North Kitsap Herald


Voting for those who voted for Obamacare

November 3, 2012 · Updated 2:51 PM

In mid-August, I fell at Long Beach, Wash., breaking the bone in my left eye’s orbital floor and suffering a mild brain concussion.

Surgical repair of the bone was successful and my eye spared lasting impairment. I got excellent care from Ocean Beach Hospital (a rural critical care hospital district) in Ilwaco, Pacific Eye Care and North Kitsap Ear, Nose and Throat in Poulsbo. If I did not have Medicare coverage and Regence supplemental insurance, I and my husband would be bankrupt and we’d be destitute.

In the last 20 years of my professional nursing career, I taught health administration to graduate students in the fields of nursing and health administration at the University of Washington. An essential component of medical systems is communication between each provider — physicians, nurses, technicians, nursing assistants and other personnel — how they “hand off” the patient to the next provider.

The care from all the professionals and their staffs that I received in response to my fall was both expert and caring in all the ways any of us could ever want. In addition, my pain was managed very well and communication with me and my husband spared us needless anxiety as we dealt with my injuries.

I’ve marked my ballot Democrat with enormous gratitude to President Obama, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Jay Inslee for “Obamacare” 2010. Thanks also to Rep. Rick Larsen of the 2nd Congressional District for voting for it.

No thanks (!) to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, 3rd Congressional District, who voted against it.

Jay Inslee’s plan to find ways to reduce medical costs in Washington state will move us toward more “affordable care” when he is elected governor on Nov. 6.

Please vote with me for these progressive Democrats, not for Republican Rob McKenna.

Phyllis R. Schultz, PhD
Retired professor of nursing, UW
Port Townsend

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When Rob McKenna joined 25 other Republican attorneys general to argue against the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he never called the governor or insurance commissioner of this state to inform them.

Since the Act is now law, he said he would uphold it. But on July 31, he wrote an op-ed declaring that he would not accept federal money for Medicaid, because our state cannot afford it.

If he had bothered to read the Act, he would know that the Medicaid issues he now states as fact — flexibility, waste, fraud, payment reform and delivery system reform — are all addressed in the Act. Like his comments on the health care costs for state employees that have been completely discredited, McKenna is using old data for his argument. Those who would be covered with the added funding are our most vulnerable citizens. McKenna believes in rationing freedom.

During the recent State budget negotiations, McKenna decided to be pretend governor and castigated the Democratic leadership for not accepting a devastating Senate proposal. He calls that bi-partisanship.

Jay Inslee not only read but wrote part of the health care act, believes women have the intellect and integrity for self-determination and that our citizens can no longer be denied health care until it is too late.

Inslee believes that our economic future lies in innovation, the hallmark of our state, and in education, especially in science and technology. He has literally written the book on sustainable and renewable energy.

Inslee believes in the words, “With liberty and justice for all.” The health care act reflects exactly that. Consumer/patient freedom belongs to everyone. Inslee “gets it” — McKenna doesn’t.

Fran Moyer


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