Health systems' cost-savings plan takes beating

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune staff writer
  • Updated: January 31, 2011 - 9:47 PM

Groups representing Minnesotans with disabilities criticized the proposal, saying it's full of factual errors.

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cashncareyJan. 31, 1110:43 PM

I used to give generously to ARC. ARC can get donations from their liberal friends from now on.

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rhobustJan. 31, 1111:07 PM

The state of Minnesota

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rhobustJan. 31, 1111:10 PM

The State of Minesota SHOULD NOT!!!! CUT SERVICE to Disable and Developmental Disabled people in this state to help balance the budget.

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jamesolneyJan. 31, 1111:40 PM

If you don't have health insurance and get sick, the tax payers have to pay for it anyway- so go get health insurance please- search online "Wise Health Insurance" and learn how you can get insurance at discount price.

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nmelliott2Jan. 31, 1111:58 PM

Extend income tax cuts to the wealthiest, cut estate taxes to the rich, bailouts to the banks and slash corporate taxes to huge entities making billions overseas and moving jobs over there with them and then balance the shortfall on the backs of the elderly and disabled and poor. What a scary concept. I am glad our politicians are getting sound policy advice from multi millionaire CEO's who use mis-information and one sided arguments to move more money into their businesses. Isn't this why we are having the health care crisis in the first place, because private hospital systems and insurance companies can't keep costs and premiums affordable. Now they want to give their opinion on Medicaid! The $100 Million that the United Health CEO made in compensation last year wasn't enough I guess. They sat down to discuss the best policies for the disabled and elderly population but failed to consult with any major group representing the disabled or elderly. Brilliant strategy.

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nmelliott2Jan. 31, 1111:58 PM

Then they go and provide one sided information such as "the cost of HCBS (home and community based services, i.e. group homes) has jumped $400 million dollars from 2007 to 2010". While this is a fact the part these brilliant minds left out for the legislator and the public to see is that the reason for this ramp up in HCBS spending is because we have greatly accelerated moving the disabled and elderly out of institutions and into group homes, thus savings the state Medicaid coffers hundreds of millions of dollars since group homes are much more affordable than nursing homes or state hospitals and have proven to lead to greater recovery and quality of life in the individuals living in the environment....Here's hoping St Paul can see through the sell job The Health Care Imperative tried to make....

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nmelliott2Jan. 31, 1111:59 PM

Then they go and provide one sided information such as "the cost of HCBS (home and community based services, i.e. group homes) has jumped $400 million dollars from 2007 to 2010". While this is a fact the part these brilliant minds left out for the legislator and the public to see is that the reason for this ramp up in HCBS spending is because we have greatly accelerated moving the disabled and elderly out of institutions and into group homes, thus savings the state Medicaid coffers hundreds of millions of dollars since group homes are much more affordable than nursing homes or state hospitals and have proven to lead to greater recovery and quality of life in the individuals living in the environment....Here's hoping St Paul can see through the sell job The Health Care Imperative tried to make....

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gking2mnFeb. 1, 11 5:22 AM

To limit PCA services, they only need to have a love one require it to understand it. But they make millions so they can afford a PCA/nurse. How short sighted they are and they managed the faciclites pepople have to get help from. Just one more example of riding the waive of misinformation.

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hswcbFeb. 1, 11 5:26 AM

The CEOs of hospitals make millions. The CEOs of insurance companies make tens of millions. The poor and disabled get dropped off at the local mission/shelter. The politicians need to listen to the people they are elected to serve and make decisions for the good of the people. Making decisions based on what those supper rich fat cats want is NOT good for this state. It has to stop. The best way to save money in medicaid is to remove the insurance company from the mix. Take out the middle man and save a bundle. All they do is make a profit, pay their CEOs and give a little to the shareholders (none of whom are poor and disabled).

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jrc012907Feb. 1, 11 6:09 AM

Hyperbole much? How does this report square with the notion that the health care leaders "plan" took a beating? More accurately, the headline should read that one group of activists is already carping about it.... bit I suppose that wouldn't be news.

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