Peter Nelson: Dayton's plan on Medicaid? Several flaws

  • Article by: PETER J. NELSON
  • Updated: December 19, 2010 - 5:55 PM

It revives old issues, and the entire situation may be unconstitutional.

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SupervonDec. 19, 10 8:30 PM

The great part of having the Federal government running this is the fact that every dollar that goes to the Feds comes back as $.50 after you pay for all the Bureaucrats and paperwork associated with every case. Plus, add all the added expenses that the clinics and doctors have to pay for makes it a total joke. Just cutting out one level of government idiots results in less health care. So, vote for more government control and give up one more part of your life.

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daltrowitzDec. 19, 1010:21 PM

Or, alternatively, we can refuse the money as Governor Pawlenty did. Then instead of fifty cents on the dollar we get nothing. Just a thought.

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xorcistDec. 19, 1010:25 PM

Since the Center for the American Experiment is a Republican (i.e., Conservative) "think tank", they promote nothing but the same old things: eliminating social welfare programs for the poor, elderly, and indigent. In other words, they want death panels, they just don't want to call them that. So, Peter Nelson is really nothing more than Katherine Kersten in drag.

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comment229Dec. 20, 10 6:47 AM

Thanks Peter. I was waiting for your plan and see it is in the last paragraph with the phrases "may be able to qualify" and "exhaust the possibilities" before taking action. Spoken like someone who has his insurance paid 100% and doesn't have to worry about it. Tell you what. You and all the members of all think tanks, decline your medical insurance for both you and your families, until all the possibilities are exhausted, which is what you propose for others, and I will go along with your idea. It is called reality.

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gobigblueDec. 20, 10 7:23 AM

These folks should really rename their think tank. A simple acronymn will work. PDQ. I'm sure you'll all figure it out. Might have some copyright infringement with the gas station change, but hey their Republicans right, they'll just send in the goon squad and any business problem they have goes away.

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bottomlineDec. 20, 1010:01 AM

It all come down to -60℉, outside, with no-clothes. Howling winds, hypothermia ...and an agonizing DEATH.

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prairiedoggyDec. 20, 1011:40 AM

I need more detail. Why is opening the existing Medicaid program to this new client population "effectively reinstating GAMC"? Wouldn't the new participants need to meet the eligibility requirements of Medicaid, which is an exiting program that has been around for years. Why would we put them in GAMC rather than Medicaid? I also don't buy the assertion that Pawlenty's intention was to improve the GAMC program. I don't think you improve a program just by cutting its funding off. Obviously the new GAMC program was worse than the old one.

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mohawk1953Dec. 20, 1012:19 PM

Where does the Center of the American Experiment get money for all its "fellows"? Just another teat to suck on for people without real jobs.

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minn12Dec. 20, 10 2:05 PM

What everyone is missing is that the costs of all the social programs in Minnnesota are what is driving this state towards bankruptcy, and medical programs are leading. If we don't get these costs under control, we'll wind up like California. These programs need to be limited and reduced, not expanded. The claim that federal reimbursment will save us money is a hoax. Despite such reimbursments, our costs will go up because of expanded services available under state medicaid that are not available under GAMC. The state Budget Office has already said this will cost over $400 million MORE. It's a bad idea.

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leakyboatDec. 20, 10 2:19 PM

minn12 - so these programs need to be limited and reduced. What, pray tell, would you do for those who aren't fortunate enough to have employer-provided health insurance or can't aford insurance on their own? I await your answer, Mr. Scrooge.

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