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January 2, 2014

My Point Is... Wish List for 2014

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

That, coupled with recent statistics that more than half the state’s population receives government assistance in some form or another, additionally complicates the state of our state. Toss in the mandatory insurance from the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and the outlook for 2014 for Kentucky residents becomes even bleaker for the future. Many honest, hard-working employees are faced with reduction of work hours so employers can side step the costs of this required insurance. That places these working people in yet another dire financial position. Those persons who have maintained health insurance over the years are also challenged financially, with their own premiums to nearly doubling in order to offset the new costs of the ACA for the uninsured and uninsured.

Although Laurel County has experienced business growth, especially over the past year, such is not the case across the state and nation. The continuation of “big government” control over issues that should be managed by employers has placed this country in a near state of despair by the employed population who continue to foot the bill for those who lack the education, work history, and ambition to contribute their fair share to the overall success of the economy.

Although the 2014 elections in this state focus moreso on local officials, there are a few Congressional seats up for grabs. The selection of our Washington D.C. representatives should reflect the issues of our state and our nation’s struggle to provide the freedoms and rights that we the people are guaranteed by our founding fathers. If we can continue that effort, there may be a “light at the end of the tunnel” for the upcoming national elections in 2016 that will return this country back to the people and restore values, morals and inspiration to the upcoming generations that will further dictate the future of this nation.

 

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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