Children’s health care
EDITOR: The fact that CHIP, a special health care program for children, exists after the passage of Obamacare in 2010 is part of the 50 percent wrong with the Affordable Care Act. Why have a separate health care system for children instead of making it part of the health care exchanges?
The Democrats, in writing Obamacare, should have incorporated the CHIP program so it wouldn’t be subject to the whims of Republicans or whomever is against having the federal government fund health care (“What does the GOP have against children?” Editorial, Thursday). The CHIP program should be incorporated into the exchanges, which provide subsidies based on income. Then funding wouldn’t be subject to federal politics on the budget, which puts millions of children at risk for health care.
Remember the exchanges were set up with one goal: helping people buy health insurance through tax subsidies. If the exchanges are busting the household budget for the parents of these children, then fix them so this doesn’t happen.
EDITOR: A year ago I was elected to the Palm Drive Health Care District Board of Directors. Since then I have observed constant efforts by a small group of people to close the Sebastopol hospital. They make inaccurate inflammatory statements in the press to create negative drama. Most don’t live in the district — they “detached” almost a year ago.
The inaccurate alarms are: the district will raise taxes; the hospital is failing financially; the successful new toxicology lab is a scam.
The facts: The taxes are controlled by the taxpayers. The district directors cannot raise taxes, nor do we see any need to do so. The hospital is doing well financially. The toxicology lab is providing increasing income and serving California patients. Dr. Steven Mertens, a pathologist for Sonoma West Medical Center and other hospitals, approved the toxicology program and keeps oversight.
Ignore comments from people detached from the district. They chose to have no vote. Beware of others who want to shut down the hospital and district for their own purposes.
I ask you to stand with the truth in our efforts to provide a strong community hospital and district. Our hospital proved its value during the firestorm.
Treasurer, Palm Drive Health Care District
Unending road project
EDITOR: You published an article on August 31, 2015 describing the beginning of an improvement project on Stony Point Road between Highway 12 and Hearn Avenue. The article indicated the project would be completed in December 2016.
I would encourage The Press Democrat to follow up.
It’s been 2½ years, and the work isn’t finished. Granted, it’s a complex project, with relocation of power lines, storm drains, sewers, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, underground utilities, etc. And it’s always challenging to maintain traffic flow on a busy commute route.
However, as I have driven this route every workday since the project started, I have been puzzled by what appears to be poor project management. Sections of sidewalks or roads are paved, then dug up again. Sidewalks and curbs have concrete poured but with numerous small gaps, which are temporarily patched with asphalt. The effort has felt very piecemeal — as if the contractor is trying to find something do while waiting for other elements to be completed.