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Letters to the Editor 12/22/16



This is a response to Mark Erickson’s Dec. 15 letter (“Why Trump won”) and to give a different perspective. Trump won the Electoral College due to a growing dissatisfaction with corrupt politics that don’t work for everyone. However, he was a corporatist posing to be a populist. Now that he has won, he has clearly chosen not to fulfill his promises. He is a reflexive liar, a disgusting hate-filled demagogue and his word is worth nothing.

It always amazes me when seemingly intelligent people like Mr. Erickson still believe his rhetoric and have faith in his presidency in spite of evidence to the contrary. I hope we survive his presidency, and my fondest wish is that his impeachment will be swift due to his corrupt business dealings. Mark, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own reality. Wake up and smell the tyrant.

Mike Sakolsky

While Congress prepares to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, it’s important to remember what’s really at stake – the health and well-being of people, including more than 1 million Illinoisans who depend on coverage under the ACA.

If Congress does not make repeal of coverage contingent on adoption of a replacement plan, then Congress should also repeal the hospital payment cuts that help pay for ACA coverage. Illinois hospitals have experienced over $1 billion in ACA payment cuts.

Otherwise, people won’t be able to get the care they need, local economies will suffer, and jobs will be lost. Facing revenue losses, hospitals will be forced to cut spending by reducing services and staff, delaying new technology and facilities or shifting costs to privately insured patients.

If Congress repeals coverage and does not replace it, the preliminary estimate is that the loss of this revenue in Illinois will result in a potential loss of $11.6 billion to $13.1 billion in annual economic activity, which translates to a potential loss of 84,000 to 95,000 jobs.

On behalf of our 200 hospitals and 50 health systems and the patients and communities they serve, IHA looks forward to working in a bipartisan manner with our state and federal officials to improve our health system. Remember the first lesson of medicine – First, do no harm.

A.J. Wilhelmi
President and CEO
Illinois Health and Hospital Association

Can you imagine being homeless in the weather we had last weekend or next weekend when the joys of the holidays will be upon us? Clearly now is the time to step up to the plate to help our homeless sisters and brothers.

But how?

The easy answer is in our CWLP bills this month: The Round Up insert.

By filling it out and sending it in with your December bill payment, your future CWLP bills will be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra change going to agencies that help the homeless. You’ll contribute 1 to 99 cents a month, 50 cents on average. You can also opt to add a specific amount like $1 or $5 ... good if you are on the level payment plan.

Thanks to the many generous CWLP customers who already “Round Up,” our City Council on Tuesday appropriated $15,000 of those funds to Helping Hands to expand its homeless shelter for the winter, so no one is turned away when the temperature drops below freezing. Those Round Up funds are extremely crucial this winter when state funds are lacking due to the budget stalemate.

But it is going to be a long, cold winter, and more help is needed. You can provide a lot of help with very little effort by simply “rounding up” in the spirit of this giving season when you pay your CWLP bill.

If you already paid your December bill, you can still sign up for Round Up by calling 789-2030 or going to http://cwlp.com; click on Online Services and Forms, and then Donation Forms.

Sam Cahnman

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