Who pays or who collects

Please consider my evaluation of two issues addressed in the Jan. 26 edition of my local newspaper, the Laurinburg Exchange.

First, a political cartoon indicating congressional reluctance to replace Obamacare. Why should Congress cooperate? Due to their campaign contributors’ lobby, the self-supporting affordable public option proposal was spun into a lucrative marketplace for the insurance industry. The sad irony is resistance to the original Affordable Care Act proposal was based on deceitfully identifying the public option as a federally funded European styled single payer plan.

The result is 20 million new federally subsidized “for profit” policies, and an excuse to unnecessarily raise rates on existing policies, rather than fifty million “non profit” affordable policies void of federal subsidization.

Second, the article “Trump moves to build border wall” ended with, “While Trump has repeatedly promised that Mexico will pay for it, U.S. taxpayers are expected to cover the initial costs and the new administration has said nothing about how it will compel Mexico to reimburse the money.”

Is the issue really whether Mexico or U.S. taxpayers will pay for the wall, or who will collect? Granted, such a wall might prevent or at least retard illegal immigration. But will the corporations that will continue to recruit illegals in Mexico, and fly them to hotel, casino and factory jobs here in America, also collect enormous profits from a wall not high enough to stop their corporate planes?

Do you really believe 11 million non-English speaking illegals slipped across the border, and walked from state to state until they found jobs?

Think about it, please.

Robert C. Currie Jr.