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Continued: Readers Write (Dec. 9): Gun safety, clergy scandal, health care, online sales tax

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health care

MNsure is affordable even if system is flawed

Website fixes and higher enrollment numbers aside, the real story is what’s actually available if you need quality affordable health insurance (“MNsure requests double in month,” Dec. 5).

First, if you couldn’t afford health insurance before, you probably can now. With more people in the pool and competition among insurers and tax credits for those who need them, I’d be surprised if you weren’t surprised at how affordable health care is, compared with how it used to be. If you were denied for a pre-existing condition or charged more for it, no worries: Insurance companies can’t do that to you anymore.

Kid off in college or still in the nest? Keep them on until they’re 26. And yeah, it turns out that if you had a $54-per-month policy with a $12,000 deductible that doesn’t provide the benefits just mentioned (and next to no coverage for much of anything else), you can’t keep it. Not sure why you’d would want to.

Forget the scare tactics and propaganda. Even if it’s a bit of a hassle right now, something as important as your family’s health is worth checking out yourself.

George f. Greene, Brooklyn Park

online sales

U.S. Supreme Court is clear on sales taxes

The message from the U.S. Supreme Court to the Minnesota Legislature was loud and clear when the court let stand a ruling by New York’s Court of Appeals allowing that state to collect sales taxes on Internet companies, even if they fail to have a physical presence in the state.

Minnesota businesses — our own friends and neighbors, in many cases — have been at a distinct disadvantage for years, ever since Internet shopping became such a large factor. While our local retailers have been obliged to collect sales taxes on purchases, those who buy online pay no sales taxes.

Not only is this manifestly unfair to local merchants, but it deprives the state of millions of dollars in tax revenue that certainly could be put to good use.

The message to our Legislature is clear: Make it a priority to put us on the same footing with the 18 states that already have such laws. To do otherwise punishes both the state’s coffers and local businesses.

alan miller, Eagan

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