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Response to Greg David’s piece on Obamacare

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Jon Pieper

By Jon Pieper

Greg David’s recent commentary entitled “Obamacare will cost Minnesota’s schools $200 million” is based on inconclusive data from the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) office.

There are 399 school districts in Minnesota. The Watch Dog group PoliGraph states, “Because there is no state-level data on health insurance costs or projected costs for school districts, MMB had to survey schools, and 22 responded. Of them, nine said the health care law’s new mandates wouldn’t cost them anything.”

My friend’s favorite quote is “Why are you arguing with facts?” I think it is important to be truthful and consistent.

Greg David stated, “Minnesotans will die because of MNSure. That’s a fact.”

Let’s start with facts. 224,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in health care through MNSure. No deaths due to MNSure have been reported.

Now let’s talk about consistency. Rep. David co-authored legislation to create the MNSure health exchange. Prior to that he voted to take away health coverage for more than 100,000 low and middle class Minnesotans. Thankfully, Governor Dayton vetoed that bill.

Let’s make this personal. 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 have made my first doctor appointment in about 10 years.

The State of Minnesota, your tax dollars, pays for Greg David’s insurance. Greg Davids should send you a thank you card instead of a sympathy card.

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