My remarks in this letter are in response to the guest column by the Rev. James E. Daniels ("Obama is the complete opposite of Trump," The Daily News, Sept. 26), which I appreciate and agree with for the most part. Daniels is to be commended for his courage, conviction and passion expressed in this column.

He mentions some very important points expressed with raw honesty, courage and colorful language.

I commend him for calling President Trump and “the majority party” on their failings, i.e. “the moral decay of our democracy in an epic proportion.” An example provided by him of “President Trump and his followers continuing the attempt to tear down the legacy of Obama,” is the destruction of the Affordable Care Act.

His remarks about President Obama and the topic of “race” are right on target. One has only to look at Trump’s years of trying to deny Obama’s legitimacy!

And in summary, he says, “President Obama exemplified moral character and intelligence” … so much in contrast with the incompetency and moral bankruptcy of the Trump administration.

Rev. Daniels, thank you for sharing your passionate commentary. You do know that you have an audience in the community supportive of these views.

Maris P. Helfrich

Galveston

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Carlos Ponce

"President Trump and his followers continuing the attempt to tear down the legacy of Obama..." That's why he was elected president.
So you're sitting back and enjoying the benefits this president is sowing (improved military, economy, etc) while at the same time bad mouthing him. Typical but within your rights. But it reminds me of Matthew 7:6 "...pearls before swine".

Walter Manuel

I'm still trying to figure out how the Affordable Health Care Act is "affordable" to those who would otherwise not have health insurance if it wasn't available?

I say that to say, my insurance premium went up an additional $90 this year from essentially the same plan that I had last year with me paying $360 something a month and my employer paying $354 a month towards my insurance and I have a $6,500 out of pocket deductible if I have to go into the hospital before insurance starts to pay 80% of my bill.

How is it affordable for someone to just say that they have "health" insurance when their only paying for example $100 a month and someone's out of pocket deductible is often times way beyond their means of ever being able to pay for that expense?

When President Obama's "marketplace" becomes such a hassle for everyone else trying to get health insurance, then I'm certainly open to suggestions that in fact make health care coverage for everyone more affordable.

And lastly, I'm still trying to figure out why my annual salary plays such a big part in calculating how much my insurance will be??

Could it be some people are still trying to keep others feeding at the pig trough?
[whistling]

George Croix

[thumbup]
The fantasy that having insurance equals getting care continues.

I'd agree, though, that the Rev.s posting(s) was/were not in vain...but in Fantasyland.

Emile Pope

Your statement makes no sense...

Emile Pope

Your first statement makes no sense. People who could not afford insurance are able to get their insurance partially subsidized which allows them to afford it. It appears that you know nothing of how it works.

You say how much your premium is without saying how many people are covered or what kind of insurance you have. Furthermore, you have no idea of how much your insurance would have gone up if Obamacare wasn't in effect. And your salary doesn't play a part in how much your insurance is. It has to do with what your subsidy is and that's because lower income people are less able to afford insurance. If you think that it's perfectly fine for people to go bankrupt or lose their entire life savings because they get ill fine. But I'll keep a health plan that prevents that from happening.

Carlos Ponce

My brother had "government subsidized insurance" (Obamacare) last year but couldn't meet the high deductible (over $9000) so he couldn't use it with a yearly Social Security income of $13,000. And because he had Obamacare he did not qualify as a charity when finally hospitalized. He suffered renal failure and had two stents put in for heart failure. The bills mount up. He now lies in a nursing home and is unable to walk and the bed sores accumulate and are hard to treat because of his diabetes. The state asks that all his Social Security except for $60 go to the nursing home.
If Obamacare works for you good. But it does not work for everybody.
When I took him to the emergency room I spoke with many health specialists who told me the high deductibles are a common complaint and a reason for an increase in ER visits.

Emile Pope

How was his insurance before Obamacare? Did he have Medicare? And the new Republican budget slashes Medicaid. And oh by the way, you say that the bills keep piling up. Hasn't he met the deductible? And you talk about the increase in ER visits. Where were people who didn't have health insurance going before Obamacare? All of your answers leave more questions that you seem unable to answer...

