Shootings stir action on Wellstone legacy

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ and COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 3, 2013 - 10:42 PM

Wellstone law still awaits rules for expanded insurance coverage.

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rafannonFeb. 3, 13 9:52 PM

If you have a family member with an mental illiness, you know how hard it is to get good treatment or hospitalization for your family member. Hospital beds are rare and doctors are in short supply. Mental health needs to improve alot

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tooty123Feb. 3, 1311:34 PM

There shouldn't be any question that mental illness or substance disease should be included in all health insurance policies. There are too few facilities for both illnesses and more need to be added. United said the premiums would have to go up. Why? It doesn't cost any more than diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. We need to get away from the stereotype of mental illness and substance disease.

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ekholmFeb. 4, 1312:53 AM

It is too bad that the average American does not have $3-4 million to spend on lobbying congress to make progress on issues like this, like the nations largest insurer does. This issue is making some progress, but not nearly fast enough.

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mkuldaFeb. 4, 13 1:20 AM

Minnesota law already requires what this federal law would do. It was interesting that Wellstone was pushing for something that his own constituents didn't need because they already had it.

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markeyboyFeb. 5, 13 8:31 PM

It is obvious that as a gun is handed off over the retail counter to the proud new owner good intentions of ownership are front and center. It is the subsequent irresponsibility of a gun owner to allow that gun to be stolen, used or stored irresponsibly or to be sold under the radar that is in the spotlight. Not everyone is a gun owner or user. To non-owners it is the firearms owners who contribute to human death. Firearms responsibility rests solely with firearms owners and sellers. Neither amendment rights or hunter gatherer activities trump the need for a higher level of monitoring of all owners due to fellow irresponsible firearms owners. The marketplace of illegal buyers and irresponsible firearms owners combined with an overabundance of firearms in the USA is what we are talking about, not just the "assault" ban. The ideals of all firearms owners locking firearms, locking ammo, and sellers following all the rules just doesn't happen, NRA member or not. Firearms were all sold legally the first time.

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