http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Health care is a right; health insurance isn’t http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/health-care-right-health-insurance-isn%E2%80%99t <p> Let&rsquo;s be clear and unequivocal before myth morphs into alternative fact: Health care is a human right. Period. It comes with being human. It&rsquo;s not a privilege, a benefit procured depending upon one&rsquo;s employment or financial situation.<br /> Health insurance isn&rsquo;t natural; it&rsquo;s a man-made phenomenon. Not only not a right, it&rsquo;s an arbitrary and capricious construction designed not to deliver more healthy and efficient health services but for something coldly objective: Profit.<br /> A wish list of priorities http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/wish-list-priorities-0 <p> With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President&rsquo;s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive&rsquo;s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.<br /> Vox Pop http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/vox-pop-12 <p> <strong>Countering Riddell&rsquo;s column<br /> Editor:</strong><br /> Mr. Riddell&rsquo;s column of March 16 had as much truth in it as a Trump tweet.<br /> Riddell failed to note that the &ldquo;devastating&rdquo; counterclaim of Trump&rsquo;s great lawyer, Roy Cohn, was dismissed before trial.<br /> Riddell also forgot that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes and only the antiquated electoral college system put Trump into office.<br /> The insanity that is health care http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/insanity-health-care-0 <p> As the &ldquo;Obamacare repeal&rdquo; and the &ldquo;Ryancare replace&rdquo; drama continues to unfold, a diminishing few truly understand the conservative position and opposition.</p> <p> Simply put, an alarming number of Republicans (perhaps those In Name Only) dodge the two fundamental questions that should be driving the debate. Is health care a right or a privilege and what are we, as citizens of the United States, entitled to?</p> A wish list of priorities http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/wish-list-priorities <p> With all of the noise over the fake news regarding Russian hacking of the election, scant little notice has been paid to President&rsquo;s Trump first budget submission. Now it is important that everyone understands the role of the executive&rsquo;s budget. It carries no authority other than providing to Congress his or her wish list of spending priorities. Understanding this, however, provides tremendous insight into the constituency biases of our elected officials.</p> GOP plan has unintended consequences http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/gop-plan-has-unintended-consequences <p> <em>&ldquo;I can&rsquo;t imagine that they could just cut it off.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&mdash; Melinda Champion</em></p> <p> Melinda might want to re-imagine because they &mdash; congressional Republicans &mdash; could and would do just that. &ldquo;It&rdquo; being the $4,100 annual credit Melinda and her husband Robert receive courtesy of Obamacare to pay for her osteoporosis medicines and gastric sleeve and Robert&rsquo;s blood pressure medicine, life-sustaining treatments for both.</p> Pineapple, pizza and the Ides of March http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/pineapple-pizza-and-ides-march <p> Can we talk? There&rsquo;s some heavy stuff out there needing attention, so much so that my head does Linda Blair &ldquo;Exorcist&rdquo; revolutions, a veritable whirling dervish, trying to get around them. So much so, I was fumbling and bumbling about where to start, about which topic to zero in on.</p> Who is willing to take a punch? http://www.clearcreekcourant.com/content/who-willing-take-punch <p> President Donald Trump learned the art of political/legal pugilism at the knee of his father and within earshot of Roy Cohn. While many are familiar with his father&rsquo;s legacy and experience in developing New York City real estate, Roy Cohn first achieved a measure of notoriety as an aide to Sen. Joseph McCarthy. He later assisted the Trumps (Donald and his father) as an attorney in bringing suit against the Justice Department. He famously advised the Trumps that, &ldquo;When they hit you once, hit them back a hundred times!&rdquo;</p>