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In response to Greg Davids’ commentary ...

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I believe Greg Davids’ recent commentary needs clarification and context. The Affordable Care Act means that 12 million more non-elderly people will have health insurance in 2014 than if the ACA had not been enacted according to the Congressional Budget Office. In 2015 and again in 2016, the projections just keep getting better. Oh, and the CBO lowered the projected government cost in its most recent analysis. I must also add the fact that 21 of the 29 Republican governors have chosen not to take the virtually free federal money to expand their states Medicaid recipients. This will lead to the early death of thousands of Americans. Mr. Davids points to a recent study on the cost of providing health insurance to school employess. Mr. Davids says that it “will cost Minnesota schools at least $207.96 million.” That is not true. The study says it might cost that much and it might not. Incredibly, somehow Mr. Davids thinks that providing health insurance to school employees “is the classic definition of throwing good money after bad.” I was glad to see that Mr. Davids was worrying about our children’s education. However, when Tim Pawlenty and the Republicans were in control, they sent our schools $1.5 billion in IOUs instead of money. I do not remember Mr. Davids expressing any concern for our school children at that time when the monetary cut was truly huge.

Greg Rendahl

Ostrander, MN


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10:44:01, Aug 15th 2014

tom says:
I believe that part of what made this country great was the ability to work to better yourself , the idea was to get educated or just plain work hard to get a good job that provides benefits for your family .
To just have things given to you like Welfare and free health care leaves no incentive to better yourself....
Granted these programs are great if kept in the proper perspective, things like welfare were programs to help you get through a rough patch in life without loosing everything you have worked for, but certainly not to live on for the rest of your life. Health care should be the same , and all other programs of alike.