As a taxpayer, I’m feeling coerced yet again by the stadium situation.
Talk of delay is just another intimidation
Fear and threats — that’s the recipe for getting the stadium built (“Bond sale, stadium face delay,” Jan. 13). As a taxpayer who’s on the line for this huge debt, I’m a little miffed. What Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen is looking for is a bridge loan in order for the stadium to open as scheduled. Let’s think hard on this and determine who has the $23 million now needed, as well as the incentive to step forward and save the day. The Vikings owners? Apparently, they don’t want to help out, even though they’re going to be getting the benefit of a half-billion-dollar bond issue.
Quit threatening us.
RICHARD BREITMAN, Minneapolis
A commentary writer responds
I am grateful for the letters to the editor regarding my Jan. 8 commentary critiquing “The high cost of ‘free’ medical care.”
I am a strong advocate of universal health insurance. My critique was that managed rationing of “free” care failed to control costs for decades; more of the same through a more powerful version in Obamacare is only more economic nonsense. But worse, the new corporate cartel system threatens each patient with profiteering through bedside rationing of care — a legalized corruption of the professional delivery system’s covenant of loyalty to the patient first.
How ought our nation achieve universal health insurance?
Medicaid has not lived up to its goal of care for the poor, especially in the hands of managed-care bureaucrats making budget ends meet by creating barriers to access — for example, paying for services at less than cost, a disastrous result for hospitals and especially primary-care doctors. I have campaigned to give money directly to these families (with a debit card) for first-dollar care. Bypassing the expensive corporate middleman works in the private sector — why not the public sector?
As a distinguished Minnesota economist, Joseph V. Kennedy, has written: “Government policy is far more effective when it channels market forces than when it overrides them. … Ownership of resources is the path to a decent life free of poverty and dependency: a goal for all Americans.”
This is a good start to a better way.
ROBERT W. GEIST, St. Paul
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