Letters 9-30-13


Being shutdown all over Obamacare

Correct me if I am wrong. The United States had the best health system in the world and people from all over the world came here to take advantage of it. However, 18 million out of 318 million Americans did not have health care insurance, but no one was refused service (Hill-Burton Act 1946).

Promising change Barack Obama was elected president stating that all Americans should have the same level of health care he had as a member of Congress. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid decided that the president’s Obamacare must be passed so they could find out what was in it. Well, they found out and exempted Congress and many federal employees, including the Supreme Court.

The House has presented a bill that will not fund Obamacare. Ted Cruz had a 21-hour filibuster in the Senate to illustrate the state of conservatism of the GOP. Rand Paul will introduce an amendment in the Senate to bring the Supreme Court and high-level federal employees back under Obamacare.

President Obama stated he will veto any bill that does not fund Obamacare and thereby blame GOP lawmakers for the federal shutdown.

What am I not seeing?

Bob Green

Waikoloa

EMTs, hospital staff deserved praise

On the night of Sept 17, I found myself at 1:30 a.m. talking with three young men with the ambulance service. This was after I had briefly passed out. They listened attentively about my deteriorating condition. Soon I was being carried down some steps at our condominium complex.

Upon reaching the emergency room at Kona Community Hospital in the middle of the night, I soon found myself being taken care of by professional people who obviously cared about my well-being.

After a number of tests, it was determined that I had lost blood from a peptic ulcer. Ultimately, I received three pints of blood. I also had some heart issues — a rather complicated mess.

I was four nights in the intensive care unit and two nights in a regular room.

I write this to commend the excellent people who work for the ambulance service and Kona Community Hospital’s excellent staff.

It is good to be alive — and on the mend.

Ray Woods

Independence, Kan., and Kailua-Kona

Video conference site a failure

The County Council’s video conference site in Ocean View is a failure. I was the only person to show up to testify on Sept. 18, but it still cost the county $500 for the day.

To make things worse, the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Community Center staff and the county’s paid staff banned me from their location because of my fiscal opinions.

Waste of money plus abuse of power adds up to corruption. How long can this go on?

Jerry Warren

Naalehu