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Guest Commentary: Obamacare


Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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By Jim Hagedorn

Obamacare roll-out has begun and the early results are less than exemplary. I will not mince words; Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster.

The well-documented bureaucratic bungling and serious implementation problems currently embarrassing the Obama administration and frustrating the American People represent just the “Tip of the Obamacare Iceberg.”

Minnesota’s families, employees and businesses are taking note of the new health care law. As I crisscross the 1st District and talk with people of varied political viewpoints, most southern Minnesotans are upset that they are being forced to pay dramatically higher health insurance premiums and deductibles; or that their current health insurance policies are being cancelled, outright.

In my view, Obamacare represents Washington, D.C.-based control over our medical care system and, ultimately, our lives. I consider Obamacare as toxic, the equivalent of a cancer that has been injected into the medical care system and something that must be eradicated. I strongly oppose Obamacare and, if elected to Congress, I will fight to the political death to repeal the bill and replace it with free-market reforms.

Free-market reforms are the best way to create insurance competition, drive down the cost of health care and sustain our nation’s highest-quality medical care and medical technology. Such reforms will also empower individuals with the personal liberty and freedom to live life without the Federal government acting as financial provider and nanny.

The free-market reforms I will fight for in the Congress include:

•Health insurance competition across state lines to increase choice and drive down costs

•High-risk pools to protect people with serious illness/pre-existing conditions

•Extending health insurance tax benefits to individuals to create “portable” benefits that follow from job-to-job or during times of unemployment

•Expanded application of Health Savings Accounts to empower consumers to shop for medical care and control costs, “roll-over” and save health care dollars and expand the use of catastrophic insurance policies

•TORT Reform to curtail defensive medicine and drive down costs associated with frivolous lawsuits

I am concerned that full implementation of Obamacare stands to undermine centers of medica .....
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Time to fish or cut bait on tax

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes. Yet there’s one ray of hope. The House and Senate chairs of the tax-writing committees, ..... 
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The torch still burns

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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Once upon a time, I wanted to be a history teacher. I had fuzzy memories of getting a mortgage on an old farm house somewhere in the country and driving 10 to 15 minutes into a little rural town to teach kids about Neanderthals and Napoleon and Nixo ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Healthcare.glitch

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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At a contracted price tag of $634 million, you’d think that the portal website www.healthcare.gov would work just fine. But, it fell flat on its face, and this is to be expected. After all ..... 
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One Moment,Please... Youth: Inspired while inspiring

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
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It’s not every week that we dedicate our entire front page to high school sports coverage. As matter of fact, up until the Lanesboro Burros went to state in football back in 2010, we had never historically committed any resources to local sports ..... 
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The People’s House

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
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Speaker John Boehner, when he accepted the gavel after being elected as Speaker of the House in January 2011, declared, “The people voted to end business as usual and today we begin to carry out their instructions.” He continued with his remark ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Preston resident critiques Chicago planning, creates stir

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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By David Hennessey What can Southeast Minnesota learn from a book about urban planning and development in Chicago? Actually, quite a bit, partly because it’s co-authored by a Preston native and resident. “Planning Chicago” by D. Bradford H ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Dear Future facilities committee, Please do not forget the message the voters sent you last November

By Brett Kues

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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By Brett Kues Have you been to the school website lately? I have. I went to the site for a couple reasons. First, I wanted details on the plans to repair, expand, and rebuild our current schools (option 3). I was a little put off by the cost, $18-$ ..... 
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Defining Republican positions

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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A few weeks ago Congress turned the farm bill into an actual farm bill and made separate the food stamp program. Given that the preponderance of the so-called farm bill as it has existed was actually for food stamps, this made a lot of sense. But, a ..... 
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