Senators should work on solving problems
While I do agree with state Sens. Michelle Benson and Sean Nienow that there are issues with MNsure, a larger perspective is warranted (“Are you worried about MNsure? We sure are,” Sept. 21).
As members of the Minnesota Senate, both individuals have access to a generous benefits package that includes health care. I purchase health insurance through the National Association of Realtors, but my wife cannot for various reasons.
For us, the cost of the premiums and deductibles in the “last resort” represent a choice between her health insurance and our ability to pay our mortgage. So we enthusiastically welcome the advent of MNsure as part of the Affordable Care Act.
I do understand that there are problems, but I trust our elected representatives to iron these out.
CHARLES KRUMRIE, Minneapolis
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Benson and Nienow are worried, but I’m not. In fact, I can’t wait to enroll in the MNsure exchange. Our family will save hundreds of dollars a month on health insurance premiums and still enjoy the coverage we need. The senators seem to want the public to worry when they should be more optimistic about the future. I am.
MARK GUNDERSON, Wayzata
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Young people can right the wrongs of elders
I’m responding to the 28-year-old man who feels his generation is having to pay for the mistakes of those before him (Letter of the Day, Sept. 21). As a 60-year-old, all I can say is, “I’m sorry.” No, you were not asked beforehand if you were willing to cover the cost of affordable care, a poor economy, unnecessary wars and so on.
I cannot speak for my entire generation, but I think we as a whole did the best we could. We stopped the Vietnam War when our elders wanted to continue. We helped to pass laws giving equal rights to all people. We passed laws to clean our environment.
Future generations are always left with the greatness and the stupidity of the older generation. What’s my suggestion? Do better than we did. Do the right thing for the generations following yours. Learn from our mistakes.
MARSHA BARD, Edina
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