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Still time to sign up for MNsure

March 15, 2014

NEW ULM — The March 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is approaching....

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Mar-19-14 9:33 PM

Gopher: as many mechanics that you know on assistance, I know just as many (or more) that learned their trade and started their own business and have become successful. These mechanics obviously felt they were not getting paid or appreciated to their worth, so they decided to do something about it. Thanks for making my point that it's not the employers fault, it's your life, so take control and responsibility for it. The ACA is just another program that is slowly de-incentivizing hard work, self-reliance, self-pride, etc by creating dependence through government subsidized necessity programs.

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Mar-19-14 8:34 AM


If you feel this is an injustice you should then take the initiative and write the president and point out this serious flaw in the ACA. I'm sure your mechanic friends will thank you.

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Mar-18-14 6:08 PM

Companies under 50 employees are exempt from the ACA. I know of many companies with less than 50 employees that can provide health benefits. Look at car dealerships, for example. They charge nearly $100 per hour and pay somewhere around $15. I know of mechanics that are on government assistance.

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Mar-17-14 6:52 PM

Sorry Gopher, but your company isn't the only good company out there to work for and competition in any industry is tough. Jreader has gotten back to my point and taken it to the national level.

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Mar-17-14 10:03 AM

There is an employer mandate as part of the ACA. You with short attention spans apparently have forgotten this. Oh yeah, that's right, Obama delayed the mandate for a year.

On a national level less than 20% of those who have enrolled didn't have coverage prior to signing up. Remember when we were told all of these new enrollees would be the ones who would fund Obamacare ? The question remains - where are they ? Not only are the total sign up numbers dismal and far off of their projections the ones who have signed up really haven't been the ones needed to make this program viable and sustainable.

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Mar-17-14 8:33 AM

The problem, Integrity, is that we aren't hiring and thanks to the race to the bottom, it is getting harder to compete with employers that don't take care of their employees.

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Mar-16-14 4:41 PM

I'm focusing on the MNSure and ACA that some support as the answer. What you're bringing up may very well be the cause/answer to this problem. Then, again, answer me this: why are we spending billions of taxpayer money (state and federal level) in enrolling a program that won't fix the problem? Also, if one wants to better themselves in this country, go to work for more companies like Gopherstate, you have that freedom to not be forced into a work situation for a selfish employer. Why is it always someone else's fault for my problem of not making enough money?? America in general should invest in some mirrors in order to solve quite a few problems instead of looking out your windows at your neighbors as the problem.

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Mar-16-14 4:03 PM

I think that if big companies like Target don't provide affordable ins for their employees, they should have to pay a tax penalty for all the people we have to pay for their insurance then. why do they get to not pay for it and all of us do. Not just Target, but every company.

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Mar-16-14 8:48 AM

It is called corporate welfare. If company A makes billions of dollars in profits yet does not pay a wage that allows one to live without assistance, then the taxpayers kick in the difference, including paying for their medical needs. My employer, who makes a very small profit, pays for 100% of my family's medical needs. Why are taxpayers paying for company A's employees? We should be taxing a higher rate on the profits of companies who make billions but have employees on government assistance.

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Mar-15-14 8:59 AM

So, over half of the "new" enrollment folks are on medical assistance. That means $0 premiums, based on income. Minnesota Care, another program that was already in place before MNSure and ACA, enrolls another 23,000. So, over 2/3 of your "new" enrolled folks are in government paid or subsidized programs. In addition, many of the regular program signees are getting premium subsidies as well. So, can someone explain how the taxpayers, again, are benefitting from this? How it's lowering the government's health care burden?

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