Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New health care proposal

Our own Congressman, Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., has co-authored the American health Care Reform Act (AHCRA) to totally replace Obamacare. The AHCRA repeals Medicaid expansion and ends the IRS requirement to buy health insurance. All the mandates of the ACA would be repealed.

The AHCRA establishes a single tax deduction of up to $20,500 for families but only for those “with qualifying health insurance.” Plus access to Health Savings Accounts. But with Medicaid expansion gone our poorest citizens, 40 million, are excluded from any federal health care benefits except use of the emergency room.

The AHCRA is nothing but a rip-off for everyone except well-off middle class citizens and our rich. Providing affordable health care to most Americans as under Obamacare is gone under the AHCRA which is a farce. If you cannot afford medical insurance you are on your own. No help from Uncle Sugar. That’s the emergency room. Ridiculous.

-- Frank W. Gadbois

Warner Robins

What Ellis should do

Jack Ellis is so starved for attention that he is using the slaughter of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, to get his name in the paper and his picture on TV. If he gets his wish, everything that commemorates the Confederacy will be destroyed. What he is doing is ripping the scabs off old wounds and making whites and blacks hate each other for something that none of us did. It happened 150 years ago. No one alive today is a Union soldier, a Confederate soldier or a slave. Ellis wants to rewrite history and destroy all reminders of the past. Instead of working so hard to stir up trouble, he should work to promote Macon and all the good people living here.

-- R.D. Coleman


No emergency parking

Please, people of Houston County, stop parking in the fire lane in front of stores. The fire lane in front of Kroger is not a convenient parking spot for you to run in and get your coffee or whatever random item you need. It is a place for emergency vehicles to park in the event of an emergency. An emergency vehicle is a fire truck, police car or an ambulance. Your personal truck does not qualify as an emergency vehicle simply because it is red in color. If you are handicapped, you can obtain the appropriate parking tag and park in a handicapped spot. Although I love coffee, the purchase of coffee does not qualify as an emergency.

-- Christina Hunt

Warner Robins