Durham County

What you’re saying: Jean Ricca, Sondra Stein

The Church of Money

Everything the current iteration of the GOP represents is for the short-term delight of billionaires and against the survival of the human species.

I used to rage at how they had used religion and fear of “others” to manipulate the weak American into being a willing slave to the capitalism that serves only the 1 percent. But maybe I was wrong!

The current GOP, by promoting extremism in service to the Church of Money (only for them, though, never for thee) might be fulfilling Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest beautifully. By voting for these people, by not resisting their looting and their destruction of our Garden of Eden (aka suitable habitat), we hasten the demise of what has become a toxic species.

Perhaps today’s Republicans are the greatest environmentalists of all. Once the human race is gone, this beautiful planet might be just fine.

Jean Ricca

Hillsborough

Senators represent the people

It seems absurd that nobody can get a straight answer about health care from the senators sent to Washington to represent the people's best interests. In January I began visiting and writing to Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr (as well as Rep. G.K. Butterfield) about Congress' efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. I asked them to:

Maintain the ACA guarantee of protection for people with pre-existing conditions. No one should be denied care or forced to pay exorbitant rates just because they have needed health care in the past.

Keep or improve ACA limits on deductibles. Low premiums mean nothing if deductibles are so high that individuals cannot afford to seek the care they need.

Maintain and expand the Medicaid program rather than decimating it to provide tax cuts for rich people. If the changes proposed in the AHCA stand, a minimum of 1.3 million people in North Carolina will lose coverage.

I have asked Burr and Tillis to commit to protecting all of us. Now I also ask them to commit to an open process, with public hearings instead of a stealth plan aimed at depriving people of their right to affordable, quality health care.

Sondra Stein

Durham

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