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Tennessee editorial roundup

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm •  Published: October 1, 2013

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers:

Oct. 1

Paris (Tenn.) Post-Intelligencer on the partial government shutdown:

The government shutdown seeks to refight battles that have already been decided.

It seeks to defeat the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which already passed by both houses of Congress and was upheld by the Supreme Court. It is the law of the land.

On a deeper level, instigators of the shutdown seek to combat President Barack Obama, who won re-election fair and square.

Does Congress have an obligation to fund a program that it has enacted? Of course. Why launch a ship and then refuse to put a crew aboard?

The straightforward approach would be to repeal the law, but that would require a majority vote in each house. There aren't enough opponents to win repeal, but there are enough to lock Congress up and prevent any action at all.

Still, the Affordable Care Act is not quite stopped in its tracks.

The new federal fiscal year begins today, and with it the reform measure's Health Insurance Marketplace. The Web-based exchange lets people sign up for medical plans and see whether they qualify for subsidies to help buy policies.

Uninsured people in their 50s and 60s who are prone to pre-existing conditions are among those who will benefit most.

As people become more familiar with the law and have their own experiences with it, it seems likely to become more popular. And people in their 50s and 60s are prone to vote.

In the end, public pressure is likely to be the hammer that breaks the stupid deadlock in Congress.



Sept. 30

The Mountain Press, Sevierville, Tenn., on United Way looks prepared for 201:

With this month's announcements that a new executive director and campaign chairman for 2014 have been named, it's become apparent that — like a phoenix — the United Way of Sevier County has risen from the ashes.

And that's a good thing.

The United Way does a lot of good for the organizations it benefits.

Amy Harper, the group's new executive director, and R.B. Summitt, the campaign chairman, are two highly capable individuals who seem determined to get the United Way turned around. ...

Harper holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and has spent the majority of her career living and working in Sevier County.

She has served on many non-profit committees and boards, which include the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation "Paint the Mountains Pink" Committee, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee, American Cancer Society Sevier County Relay For Life chairperson, board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, county chairperson for United Way of Sevier County and the Pigeon Forge Citizen's Advisory Board.

As for Summitt, United Way is also happy to have the experienced community leader. ...

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