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PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS - WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017 The Florala News' editorial section is intended to provide our readers and citizens as complete an opportunity to express themselves with as few restrictions as possible. Profanity, direct or implied, and attacks on one's person rather than on actions or deeds are not acceptable. Publication on this page in NO WAY REFLECTS AGREEMENT OR ENDORSEMENT BY THIS NEWSPAPER. BB "Force is only justifiable in extremes. When we have the upper hand, justice is preferable."-Napo- leon Bonaparte In the cold reality of international relations, the boldness exhibited by President Donald Trump in his first 100 days is far preferable to the timidity of the past eight years of the former administration. Nevertheless, the "art of the deal" probably is the best and least dangerous option for dealing with North Korea. Despite Kim Jong-Un's outrageous rhetoric, bizarre behavior, and brutal elimination of potential threats to his rule, he seems more so- ciopathic than insane. Ultimately, Kim lives like a debauched, ancient, Asian despot, and a good bet would be that he probably wants to continue liv- ing to debauch to his serf's content. His behavior is more akin to that of a rattlesnake rather than an obsessed tyrant like Adolf Hitler who, being in- sane, preferred Gotterdammerung to loss of pow- er. Additionally, Kim and North Korea's military leadership are far different from the Islamist jiha- dists in Raqqa and, for that matter, the mullahs in Tehran with their Armageddon mindsets bent on a nuclear war to advance their end-times scenarios culminating in various iterations of global, Islamic caliphates. Though he seems reckless, Kim Jong- Un does not want World War III. Neither do the leaders in Beijing. The instinct to survive to keep on behaving badly is what makes socio-paths so dangerously cunning. While tensions between Washington and Pyong- yang rise, it's time to for the Trump administration to take a breath and evaluate options. Although the North Korean regime cannot survive a war with the United States, the costs could be astro- nomical for South Korea, the United States, and China. Here's why: The ground forces in North Korea's People's Army (NKPA) number over one million, with up to seven times that number in reserve. More than 3,500 to 4,000 tanks and an estimated 2,000 ar- mored fighting vehicles support North Korean infantry. Estimates indicate there are over 8,000 artillery pieces and 5,000 mobile rocket launchers, many of them zeroed in on Seoul, 30 miles south of Dan Weber, president of the Association of Ma- ture American Citizens, says he is confident that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed before year's end because there is no alternative. Weber is "especially encouraged" by the House Freedom Caucus' decision on Wednesday to support a new compromise repeal bill. And, he is hopeful that the full Senate will soon put the measure on its way to passage. But, how hard will it be to replace it in a time- ly fashion with legislation that people want and need? Weber says that the key to passage of an Obam- acare replacement is likely to be an expansion of Health Savings accounts. The IRS describes an HSA as a tax-exempt trust or custodial account you set up with a qualified HSA trustee to pay or reimburse certain medical expenses you incur, ff you greatly expand Health Savings Accounts by allowing increased tax-free contributions and the use of HSA funds to pay health insurance premi- ums, itcan be extremely easy. "We have been working hard to convince law- makers in Washington that an expanded HSA makes good sense. For one thing, there'd be less confusion among users. They'd have individual agents to help them roll over their insurance plans into their HSAs in a seamless manner. Under Obamacare most people have co-pays and very high deductibles for medical services in addition to high premiums. Under our proposal, premiums would be paid through an individual's tax free HSA. In addition, it would provide for visits to local doctor with no additional costs and all deductibles would be paid with pre-tax dollars out of the savings por- tion of the HSA," he explained. Weber said that low-income individuals and families would be covered under the HSA utiliz- ing government subsidies. The difference between their coverage under Obamacare and their cover- age under the HSA is that they would not have any copays and they would have funds they can use for deductibles. The AMAC chief says there is an urgent need for a universal replacement for the Affordable Care Act. He notes that there is little disagree- ment that Obamacare is crumbling under its own weight. And, he adds, ACA users across the coun- try have few choices in selecting suitable insur- ance. The consulting firm, Avalere, has concluded the Demilitarized Zone. Because the North Korean Air Force is antiquated, much of Pyongyang's military would be devastated in the first few days of fighting. The approximately 1,200 combat aircraft in the NIZ kF are Soviet-era legacy systems, the latest acquired during the 1980s. In addition to being obsolete, most NKAF planes are flown by inexperienced and poorly trained pilots. American fighter pilots re- ceive more training in a month than North Korean flyers obtain in a year. Fear of potential defections to' the South keep NKAF pilots under rigid control. Lack of expensive jet fuel also inhibits training. The fangs are in North Korea's integrated