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Music therapy needs protection of billís guidelines

We appreciate The Journal Gazette’s interest in House Bill 1051 (“…and other bad bills,” Jan. 8). This bill has been created to protect residents through upholding quality music therapy services and the specific professional credential of a board-certified music therapist. This should increase access throughout Indiana to exceptional medical, mental health and educational music therapy services.

The Indiana Department of Disability and Rehabilitative Services recognizes music therapy, provided by board-certified music therapists, and approves this service as part of the Indiana Medicaid Waiver program. In addition, music therapy is now reimbursed by several private insurance plans. Music therapy is accessible in Indiana hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing facilities, hospice centers, day programs, private music therapy practices and schools. Music therapy degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels are offered in four Indiana colleges and universities, including Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Since 2000, music therapy jobs in Indiana have grown more than 250 percent, and today there are many open positions for MT-BCs in our state.

With the increase in demand for music therapy, it is imperative that our residents, especially our most vulnerable citizens, are attaining genuine music therapy when they pursue it.

LINDSEY WRIGHT President, Association for Indiana Music Therapy

Pair of quotes show debt limit hypocrisy

2006 quote from Senator Barack Obama: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

2013 quote from President Obama: “I will not compromise over whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up. If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic. The last time Congress threatened this course of action, our entire economy suffered for it. Our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again.”

I think this bit of hypocrisy speaks for itself.

JIM COX Van Wert

Obama targets little guys to create dependence

Regarding “Debt limit battle to harm vets, elderly, Obama says” (Jan. 15): According to respected financial experts and some government agencies, this is not true. They state that tax funds paid to the federal government will cover necessary authorized expenses.

President Obama also declared “we are not a deadbeat nation.” The only reason we aren’t is that the federal government now pays our mounting debts plus interest by borrowing – from unfriendly nations – 40 cents of every dollar.

Also witness the article on Page 5A: “Tax bump pinches workers.” Obama repeatedly stated he would protect the middle class. A few GOP congressmen foolishly believed him and went along with the “rich people” tax increase. It raises about $60 billion a year in new revenue (which pays for about five days of federal spending). However, no mention was made by the mainstream media of the administration’s adjustment to Social Security withholding taxes by letting the temporary 2 percent cut expire. Obama has again bamboozled the little guy.

Of course, we have only begun to see the effects of Obamacare. This writer’s insurance premium jumped 30 percent. Experts say they will double in 2014 – or be canceled by employers. Maybe Obama doesn’t really care about these issues, since it may add potential voters to his infamous welfare programs.

Mitt Romney was right. Obama did buy the election.