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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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Janice Rose Rowland

Wed, Aug 6th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Janice Rose Rowland passed away August 4, 2014 at the Seasons Hospice Home in Rochester. Janice was born May 12, 1931 to Elmer and Minnie (Becke) Redman in Winthrop, MN. She was baptized May 16, 1931 at home and confirmed in the Lutheran Church ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Response to “Ashamed of America’s citizens”...

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I would like to respond to the letter “Ashamed of America’s citizens” from Tom Frederick. I have heard a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, each claiming bizarre and unfounded s ..... 
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Legally Blonde is a smash

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Everyone is talking about Wits’ End Theatre’s funny, smart, thoroughly engaging 2014 production, Legally Blonde The Musical. The story of California girl Elle Woods’ unlikely, inspiring career at Harvard Law School, Legally Blonde opened last ..... 
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Marion Alice Pesek Hutton

Thu, Jul 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Marion Alice Pesek Hutton Bicknese-Flatwoods, Tennessee. A dear lady has left us, on Sunday June 22, 2014, at the age of 97. Marion was born in New Prague, Minnesota on June 29, 1916 to John Frank and Emma (Chromy) Pesek. Her family moved to Austin, ..... 
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Wit’s End theatre to host “Pink Ribbon Night”

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Arts & Culture

Chatfield, Minn., – In theme with our “pink” 2014 production: Legally Blonde — the Musical, Wits’ End Theatre is hosting a pre-show, breast cancer benefit and awareness evening. The event takes place August 2, from 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. at Cha ..... 
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Western Days Stampede registration opens

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Registration is now open for the 20th running of the Chatfield Western Days Stampede. Online registration is available at stampede.zapevent.com. The race will once again offer four-person team competition in addition to individual competition. Dis ..... 
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Chatfield School Board discusses revenue opportunity; approves senior passes

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge At the Chatfield School Board meeting on July 21, Superintendent Ed Harris explained that there was an opportunity from the state allowing for the school board to take advantage of a minor increase in revenue for the district. ..... 
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