Letters to the Editor

Health insurance, cap and trade, streetcar, etc.

Aetna will become the latest health insurer to chop its participation in the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges when it trims its presence to four states for 2017, from 15 states this year. The nation’s third-largest insurer said Aug. 15, that a second-quarter pre-tax loss of $200 million from its individual insurance coverage helped it decide to limit exposure to the exchanges, which also have generated losses for UnitedHealth Group and Anthem, among other carriers.
Aetna will become the latest health insurer to chop its participation in the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges when it trims its presence to four states for 2017, from 15 states this year. The nation’s third-largest insurer said Aug. 15, that a second-quarter pre-tax loss of $200 million from its individual insurance coverage helped it decide to limit exposure to the exchanges, which also have generated losses for UnitedHealth Group and Anthem, among other carriers. Associated Press

Provide insurance, or make a profit?

Re “Aetna is leaving health exchanges from 11 states” (Business, Aug. 17): I’m amazed at the loopholes left open by Obamacare. If everyone has to have health insurance or face tax penalties, how can these major companies just withdraw with no consequences?

Was this a huge oversight an example of the insurance companies flexing their corporate muscles on the requirements handed down to them? Isn’t their objective to provide insurance? Oh, wait … profit first.

Ann Marie Hensley,

Roseville

States should act on health insurers

Re “Insurers, latest threat to Obamacare” (Editorials, Aug. 18): Once again too-big-to-fail corporations twist and manipulate the meaning of insurance (we all put money together to help each other with unexpected health expenses.) These corporations choose to insure only the healthy and wealthy. Why? Because they can.

Legislation can stop this abuse of our health care insurance. Unfortunately, the fairy tale of free enterprise has blocked constructive reform to force insurers to cover all policies.

States that are left holding the bag should pursue all means possible to prevent health insurers from operating in their states.

Richard R. Kuechle,

Lincoln

Cap and trade is a slush fund

Re “Cap-trade spending plan aims to aid low-income folks” (Page 7A, Aug. 18): Cap and trade is a gigantic slush fund for Democrats and their cronies. “A large pot of money is sitting unused …” Cue up the incompetent politicians vigorously rubbing their greedy hands in anticipation. This article exposes the truth of the warming scam for the gullible. It was and is only about the money.

James Cronin, Folsom

An idea for ‘large pot of money’

“A large pot of money is sitting unused … Money from those auctions flows into a fund that can be used for projects to mitigate the environmental effects of greenhouse gases.”

Really? A large pot of money? Well, here’s an idea. There is no light rail in the Arden-Carmichael area. Howe Avenue is going through a lane reduction soon, so why not connect the Interstate-80 light-rail corridor with the Highway 50 light-rail corridor, by adding light rail north and south, along Howe Avenue, turning at Arden Way and heading west to Del Paso light rail?

The area around Arden is growing substantially, yet with no connectors to downtown, the gridlock that is occurring on Arden and Howe during rush hours leaves a lot of idling motors spewing carbon into the air.

It’s long past time to take more cars off the roads and bring light rail into Arden.

Kathy Stricklin, Sacramento

Streetcar project is unsustainable

Re “Grant puts streetcar dreams back on track” (Local, Aug. 17): There is a $30 million grant for the streetcar line between West Sacramento and Sacramento, but there is no money guaranteed for its operation. Regional Transit is financially strapped. Once again, we have a proposal for a project without funding to sustain it.

Cap and trade is nothing more than a money pot to fund an agenda, like high-speed rail. Will it pay for itself? Not likely.

Joan Bach, Sacramento

Trump has ideas but no solutions

Re “Donald Trump’s alarming ideas on terrorism” (Editorials, Aug. 16): Far too many times Donald Trump says what he will do to fix America but does not state how he will make his proposals come about.

The array of problems around the globe dictates that leaders of the free world must be able to think on their feet. To just talk about proposals and not offer solutions is not a trait our commander in chief should have.

Trump has to understand that there are provisions in the Constitution that protect our citizens of this great country.

Ray Blasquez, Lincoln

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