ST. PAUL — At town halls across the state, I have heard from people struggling to find quality health insurance. At one meeting, I heard about a farmer who pays $28,000 for his health insurance with a $13,000 deductible. He pays $41,000 out of pocket before he or his wife get any help from their health insurance. Insurance with crippling costs is hardly any assurance at all.
ST. PAUL — In 1922, the Minneapolis Tribune ran an article touting the benefits of electricity. “Don’t sell your farm, but electrify it, is the message science sends to farmers. The day will come soon when farms are run by electricity, just as the other great industries are.” The newspaper marveled that the relatively new technology was creating new economic opportunities in rural Minnesota, and was making work more efficient and life a little easier. Eventually, Minnesota farms were electrified, but it didn’t happen for everyone for nearly 15 years.