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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
5 years 30 weeks

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Every insurance plan has a list of drugs it covers, may cover, and never covers, its formulary. I failed to compare my list of current prescriptions with the formulary of the insurer I selected earlier this year, Preferred One. My bad.

I found that one of my primary diabetes medications received only partial coverage, leaving me with a $400+ co-pay per month. A manufacturer's discount program reduced that to $266, still a hefty amount. Another drug was not covered under any...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 05:40 pm in response to Experts struggle with McFadden's Obamacare math

No skyways, BL.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 03:56 pm in response to Local Liberians feeling ostracized amid Ebola panic

on worthless polls. Next time, ask people who are in a position to have a valid opinion.

“In our latest, exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, we asked Minnesotans if they think we’re prepared for Ebola here at home. The majority said ‘no.’ Only 23 percent of Minnesotans said they think the state and our health care system are prepared to handle an Ebola outbreak here. Fifty-three percent say we’re not prepared, and 23 percent are not sure.”

Posted on 10/21/14 at 03:58 pm in response to Local Liberians feeling ostracized amid Ebola panic

Yes, they are. The problem is that they're anonymous and no one in public office really wants to do anything to change that fact.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 01:21 pm in response to New outside groups target Minnesota races

whose money they're spending, any more than we will know who contributes to competing organizations.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 01:06 pm in response to America's energy future is starting to look like our energy past

with various approaches, but fail to provide any evidence of risk. Two examples come to mind.

First, you write, "Since setting the rules for relicensing in 1991, the Times reports, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted 70 license extensions and rejected none." Is there any reason to believe that one or more of these extensions should not have been granted?

Second, you note a "passage that made me feel for a moment as if I were reading a subtle satire rather than a...

that you interview Johnson for this piece?

I'm not avid (or even less than avid) supporter of any candidate for governor, but expect a profile such as this to be based on more than a review of his voting record and the opinions of members of the opposition party, who reasonably can be expected to be inclined to further the prospects of their candidate.

Certainly, Johnson could have told you whether he took the lead on any issue that's come before the County Commissioners...

Posted on 10/21/14 at 12:34 pm in response to Some abuse victims upset with archdiocese agreement

Anderson's obligation is to his client, not other counsel or other parties. Those who feel more is required are free to press their claims.

"Other lawyers and abuse survivors — including some present in the room that day — regarded the agreement with deep skepticism. Anderson's firm had signed a secret agreement on behalf of his clients without consulting most of them."

Posted on 10/21/14 at 12:39 pm in response to Some abuse victims upset with archdiocese agreement

Equating the potential deaths of birds and the deaths of children is absurd. Those concerned about the deaths of birds might better spend their time trying to quantify the problem: how many birds, which species, and with what effect on the species as a whole in Minnesota and wherever they may winter.

This ain't rocket science, folks, yet I've not seen even an estimate based on bird deaths caused by existing structures in downtown Minneapolis.

Posted on 10/20/14 at 12:37 pm in response to What we haven't heard from Mark Dayton and Jeff Johnson

A maximum of 5 points per question, based on whether and how fully the candidate answered the question asked and stayed on topic.