Jim Read believes that, whatever happens in the nation’s capital, we in Minnesota must take responsibility for ensuring affordable health care to everyone in our state. For Jim it is especially important that individuals and families in our smaller towns and rural areas have health care they can access and afford. As he campaigns go door to door in District 13A, Jim will invite voters to describe their own experiences with our health care system, and how they believe it can be improved.

In District 13A we have a hospital in Paynesville and family clinics in Saint Joseph, Avon, Cold Spring, Eden Valley, Richmond, Paynesville, and St. John’s in Collegeville. We have several retirement and assisted-living housing and nursing homes for the elderly.

Minnesota consistently ranks in the Top 10 states for access to care, quality of care and the overall health of the population. But we can do better still, and serve as an example for a nation that is troubled, divided and confused in this extremely important matter.

No one should lose their health care because they have lost their job. No one should have have to stay in a job they don’t like because they fear losing health coverage if they make a new start. No one with the talents and energy to start a new business should be deterred by the difficulties of providing health care for themselves, their family, and their employees. Jim will work hard to help our self-employed entrepreneurs, small businesses, and small business employees gain access to health coverage.

Jim believes in both personal and public responsibility. Every working age Minnesotan has a responsibility to pay for health care what his or her income reasonably allows. In return it is our public responsibility to ensure Minnesotans of all ages access to quality, affordable health care when they need it.

We all benefit when education, roads and highways, police and fire protection are available to all. This same is true for health care. Jim will work to create a dialogue within our community on this critical issue.