Get on board with
fairness; repeal PIP
Those of us on Medicare are happy with our health insurance. Most of us also have supplements which in many cases cover 100 percent of our medical expenses.
Yet the Florida Legislature mandates that we also spend approximately $300 per year for Personal Insurance Protection (PIP). That coverage provides basically $10,000 to cover medical expense incurred as a result of an auto accident. The state requires PIP even though we may not need it at all.
The proponents of PIP want to make sure there is money available to pay hospitals and other medical providers. And by the way, those providers are allowed to charge at least 200 percent of what Medicare allows and for emergency treatment even more than 200 percent.
Do you think it’s fair for those of us who have adequate medical insurance to be forced to pay for PIP so medical providers can get paid at least twice as much as they would get from Medicare?
If not, write the governor and your state legislators and say it’s time to repeal PIP.
DICK NATALIZIO, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Like Trump’s hair?
You can keep his hair
If someone told you that you could buy fire insurance after your house was already on fire, or life insurance when you were on your death bed, you would know that it was a scam. But when scams are hidden in pomp, wrapped in the flag, and presented by the president of the United States, they are hard for the average American to detect.
When President Trump told us in his address to Congress on Tuesday that mandating the purchase of health insurance by all Americans was out, but guaranteeing insurance for pre-existing medical conditions was in, that claim was about as substantial as his hair.
RICH PAOLINO, HUTCHINSON ISLAND
Trump no different
Look what happens when you moderate your tone from accusatory and confrontational, to softer and reasonable-sounding.
The threats and lack of details are still there, but in his speech to Congress, President Donald Trump presented them in a milder, more presidential manner. His supporters ate it up.
DON JAGODA, PALM BEACH GARDENS
I have always considered and enjoyed the Opinion section and Balanced Views section at the rear of the main section of The Post. Now, Leonard Pitts calls President Donald Trump our “so-called president” more than once in his “so-called” column (“An open letter to our so-called president,” Feb. 18).
It is not just disrespect for Trump but he insults the very office of the presidency.
If some ever heard the expression, “it’s the pits” when describing a certain situation or issue as being the lowest of the low, it fits our Mr. Pitts.
LEONARD SHAPIRO, BOYNTON BEACH
Get with ALDI;
bring own bags
Regarding the article in the Post, “Kids to Palm Beach County: Ask state to save turtles, ban plastic bags” (Feb. 11): The efforts of some students to have the county ban plastic bags is very much in the right direction.
In Europe and other countries, plastic bags are not normally given out. People bring their own bags and containers to take the groceries home.
This is not so outlandish. Right here in the U.S., the grocery chain ALDI does not give any bags — you bring your own. The savings they pass on to lower prices for the groceries.
Trader Joe’s and maybe some others use sturdy paper bags. This is an improvement, but it costs money and produces more recyclable garbage.
Why not follow the lead of ALDI and not use any bags? It can be done.
ANTHONY VAZ, DELRAY BEACH