The tip of the iceberg
In January, 2011, a lengthy report by the House Budget Committee on the economic consequences of the Affordable Health Care Act cited the cost for the United States at $2.6 trillion, when completely implemented. Within ten years, $701 billion would add to our deficit.
Mind-boggling costs to taxpayers.
The National Federation of Independent Business reported that an elimination of 1.6 million jobs could occur — mostly small businesses. Americans for Tax Reform and the Beacon Hill Institute reported that between 120,000 and 700,000 jobs would be lost within 10 years.
In my opinion, health care reform can be provided when it is not controlled by bureaucrats, uses common sense and promotes competition. Recently, Dr. Ami Siems, a family physician for 20 years, televised her serious concerns that the Care Act would come between her and her patients. Like Dr. Siems, many physicians oppose (ask them) the Act. As a seasoned, experienced registered nurse, I also oppose it.
Governmental regulations would be overwhelming. There is no assurance that we would keep our same physicians or insurance plans, so many unknowns in the multi-faceted Affordable Care Act.
This is just the tip of the Affordable Care Act iceberg. Remember at election time.
Fathom the hypocrisy
In regards to the July 9 story, "ID laws could block votes," I think a quote from Ben Stein is very fitting. "Fathom the hypocrisy of a government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured ... but not everyone must prove they are a citizen."
Visitors are our guests
It's summer time in northern Michigan and time for all our residents to chill out and welcome our visitors. Often these visitors are our relatives and friends, so it's doubly important that we roll out the red carpet and greet our guests appropriately. Yes, visitors occasionally use two lanes searching for an address or move slowly looking for a vacancy hotel sign; so what.
Lend our visitors assistance by providing directions, staying off busy streets and being neighborly when chatting with a stranger. Visitors are our guests. As the summer grows hotter and traffic moves more slowly, don't panic. Enjoy the summer, jump in the bay, get on your bike and ride the TART, and don't forget to enjoy all that is Traverse City.
The writer is mayor of Traverse City.