Instead of repeal, Romney should focus on jobs
Re: "Romney launches mission 'repeal and replace'," June 28
I am not an adviser to Mitt Romney, but his focus on repealing and replacing Obamacare -- even though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Obama's signature health care overhaul -- will make it easy for the president to be re-elected.
Romney should be trying to convince voters that if he were elected president, his policies would create an environment in which the millions of unemployed Americans would get jobs. Instead, he chose to infer that the Supreme Court justices did not interpret the law correctly.
If I were Romney, I would not question the knowledge, skills and abilities of the justices.I would focus on how get to millions of unemployed Americans back on the job.
Obamacare ruling raises new problems
Re: "Supreme Court upholds Obama health law by 5-4 vote," June 28
Although the Obamacare plan was a noble idea, there are several problematic policies that have received little mention.
First, if the purchase of health insurance is to be required of all 300 million Americans, it will most likely require the hiring of thousands of new federal employees to police the citizens to ensure they comply.
Second, it is going to be difficult to educate lower-income individuals, who are used to going straight to the emergency room when they need medical care, to not go there unless they have a life-threatening illness.
Finally, are students here on work visas covered under the quasi-amnesty policies President Obama announced recently? And how are we going to deal with millions of adult illegal immigrants who access emergency room services on a frequent basis?
Insure them too?
MontCo per-pupil spending will not increase
Re: "Montgomery County schools get 'sacred cow' status," Local Editorial, June 27
The Examiner should have gotten the facts straight on Montgomery County school funding in its recent editorial.
Maintenance of Effort Law ensures dependable levels of school funding on a per-pupil basis that students can count on. The law provides counties with flexibility during down times, while encouraging boards of education and counties to collaborate in finding long-term savings.
It creates accountability and transparency by closing loopholes that some counties have exploited to cut funding by more than 30 percent, leading to increased class sizes, eliminated student services and reduced extracurriculars.
Moreover, county schools are receiving additional funding next year because they will have 2,500 more students. The editorial implies this funding is due to some new law; in fact, this is how Maryland school funding law has worked for nearly 30 years. The county's per-pupil spending will not increase one penny and is actually $1,500 less than it was four years ago.