Why not expand on de facto control?
Regarding “Presidents shouldn’t fear appointing activist judges” (Opinion, June 17), hurrah for George Will’s call for more activist judges (right-thinking Republicans, of course). With the right president, we can move from de facto control of the country by megacorporations and billionaires to a completely de jure operation — and the rest of us will scratch our heads and wonder whatever happened to “we, the people.”
Bob Hawkins, Duluth
Ban discrimination on pre-existing condition
Rep. Tom Price claims that HR 3000 would solve the insurance challenge of pre-existing conditions “through robust pooling opportunities” which somehow make insurance available and affordable to all, regardless of health status (“Patients should be put first,” Opinion, June 15). But, no matter how large the pool, it will always be in an insurance company’s interest to cleanse that pool of high-risk patients. The only known way to overcome this iron law of insurance is to ban discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, a step Republicans refuse to take and one that Price himself calls a terrible idea. Price is wrong.
GARY RATNER, ATLANTA
Don’t celebrate film that defamed region
Regarding the article on the “Deliverance” celebration (“Event to mark 40 years since ‘Deliverance’,” Living, June 17) No movie has ever been as defaming to a county, Georgia or a region than “Deliverance.” Celebrating this is absurd, and would only invite more viewers. Kudos to the Rabun County Commission for nixing funds for a festival.
Jim Hope, Norcross
Response to “Goal: Coverage that won’t soak taxpayers,” Opinion, June 17
As a registered nurse with 30 years of patient-care experience, I was appalled by the misinformation in this piece. What does “soak” taxpayers is the unbridled extraction of public funds to private, for-profit, managed-care corporations that use people’s health care needs to make profits — while adding nothing to patient care or healthy outcomes. Adding another layer of private for-profit unaccountable bureaucracy is the problem — not the solution. Health care should not be a commodity, but a right. Public funds need to be used for the public good, not to enrich private companies. An improved federal Medicare for all of us is the first step toward a just and comprehensive health care system.
RITA VALENTI, Clarkston