Letters to the Editor

Letters: The fight for better health care in Sacramento, Washington

Supporters of single-payer health care march to the Capitol. A bill, SB 562, by state Sen. Ricardo Lara and Sen. Toni Atkins would remake the health care system of California.
Supporters of single-payer health care march to the Capitol. A bill, SB 562, by state Sen. Ricardo Lara and Sen. Toni Atkins would remake the health care system of California. The Associated Press

Why does it have to be Fantasyland?

Re “Universal health care? In Fantasyland, maybe” (Editorials, May 23): There are reality checks. Then there are kicks to the shin with a smirk. The latter characterizes The Bee’s editorial on the projected sobering costs of a single-payer system in California. Another reality is the current wired-together health care jalopy that already nominally treats us all.

Recall that our state is home to the once-deemed impossible task of developing electric vehicles that have become increasingly efficient and more affordable. Why not cost-efficient health care delivery for all? Surely, that’s not in the realm of a Fantasyland.

Spencer P. Le Gate, Sacramento

A model for real universal care

Re “Massive cost of universal health care revealed” (Page 1A, May 23): Is universal health care desirable? Yes. Is it feasible? Yes. Is it affordable? Yes – but that’s only if it’s run like the old public health care system. Quality medical care but without the frills.

Clinics with long waiting lines and no personal physicians. Public hospitals run by medical schools with 24-bed wards. Medical school trainees and professors working as physicians and staff. No televisions. I trained under this bare-bones system. It would be a safety net for the poor and provide superb medical training. Anyone who could afford it could buy private insurance for all the other medically unnecessary frills.

Horst Weinberg, Davis

Stop one-sided scare tactics

Re “Report projects 23M more uninsured with new GOP health bill” (Page 1A, May 25): Your scare tactics about the repeal of Obamacare are somewhat disingenuous when The Bee hasn’t printed almost anything about the disastrous effects of Obamacare on working people. Premiums and deductibles are skyrocketing. Insurers are fleeing the market. Small-business owners have stopped hiring and doctors are getting out of the business. I am so tired of The Bee’s constant, one-sided, everlasting mendacity.

Paul McGrath, Cameron Park

Enough with rants about CalPERS

Re “CALPERS borrowing scheme deserves more scrutiny” (Dan Walters, May 22): I don’t know what your problem is with CalPERS. So they have to take money from the Surplus Money Investment Fund. So what? What is wrong with prepaying pension costs with a low-interest, long-term loan that would save money in the long run for the state and bolster CalPERS?

I am quite sure that the vast majority of the state and public employees and police and firefighters who have worked for 30-plus years are tired of hearing your rants about their pensions and how they should be cut back to save California money. Even though, California can somehow pass a bill to spend money on high-speed rail and tunnels under the Delta to send our water to Southern California. Why don’t you find a new topic?

Michael Stinson, Sacramento

Job well-done by President Trump

Re “Trump leaves Israel with no sign of deal“ (Page 10A, May 24): President Trump has completed a highly successful Middle Eastern trip. After receiving Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, his exhortation to drive out Islamic radicals was well-received by the heads of states from 50 Muslim nations. He then went to Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was never as hopeful as he is now for change. The religious trifecta culminated with a meeting with the pope. Thank you for making us proud, Mr. President.

Larry Enriquez, El Dorado Hills

Trump can’t justify the budget cuts

Re “Trump budget chief defense plan for big cuts” (Page 8A, May 25): As one of the folks actually paying for environmental protections, education, health care for the poor and sensible foreign aid, I’m happy to do that. It’s those programs that White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney should try to justify. What I don’t want to pay is lost revenue if the estate tax is eliminated, money for war materials, say, to aid Saudi Arabia, and a border wall.

Miles D. Wichelns, Sacramento

Investigate food stamp program

Re “What Trump food stamp cuts mean for California” (sacbee.com, May 25): First of all, I am not against helping families that really are down on their luck and need food stamps temporarily. But I have witnessed the blatant abuse of food stamps for years. People sporting designer handbags, clothes and expensive phones pulling out envelopes filled with food stamps from multiple recipients and purchasing baskets of groceries.

The picture with The Bee’s article says it all. The person using is holding a phone that is in a very expensive case. I also noticed she has on a very expensive headset. Maybe if she didn’t purchase these goodies she would have had enough money for groceries. We are crippling people by offering them “free” money.

Libby Rapadas, Rio Linda

Cap and trade not a free market fix

Re “State’s carbon auction has big response after court victory” (Page 7A, May 25): Although pricing carbon is a sure solution for global warming, there is a better alternative. Do away with all government subsidies for all energy sources. Price carbon at the source of production in the form of a gradually increasing fee. Rebate all fees collected as a dividend to each American household in an equal share to offset the increased costs of our energy and goods.

Let the market innovate and watch how fast carbon use decreases. This would only require border adjustments to keep American businesses competitive and a rebate delivery system. It provides a solution without a large government bureaucracy.

Bob Rodger, Los Osos

Sacramento can be big-time sports city

Re “Olympic-size pool would be first one in capital” (Page 3A, May 25): Imagine holding the state high school swimming championships or the NCAA championships or even the Olympic trials right here in Sacramento. When that isn’t happening, our Sacramento children will be learning to enjoy swimming. Natomas Unified School District and the Los Rios Community College District will hold swim classes and meets. The addition of an indoor gym would be perfect.

Sacramento has a reputation of being the city that’s within two hours of all the fun places in Northern California. What if we were the fun city in Northern California? Angelique Ashby has does done a terrific job with this. Let’s make sure it is built.

Carolyn Crabtree, Sacramento

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