The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 25, 2014

Readers' Forum 3 25 | Government comes between patient, doctor

JOHNSTOWN — As I read the forum, I am astounded by the many people who defend the president’s policies. Is the Affordable Care Act a good law? No. It assures no one free health care. Someone has to pay.

There are many people whose premiums and deductibles have gone much higher so others can have free or reducedā€ˆhealth care.

I am not against the poor. I believe that, in this Judeo-Christian country, we have provided them health care.

Also, we now have the federal government running a system that was not broken but is doomed to failure because it inserts itself between the patient and doctor; a government panel will dictate the care the patient will receive.

This law also tramples on religious freedom, forcing individuals to pay for artifical contraception and abortions for others, even if these provisions go against the payers’ religious beliefs. Just as the law goes on for 2,000-plus pages, there are pages that can be written about its injustices.

Raising the minimum wage to $10 and forcing businesses to pay personnel for retroactive overtime are proposals that will stifle economic growth and cost our country more jobs.

How can a business invest in expansion when the government keeps reaching into the very assets it would use for that expansion? I am not against the unemployed, I do want to see more jobs created so they can work, support themselves and their families.

These policies, and many others, are not practical, ethical or good for our country.

Ann E. Poole

Ebensburg

Socialism weakening the economy

Two recently published books should be read by everyone who cherishes liberty.

Pat Buchanan in his book “The Death of the West” portrays how Marxists are invading our institutions via public schools, colleges, churches, newspapers, magazines and all federal agencies.

Progressives in both political parties are imposing the Gramsci strategy of communism by infiltrating all areas of our society in order to destroy capitalism and free enterprise. Another author, Dr. Ben Carson, a noted neurosurgeon, in his book “America the Beautiful” also sees where socialism is weakening our economy and if pursued will destroy capitalism.

Many reading this are thinking of the two mentioned systems that socialism, though not good, can’t be as bad as communism.

Several known political figures confront this subject with their own words: “We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism until they awaken one day to find that they have communism,” has often been attributed to Nikita Khrushchev, former Russian leader.

“The goal of socialism is communism,” Vladimir Lenin.

“Democrats are trying to impose a secular, socialist machine,” Newt Gingrich.

“Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. I’m a radical, leftist small ‘c’ communist,” Bill Ayers, founder of Weather Underground Organization.

If we know the truth and love liberty we will speak out against the tyranny that is approaching from a bloated, over-reaching, socialist federal government.

Jackie Clark

Westmont

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