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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 are reporting that between September 30, 2013, and May 1, 2014, the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by slightly more than 40 percent. There are now an estimated 180,500 more Minnesotans who are insured.

This represents the lowest rate of uninsured since records have been kept.

To date, 236,745 Minnesotans have enrolled in quality, affordable coverage through MnSure. 136,303 are enrolled in Medical Assistance, 48,942 in MinnesotaCare and 51,500 in a Qualified Health Plan.

Among those now covered are certainly some of those Rep. Davids claims lost their coverage because of Obamacare. First, it is more accurate to say that these people’s policies were discontinued because they did not meet the Obamacare standards. Second, a better estimate based actual insurance industry numbers is 140,000. The 280,000, that he reports, is actually the estimate of Minnesotans who, at the time of the estimate, bought private insurance. Please get your numbers straight.

I would ask Rep. Davids to explain why these facts when combined with his own, lead him to conclude that Obamacare is, as he has said elsewhere, the most abysmal disaster in Minnesota history. Explain that to those who lived through the Great Depression or fought at Normandy or Gettysburg.

We need someone in St. Paul who has the energy, motivation and honesty to look at all the relevant facts. We need someone with a can-do attitude who has the drive to make things better, not a naysayer who thinks helping people get health care coverage is a big waste of money.

Dennis DeKeyrel

Harmony, MN

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