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Forum: Kadner makes bad diagnosis

Updated: November 21, 2013 6:43AM



Phil Kadner in his Oct. 1 column (“We need Kirkcare for every American”) implies that the American people support Obamacare as evidenced by the 2008 and 2012 elections. First of all, Obamacare as we know it did not exist at the time of the 2008 election and the election was greatly influenced by the Iraq War. Secondly, the 2012 election popular vote was 51-49 percent, no overwhelming majority.

Kadner also writes that Obamacare was passed by Congress and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, it was passed through the reconciliation process and backroom deals, not through the typical and historically routine way of passing important legislation.

Regarding the Supreme Court decision which was split, the justices upheld the law as a taxation, something the Obama administration did not accurately portray to the American people.

As a 22-year veteran in the health care profession and a mother of five children, I have seen the negative impact of Obamacare already. We have been informed by my husband’s company that our premiums will have a large increase due to the new law, which the president said would not happen.

Our health care system has many flaws, but it is the best in the world. Many citizens from other industrialized nations with universal health care come to the United States for their medical treatment and have been my patients.

As for Sen. Mark Kirk’s health care, I agree that Congress as well as President Obama and his administration should have the same system of care and adhere to the same laws as the American people do. Out of curiosity, did Kadner request the cost of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ health care?

Teri Schulte

Evergreen Park

SouthtownStar has it wrong

The SouthtownStar has taken the editorial position that Tinley Park and two school districts should give Wal-Mart the tax breaks it wants to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter and a Sam’s Club because in the long run we will get “millions” and that it is “too good to pass up.”

The editorial says that even with the tax incentives to Wal-Mart, during the first 10 years, Summit Hill School District 161 will get “$4.5 million in new tax revenue” and that “many Southland towns ... would love to have a Wal-Mart project.”

That comes to $450,000 a year for District 161. Divided by the estimated starting salary of a new teacher at $35,000, divided by six schools, gives each school about two new teachers a year.

In return, the residents get a large, 24-hour-a-day store built this/close to homes that will take away stores and jobs from Brookside Marketplace, lower the pay and benefits for other workers in the area, pull police for many more calls and maybe (a big maybe) reduce our property tax bills.

Too good to pass up? I think not. Give the project to another Southland town. Or build it on the site of the former mental health center in Tinley Park.

Laura Kies

Tinley Park



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