Obama wrong on may levels
Hope you enjoy personal information hacked on Obamacare website and having money stolen for nothing since medical care will become non-existent regardless of how much money you pay into the plan with insurance companies going out of business. There is always Medicaid at the bottom of the list. This president is at a loss with no previous experience in running a business including balancing a budget or dealing with the deficits he incurred for this country. He is an embarrassment to this country emitting a weak presence. Apologizing for things not necessary. (Guess if Hitler was still alive he would have apologized for American troops rescuing Jews from the concentration camps). Why did Obama fire the military generals and replace them with younger generals? Are they "yes" men? I suspect the fired generals were not, but knew what was yet to come in this country as per orders from this president. You, Obamacrats, be glad you were able to vote in the last election. It may the last election. You voted for socialism with this president. Study history. It does repeat itself. I respect the office of president but not this current occupant.
ELAINE BELL, Cleveland, Tenn
Lifestyle choices questioned
1 Corinthians 6:9. "Don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God's kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality." Elsewhere the Bible calls the gay lifestyle depravity. Romans 1:27: "The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error." I personally believe the "appropriate penalty of their error" is one or more of 50 different sexually transmitted diseases, and fatal HIV/AIDS is only one of them. The homosexual community has five times the STDs of the general population. Also, do you know any homosexuals over 65? This lifestyle takes decades off one's life. Smoking takes only a few years. It is most regrettable that no one has the nerve to publish these and the other down sides of homosexuality.
DR. TOM HERZOG, Chattanooga
BlueCross BlueShield tries to bully doctors
The 50 percent reduction below Medicare rate for laboratory tests proposed by BCBS is an egregious example of corporate bullying. It is an unkind act toward patients because they will have to go to another institution -- and probably more frequently -- to ensure correct results for testing that could be done when they are in the doctor's office. As a former practicing rheumatologist in Chattanooga for 34 years, I know how important a timely CBC or liver test could be for the correct decision for the patient on cytotoxic medications. The BCBS reimbursements are less than what it costs the doctor to perform them or send them out. The result will be more time and expense for the patient to go to another lab and for the doctor to obtain information he should have at his fingertips rather than waiting a day or two for the laboratory data to return and be recorded in the patient's record. BCBS's contract amendment is continued evidence of the insurer's monetary corporate bullying without concern for the patients or providers.
JOHN G. PATY JR., M.D., Soddy Daisy