Letter: Comments on several major election issues
To the Editor:
Although I am a staunch Republican, I am upset at how President Trump unnecessarily turns people against him in his personal attacks and extraneous matters to the governance of the country. As with previous presidents, though, I have zero problem with his stating as strongly as he wishes positions about particular issues. I also feel the press has opposition biases and distorts commentary as if it were news, perhaps enhanced by his personal attacks on them..
However, in our recent State Senate election, I feel Toni Boucher had exceptional understanding and a strong record of accomplishment in the minority party leading role on all major issues and I was extremely disappointed that she lost. The successful candidate, Will Haskell, by contrast, said his top three legislative objectives are gun violence (fine), paid family leave (legislated?) and transportation (Sen. Boucher pushed that as strongly as possible). Not a priority to him, apparently, is the fact that Connecticut ranks last of all states in State pension funding (only 20% funded, per Wall Street Journal,10/27-28), let alone viable solutions to that enormous problem.
One of Senator Chris Murphy's strongest positions is single payer healthcare. A little history is in order since ObamaCare started in 2010. First, all of the plans are identical in design, differing only in deductibles and coinsurance (and thus premiums), a feature vastly at odds with flexible plans I designed 20 years ago where several differently designed plan offerings made sense. Then "You like your plan, you can keep it" was totally false. "You can keep your doctor" - only if he remained in a plan network, often not the case. "$2000 per family savings in a few years?"
Instead premiums doubled in just 4 years, and now are on average 160% higher (that is 2.6 times original 2010 rates). "Republicans' current plans drawn in the House and Senate don't have protections against pre-existing conditions" - again false; they do. ObamaCare worked out so wonderfully that it's time to move to single payer? Because Medicare is to a fair extent FICA paid, it is totally illogical to say Medicare for all won't cost a huge amount, let alone pose incredibly long wait times for major surgery. Liberal Vermont a few years back planned single payer, but, oops, State income and property taxes would have had to have doubled to pay for it.
I have a background in math and economics, and unfortunately neither of the first absence of position and second presence of a position, respectively, makes sense to me.