Bipartisan plan needed for health care

Sorry, Sen. Rounds, Obamacare is not killing health care. Inaction or self-serving actions on both sides of the aisle are destroying the Affordable Care Act. You are correct; citizens have been forced off the health care plans they enjoyed due to flaws in the ACA, insurers leaving unprofitable regions or simply high cost.

The recent failure of the Senate to repeal and replace or simply repeal the ACA in a Republican-majority Congress shows that Republicans and Democrats must reach across the aisle and work together to formulate amendments to the current legislation that resolve its many shortcomings. I am sure you remember from your school days in Pierre that if a problem is too large, break it into smaller pieces.

Perhaps, you and Sen. Franken of Minnesota can work together to get the ball rolling and set a positive bipartisan example. I, for one, would enjoy hearing Sen. Franken publicly state that he is either willing or unwilling to work with a Republican on this matter. Should Sen. Franken be unwilling to agree to that simple, selfless act, perhaps you should make a second offer to another Democratic senator who may be more receptive.

Steve Gray

Spearfish

Sutton can change the culture in Pierre

It was great to read the Journal article about former rodeo rider Billie Sutton visiting this year's Days of '76 rodeo in Deadwood. Sutton was a good rodeo cowboy paralyzed in a 2007 accident. He's now family man and father. He works as an investment banker, helps with the family ranch and serves in the Legislature.

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The article told how Sutton is running in the 2018 race for governor. I think Sutton would be a great choice for voters with his experience and his "cowboy spirit" to help unite folks and to get rid of the culture in state government that led to so many scandals in recent years (such as EB-5 and Gear Up). 

I hope Republican, Democrat and independent voters will unite and bring a new spirit of unity to our state by electing cowboy Billie Sutton as our governor in 2018.

David Nickel

Spearfish

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