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Your letters - April 17 edition

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Easter egg hunt fun again

I'm approaching the age whereby my memory allows me to celebrate Easter by hiding my own Easter eggs and then going on my own hunt!

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Victor Kern

Wadena, Minn.

"Ghost of a Chance" was enjoyable

We went to see "Ghost of a Chance" yesterday and enjoyed it very much. The guys and gals that were in the play did an exceptional job and are to be commended for their performance. Thanks to all the actors and actresses and the producers and everyone involved in making this play so enjoyable.

Helen Allee

Verndale, Minn.

MNsure enrollment facts inaccurate

Recent media coverage of MNsure's insurance exchange sign-ups for Obamacare quoted officials at stating, "They exceeded their goals for the initial open enrollment period."

A close examination of relevant sign-up data indicates this proclamation of success is both misleading and inaccurate. The sign-up scorecard based on four MNsure goals established Oct. 16, 2013, is as follows: individual (private pay) goal 69,904; sign-ups 47,046; accomplishment 67.6 percent, Minnesotacare (subsidized pay) goal 44,084; sign-ups 34,219; accomplishment 77.6 percent, medical assistance (taxpayer funded Medicaid) goal 12,240. sign-ups 87,986; accomplishment 718.8 percent, small business (private pay) goal 8,925; sign-ups 693; accomplishment 0.8 percent. These facts paint a dramatically different picture of success.

MNsure, in fact, failed to accomplish three out of four important enrollment objectives. MNsure's failure to achieve a sufficient level of "private pay" sign-ups should be a huge wake-up call for Governor Dayton and legislative leaders on both sides of the political aisle. Exacerbating this problem is the additional public funding requirement to cover the Medicaid sign-ups which exceeded the initial projection by a whopping 718 percent. This data leads to the obvious long term viability question. Without sufficient private pay subscribers, where will the money come from to cover approximately 170,000 total health care subscribers? Clearly this is a very serious long term funding issue which must be addressed by political leaders of all stripes.

It is widely recognized that Obamacare cannot achieve financial viability without enrollment by young, healthy, private pay individuals. This is not happening due to widespread opposition to insurance mandates and high cost policies. Additionally, approximately two-thirds of the initial private pay enrollments are replacements for policies cancelled due to Obamacare mandated provisions.

Minnesota taxpayers deserve answers based on facts rather than the "perfume the pig" rhetoric being communicated by MNsure officials and Obamacare advocates. The problem will not go away without major legislative reform actions.

It is time to voice your opinion to your elected representatives. Demand corrective action and/or replacement by a more commonsense affordable plan.

A.L. Kleinke

Nevis, Minn.

Get involved in the MS Society

I live in Sebeka and I'm one of millions of people committed to a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. I understand the effects of MS firsthand; my mom, Twyla, has MS.

There are countless ways to get involved with the MS Society. I've joined the movement to end MS by participating in a Walk MS event. Some simple things you can do include visiting mssociety.org to learn about MS, volunteer, make a donation to fund MS research, pleading a Walk MS participant or participating youself. Walk MS 2014 will be May 4 in Park Rapids at the Heartland Park. Registration is free. To register, call (800) 582-5296.

I encourage everyone to help create a world free of MS. Whatever you do, no matter how small, it can make a big impact in the lives of people affected by the disease.

Heather Schmitz

Sebeka, Minn.

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