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home : opinion : letters to the editor August 18, 2017

11/13/2013 9:45:00 AM
There is plenty of misinformation

There is plenty of misinformation about health care problems
I never thought the Affordable Care Act was what we needed in America.
And I never liked it, considering what insurance companies had been doing to people. When you get a half-century of learning the stories of people and what the health care industry has done to them, you get a bit skeptical.
I don't know why the Republican party threw a hissy fit and tried to murder it. It was their party's idea to begin with.
President Nixon proposed something similar while he was president. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney put a similar plan in place when he was governor.
What we need, is single payer, as European countries have had since the end of World War II. Please do not run the "people lay in the corridors and die because no one takes care of them" crap. I have friends in Europe and Canada and it is simply a lie.
It appears the corporate mentally of "the most profit possible" pervades America. That's worked well, hasn't it? Our billionaire insurance industry evidently was afraid it could not sustain the unimaginable profit growth and set out to make even larger profits. With large amounts of dirty money and legal maneuvering, they managed to create the mess we see now. They scared the sense out of Congress, which should have known better.
One can't blame doctors, nurses, and hospital personal who work hard to care for patients. Who then to blame but the insurance companies which look to get the most profits (not the best health care) out of it?
It has become an avenue for winning elections, instead of Congress collaborating to make it work for everyone - rich or poor. This is America. We do things. We take care of one another.
When did that become not what we want for our country?
As for the website not working, every person who knows about computers wasn't surprised it happened. Our governor got grants to pay for the Minnesota website. It was worked on months in advance. There were still warnings it could be a bumpy ride, starting out. At least Minnesotans only have to deal with our own website, not one the entire country tried to access.
My old country woman's solution? Send Babe the Blue Ox to Washington. He won't add much muck to the mire they are sloshing around already, would he?
- Rosemary Schaffer

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