Carlos Ponce

"How was his insurance before Obamacare?" He had a job which provided insurance.
"Did he have Medicare?" He was 63 when hospitalized so did not qualify for Medicare. With renal failure he now qualifies. Renal failure Medicare kicks in 5 to 6 months after applying.
"Hasn't he met the deductible?" His Obamacare lapsed. Between his Obamacare lapsing and Medicare kicking in on May his bill was well over $120,000 just at UTMB. He then had hospital stays at Mainland. Medicare pays 80%. Even at 20% the bills are high.
.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "My brother had "government subsidized insurance" (Obamacare) last year but couldn't meet the high deductible (over $9000) so he couldn't use it with a yearly Social Security income of $13,000. "

It sounds like your brother should have shopped more carefully for his insurance Carlos, but I could be wrong. That may have been all that was available. Still, even with that horribly high deductible, the bills would be a magnitude higher without insurance. Like instead of $9K it could easily be over $100K to get a couple of stents put in. I had a pacemaker/defibrillator put in and the bill for just that device and the procedure was over $250K. It cost me a couple of thousand because I had insurance.

Anyone expecting the ACA to be a panacea for all health costs is going to be deeply disappointed. It is far from perfect, but it is still miles ahead of what was in place before it was enacted. It needs many repairs. Unfortunately the GOP spent years demagoguing it and they have now painted themselves into a corner. They have nothing to replace it, and doing the sensible thing, repairing it, will expose their lies and make them look like fools. So because of their demagoguery everyone gets screwed, like your brother.

If your brother is on Social Security doesn't he gets medicare Carlos? Has he also signed up for medicaid? I don't quite understand why he needed an expensive insurance policy if he had medicare and medicaid. Surely medicaid was mush cheaper that a private insurance plan, right?

Jim Forsythe

Carlos , does your Brother have something like the following.
https://www.parentgiving.com/shop/med-aire-app-system-759/c/

"The state asks that all his Social Security except for $60 go to the nursing home". This is standard with nursing home care.


Jim Forsythe

Carlos , If your Brother has a house, has he looked into a Lady Bird Trust  
.http://www.va-medicaid.com/bond_law_firm_lady_bird_deeds.phpuld 

Carlos Ponce

He has an air mattress at the nursing home to help with the back bed sores and wears padded "boots" to help his heel bed sores but this has led to other sores on top of his feet. He did not qualify for medicaid prior to his hospitalization and only qualified for Medicare once renal failure was diagnosed. But like I posted it takes 5 to 6 months to kick in after applying.

Jim Forsythe

Nursing homes  have a rubber mattress that has air ,and inflates and deflates with a pump. This works very good at preventing bed sores. I have known 2 people that have used this.
Walter Manuel may know what the name of it is.

Carlos Ponce

The one my brother has has an air pump.

Carlos Ponce

They talked about the Lady Bird Trust but said the cost for obtaining one ranges from $500 to $1000 depending on who draws it up.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, they may put a lean on the house to try and recoup the amount that  they provide for his care.
Please do some research on what may happens with Medicare. I had to deal with this for two different people.
$1,000 now, may be cheap latter. Find a Lawyer that specializes in Elder care, Texas City has one.

PD Hyatt

ROFLOL at the thought that someone would think that Obama and his minions had any moral fibers in their bodies.... Corruption, the slaughtering of the innocent, the promoting of Islam over Christianity (even when Islam was slaughtering the Christians.... Fast and Furious, Gun Runner, Benghazi, Hillary gate and many other things that they did and someone says that they were moral???? ROFLOL at that thought....Add to that you have the socialistic destruction of our medical care and you have to laugh at the followers of Obama and the Hildabeast....

Mark Aaron

Paul: "ROFLOL at the thought that someone would think that Obama and his minions had any moral fibers in their bodies.... Corruption, the slaughtering of the innocent, the promoting of Islam over Christianity (even when Islam was slaughtering the Christians.... Fast and Furious, Gun Runner, Benghazi, Hillary gate and many other things that they did and someone says that they were moral????"

Poor gullible Paul. You have bought into every idiotic wingnut conspiracy theory the GOP propaganda machine has manufactured. I think you must qualify for a super-dupe award. You would be laughable if you weren't so pathetic.

