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What do you know about the Minnesota Health Plan?

The national debate on health care reform will be forever remembered by this writer as a collection of hot button words. Memes such as “death panels, public option, socialized medicine, government controlled and trigger” were bandied about by pundits, lobbyists, strategists and politicians.

As the media kept citizens fully informed of Sarah Palin’s latest Facebook entry, powerful legislators were meeting quietly throughout the summer and fall behind closed doors in D.C. Leaders in Congress and the White House took input only from those who delivered big checks for past and future campaigns.

The Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition is hosting a presentation and Q and A on the proposed state “Medicare-for-All” health care proposal on Thurs., Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale (8260 4th Street North)

The heavily compromised health plan about to be adopted preserves the status quo. Under the new health care system, actual delivery of health care to all Americans who need it is still a lesser priority than keeping the system profitable. The federal plan protects the insurance CEOs’ eight- and nine-figure salaries and monthly premiums, soon to equal our monthly mortgage or rent. Individuals will continue to fund the insurance industry’s marketing and bureaucracy, and now they’ll be taxed on top of it. As an added bonus for the industry, citizens will be fined if they refuse to purchase its insurance. We see who the boss is.

Minnesota is in a very good position to lead the nation in a different direction.

The Minnesota Health Care Act (SF118/HF135) would eliminate insurance companies and for-profit administrators from the state’s health care system. It would also be the first truly universal no-strings-attached health care system in the United States.

The plan "treats health care like a community good, like police, fire and schools," said Sen. John Marty, the bill’s chief author, when discussing the plan at a Senate committee hearing earlier this year.

But that’s socialism, according to some business lobbyists who spoke in opposition.

Beth McMullin, health policy director for the Minnesota Business Partnership, said her organization’s members are committed to a "market-based, patient-centered" system. She said the MPP would oppose a single payer system under "government control."

The Minnesota Health Plan isn’t going away. Supporters say it is a cost-saving measure at a time when health care costs and a poor economy are breaking budgets.

Want to have your say?

The Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition is hosting a presentation followed by a public discussion on the plan on Thurs., Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale.

Speakers include Dr. Jim Hart, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Rep. Caroline Laine (District 50A), a co-author of the bill, and John Kolstad, owner of Mill City Music. A panel of experts will be on hand after the presentations for a Q and A.

For more information, contact or call 651-641-4073.


  • Sandy S 5 years ago

    the congressional health care bill is only worth the paper it's written on to the insurance companies and big pharma. what a joke! a big fat practical joke on the american people.

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