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home : opinion : letters to the editor August 22, 2017

8/28/2013 10:02:00 AM
The Affordable Health Care Plan

The Affordable
Health Care Plan
The Affordable Health Care Plan, which has been dubbed 'ObamaCare' by southern "Poverty Pimp Republicans," who still can't believe there is a black man in the White House, kicks in this coming October.
I have been reading up on this as much as possible to get a handle on how it will affect those of us lucky enough to have a union contract that specifies we will have a group health care plan in place where we work.
And also, how it will impact those of us on Social Security or about to be eligible for that benefit. (Please do not belittle that benefit by calling it an "entitlement" to me. I've worked in the fields, barns and factories since I was a teenager. I've earned every penny of it.)
It appears that should you live in a state with a Republican governor, you are up that well known creek without impulsion. Unlike our Democratic governor, they have refused Federal grants to set up and control their states' Affordable Care Act Plan and are leaving it to the federal government to come in and do so. (Grants do not have to be paid back. It is your federal tax money coming back into your state for your benefits.)
Besides, Gov. Dayton says, we are Minnesotans, we know how to do things, and do them well. And we will figure out how to do this for our people in everyone's best interests.
As far as I can read and figure out, the Affordable Care Act closely follows the Health Care Plan that all Congress has access to at any time whether they are in office or retired.
Sounds fair to me. Does it sound fair to you?
    - Rosemary Schaffer

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