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Senate health care bill: One of government’s jobs is to help people; in this case we are talking about health care. The current U.S. Congress made a lot of promises when President Obama was in office, and so far, they are not following through.

People need help in regards to health care and they need it now.

Most agree Obamacare did some good things, but has many areas that need improvement. We’d like to see Congress quit bickering, pandering to constituents and the media and get something done to help people.

We’d like to see changes that allow for more competition to help lower premiums. With Obamacare, we were promised lower premiums and instead we got rapidly rising prices. People need cost relief now.

Some have talked about allowing insurance companies and customers to go across state lines to buy policies, which would increase competition and lower prices. Others have talked of allowing folks use Health Savings Account contributions to pay for insurance premiums. HSA dollars are pre-tax contributions, so using them to pay premiums would immediately reduce your cost.

Citizens certainly want to see a system that allows for everyone to be insured. This is very challenging in an environment where we want lower costs too, but it needs to be figured out.

We want to keep our doctor and keep our policy. We don’t want to be forced to buy insurance. Having the government force you to make a purchase makes us wonder what’s the next thing citizens will be mandated to buy?

Subsidies should be put in place for the elderly, disabled and the poor. If able-bodied adults, who are fully capable of working are to get subsidies, they should be temporary. As taxpayers it’s reasonable for us to expect everyone who can work and contribute to society to do so.

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler talked about wanting better coverage for kids — and we agree. Taking care of kids should always be a primary focus for any society.

Citizens also need access to lower costs prescriptions. The federal government needs to figure out what Canada has and negotiate lower prescription costs for all.

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Pre-existing conditions is also a topic we care about. People with pre-existing conditions need to be able to obtain reasonably priced health insurance that covers 100 percent of their medical problems. We understand that pre-existing conditions increase insurance costs, but passing along these costs to taxpayers is too much.

From a political standpoint, we know the partisanship is nastier than ever. Rep. Herrera Beutler told us how bitter the parties are towards each other, especially with the November election season looming. If voters across the country demanded their representatives work together, maybe some bipartisanship would occur.

In our recent discussion with Herrera Beutler, we asked why the partisanship never seems to go away. She talked of how each party was either trying to retain the power of the majority or get it back.

In the case of health care, the Republicans will do much better at the voting booth if positive changes are made to the current system. Shouldn’t that be enough motivation to get something passed?

Postal service campaign problems? The United States Postal Service has admitted in a Senate hearing to illegal political campaigning in last November’s election.

High-level postal service employees pressured local supervisors to give letter carriers time off for up to 50 days to participate in getting people out to vote for Hillary Clinton and other union-backed candidates.

The postal service ended up having service delays and paid some carriers overtime to cover for personnel who were off campaigning.

The USPS has long been a topic of conversation because pension liability funding is causing huge financial losses. The following paragraph came directly from the USPS website at www.usps.com and summarizes their 2016 financial performance:

Per the USPS, “After accounting for a $5.8 billion retiree health benefit prefunding obligation, the U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of approximately $5.6 billion for fiscal year 2016, as compared to a $5.1 billion net loss for the year ended September 30, 2015. Excluding this prefunding obligation, the postal service would have recorded net income of approximately $200 million in 2016.”

It makes a person wonder what else the USPS is up to?

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