Minnesota's health care spending slows

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH and JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: July 18, 2012 - 7:35 PM

2.2 percent increase in 2010 was slowest growth since 1997, likely because of recession, the state said.

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olbassmanJul. 18, 12 3:39 PM

Now report on the amount Minnesota has spent on WELFARE healthcare programs.

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quitwhiningJul. 18, 12 6:42 PM

Yea cause we should just let those people (mostly kids) get sick and die if they can't afford their own healthcare. By the way, does Medicare count as WELFARE? How about medicaid (just the state share or the federal or the county share)? How about hospital care provided to those who did not have insurance? How about bills charged to people but not paid...and then we get to all the people who did not get care they needed because they could not afford it. Doesn't our pre health care reform health care system work really well?

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carl12345Jul. 18, 12 9:53 PM

"Obamacare" has violated the constitution, created entitlements which cannot be afforded, strangles employers and stifle our futures. My health plan covers a flu shot - little else (High Ded health plan with small employer). Minnesota will spend 41 Million on exchange. What if we could spend that on care? I try not to go, since I pay the full adjusted bill. If you can mandate me to buy a product, you should also mandate valued coverage under that plan, or partial reimbursements if nothing is covered. We pay about 22 percent taxes, not including out of pocket sales taxes and taxes on phones, utilities, cable, trash, retail, etc. In the end it's probably more like 1/3. When is everyone going to pay their share?

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quitwhiningJul. 19, 1212:18 AM

Hey Carl. You make some good points but your comments about "Obamacare" show that you have been misled about what it will do. Your current plan provided through your small employer sucks. If your employer has less than fifty employees that is pretty normal. You and your employer do not have access to the best deals that are available to bigger buyers. Obamacare will change that. Your employer will get tax credits to help if they want to offer a good health plan. If they don't then you will be able to buy a good plan at the best competitive rates through a health exchange. If your income is less than four times the poverty level then you will get help through tax credits. The coverage is required to be good. As far as whether Obamacare is "affordable" the Congressional Budget Office (which is the official non partisan scorekeeper) has already determined that it will actually save the government money overall. AARP, Consumer Reports and some other neutral parties offer some accurate info about Obamacare. Fox News and other rightie partisan outlets do not.

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carl12345Jul. 19, 12 8:16 PM

So far Obamacare has made my deductible offering worse, stuck me with my adult kids bill (her employer knows they don't have to give her one) and the care is not getting any cheaper. Our employers is less than 50 and doesn't have to offer insurance. I keep getting hired on without benefits, because of Obamacare. Most states have fought creating the exchanges and the insurers do not want to come forward and disclose this information, which is slowing the process. You also don't address that unless this is called a tax, it is not constitutional. Why would we deny the document our country was build on?

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quitwhiningJul. 19, 1210:07 PM

Got it. Carl=closed mind. Almost every one of your statements is simply false. Actually very little of Obamacare has gone into effect so far. Most of it doesn't become effective until 2014. You have, however, pointed out that the current system does not work very well for people in your circumstances. Enough said...not smart to have discussion with closed mind.

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