Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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Disappointed in Branstad

I am very disappointed that Gov. Terry Branstad has refused to expand Medicaid coverage for 150,000 Iowans who desperately need health care, even though the federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs for three years, then 90 percent. I agree with Sen. Tom Harkin that expanding Medicaid coverage in Iowa would save the state money that it is now spending to subsidize care for the poor.

We need health care for everyone with sensible cost controls. It is pitiful that 1 million Americans go bankrupt each year because of health-care crises, something that never happens in any of the other developed countries with universal health care, such as Germany. Moreover, all of those countries with universal health care spend about half as much per person as in the U.S. does (19 percent GDP). Please contact Branstad and encourage him to expand Medicaid so that all Iowans can have health care.

John Macatee
Iowa City

Romney left with problem

Mitt Romney is left with a big problem that he has talked his way into over the health-care law.

His emphasis of getting rid of the law as the first thing he would do was fine when it seemed as if it would be struck down, and he could have heroically claimed that if they had not done it he would have, but God bless the court for having the same wisdom as he has.

Now, Romney has to make it clear what he is going to do when with a snap of his fingers he gets rid of what is. That is not something he has been doing, and the clearer he might get about some great inventive genius to solve the problem is going to upset more people than he can make admirers. Mitt seems to have been born with a silver foot in his mouth.

As he speaks through his toenails, maybe we will hear that he is going to get ratified Constitutional amendment against illness. Once he has done that, I would like him to get one against aging and the Japanese beetle.

Sam Osborne
West Branch

Iowa City and the 4th of July

Sitting back in my leather chair, I looked out the window on the 4th of July. Yes, I saw streamers and heard firecrackers in the distance — but I also saw drunks and heard frat parties with the "boom-boom" music in the foreground of chattering voices.

Do we really know what the Fourth is all about?

When I was a kid, my family and I all gathered, almost like Christmas, to see each other in the glow of our nation's birth. Yes, most of my family are conservative quacks and shouted "America Forever" at each passing car while touting their Confederate flags in the back windows of their pickup trucks. But I loved the Fourth because it was when we all agreed that America is a fine place to live and we are lucky to be together.

Now, everyone sits and drinks until there is nothing left to do but go see fireworks. We should be thankful for each other, and thankful for the nation we were born into. It may not be the best nation in the world, but it is better than most and not as bad as some.

Arthur Clark
Iowa City resident

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