The glory of prom and graduation celebrations is on the horizon. Shimmering dresses, rented tuxedos, and a cap and gown come to mind.
Prom is an event to hold lifelong memories. I never had the opportunity to go. I did go to my graduation in a wheelchair in 1993. I was active in sports but never expected to end high school like I did.
When I was 16 in April of 1992, a drunken driver hit me head-on. I had multiple broken and dislocated bones, torn tendons, a swollen brain, paralysis, and I spent weeks in a coma. I stayed at two hospitals for seven months. Therapy followed at a clinic and at the Tracy hospital (now the Sutter Tracy Community Hospital) for 17 months.
I can walk, but my hearing and speech are damaged. I lost my driving ability, but I am moving forward in other ways. As a partner with the CHP, our goal is to encourage and motivate teens to make the right choice to save lives on the roads.
Pictures or words cannot explain how important it is to not drink and drive. I urge teens to notice how my life changed due to a drunken driver. Promise not to become one!
Lori Martin, Tracy
Obamacare not a win
As I learn more about Obamacare, I am becoming convinced the insurance companies are the ones profiting, not the people, as President Barack Obama promised.
The premise for Obamacare was to insure the roughly 30 million uninsured. In the U.S., I believe about 3 million privately insured lost their insurance. Our family was included. Our family has had health insurance for more than 26 years. For the first time in our family’s history, we have been without insurance for close to three months. Not for lack of trying, as we applied through Covered California in December for a Blue Shield plan, immediately paid the premium and to date do not have confirmation of coverage.
We only had four insurance companies to choose from through Covered California, and only one plan covered our doctors and health care facilities. The premium for our plan doubled and our deductible increased by about $3,000. We have also learned that the insurance companies on Covered California are paying doctors and health care facilities up to 30 percent less than the same plan purchased on the commercial market.
This does not look like a win for the American people. Costs to obtain health care have increased, the uninsured have increased and the money paid to the insurance companies has increased.
Thank you, Mr. Obama.
Diane M. Stone, Tracy