Dayton makes plans for state to implement health care law

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 10, 2012 - 9:44 PM

The governor invited the GOP to help develop Minnesota's health insurance exchange.

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munsterlandrJul. 10, 12 7:51 PM

Our employer of 75 has already told us bluntly that as soon as the exchanges are up and running in MN he is dumping our group insurance plan and we will be stuck in the exchanges. Doesn't matter, my own Doctor told me yesterday he can't make any money on Obamacare and is retiring from medicine after 25 years of treating people. I suggest the rest of you check to see if YOUR doctor is getting out of medicine also. A poll published yesterday indicated 63% of doctors nationwide would be getting out of medicine because of Obamacare (AKA Obamatax).

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markc1Jul. 10, 12 7:54 PM

I like it, it almost sounds like a public option, it's just one step away from having a public option to choose from!

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wise1Jul. 10, 12 8:18 PM

"A poll published yesterday indicated 63% of doctors nationwide would be getting out of medicine because of Obamacare (AKA Obamatax)."---------So much for the Hippocratic oath, it was always for the money. Except that I don't believe that many doctors will actually leave, I am suspicious of that "poll". BTW, it is called the Affordable Care Act. For us, this is an opportunity to establish a real health care plan.

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dflleftJul. 10, 12 8:36 PM

THE FINES FOR EMPLOYERS with over 50 employees are small enough that over the next few years ALL employers will give up offering health insurance and everyone will wind up in these exchanges. Many people will simply not but insurance and then get it if they get sick since there will be no turn down for pre-existing conditions. Pelosi said we need to pass a bill and THEN find out whats in it....my advice to the usual hard core DFL left liberals would be to be very carefull what you wish for. I hope MN spends nothing on these exchanges and take the feds one size fits all. who even cares anymore.

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login4Jul. 10, 12 8:42 PM

My doctor of 28 years told me he is in favor of Obamacare and thinks it is the best thing to happen to medicine since the scalpel. He said this will improve medicine in this country in a way people have only dreamed of and he said he has thanked God ever since it was upheld. Check to see if your doctor is as intelligent and informed as mine and has the foresight to embrace what will help him and the people he serves.

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munsterlandrJul. 10, 12 8:43 PM

markc1: you DO KNOW that the Exchanges have to find DOCTORS that will treat for the rates the Exchanges will offer. Most Doctors are not taking new Medicaid patients. A near 50% of Doctors are not taking new Medicare patients. What makes you think a single Doctor will agree to work for the rates being paid by these "Exchanges"?

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rjr2205Jul. 10, 12 8:49 PM

Typical Repub response. We will not comply with the law because we do not agree with it! Repubs in the past have stated that health care costs are out of control but their only response, back to the Bush years, has been to say there needs to be reform but they do nothing meaningful about it. Infact they block any and all reform efforts. To blame current runaway costs on Obama care (Congress's plan) is to ignore the following facts. As a chief admin of a small company of 35 employees from the mid 1990s-2010, we annually faced double digit (12-15%+) insurance premium increases. We felt fortunate to be in the mid to low teens as I knew of others with similar situations who were looking at 20%+. These cost were occurring pre-Obama (Congress care). Maybe the healthcare reform law needs some tweeking, but don't think for one minute the insurance & medical costs escalations are due to said law. This is merely a smoke screen by the Reubs, insurance & medical industry to cover their greed!!

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drichmnJul. 10, 12 9:18 PM

"you DO KNOW that the Exchanges have to find DOCTORS that will treat for the rates the Exchanges will offer." .... the exchanges do not set reimbursement rates. The insurers will continue to do that just as they do now.

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drichmnJul. 10, 12 9:19 PM

"A poll published yesterday indicated 63% of doctors nationwide would be getting out of medicine because of Obamacare" .... what poll is that? Link please. Or at least provide the name of the group that did the polling.

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dentesterJul. 10, 12 9:19 PM

Dayton's part of the 1%. He doesn't care that the $3 trillion that Obamacare will cost is going to be paid for by taxing the middleclass in this country. He couldn't care less.

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