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For several years, our fellow Americans have been discussing the importance of restoring the production of no less than 50% of everything sold in America being made in America once again. Outsourcing what we made in the United States for years to foreign countries has hurt America’s economy, American workers and America’s families.

With all of our efforts and a growing number of Americans looking at labels and asking store workers for American-made products, we are seeing that being united behind a positive message benefits the future of America.

After considerable research, we are finding out that for the price we are paying for items with foreign-made labels, we could be purchasing competitive American-made products for nearly the same cost, and at the same time, benefit our fellow Americans first.

Additionally, changing operational costs in foreign countries, including inflation and the cost of shipping products to America, is helping make this a good time to restore manufacturing and distribution, research and development within the United States of America.

Growing operational costs in foreign countries is increasing the willingness of some American businesses to expand and restore their product lines in the United States. Now is also the time for government to lower taxes on businesses so there are even more reasons for businesses to expand in the United States and benefit America’s economy.

Kindly continue to spread the word about the Buy American Made Campaign and continue to look for American made where you shop. Thanks for spreading the word to your family and friends.

Michael Blichasz

American Workers Radio, 860 AM

Changes needed in Medicaid

The Kaiser Family Foundation tells us over 3.7 million Pennsylvanians receive their health care through Medicaid.

The numbers in Philadelphia, where over one in five receives care through Medicaid, are even higher. Many of these recipients – children, the poor, the disabled and the elderly – call Northeast

Philadelphia home.

This is particularly true of the state’s “Community Health Choices” program, which was created to serve the medically fragile. Unfortunately, CHC is failing those it was meant to serve. It is failing, at a cost of billions of dollars and a great deal of human suffering.

Three private entities manage CHC. The vast majority of southeastern Pennsylvania participants are “served” by Keystone First, a for-profit subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross.

Complaints about service lapses to Keystone First leadership and to the Shapiro administration have largely gone unanswered. There is another avenue.

Please make the federal government aware of failures you have experienced at:

Hon. Xavier Becerra

The Secretary of Health and Human Services

200 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20201

Together we can make a change.

Reginald Mapp

Mayfair

Money maker

In reply to the Aug. 16 letter, “No need for ticket cameras,” I was in the line of cars for the funeral of my brother taking a right-hand turn onto Roosevelt Boulevard following the head funeral car and all traffic was stopped to let the procession go onto the Boulevard. All traffic on all lanes were stopped.

And sure enough all the cars that followed the lead car through the red light were given a ticket. There is an officer sitting watching cameras on a screen and all the people who went through the red light in the funeral got tickets.

It took me forever to get this taken care of and the police officer who was giving the tickets would not even address this. The city would not address this so yes I agree it is a money maker. It may do some good at times but in this funeral, the officer did not care.

As a retired Philadelphia police officer, maybe this is the reason I still have my ticket book as I did not believe in writing tickets just to please the boss to show that I had screwed people.

Robert W. McCann

Rhawnhurst

A threat to healthcare

Telemedicine is becoming much more common since COVID, and many people seem to like the convenience.

I have some concerns based on a recent experience.

I had a long-scheduled appointment with a specialist at Jeanes, when suddenly my in-person appointment was canceled and I had to take a “telehealth” appointment or wait months for rescheduling.

Then, an hour before the “telehealth” appointment, I was told it would simply be a phone call.

How does an in-person appointment turn into a 5-minute phone call?

A specialist needs to observe you, touch you. That’s a fundamental part of medicine. So much can be learned by feeling the body, or just watching a patient’s eye movements.

Telephone appointments are blind health.

Isn’t it bad enough that doctors are always playing with their computers while you are trying to talk with them?

Worse, I was even billed full visit price — for a phone call. I objected to Temple Health, and I must say their legal team was dismissive and very rude to me. It was: “Shut up and pay up.”

I have to think that “telehealth” saves a lot of money, office maintenance and time — for the facility. “Tele-wealth.”

What’s next? A robotic phone call replacing your doctor, and the government declaring it medical care?

Richard Iaconelli

Rhawnhurst

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