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Guest Commentary: The continuing success of the ACA


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Commentary

By Herb Panko, Chatfield, MN

I find it amazing that so many of the Obamacare detractors keep acting like spoiled children who didn’t get their way. They continue living in a magical world, thinking that the ACA will just disappear. (Read Davids, Erding, etc.) Despite the mounting evidence that the ACA is becoming more and more popular with the public because of the subsidized easily manageable premiums, low and middle class recipients are showing their approval.

Let’s look at a few of the facts: 1) There are three independent surveys--the Gallup, the Urban Institute, and the Commonwealth Fund---that all indicate a steep decline in the number of uninsured Americans since the ACA became law. 2) The Department of Health and Human Services, after a thorough study, found that the average subsidized net premium for those covered by the ACA was a mere $82 a month. 3) And here is the real surprise. The vast majority of those recently insured under the ACA are happy with their coverage and that includes 74 percent of Republicans according to Commonwealth!

Are there still problems with the ACA? Of course. One cannot expect such a massive federal social program to not have a number of glitches. People like Davids et al can always find problems with the program---some real, most exaggerated, and many fictititious or outright lies. Experts in the health field predict it will take another five years to remedy the solvable problems that remain. One shouldn’t be surprised by that. Consider how long it took the Social Security Program, Medicare, Medicaid, the Federal Prescription Drug Program (signed into law by former President Bush) to solve problems that were initially apparent in these programs. And, of course, there are still problems and inequities in all these programs. One can’t expect such massive governmental programs to be perfect. But the benefits of all these programs far outweigh any negatives.

All that the right wing branch of the Republican Party can do is whine and complain about this or that in the ACA. What is telling and most significant is that never once in the years since 2008 when serious talks began in the Obama Administration about reforming health care has a single Republican come up with a better plan or indeed any plan at all. That should not be surprising either. All of the great liberal social programs that have come into existence over the decades, which have improved the live .....
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Why I am a Democrat

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jon Pieper There is one question I am frequently asked. Why are you running for the Minnesota House as a Democrat? The answer is very simple. I want to be part of a forward looking political party that works to improve the quality of life of t ..... 
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Why government fails, and what we should do about it

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Aug 7th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in govern ..... 
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Bullying in politics

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Stan Gudmundson There has been a huge fuss about bullying in schools but people seldom are concerned about other menacing bullies. Bullying is a tactic often used by people holding “certain” political views. Though liberals tell us they a ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Keeping Houston County citizens informed and involved

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Justin Zmyewski Houston Commissioner District #2 “The Big Picture in the Short Term” when looking at the construction of a new Houston County Highway Shop should have the following facts considered: FACT: Houston County had a 3.52 percent ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Running for office

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We’ve seen quite a bit of controversy revolving around some of our locally elected officials. Recently, in the past few months, we’ve seen a mayor get voted out of office by a city council exercising a collective vote of no confidence. This de ..... 
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Voting...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

To the Editor, Like most in my generation, I am reluctant to engage myself in the political process. In this era of big money interests and emotionally-charged rhetoric, it’s incredibly difficult to find a candidate that I can actually trust as a ..... 
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SMIF grant deadline approaching

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Tim Penny Each year, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awards approximately $1 million in grants to schools, communities, and nonprofits in order to strengthen early childhood programming and economic development efforts throughout ..... 
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The environment is the defining issue of our time!

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Thank you Karen Reisner for your comprehensive article, “Pay it Forward.” The word that jumps out at me is “responsibility.” We have been entrusted with the care of this planet. Sometimes I’m tempted to believe in providence, that the ta ..... 
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