Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


August 8, 2013

Aug. 8, 2013: Letters to the editor

‘No blue sky’ for folks without health care

I read Indiana Commissioner of Insurance Stephen W. Robertson’s letter to the editor claiming that expenditures of individual health care costs will skyrocket due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, other experts in the health insurance field dispute Commissioner Robertson’s assertion and offer healthy skepticism about the Pence administration’s estimates.

The Pence administration arrived at its figures by weighing each of the four plans — Platium, Gold, Silver and Bronze — equally, which is unrealistic. States like California, New York, Oregon and Washington based their estimates on the costs of the Silver Plan, which is more realistic than expecting 25 percent of consumers will choose the Gold Plan and another 25 percent will opt for the Platinum Plan.

The administration needs to provide Hoosiers with a more realistic estimate, rather than trying to give proof to its ideological animosity toward President Obama and ACA. Commissioner Robertson should base the corrected figures on the likely percentage of use of a plan multiplied by the cost of that particular plan. It would enable those of us on the Indiana Health Finance Commission, as well as average Hoosiers, to view a more accurate picture of the effects of ACA rather than watching unrealistic figures being moved around in a type of political shell game.

May I respectfully remind Gov. Pence and Commissioner Robertson that while you may believe the sky is falling because of ACA, there is no blue sky for Hoosier families without health care. Remember, health care is a human right, not a privilege for the wealthy.

Rep. B. Patrick Bauer,

D-South Bend

1,500-foot setback protects landowners

I guess I don’t understand. In March of this year, after several hours of expert and public testimony, the BZA granted the petition for the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm with two conditions. No. 1, that a 1,500-foot setback from property lines be maintained and, No. 2, that juwi return to the BZA with a property value guarantee. One thousand five hundred feet from any property line, period.

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