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Reader's View: Don't tell us what we need, Stauber

Republican congressional candidate Pete Stauber said in the News Tribune that we don't need "single-payer, socialized, European-style health care" ("Stauber ready for his close-up," Feb. 18).

Republican congressional candidate Pete Stauber said in the News Tribune that we don't need "single-payer, socialized, European-style health care" (" Stauber ready for his close-up ," Feb. 18).

While I agree that making all hospitals government-owned and all health care providers government employees (like the Veterans Administration) is not necessary, I can't believe he can look at the current state of health care in Minnesota's Congressional District 8 and say Minnesotans don't need guaranteed affordable care.

A publicly financed, privately delivered system that allows us to access care no matter our employment status or income would be an economic boost to Minnesotans and Minnesota businesses. Families no longer would be crushed by medical debt and bankruptcy, and employers no longer would have the rising cost of employee health care on their books. Families could save for their kids' college. Employers could hire more people. And we'd all have the health care we need when we need it.

Stauber should ask Minnesotans what we need, not tell us.

Teri Benton

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Duluth

The writer is a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

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