What if there’s no health care reform?
For those who are fearful and raging over health care reform, let’s look at the facts if the no-reform idea prevailed.
Health care spending would double to $4.3 trillion by 2017.
Without change, spending on health care will rise to 25 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2025 and close to 50 percent in 2025.
Without reform, if premiums grow in each state at the projected national rate of increase, the average family premium would rise from $12,298 (2008 average) to $23,842 by 2020 — a 94 percent increase.
Without reform 2017 Medicare Part A trust fund which pays hospital care will run out of money.
The Senate has ignored health reform for 50 years. The facts and projections would indicate that we can no longer tolerate the “party of no.”
The bill isn’t perfect, but it is a start.
David Fairbrook, Olympia
Envision a planet beyond petroleum
When I was a child I had the good fortune to visit the La Brea Tar Pits at Hancock Park, Los Angeles.
It was the first time I had the opportunity to view the skeletal remains of now extinct species that had evidently been trapped in the pools of oily tar and preserved there for tens of thousands of years. I was truly fascinated at the sight of woolly mammoths, saber toothed tigers and the like.
Now when I witness the oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico which threatens mass destruction of countless species as they get trapped in the toxic goo; I give pause and consider the implications. The drill, spill and kill mentality of civilization may well be providing a veritable zoological museum not unlike the La Brea Tar Pits. Perhaps a prospective generation of intelligent species will explore the ancient fossils in the oily Tar Pits from our current epoch. They could provide a record for studying what life was like in the period of fossil fuels.
This opportunity has ramifications reaching far into the unknown future and is laudable. Oil major BP, and, Transocean Ltd. executives are possible candidates for lucrative bonuses. The British and U.S. governments can add another tax for a bailout of the beleaguered corporations for their sacrifices, selfless devotion, and, commitment toward preserving the skeletal remnants of the natural history of our planet.
The BP slogan of “beyond petroleum” is truly prophetic. Might we consider the possibility now?
Mark Wallace, Tumwater
Returning veteran treated with disgust
Reader Fred Yancey recently wrote regarding his current support of our troops as opposed to his past views.
In 1967, I returned from serving in Vietnam where I had been wounded once and contracted malaria twice. I was at the time three months shy of my 20th birthday when I escorted a plane full of dead soldiers to an Air Force base in California, then rode a Greyhound to downtown San Francisco where I planned to surprise my mother at work. Two blocks from the bus depot I encountered three long-haired and filthy appearing young males who called me a baby-killer and one of them spat on me as he passed.
All that saved that young thug’s life that day was a Navy enlisted man who grabbed me and told me it wasn’t worth the trouble I’d get into if I killed him.
Since that day I have excused those who went to Canada to avoid the draft, as they changed their lives for something they believed in. I also excused those who went to jail in lieu of the military, for the same reason.
Until now, I have never forgiven those who rioted in the streets and killed cops in the name of peace, calling we returning service members murderers and baby-killers.
I thank Yancey for his letter. It has at least helped me find some peace in the actions of those I thought I was serving so many years ago. God bless his daughter for her service.
Ted Bader, Hoodsport