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Todd Hintz

St. Louis Park, MN
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This guy just needs to give it up and get out of politics. Stick a fork in his career and call it done.

Julie, thanks for the data. My eyes crossed just trying to follow the bouncing ball between copays, deductibles, and HSAs. I couldn't help but think that this would be so much simpler with a universal single payer plan.

-No copays
-No deductibles
-No out of network doctors or hospitals

Everybody in, everybody pays, everybody benefits. Less paperwork for hospitals and doctors too as they only have one plan to administer. Just find a doctor and clinic you like and...

Please name an efficient and cost effective private program. Most conservatives point to HealthPartners. However, HealthPartners allows huge pay discrepancies. For example, the average pay of an executive is in the millions, whereas the average employee only gets $42,000. Our private sector simply does not understand cost control.

Joking aside, no one is claiming government programs are perfect. But at the same time, let's not pretend the private sector is all rainbows and...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 12:56 pm in response to Top five reasons to enjoy being an old, invisible woman

Thank you for the wonderful post. It's good to tap into the spunk and wisdom of the elderly and get their perspective and insights on issues.

My personal take on life as I hit my latter years: keep the drama on the stage!

Posted on 10/23/14 at 12:13 pm in response to Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins?

I read an article the other week stating that there are about $2.5 billion (with a B) worth of development within a half mile of the Green line. Granted, some of that development may have taken place anyway with our without the light rail line, but there's no doubt that the line has helped spur new construction and attracts new residents.

Another study I read last year says that housing within a quarter mile of a rail line gets a bump in property value. The houses are higher priced...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 12:23 pm in response to Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins?

The author seems to be making the point that light rail is expensive, doesn't help society, and generally blows chunks all over your fresh pressed shirt.

I have to ask though: what is the alternative?

If we don't build light rail, then what do we put in its place? More freeways? What is the cost of that option? How much will it run to acquire the property, tear down houses and businesses, reroute feeder roads, and widen bridges so we can have even a single additional lane...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 04:23 pm in response to Superhighways and light rail: antagonists or evil twins?

Tough crowd today! Jonathan F. Mack, a Minneapolis attorney who writes frequently on urban and regional planning issues, needs to step up his game if he wants to be more than some cranky guy shouting out from a blog. When you step into MinnPost, you're talking to people who know their craft and don't mind telling you your logic, reasoning, and writing has more holes in it than a box of Cheerios.

You're talking to SMEs here (subject matter experts), people who have access to Google...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 11:42 am in response to Is big business sitting out the governor's race?

Maybe business groups are starting to realize that Democrats are pretty good for the economy. Republicans...not so much.

Posted on 10/22/14 at 12:05 pm in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

If the Republicans are running on "MNSure, Obamacare, the new Senate Office Building, and many of their other legislative acts," then they need to drink stronger coffee. MNSure and Obamacare have given many thousands of people access to healthcare and they're not going to be too inclined to elect people who will take that away from them.

The Senate office building is only a simmering issue in the minds of GOPers who have nothing else to latch onto. I doubt it's going to sway...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 12:15 pm in response to Why the DFL will lose the Minnesota House

So the Democratic party is arrogant for...what reason exactly? I didn't catch that bit in this article, so if someone can point it out to me I would really appreciate it.

What I see when I look at the legislature and governor's accomplishment is an economy that's doing well in the state, in the region compared to our neighbors, and nationally too. That isn't to say there is not room for improvement, but it's pretty obvious we're doing a lot better than a lot of other states.

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