Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 4, 2013

Oct. 4, 2013: Letters to the editor


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Americans will rise against Obamacare

The first days of Obamacare are upon us. The vast majority of Americans now or will soon recognize the profusion of problems with this 20,000-plus-page monstrosity.

The administration is begging young people to jump on the bandwagon (bearing much of the financial burden) and sign up for coverage. Surprise, Mr. President, your words and actions, in the past months, have turned off the very groups that put you in office for a second term. You have even managed to alienate the union supporters.

As this law now stands, I predict within the next year the American people will have suffered so horribly from Obamacare’s drastic increase in insurance costs, invasion of our privacy, contradictory rules, excessive taxes, unjustified fines, loss of chosen doctors and health providers, and life-ending decisions by the Death Panel, they will rise up en masse and demand Congress stop our suffering. Maybe even demand term limits.

Or, to stop the misery for American citizens, Congress will wisely override Obama’s numerous illegal Obamacare exemptions for the likes of big business, selected educator and labor groups, members of Congress and the White House staff. Let them utilize the outstanding benefits (Obama’s words) of his “affordable” health care law, just like we in the president’s middle and lower classes will be forced to do.

Are you listening, Sen. Reid?

John Paul

Warren

EPA plan will raise your electric bill

The strict carbon emission limits recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will mean higher electric bills for business and residential consumers. The warranted outrage over this latest maneuver, which comes with no evidence of improving overall air quality, was plentiful and came from various corners. A few examples:

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.: “I strongly believe there is a way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, protect our environment and our health, while at the same time make sure we are not excessively burdening the Hoosier families and businesses that rely on affordable power. The regulations proposed fail to meet this basic, common-sense objective.”

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: “These regulations will drive up the cost of electricity at a time when our economy can least afford it. In addition, the higher cost of electricity will disproportionately affect low- and fixed-income Hoosiers. Manufacturing states, like Indiana, will feel the brunt the greatest as our industrial sectors put more of their revenue toward their electricity bill and less toward putting more Hoosiers to work.”

Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association: “The rule effectively bans construction of the most efficient power plants the nation will need to provide affordable electricity for a growing economy and will certainly create further economic hardships for millions of families, especially those most vulnerable to higher energy costs.”

Specifically, the new standards mandate carbon capture and storage technology be used on all new coal-fueled power plants. Smart, necessary regulation by the EPA makes sense; this does not. The EPA is putting at risk our most plentiful energy resource (coal), one that supplies nearly half of our nation’s electric power. In addition, the carbon capture and sequestration technology being suggested is not yet proven in an industry setting.

Locally, Hoosier families and businesses get more than 80 percent of their electricity from coal. Indiana consumes 70 million tons of coal per year. The early retirement of these coal-fired power plants — which will happen — will require substantial fuel switching to primarily more expensive natural gas to meet growing demand. Again, that will mean higher electricity costs for you, me and our employers.

It’s time for everyone to contact their members of Congress and urge action against the EPA.

Vince Griffin

Indiana Chamber

of Commerce