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May 11, 2016
Guest Opinion: A health care conversation
In a March Dispatch guest opinion, Rep. Josh Heintzeman noted three "big issues" as his priorities for this year's legislative session. One of these was health care, noting, "The problems facing MNsure have been well-documented as thousands of Minnesotans have seen their premiums...
May 11, 2016 - 11:41pm
March 21, 2016
Guest Opinion: Reducing the cost of Minnesota's health care
Some weeks ago a health care article in a major Minnesota newspaper reported, "This year, the average premium in the individual market is up 41 percent." The state's current total health care cost of about $50 billion is projected by a Minnesota Department of Health estimate to reach...
March 21, 2016 - 8:14pm
February 8, 2016
Reader Opinion: Lack of leadership
During the Republican presidential debate on Saturday night, Sen. Marco Rubio was talking about leadership and attempts to pass legislation on immigration. He said, quote, "It is not leadership to continue to try something that has no chance of happening." By his own definition, Rubio...
February 8, 2016 - 11:00pm
February 3, 2016
Reader Opinion: Heal the sick
In his book, "The Healing of America," T.R. Reid, states that, "Unlike the other (20) developed countries of the world ... we have never decided to make the fundamental moral decision to provide medical care for everybody who needs it." Since the most popular book for moral guidance...
February 3, 2016 - 8:18pm
January 27, 2016
Reader Opinion: MNsure is working well
I attended the MNsure listening session two weeks ago in Aitkin and appreciate the opportunity to express my opinion. I had a very good experience with the MNsure website and I am happy with my policy. At the meeting I was surprised to hear criticism of MNsure and most of the negative...
January 27, 2016 - 6:48pm
January 20, 2016
Guest Opinion: Let's see where people stand on MNsure now
The first order of business when the 2016 Legislative session begins March 8 should be a vote on whether to continue Minnesota's government-run Obamacare website, MNsure. More than three years into development, MNsure remains unable to fulfill its primary mission: providing access...
January 20, 2016 - 11:31pm
January 19, 2016
OPINION: Has Obama really changed America?
Jan 19 (Reuters) - Is Barack Obama a transformational president? That was his ambition: to be more, as he put it, like Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton, to launch a new era, not simply tack to the prevailing winds of the old. Not surprisingly, as the president readies his final State...
January 19, 2016 - 1:50pm
November 3, 2015
Reader Opinion: Wow, what a deal
The Centers for Disease Control estimated that 45 million Americans were uninsured in 2013. They estimate that, today, 30 million remain uninsured. Now that we are into the "open enrollment" period, the Obama administration is worried - we're far below their predictions. But wait,...
November 3, 2015 - 11:10am
September 17, 2015
Contraception opt-out violates religious freedom: U.S. appeals court
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama's healthcare law violates the rights of religiously affiliated employers...
September 17, 2015 - 1:26pm
July 1, 2015
Nolan turns up the heat at barbecue campaign event
CROSBY - U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., served a fiery speech full of red meat at his annual barbecue campaign fundraiser Monday. Speaking...
July 1, 2015 - 9:24am
April 16, 2015
Reader Opinion: Unintended consequences
I keep hearing this mantra of just repeal "Obamacare." When asked what the replacement will be the reply is just repeal it. It doesn't need replacement is the general idea that is put forward. In a discussion online the other day it was brought up that people would die if it is repealed...
April 16, 2015 - 8:32pm
April 1, 2015
Obamacare foe Ted Cruz to sign up for coverage under the ACA plan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has vowed to repeal "every word" of Obamacare if elected president next year, will soon...
April 1, 2015 - 2:09pm
Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while...
April 1, 2015 - 1:57pm
February 26, 2015
Guest Opinion: Health care partnership
The Feb. 24 Brainerd Dispatch reprinted an editorial from The Grand Forks Herald titled, "Obama's original sin: Partisan passage." The Herald's opinion contains no negative judgments of the medical provisions or the cost effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On that scale...
February 26, 2015 - 9:05pm
January 21, 2015
Reader Opinion: The price of health care
I have had my usual discussion of Obamacare with a Republican that has a better education on economics than I. They not only took courses in economics but enjoyed micro- and macro- economics. Our discussion came to that Obamacare wouldn't bring down the cost of health care. The only...
January 21, 2015 - 10:19pm