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Affordable Care Act and MNsure are great for Minnesota...


Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

Greg David’s recent commentary entitled “MNsure, Obamacare are disastrous for Minnesota” is missing important details and is using incorrect statistics. First let me list the historic changes to the United States’ healthcare laws.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows children to stay on their parent’s health care plan until they are 26 years old.

The ACA bans insurance companies from placing lifetime limits of medical care.

The ACA prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

The ACA prohibits insurance companies from discriminatory premium rates based on health status or gender.

The ACA prohibits insurance companies from dropping people from coverage when they get sick.

The ACA requires insurance companies to spend 80 percent of premiums on medical care.

Now, let me discuss Greg Davids’ commentary of MNsure. Greg Davids has historically tried to deny health care coverage for Minnesotans. Prior to MNsure, he voted to take away health coverage for more than 100,000 low and middle class Minnesotans. Thankfully, Governor Dayton vetoed that bill.

How can we forget Greg Davids’ quote regarding MNsure. Greg Davids stated, “Minnesotans will die because of MNsure. That’s a fact.”

Let’s start with facts. Over 226,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in health care through MNsure. No deaths due to MNsure have been reported.

Greg Davids stated the 280,000 Minnesotans were forced off health plans they liked. The truth is that 280,000 Minnesotans received letters from their health care provider that changes may be made to their plans.

Greg Davids goes on to use an example of a family losing their preferred health-care plan and another of someone paying twice as much for the same coverage. Let’s make this personal with a concrete example. My wife and I have three school-aged children. My health premium was scheduled to be $1,050 per month with a $12,000 deductible. I would have to pay the first $24,600 out of pocket before my insurance paid anything. I am now enrolled through MNsure for a fraction of that cost. I am happy to lose my previous health plan.

Many of the details of MNsure are cloudy for Greg Davids, since The State of Minnesota, your tax dollars, pays for Greg David’s insurance.

Jon Pieper
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In response to Elizabeth Mitchell

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, If you were like many rural Minnesota school districts and were handed more than $200 million, how would you spend it? Would you hire more teachers and school employees, provide the best resources available to our students, or hand ..... 
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The Affordable Care Act is Needed for All

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I read the letter Greg Davids had in the Journal May 26 and I thought to myself, ‘good grief, Greg, isn’t there something you can be positive about?’ It appeared that you cherry-picked whatever negative you could find in th ..... 
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In response to Dennis DeKeyrel & Jerry Grehl ...

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Dennis DeKeyrel’s and Jerry Grehl’s recent comments about State Representative Greg Davids were outrageous and appalling. Representative Davids has spent the past 30 years helping area residents acquire health insurance. Spreadin ..... 
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Letter about rising natural gas prices

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, My Minnesota Energy even pay for natural gas went up $50 a month. An elderly friend’s went up $40. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts rising natural gas prices through 2014. I doubt they will ever go down again. Th ..... 
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MnSure & Obamacare...

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, In a political ad in the June 9 edition of the Journal, Rep. Davids gives his version of the facts on MnSure and Obamacare. Here are some others that he might what to consider. As of June 1, MnSure and the University of Minnesota a ..... 
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ObamaCare...

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, After reading Rep. Greg Davids’ vitriolic attack against ObamaCare, I can only conclude he’s for full repeal. This puts him at odds with mainstream Republicans who have abandoned this approach recently, conceding ObamaCare is t ..... 
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Thank you...

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, My name is Lina Della Libera from Germany, and I had the awesome opportunity to be a PAX exchange student at Fillmore Central High School this year. My host family was the Corson Family of Preston- Eric, Tara, Siri, Elias and Jonas. ..... 
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Health care is not a waste...

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Affordable health care for all is an important goal. Let’s have an adult conversation about how to fund it. Greg Davids’ May 26, 2014, commentary about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ignored an important issue - if we value som ..... 
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