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Affordable Care Act solves crisis

In Mr. Hansen’s ramble Tuesday he attempts to convince readers that government health care will destroy human dignity. In support of his beliefs he offers a comparison to the USSR that lacks an understanding of history accompanied by impossible leaps in logic. Does he want us to believe that the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care), legislation designed by and for the private insurance industry, is the same as the fatally flawed system that encompassed all aspects of life in the USSR for decades? He has to be kidding.

The citizens of 34 of the world’s most highly developed nations currently enjoy the benefits of government health care. I wonder if they are aware of their loss of dignity. Why is it that my relatives and friends who live in some of those countries don’t need to worry about losing everything they worked for all their lives due to the cost of nursing home care?

In the United States, millions of retired citizens, military personnel, and many poor or disabled individuals are the recipients of government health care. How’s that Medicare working out for you folks?

Wait until Paul Ryan’s Republican budget gets adopted, and you’ve used up all your vouchers. Now that’s something everyone should read up on before the next election.

While you’re at it, read the recent report from the non-partisan Tax Policy Institute that claims Romney’s tax proposals are likely to result in a net tax increase of $2,000 for middle-class wage earners while cutting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the tax bills of the wealthiest Americans.

Add to that the recent GAO report that the Affordable Care Act will save Medicare over 200 million dollars through 2016.

The Affordable Care Act is an excellent beginning to solving our nation’s health care crisis. It’s time all Americans embraced it and put their energies towards making it the best in the world.

Sue Brekke-Benson


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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