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Obamacare, events leave nation with questions

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 8:18 am

Changes in health care are rapidly emerging as many major companies are announcing changes as the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare) is becoming a reality. UPS, the delivery company, reportedly will be dropping health care coverage for spouses of white-collared employees if the spouse’s company offers health plans. There have been reports that owners of small businesses have cut hours back from their employees to avoid offering health care plans. However, the Wentzville area got some good news from the changing health care program with the announcement of 600 jobs coming to assist people enroll in the programs. Some win, some lose.

Internationally, the news coming out of the Middle East last week is not encouraging, to say the least. Events are occurring which may further damage economic recovery here at home and create further pressures in our everyday life. The unsubstantiated charges that the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad carried out a chemical weapons attack outside Damascus killing large numbers of civilians have all the hallmarks of a staged provocation aimed at provoking Western intervention. Reports of the attack were made by Western-backed opponents of the Assad regime just as a United Nations chemical weapons inspection team, admitted to Syria by the government just 72 hours earlier, began its work. The attacks occurred just a few miles from where the UN inspection team is headquartered. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of civilians died in their sleep. Many of them were children. Why would the Syrian leader choose this time when his military has been posting serious damage to the rebels, some ask?

No matter, the provocation will be examined thoroughly. President Obama said the use of chemical weapons would be a ‘red line’ and could result in a greater response against the Assad regime. Just as we are pulling out of Afghanistan, would this become another Middle East stop for military action? This coupled with the unrest in Egypt and Iran’s threats against Israel make this a ‘powder keg’ for American interests. If there is a military response to this, then let it be a multi-international effort, not just another American response. The threat of stoppage of oil tankers through the Suez Canal is a major concern for many. The Washington Post, in their editorial said “If the allegations of a massive new attack are confirmed, the weak measure adopted by President Obama in June—supplying small weapons to rebel forces—will have proved utterly inadequate.”

On the home front, another man with a gun (AK-47) gained entrance into a Georgia school but due to the brave verbal communications by a clerk, another tragedy was averted. In Oklahoma, an aspiring college baseball player was gunned down by three hoodlums who said they had nothing else to do. A letter to the editor in this issue speaks of foul language and disrespectful behavior becoming prevalent in today’s businesses.

When will the insanity end?

By Bob Simmons