Sign of future under ACA?
Early April 2013, I submitted my 2012 1040 to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). I was due a $268 refund.
May 6, 2013, an IRS computer sent me a letter. “Some changes had been made” and I owed $673.
I responded, explaining why the “changes” could not be true. Two computers responded but not to the specifics in my letter. One needed a 45-day extension for research and one added interest and a failure-to-pay penalty to the previous $673 bill.
After many more letters, a computer informed me in early October of its intent to seize my property. The next day, the research computer informed me by letter that it had reached a decision. The next day, I received a refund check for $268. Finally, on Nov. 15, a computer declared that my 2012 tax was paid in full.
Why the computers threatened and harassed me from May to October is a mystery.
Now, apply my simple 1040 situation to the most complex, valuable asset any person can possess — good health — and consider this hypothetical. You or a loved one needs a test or surgery and time is critical. A bureaucratic bungle denies coverage. When you attempt to get coverage confirmed so treatment can go forward, a bureaucrat in a distant city assigns a cadre of non-responsive computers to your case that will presume you do not have coverage until you can prove you do.
Far fetched? Not really. The Affordable Care Act will be the “King Kong” of bureaucracies. After implementation, it is reasonable to predict millions will experience my 1040-like predicament and sick citzens need prompt human responses, not computer-generated non-responses.
Moreover, the so-called rollout of that wolf in health-care clothing has already presented a preview of its customer service that should frighten every soon-to-be indentured citizen.
Shafter Bailey, Lexington
Sign of future under ACA?
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
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Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
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The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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