ACA is a start in the right direction

The health care-industrial complex is made up of hospitals, doctors, pharmaceuticals and all their suppliers.

Congress is a mini-nation whose job is to represent the American public. Both of their primary goals are to make money and stay in business.

The Affordable Care Act is our government's response to the health care industry so that all Americans have access to health care.

The Republican-led House of Representatives is not interested in the public's need, only their personal self-interest. If House members were truly interested in the public's welfare, they would have found common ground and stopped their incessant attempts to halt the new law. ACA is not the answer, but it's a start.

Everyone fears the phrase "socialized medicine" and uses foreign countries as their example. That's a ruse perpetrated by the health care industry and the GOP members of Congress because it would affect their pocketbooks.

That's quite a hurdle for the American public to overcome.

Stuart Shicoff

Martinez

Mayor McLaughlin versus Chevron

The Ecuadorean litigators against Chevron have found a reliable, albeit misguided, mouthpiece in Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.


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The 48 Ecuadorean plaintiffs she so warmly embraces were funded by U.S.-based Burford Group, a litigation finance company, and led by U.S. Attorney Steve Donziger. Burford and Donziger's own legal team later abandoned Donziger as evidence mounted that the case against Chevron was built on fraud and bribery.

Donziger and Burford would have made billions in fees had the $19 billion judgment stood. Since McLaughlin traveled to Ecuador last month to visit Donziger's lackeys, two significant events occurred:

  • An international arbitration panel ruled that the plaintiffs, none of whom suffered individual harm, had no case against Chevron since the suit was based on claims that had already been settled.

  • The trial against Donziger for racketeering began in mid-October.

    Evidently, McLaughlin is siding with Donziger -- the defendant in one of the biggest racketeering cases in history for committing fraud -- against Chevron, the company that provides the largest revenue source for her city.

    Steve Evans

    Hercules

    Politics controlled by megamoney

    We are losing our Constitution and government control to an anonymous, international megamoney consortium. Unless a candidate has their support, they just don't get a nomination.

    Instead, we got two terms (maybe more) of a leader whose credentials cannot be examined, despite his own obviously falsified birth certificate; incongruous draft and Social Security numbers; and improbable education, advancement and skills.

    Even the U.S. Supreme Court (which doesn't need to run for re-election) looks away. What incentive might they have? The entire U.S. electorate has no standing.

    We must change the law to restrict campaign contributions to $50 per lawful resident of any electoral district, per candidate or initiative -- no cross-border or straw money.

    The outcome of an election must be the will of the district voters and no one else. It's fraudulent to let interests from other states or countries determine a precedent-setting local issue to gain advantage in the courts.

    To prevent professional politicians, we need 18-year term limits in elected and appointed policy level positions.

    Robert H. Leach

    Walnut Creek

    ACA is the law, so let's now move on

    What do you do when you build a house and find a leak at the kitchen sink, repair the leak or tear down the house?

    All new ideas have flaws. Repair the flaws and keep the good. But Republicans aren't interested in that. They would rather tear down President Barack Obama, even if it destroys the country.

    If they really thought the Affordable Care Act was that bad, why not send an aide out for brooms and dustpans? If it fails, sweep the Democrats up and throw them in the trash heap.

    The problem is they are terrified Americans will like the ACA. GOP Sen. Ted Cruz said if the law stays and people gets a taste of the sugar, we will not want to give it up. So what is it Cruz, good or bad?

    The ACA was passed by both houses in Congress, signed by Obama, and ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court -- so get over it and move on.

    Wayne Strawther

    Antioch