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7th District- Westrom: Another GOP Failure Regarding Health Care

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 10/19/14 21:10, Edited: 10/19/14 21:15

by Dave Mindeman

After listening to GOP 7th District Candidate Torrey Westrom on Hauser's At Issue program, I feel exasperated.

In regards to health care, Westrom counts himself as another "repealer". He wants to get rid of Obamacare and replace it.

But, he then takes the puzzling position of telling us that we can keep all the things we like about Obamacare.....

Westrom says we can still get health care with pre-existing conditions. Yet, gives no indication of how we pay for it without the compensating infrastructure of a complete system like Obamacare. If he thinks premiums are going up now, wait till insurance companies have to add that mandate without any compensating mechanism.

Same thing goes for his "assurance" we can keep our children on our policy through age 26. This will cost insurance companies - how will Westrom pay for it?

Then he uses the old Republican ploy about buying insurance across state lines to get cheaper insurance. How? Every state has different standards. Different treatment of health care issues. Different mandates. Different standards of care. If you just open up state borders without setting minimum standards, you have a false cost basis. And the cost savings is lost.

And then he talks about "portability" as if a magic wand can be raised and employees can simply walk away and take their health care with them. Under the employer based system we have now, the employer gets a group rate based on covering the people who work for them. It is a benefit the employer pays for... that is specific for the people who work for them. If an employee leaves and works somewhere else, does he get to keep his policy and have his "former" employer still pay a share? Of course not. True portability would only work under single payer healthcare. But I am pretty sure Westrom is not for that.

And even Westrom balked when Hauser asked him if the popular Obamacare benefit of eliminating lifetime caps would be included in the benefits he would keep.

He stumbled through an answer that indicated that would have to be talked about - which means he can't support it because even he knows that the insurance rates would skyrocket if, again, there was no compensating infrastructure to support it.

Westrom is just another clueless Republican health care denier. No real plan - just talking points that include the popular items. But never giving a method of paying for any of it.

It is kind of ironic that Westrom is making health care an issue in the 7th District because Collin Peterson was one of a few Democrats who voted against Obamacare.

So, although I am not a great fan of the incumbent Peterson, it is absolute foolishness to think that Torrey Westrom is any kind of improvement.
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PAC Influence - Which Is Worse. Peterson Or Kline

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 09/14/14 16:49

by Dave Mindeman

The Republicans are attacking Collin Peterson in the 7th because he takes too much money from unions and AG PACs. Here's the graphic going around:


The assumption must be that Collin Peterson accepts that money and does their bidding.

But does he?

Here is some union ratings for Peterson's voting record:

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers - 57%
Unite Food and Commercial Workers - 71%
American Federation of Government Employees - 53%
AFL-CIO Lifetime Score - 75%
SEIU (2012) -66%


National Farmers Union - 50%
American Farm Bureau - 50%
National Association of Agricultural Employers - 66%

Not exactly a 100% record. Has the PAC money influenced Peterson? I guess it would be hard to say - and that is probably the way it should be.

For the 2013-14 cycle, Peterson has raised $785,050 from PACs. And the Republican Party is criticizing Peterson for taking that money and supposedly doing their bidding.

But they won't criticize John Kline will they. How about Kline's record?

Kline has taken $882,132 from PAC's.....over $60,000 coming directly from For Profit College PACs. And we all know how much he sticks up for the For Profit College industry.

So why isn't the Republican Party as concerned about John Kline's voting record and PAC money as they seem to be about Collin Peterson?

I'm certainly not going to defend Rep. Peterson. There are questions to be raised about his positions, but as for being influenced by money? It sure doesn't look like it.

The real culprit in money influence is John Kline. But you will never see that graphic about Collin Peterson being done in regards to John Kline. And that is because the Republican Party doesn't really consider it wrong - it's a matter of who gets away with it.
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John Kline's For Profit College Buddies Raise John Oliver's Ire

Category: Congressional Races
Posted: 09/08/14 13:29, Edited: 09/08/14 13:31

by Dave Mindeman

I would hope that you have a modicum of knowledge about how close Congressman John Kline is to the For Profit College Industry. If you don't, then let me just repeat IT'S REAL CLOSE.

Well then I also think you would find it interesting that HBO comedian John Oliver has found the For Profit Industry methods of recruiting worthy of a segment on his show....

John Oliver: Massive student debt is just like an STD, it 'will follow you the rest of your life'

The methods that we are growing accustomed to hearing about got under John Oliver's skin.....

Oliver....highlighted push-back from the for-profit institutions who, when faced with legislation that would reign in their predatory tactics, initiated a $10 million campaign using form letters for students and administrators to send to congressman asking them to leave the industry alone.

Oliver pointed out that many students failed to even fill in the form letters, leaving them reading: "I am a career student at [INSTITUTION] studying [PROGRAM]."

Yes. Apparently their students were so engaged that they didn't bother to put in their own names or where they go to school.

Guess these students are used to being USED.

And I am sure that Congressman John Kline would attest to the authenticity of Oliver's segment because he would be one of the main recipients of those letters.

Oliver decided to start his own letter campaign that would be sent to the For Profit College lobbyist group APSCU. It goes like this:

To Whom It May Concern:
I am [NAME HERE], a human being with [DESCRIBE AT LEAST SOME LEVEL OF SENSE] who is sick of your [SYNONYM FOR bullsh*t ].
Whatever the benefits of for-profit schools, your trade group is protecting the worst actors, and [ADDITIONAL INSULTS]. [IDEAS FOR PLACES TO CRAM THIS LETTER ONCE ROLLED UP]. [PROPOSALS FOR HUMAN WASTE PRODUCTS TO BE EATEN].
Thank you for your time,

Filling in the slots is optional.

Hope they send copies to Congressman Kline.....

Oh and by the way #FLIPADISTRICT
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