We're 51st? On a health measure? For our kids?!

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2011 - 12:15 AM

Minnesota ranked 8th overall for the quality of child health care, but 51st in adequacy of insurance for kids.

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armi0020Feb. 1, 1111:13 PM

Last place. Shameful.

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guffmanFeb. 1, 1111:16 PM

What is insurance is not needed/wanted? This was not considered. Another red herring...

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craigduneFeb. 1, 1111:35 PM

In fact, under new health care reform your health insurance company will no longer be allowed to cancel your policy if you get sick, we should be doing this already! search online "Wise Health Insurance" it is a good place to find insurance if you have illness like me.

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pagemarshFeb. 2, 1112:25 AM

craigdune- Thank you for a suggestion and the information! I think the debate over health insurance is completely stupid. A vast majority of the individuals that criticize health care changes and laws rarely, if ever, mention what health insurance they have or use. This does many things to the debate. 1.) It allows for individuals to blindly believe that they have great insurance without seeing their insurance for what it is (unless of course they really do have great insurance...then they don't want others to find out about it). 2.) The fact that we don't know how much people pay because policies are determined based on an individuals needs, their health, age, employer input, and so on, means that we really don't know that joe the plumber is getting a far better deal than sally the electrician or mike the carpenter despite the fact that they may all have the same medical history and so forth. Whether or not people agree with Obamacare or not, one thing is certain, we, as a country, have not and will continue not to have a truly serious debate about what insurance we have or should have as long as our insurance policies are treated as sacredly as our salaries. That is what is truly the smoke and mirrors of this debate. One that allows both of the major parties to propose serious changes and have us follow them blindly into the desert in hopes of finding water.

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dashackFeb. 2, 11 1:33 AM

Why is everyone so focused on just the insurance aspect and not the cost of health care itself and getting it in check so insurance and out of pocket isn't so outrageous. Follow the money and see where it's going and do something about anything suspect.

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hayeckmanFeb. 2, 11 1:46 AM

Must have more deadbeat 23 year olds than other states. Or maybe they don't enroll - on purpose. Now that's a revolutionary thought that the red star might consider.

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starman43Feb. 2, 11 2:30 AM

A number I'm sure Pawlenty would be proud of!

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oldpunkFeb. 2, 11 4:13 AM

D**n kids and their sense of entitlement! It's time they put their nose to the grindstone, pull themselves up by their boot straps and quit looking for socialist handouts! We have the greatest health care system in the world and if they are left in the dust it is their own fault.

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alellefsonFeb. 2, 11 4:31 AM

Not only have rates gone up, the percentage paid by individuals gone up, you have to make several office visits for the same health issue before you receive treatment in many cases. Then for adults there's the prescription check, come on, $100 to get our blood pressure checked so you can renew a prescription you have had for years?

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jathu001Feb. 2, 11 4:50 AM

On reining in costs: 1) we need honesty about the fact that right now health care and health insurance is rigged for profit FIRST. 2) yes, people do need to do all they can to be healthier. And this is a win-win situation if we do take steps to avoid medical care. We feel better, live longer, and screw the insurance CEOs out of at least some of their indefensible profts (I especially like that last part). 3) Everyone needs to have "skin in the game" and I mean everyone.

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