Doyle Beard

Sometimes doesn't take much to impress some people

Mark Aaron

Doyle: "Sometimes doesn't take much to impress some people"

And some people are incredibly easy to dupe.

Doyle Beard

Glad to see you admit you are easlly duped.

Doyle Beard

ACA is dying on its own, get your head out of the sand.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: "ACA is dying on its own, get your head out of the sand."

Wrong. From the New York Times:

_Growing evidence suggests that the markets are far from collapse. Because of how the subsidies work, people were generally shielded from this year’s higher prices, and enrollment is steady. Several recent analyses argue that this year’s increase was a market correction, and that a smoother market would follow in the years ahead._

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/upshot/obamacare-isnt-in-a-death-spiral-its-replacement-probably-wont-be-either.html?mtrref=www.google.com

Doyle Beard

ONLY A GULLIABLE ONE BELIEVES THENYT

Mark Aaron

Doyle: "ONLY A GULLIABLE ONE BELIEVES THENYT"

Only the world's most thoroughly duped wingnuts believe that one Doyle. The N Y Times is the most respected newspaper on the planet. That you don't know or recognize that leaves little doubt about your pitiful ignorance. So sad.

Doyle Beard

Yep Mark its sad that one believes the NYT as be highly respected. Like I said gulliable people believe they are highly respected. Once long ago they were highly respected but that has fluttered in the wind.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: "Like I said gulliable people believe they are highly respected."

You continue to prove your profound ignorance, Doyle. Don't let me stop you.

Paula Flinn

The republicans sabotaged the ACA (Obamacare). In the dead of night they met and voted out the level of subsidies, which President Trump doesn't want to renew. Why did it, after a shaky start, work so well for awhile? it was before the Republicans in Congress voted to have the caps removed from the amount the insurance companies could increase their annual rates and their deductibles. This is why we need a single payer insurance plan for all, one that will allow you to choose, or modify, what is covered, specifically for you, in your plan.

Carlos Ponce

Paula, Obamacare was in trouble the day it was enacted. Just look at the number of executive tweaks President Obama had to give it after he signed it. Look at the increase in premiums while Obama was still in office. Anything but affordable. Look at the number of providers that pulled out during the Obama administration.
April 2016
"UnitedHealth to Pull Back From Insurance Exchanges, Citing Losses"
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/business/citing-losses-unitedhealth-to-pull-back-from-obamacare.html
July 2016
"Humana pulling out of many Obamacare markets"
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/humana-obamacare-markets-225963
August 2016
"Why Aetna is pulling back, big time, from Obamacare markets now" Tue, Aug 16, 2016.
https://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/16/why-aetna-is-pulling-back-big-time-from-obamacare-markets-now.html
I provide Leftist web sites on purpose for those who won't believe anything else.

Craig Lindberg

Mark writes: "The N Y Times is the most respected newspaper on the planet."

Covering up for a ultra high profile Democrat serial sexual predator for 13 years makes you respect them, does it Mark?

Doyle Beard

Mark you have no worries about stopping me. People who lare infatutaed with the NYT, lies, half truths, logic nor common sense are the least of my worries.

Carlos Ponce

Pew Research Center rates the average NYT reader to the left of Politico, Huffington, MSNBC and CNN.
http://www.businessinsider.com/what-your-preferred-news-outlet-says-about-your-political-ideology-2014-10
"The New York Times' audience (13% of respondents) skews to the left. About two-thirds of its audience (65%) have political values that are left of center (compared with 38% of all Web respondents)."
http://www.journalism.org/interactives/media-polarization/outlet/new-york-times/
I don't believe their findings. I see New York Times readers as even farther to the Left than indicated if our Liberal forum posters are an indication of what they believe. They are along the lines of Slate which with the New Yorker is the farthest Left news outlet .
Even Fox News' viewers are rated closer to the center than NYT according to their findings.
I see the average GCDN reader as Conservative as opposed to the editors who are far Left. Hint: appealing to your Leftist subscribers won't sell more papers. Those who subscribe do so for local non-political content, i.e. obituaries, local events, school events, local sports, etc..

Craig Lindberg

And if Mark's day wasn't shaping up badly enough already, just out today, a NYT editor is caught on hidden camera admitting that the "Times Slants Anti-Trump News to the Front Page" and bragging that he won't be objective and "That's why I'm here [at the NYT]."