air- defense system's surface-to-air missile (SAM) and anti-aircraft artillery (AAA). Much of this system protects artillery deployed along the frontier. Addi- tionally, self-propelled SAMs can advance with the infantry. Nuclear and missile sites rely on SAMs and AAA for protection. It is likely enough North Korean People's Army artillery will survive long enough to devastate Seoul, injure and kill thou- sands, possibly scores of thousands of civilians, while dealing a crippling blow to the Asian econo- my, to include China's and, by extension, those of the United States and Japan. , Unless Kim Jong-Un is insane---which he prob- ably is not--starting a war with the United States would be suicidal. Provoking him with even a lim- ited military strike, however, would be like step- ping on a rattlesnake. The response will be swift and devastating. Kim will continue his weapons- development programs, even if President Trump orders those missiles shot out of the air or other- wise disabled--which could provoke Kim into a mil- itary response. While many of their missile launch sites are above ground and therefore vulnerable to U.S. airstrikes, some are concealed. Most of their nuclear facilities are deep underground and rela- tively invulnerable to anything other than nuclear strikes. Finally, U.S. military forces have not recovered from ravages of 16 years of deployments to Af- ghanistan and Iraq, sequester-driven budget cuts that devastated maintenance and training, and personnel policies focused on propounding a socio- political agenda that drove many warfighters to resignation or early retirement. American armed that in 91% of exchange market rating regions in the U.S. those seeking insurance have only one or two plans to choose from. "Insurance companies have been pulling out of Obamacare exchanges at an alarming rate. It would be an absolute disaster if the few companies who are now in the insurance exchanges decided to get out. Our HSA would be at the ready to provide coverage for those individuals and families who would be left holding the bag, including those who get government support. The government support would simply go into their HSA accounts." As for catastrophic coverage, under Obamac- are there is a $6,000.00 deductible that must be paid out of pocket. "The savings feature in our HSA would be used to pay such deductibles. Users would put in roughly $150.00 or more each month in order to accumulate funds in their accounts. At that rate, you would have about $6,000.00 saved in about three years." What happens if you have only $1,000 in your account and you need $6,000? The American Bankers Association says banks would be willing to write short-term loans, payments for which would be made each month automatically with a portion of pre-tax HSA deposits, according to Weber. "As for those who can't afford to pay into an HSA, our proposal calls for the establishment of what we call Pro Bono Care. We conducted a survey and found that some 350,000 doctors and nurse prac- titioners would be willing to participate in the Pro Bono Care program, providing services for free to those in need. If each one took 20 patients, that's 7 million needy people who would be covered." Weber says that AMAC is gradually convincing more and more lawmakers and federal healthcare officials that its HSA proposal makes sense. "It is fast, fair and easy to implement. It provides a maximum amount of choice for users. And, it provides universal coverage. The healthcare de- bate on Capitol Hill ihas gotten contentious and sometimes raucous. We believe that our HSA plan is an elegant solution that needs serious consider- ation." - The Association of Mature American Citizens [http:// www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organi- zation that takes its marching orders from its members. We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their inter- ests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today. Live long and make a dif- ference by joining at http: / / amac.us /join-amac. forces need rebuilding, and rearming as well as a reformed focus toward warfighting with destroy- ing the enemy as the ultimate goal. North Korea is ruled by a sociopathic person- ality inured to brutality exceeding anything by Uganda's IdiAmin and Haiti's Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. What's needed is regime change. The use of American military force could prove devastat- ingly expensive in blood. The Trump administra- tion's best alternative is to ratchet up pressure on China to affect regime change in Pyongyang. Additionally, it should request full funding for the Boeing Midcourse Ground Based Defense System designed to shoot down incoming missiles. - Dr. Earl Tilford is a military historian and fel- low for the Middle East & terrorism with The Cen- ter for Vision & Values at Grove City College. He currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Dr. Tilford earned his PhD in American and European military histo- ry at George Washington University. From 1993 to 2001, he served as Director of Research at the U.S. Army's Strategic Studies Institute. In 2001, he left Government service for a professorship at Grove City College, where he taught courses in military history, national security, and international and domestic terrorism and counter-terrorism. Email: Tilford@comcast.net. 27 24 5O 10 32 52 61 Our Best Dear Ever! Free Installation! Cal.[ Today, Save 3o%! 1-800-31 8-51 21 for more information StatePoint Media THEME: FAMOUS 3. Roman robe MOTHERS 4. 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