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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 it back to the government in order to meet Obamacare mandates?

Thanks to the Democrats, option A and B are off the table, because they made option C the law.

It was bad enough that Minnesota’s legislative Democrats and Governor Dayton spent $442 million to bail out Obamacare last year, and $160 million on a MNsure website that rarely worked and frustrated thousands of Minnesotans. Now a recent study from the Governor’s own budget department finds that nearly $208 million will be taken from Minnesota schools state wide as they try to meet the regulations of Obamacare.

Representative Greg Davids rightfully brought this information to light recently, and Elizabeth Mitchell attempted to twist the debate, which is shameful.

Rep. Davids has always supported allowing all Minnesotans to have access to health care, but thankfully he doesn’t support wasting what’s someday going to amount to billions of state tax dollars on a program that eliminates your freedom to pick your physicians, limits your health care choices, and in some cases, radically increases your health insurance cost and premiums.

Despite what Mitchell might think, the most important investment we can make is in our children. Giving them every available resource they need to succeed should be our state’s top priority.

Mitchell is right if we value something. We should provide money for it. It appears to me Greg Davids values education over Obamacare, and it’s pretty sad that the Democrats allowed money that has been allocated to our schools to be taken away.

As P.J. O’Rourke said, “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys”.

Deb Carlson

Rushford, MN

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