Queue up the predictable lame attempts as ducking, dodging, misdirecting, changing the subject, and personal attacks.

Mark Aaron

Craig: " a NYT editor is caught on hidden camera admitting that the "Times Slants Anti-Trump News to the Front Page" and bragging that he won't be objective and "That's why I'm here [at the NYT].""

Poor Craig duped again. That nonsense is coming from the dishonest nutcase and altered-video propagandist James O'Keefe of ACORN and Planned Parenthood infamy. You must be particularly desperate today Craig. So sad.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "Pew Research Center rates the average NYT reader to the left of Politico, Huffington, MSNBC and CNN."

Imagine that, the smartest people prefer the New York Times. Pew notes that NYT readers are at the same level as NPR.

_People who watch MSNBC and CNN exclusively can answer more questions about domestic events than people who watch no news at all. People who only watch Fox did much worse. NPR listeners answered more questions correctly than people in any other category._

https://www.poynter.org/news/survey-nprs-listeners-best-informed-fox-viewers-worst-informed

Mark Aaron

Craig: "Covering up for a ultra high profile Democrat serial sexual predator for 13 years makes you respect them, does it Mark? "

Poor Craig, duped again.

_“Sharon has now had more than a decade to pursue this story unencumbered by me or any New York Times editor,” Landman told POLITICO. “Why, if she had the goods on Weinstein in 2004, has she been unable or unwilling to publish something in the Wrap, where she was in charge? Could it be because she didn’t actually have the goods then, now or in between?”_

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/09/harvey-weinstein-sharon-waxman-new-york-times-243600

Craig Lindberg

Paula, “In the dead of night?” Really? After the dems pass the ACA outside of regular order in budget reconciliation with zero input and zero votes from Republicans and you are going to not only blame the Republicans but also try to make it look like they did something underhanded? That’s funny. So, do tell how the Republicans did all this without President Obama signing off on it? I don’t remember any veto’s being overridden? Perhaps you might want to also refresh yourself on the parts of the ACA that the dems scheduled to kick in after the 2016 elections so when more things go awry you can be honest as to who to blame.

As for “a single payer insurance plan for all, one that will allow you to choose, or modify, what is covered, specifically for you, in your plan.” What happens when someone needs something they chose not to cover? What then? Who pays? If it’s single payer, it must be the government that pays, no? If so, what’s the point of choosing coverage if you’re de-facto covered for everything? The point is you don’t want to pay but you do want to be covered.

Mark Aaron

Craig: "“In the dead of night?” Really? After the dems pass the ACA outside of regular order in budget reconciliation with zero input and zero votes from Republicans"

Poor Craig, back with your zombie lies just in time for Halloween. We have already been through this and you already know that the ACA went through many committees and was one of the most investigated and discussed acts in congressional history. Republicans had plenty to say about it and many opportunities to do so. Their only interest was in obstructing its passage lest President Obama have a victory, something they declared they would never let happen regardless of cost to the country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-A09a_gHJc

Paula Flinn

i am covered nicely by TRS Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, but if I need a liver transplant, or something equally serious and expensive, it doesn't cover that. So nothing is perfect, Carlos. My friend and colleague at BHS died waiting for a lung transplant, and we had many fund raisers for her before she died. She was featured in the GCDN as waiting for her transplant. It never happened. She had some form of teacher's insurance also, TRS 2 or TRS 3. Again, nothing is perfect, Carlos, but that doesn't mean that we should stop seeking affordable health care for all.

The ACA passed with no Republican votes, and so did Medicare. We don't want anyone messing with Medicare. Do not privatize it for profit, and give us vouchers. Leave it alone.

The Republicans deliberately chose not to join in and help create a program for all when the ACA was being conceived. And from the looks of the 2 or 3 plans they have conceived since Trump has become president, I say, "Thank God." Those plans are nothing but tax breaks for the rich and cut Medicaid, which throws many low-income families off their plans. Republicans have proved they cannot be trusted because their plans are expensive (even more than Obamacare) says the CBO, and Republicans are in it only for profit. This last horrendous plan was sponsored by Sen. Lindsay Graham who admitted that he did not know everything that was in it because he hadn't read it. Pretty poor excuse for a Senator, wouldn't you say? Sponsoring a bill that you had not even read the bullet points? Deplorable, disgusting, and despicable! People's lives would depend on this, and he had not read it, nor did he know the consequences of implementing this plan, but he had time to go golfing with the President! Deplorable!

