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March 12, 2017
Reader Opinion: Careful what you wish for
The increase in health care insurance premiums cannot be blamed on Obamacare, but greed in the medical industry. The government subsidizes medical research and the pharmaceutical companies with taxpayer money. They then pay their CEOs many millions of dollars a year in compensation...
March 12, 2017 - 9:03pm
Reader Opinion: Trumpcare
Sixty attempts have been made in the last seven years to repeal Obamacare with no plan or a secret plan to replace it. President-elect Donald Trump's team is ready to repeal and replace Obamacare. It's time to see the details of the replacement. Is Trump planning to keep the positive...
January 12, 2017 - 5:34pm
January 8, 2017
Reader Opinion: It's the economy
Well it truly is a shame that nine of 87 Minnesota counties gave our electoral votes to Hillary Clinton. Maybe someday the Electoral College can be shifted down to the county level so our election results reflect the intentions of those rich, nasty, white, Christian, heterosexual...
January 8, 2017 - 7:46pm
November 3, 2016
Reader Opinion: Obamacare a failure
Before it was passed I watched what was supposed to be a one-hour televised debate between Obama-Biden Democrats and Republicans over Obamacare. Obama and Biden spoke uninterrupted for 45 minutes. Paul Ryan got 15. After which Obama says something to the effect of get over it you...
November 3, 2016 - 9:11am
September 22, 2016
Reader Opinion: Labor Day
Blaming business for the destruction of the middle class is misguided. Business is simple, you make money or you're out of business. I would agree the middle class is being destroyed. However it's because good businesses not only leave Minnesota, but leave the country. Ford is a great...
September 22, 2016 - 9:41pm
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