This is not health care plan we were promised
Regarding “Opposition mounts to Republican health bill” (March 9): Donald Trump’s wild, reckless and irresponsible lies are now infecting the GOP politicians. They all campaigned on Obamacare being bad and they promised to make things better with their replacement plan by providing better coverage, for more people and at a cheaper cost.
Instead they offer the following: a stripped-down, bare-bones, basic minimum of coverage. Far fewer people will be covered with 15 million to 20 million losing Obamacare entirely and being left without any health care. No idea of the cost we will pay or what coverage we will even have. But they are sure that they will offer “tax breaks” to the wealthiest 0.2 percent and guarantee the same to insurance company executives earning more than $500,000 per year.
After fighting against any kind of health care for us for more than 70 years, is this the best they can come up with?
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We can’t count on Trump’s dumb luck
Charles Krauthammer’s column (“The madman theory,” Feb. 24) was stunning. Krauthammer, a longtime conservative advocate, acknowledged Trump has been erratic, unpredictable, confounding and “loopy.” Krauthammer went on to say this may actually work — like the good-cop, bad-cop plot devices in TV shows. Trump’s unpredictability and craziness may cause other leaders to comply for fear that Trump may actually do what he says — conduct military operations in Mexico to deport undocumented aliens, implement a two-China policy, his casual dismissal of the two-state solution in the Middle East, etc.
It reminds me of the movie “Forrest Gump,” where Tom Hanks plays a mentally challenged man who stumbles into situations that turn out well by dumb luck. Maybe Krauthammer is right and things will turn out well under President Trump, or, then again, global chaos may result. Global politics is not Hollywood. In real life things can go terribly wrong under a Donald Gump regime.
Let’s focus on not helping spread falsities
Regarding “Press, leaders need to stop taking the bait” (March 8): Ron Bonn is right when he says that the press is “pursuing the latest shiny object” — playing right into Steve Bannon’s playbook of shifting attention from huge issues including the Russian influence on the U.S. election.
I have an idea: Wednesday was the “National Day Without a Woman.” How about a national “Stop Reporting on Unsubstantiated Rumors/Tweets Day”? Week? Year? Four years?
Kerri De Rosier
Movie lovers will miss TCM’s Robert Osborne
The emotional impact of Robert Osborne’s passing is hard to describe. I consider him Mr. Turner Classic Movies.
Movies, since the 1940s, have always been the other half of my life. Educated and entertained by them, they and those wonderful actors would’ve disappeared, but he brought them back to life in a very deep, personal connection that newer generations were not privy to, and helped these actors feel grateful to be rediscovered.
At 81, I live on memories, and Mr. Osborne has made it possible for me to recapture those wonderful films and times, which parallel my own life with family and close friends now gone, yet share with a new generation of aficionados.
I met Mr. Osborne at a TCM Hollywood festival and I found a kindred spirit who truly cared for these past movies and actors he personally knew.