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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, October 17, 2013

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to:  jjones@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to:  Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
    Obamacare is a debacle
    Last week’s American-News had an article called Understanding the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare for short.
    There is no reference as to who wrote the article or who paid to put the article in this paper. I assume someone considered this valuable information for the public.
    I would like to add a little more truth to that article. If insurance companies are forced to cover people who are already sick, or have pre-existing conditions, or if there can be no dollar limit on coverage, or if drugs are now free, the price of the insurance will skyrocket. The insurance companies cannot and will not absorb all these costs. This is economics 101.
    So what can be done to cover these extreme measures? (1) raise premiums; (2) raise deductibles; (3) ration care. Obamacare does these three things and more. Who in this nation would want such a system? Does anyone really want someone else decide if he or she qualifies for a certain procedure? Who wants to give up control of his or her health care? My goodness, what a travesty!
    Thomas Jefferson wrote that in order for this constitutional republic to survive, a well-informed citizenry is necessary. Is the general public well informed right now? Actually, I think the public is getting more informed.
    A few weeks ago senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and a few others did more to inform people about Obamacare than all the rest of congress has done in the past three years.
    As the information gets out, more and more are awakening to the truth about Obamacare. I believe that the polls now show that 62 percent of Americans are now against this debacle.
    —Rodney Jans
    Montevideo
    Call me nuts
    When I announced my engineering business I was told, “you’re nuts, you will be broke in 90 days.”
    When I bought the building at 117 N. 1st Street, “you’re nuts to use an old retail building.”
    When I joined with a group to revitalize main street, “you’re nuts, main streets are dead.”
    When I started a manufacturing business, “you’re nuts, USA doesn’t build anything anymore.”
    Page 2 of 2 - When I formed Lumination LLC to save the Hollywood, “you’re nuts, you cannot save that junker.”
    When I brought two busloads of senior citizens to city council to find a new home for the senior center, “you’re nuts, we have not been able to solve this problem for two decades.”
    When I was president of Downtown Business Owners and we pushed for the Post Office to remain on main, “you’re nuts, the Fed will never listen.”
    When I bought an electronic firm in ’06, “you’re nuts, America cannot compete on the global markets.”
    When I challenge the city and county to embrace capitalism and free market and always error on the side of bidding work last week, “you’re nuts, you cannot fight city hall.”  
    Some fights are simply worth it. Socialism and cronyism do not work and should never be a viable option for our local governments. Call me nuts!
    —Kevin Wald
    Montevideo

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