Carlos Ponce

Bottom line, did ACA-Obamacare make health care affordable? No.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "Bottom line, did ACA-Obamacare make health care affordable? No"

If you had a pre-existing condition it certainly did. The ACA is also credited with slowing the increase in costs of health insurance. The ACA is certainly not perfect, but America is far better off today because of it, including the many millions who had no healthcare insurance before its passage.

Craig Lindberg

Poor predictable Mark, incapable of honest debate or thought beyond the very most superficial. So sad.

Mark Aaron

Craig: "Poor predictable Mark, incapable of honest debate or thought beyond the very most superficial. "

I'm not the one who keeps getting duped and posting bogus stories, that would be you, Craig. I'm also not the one relying on rightwing propaganda mills for my news. I know the difference between objective news sources and partisan sources, too bad you can't say the same as your posts so often illustrate. Pobrecito.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "Paula, Obamacare was in trouble the day it was enacted"

Oh my, it needed to be tweaked. Yet most Americans liked and approved of it and it insured many many millions who did not have healthcare, or had limited unaffordable healthcare before its passage.

Do you know what confirmation bias is Carlos? You might want to investigate it given that you have an exceptionally bad case of it.

Paula Flinn

I agree with you, Mr. Helfrich. Reverend Daniels should keep writing columns expressing his opinions.

Carlos Ponce

Yes, I agree. The more he writes, readers will turn to the Right.[beam]

Doyle Beard

Some people like lies, half truths and propaganda so keep your hogwash coming as you do have a few chosen supporters.

Mark Aaron

Doyle: "Some people like lies, half truths and propaganda so keep your hogwash coming as you do have a few chosen supporters."

Unlike you and the usual suspects here I don't need hogwash, half-truths, or lies Doyle. The facts and history are overwhelmingly on my side. It is why I can so easily provide such credible facts from reputable sources time and time again and you can't.

Doyle Beard

hog wash and bologna

Carlos Ponce

In 2004 a New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman turned in a story on the sexual escapades of Harvey Weinstein.
"The story I reported never ran. After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted."
https://www.thewrap.com/media-enablers-harvey-weinstein-new-york-times/
"Waxman responded to questions about why she didn’t further pursue the story when she launched The Wrap as an update to her original piece. She wrote that the Lombardo story was long over by 2009 and that she 'did not have sufficient evidence to write about a pay-off, even though I knew one existed.' "
"In addition to suggesting The Times felt pressure from Weinstein in 2004, Waxman claimed that Landman, then Times culture editor and now an editor at Bloomberg, told her that the allegations weren’t worth covering because Weinstein wasn’t a publicly elected official."
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/09/harvey-weinstein-sharon-waxman-new-york-times-243600
New York Times presents all the news they want its readers to know. Keep them ignorant.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "In 2004 a New York Times reporter Sharon Waxman turned in a story on the sexual escapades of Harvey Weinstein. "

Carlos the shameless rightwing propagandist strikes again. From your own source:

_“Sharon has now had more than a decade to pursue this story unencumbered by me or any New York Times editor,” Landman told POLITICO. “Why, if she had the goods on Weinstein in 2004, has she been unable or unwilling to publish something in the Wrap, where she was in charge? Could it be because she didn’t actually have the goods then, now or in between?”_

Doyle Beard

excuses my rear

Carlos Ponce

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.' Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angel.' "

Carlos Ponce

Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty
To loosen a screw, nut, bolt you turn it to the left. To tighten you turn it to the right.
Makes sense since those on the Left have a screw loose.[wink]

Jim Forsythe

Unless you use Republican bolts , that have left-handed threads, that come with left-handed nuts . 
-Lefty Tighty  Righty Loosey, 

Carlos Ponce

They're not called "Republican" bolts. They are called left-handed thread bolts.

Jim Forsythe

Depends on who is calling them. A lot of tools, have different name's!

Carlos Ponce

Do a web search on your "Republican bolts". No such animal.

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