Letters: Don’t believe rhetoric on workers comp reform

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has been a strong proponent of workers compensation insurance reforms.

After reading an op-ed by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s (ITLA), which continued a false narrative regarding the Illinois workers compensation insurance market, we felt the need to set the record straight.

While the reforms of 2011 have reduced costs some, more can be done to further reduce costs for employers and care for injured workers. The real facts are these:

* The wage replacement and medical costs that drive workers compensation continue to be much higher here than in most states. According to the annual, national Oregon study of workers compensation systems, Illinois has the seventh most expensive such insurance costs in the nation (down from fourth a few years ago).

* The Illinois Department of Insurance reported the five-year average profit for Illinois workers compensation insurers was 0.8 percent, significantly lower than the 4.4 percent nationally.

Instead of sensationalism and deception, the ITLA should work with insurers on meaningful measures such as Medicare-based fee schedules and drug reforms that lower costs and do not adversely impact worker’s well-being.

Jeffrey Junkas

Assistant Vice President, State Government Relations, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Kevin Martin

Executive Director, Illinois Insurance Association

Stephen Schneider

Midwest Region Vice President, American Insurance Association

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Notwithstanding the fact that I may disagree with most of his policy positions, Mr.McCain nevertheless deservesto behonored and respectedby every American for his outstanding serviceto this nation.It is very convenient forTrump to usean excuseof college student deferments and bad feet to evademilitary service as henow deridesMcCain who served the United States of America with honor and distinction.

Trump, with this ego-mania mindset,deserves notthe trust of the American people tobe its leader, nor to be its international spokesman, and most assuredly not to be entrusted with the control of this nation’s nuclear response codes known as the “Football.”

Earl Beal, Terre Haute

Now Donald Trump is attacking John McCain? Of all the low down, bone-headedthingshe’s done this one ranks among the lowest.When a normal person finds himself in a hole, he stops digging. Trump’s not normal. He can’t help himself.It’s beginning to look like the Deeply Disturbed Donald will eventually bury himself alive.

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El Chapo is America’s fault. We, as a people, refuse to stop using illegal drugs and our president along with other politicians want to decriminalize these drugs. What will be the effect? More use. After all, it’s legal in some states.

The cartel is ahead of the game. Ask anyone in the field and they will tell you brown heroin is flooding the market — more billions for the cartel. Some have told me that if the people who use it anyway we might as well tax it — well that is not working. Check the states and the revenue is not matching their expectations. Why? The kid on the corner can sell it cheaper and it is not a violent crime, so the chances are they won’t go to jail if they are caught. And if you ever used that time-worn phrase “it’s only weed,” you are giving tacit approval for the cartel to continue its activities.

Until we stop consuming these drugs the cartel will grow and people will die. They will blame it on the immigration policy or our ability to buy guns. And remember, if your drug of choice is cocaine you are probably supporting El Qaeda, as a government report states most of it comes from the poppy fields of Afghanistan. If we here truly support our country you should work at keeping the drugs out of your family. That is a start.

Roy J. Pletsch, McKinley Park

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It is time to bring peace instead of war to the Middle East. Let’s take a page from the book of J.C., either Jesus Christ (fictional) or Jimmy Carter (nonfictional), with the goal of peace through peace, love, forgiveness, compassion and tolerance.

Support the Iran nuclear deal.

Paul Haider, West Loop

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