There is a generational and philosophical breakdown between the village leaders and the people who want our town and business community to remain intact and prosper.
Marie E. Roman