Reader Responses, March 30, 2014

Published on Saturday, 29 March 2014 22:45 - Written by


At the close of this year’s sign up period for the Affordable Care Act, I want to write in support of the law and about how my own family benefited. We have gone from a monthly insurance bill of $1359 to $693.

Due to a pre-existing medical condition, we have been locked into paying an ever-rising premium, no thanks to the uninsured who drive up our premiums and medical costs.

After Thanksgiving, we went onto the marketplace at, got phone assistance and signed up for a new health insurance policy at a much lower price.

Once we established we would not require a supplement, we were given a list of seventeen plans, all Texas Blue Cross Blue Shield. We selected a Gold level plan at $693 a month. That represents a huge saving for our family. We still see our same excellent doctor.

Of course, we could have just called the insurance company directly since the Affordable Care Act prevents them from denying us due to any pre-existing medical conditions.

You can call an insurance company too, or see if you qualify for a financial supplement at

All the political misinformation has denied our community much needed care and coverage. We’re lucky. We took advantage of the new protections in the law and saved a lot of money in the process. That is a lesson for all the naysayers to take to heart.

Joanna Reagan



Now that the election is over, I want to address the Tyler Paper editorial of Feb. 16 and the discussion about candidates for the Texas House District 6 seat.

The editorial stated that Rep. Matt Schaefer was reckless and alienated the House speaker, but then it went on to say that the system is the system — though we may regard it as rotten.

Well, the system is rotten. Why? Because we elect rotten people. Maybe Rep. Schaefer will someday be one of the rotten (that happens when people get to Austin or Washington), but in the meantime, give him a chance to alienate a few people and try to get things fixed.

Gene Moody



If a foreign power was threatening to destroy our Constitution — starting with our Bill of Rights — there would be thousands lining up to volunteer to help or even fight if necessary to stop this. But it is not a foreign government — it is our own government and their appointed regulators and bureaucrats destroying your liberty and freedoms under our Constitution.

Examples include the First Amendment (part of the Bill of Rights): “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridge the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Obamacare most certainly interferes and abuses religion beliefs. Free speech is set to be given away by way of the internet to foreign control by an Obama agency. Obama officials proposed that government monitors be placed in the media news rooms and offices. Freedom of assembly by the Tea Party and the peaceful Occupy Wall Street protestors were targeted by abusive IRS actions and tracked by Homeland Security and monitored by the NSA. All against the law as ordinary citizens view the law of the land.

President Obama has declared he will use his phone and pen to bypass Congress and rule by executive orders which are only intended to clarify existing laws, not change laws to his specific likes. We have nine other so called Bill of Rights, all being abused one way or another to be addressed in due time.

Harry Bergman



The Pope said recently that every Mafia gangster will go to Hell unless he repents. But the truth is that everybody will go the Hell unless they repent.

J. Ronald Wright