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Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Letters

Your dog is your responsibility

A Village of Bonnybrook resident urges her fellow Villagers to take responsibility for the dogs.

Amenity fees and the right thing to do

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Fernandina resident offers an idea about what should be done about the collection of amenity fees.

Around Florida

DeSantis vows fixes to online system overwhelmed by unemployment claims

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced plans to rapidly repair the online system Floridians are using to file for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 crisis.

Obituaries

Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Business

Wal-Mart limiting number of customers inside stores amid COVID-19 outbreak

A major chain store with locations in and around The Villages has made a sweeping change that will impact customers amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Medicare For All

Hugo Buchanan

I am not a Bernie fan, but what would be wrong with Medicare For All? As it is now, we pay insurance companies to provide us a certain amount of financial support for when we are ill, and then are faced with medical bills. Insurance companies could care less about one’s illness;  Like any other business, their interest is in profit for the company.
For every claim that is filed, they pay a certain percentage of the total claimed. Total monthly client payments to the company  equals maximum profit per month for the company, prior to deductions for all expenses to run the company, the largest being client medical bills claims.   Their main concern is to pay as little as possible, to net maximum profit as possible.   What they really like is to deny a claim,  due to pre existing conditions.
My vision for how Medicare For All would be administered, would be  as follows:  All taxpayers, including Congress, would have a percentage of their taxable income to be put into a Medicare pool. There would have to be a committee of an equal number of Dems and Reps to control all aspects of taxes collected, and money paid out for all medical claims. There would need to be a separate committee of an equal number of Dems and Reps to watch for multiple claims for the same procedure.
The end results of MFA? All health insurance companies would go out of business. (Their profit losses goes into MFA’s pool). Most of us now, have, for all of our adult lives, supported these insurance companies whose main interest is to deny as many claims as possible. Their most treasured clients are the young and healthy.  Think about it, people;  We could give Congress a try at administering MFA, and have a section of administration, bipartisan, to control all aspects of MFA.
The only “profit” that Medicare For All would see, is the satisfaction of having all Americans insured, and a lot less deaths from pre-existing conditions.

Hugo Buchanan is a resident of Lady Lake.

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Richard B. Dodge

As the City of St. Petersburg (FL) administrator, Rick Dodge led the efforts to attract the Salvador Dali Museum, a major league baseball park, and win an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Frustrated Villagers want answers about COVID-19 testing site at the polo fields

Consternation boiled over this week as exasperated Villagers sought answers about the UF Health Coronavirus drive-through testing site at the polo fields.

Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

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Fenney food truck to re-open weeks after numerous violations

A food truck is returning to serve residents of the Village of Fenney after an inspection last month turned up several health code violations.

No tee times after 4 p.m. at any golf course in The Villages

Starting Wednesday, April 8, all Championship and Executive Golf Courses will close at 4 p.m. following the last tee time.

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Joe Diffie and many other musicians have died from COVID-19

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks at the death of country performer Joe Diffie from COVID-19 and attempts to determine if musicians are somehow more at risk of the Coronavirus.

Crime

Wildwood police seeking help in locating stolen older-model Chevy pickup

Wildwood police officers are searching for a pickup truck that was stolen in the city recently.

Belleview man popped on multiple drug charges after ramming deputy’s patrol vehicle

A Belleview man was arrested Monday night after fleeing from Marion County sheriff’s deputies and then ramming into a patrol vehicle.