House passes bill to move thousands of Minnesotans onto Medicaid

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2013 - 11:28 PM

The House passed a bill to move thousands of adults onto Medicaid, saving the state millions.

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chablis28Feb. 12, 13 1:40 AM

The federal government has pledged to fully fund the expansion through 2016 for childless adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the poverty line, $15,414. The fed's share would drop to 90 percent in 2020.###### I'd bet a dollar against a dime this will cost taxpayers a lot more money in the end. For one thing, look for the FEDs to come knocking for more money to "fund" thier "investment". FED or state it all comes from the same place....taxpayers..... you & ME. DEMs, never quite get that???? LOL

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twspt7Feb. 12, 13 5:13 AM

"I'd bet a dollar against a dime this will cost taxpayers a lot more money in the end" The CBO will take your bet. Two consecutive studies it has done have shown that this will save both the federal government and the taxpayer significant money, especially considering the inefficient, wasteful system we had in place before ACA. Unfortunately, politics will not allow some of the GOP to get that. It isn't funny, it's sad....

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Willy53Feb. 12, 13 5:56 AM

Chablis28, one thing republicans won't accept is that when more people have insurance, pools get larger and costs go down. Getting people to engage in maintenance and wellness care is the key to lowering long term health costs. The looming exchange will, for the first time, allow your beloved private insurance hogs a real competitive playing field. It will expose them to thousands of more clients and reduce advertising costs. If you'd get your head out of the republican fantasy cesspool and actually examine the health care advantages of universal insurance (the exact plan that was pushed by republicans just over a decade ago that made use of private insurer) you'd begine to see many advantages for both insurer and small business. I'm tired of right wing misinformation, we'll just have to let the system speak for itself if it survies the republican attempts to make it unusable. Every citizen in the country should be appalled at republican resistance to help administer a plan that is dedicated to increasing health care coverage to millions and keeping our costs low while allowing us the first real choice outside of our employer.

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SlytalkerFeb. 12, 13 6:52 AM

I dont understand why people want a bankrupt entity to be their insurer?

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brianjapanFeb. 12, 13 8:05 AM

Good for the state but bad news for us taxpayers who fund the federal bank roll.

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jpcooperFeb. 12, 13 8:10 AM

Willy53 "Chablis28, one thing republicans won't accept is that when more people have insurance, pools get larger and costs go down.

Willy, its Medicaid, these people aren't paying for the cost of "THEIR" insurance, therefore the costs will never go down for the taxpayer who is ultimately paying fr this program. If you put a Billion non paying people in a pool the costs do not go down. They go up for the taxpayer! Democrats do not understand, the more non paying people in a program the more cost to the taxpayer!

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chablis28Feb. 12, 13 8:22 AM

willy53 said... "Every citizen in the country should be appalled at republican resistance to help administer a plan that is dedicated to increasing health care coverage to millions and keeping our costs low while allowing us the first real choice outside of our employer." XXXXXXX All the DEMs care about is increasing coverage for the un-insured. It will do that but, at a huge cost to the rest of us not, a savings. Somebody is going to pay for it in higher private rates and taxes. Guess who...the average taxpayer and low user of government. This is NOT free and it WON'T reduce the amount of money I and every other TAXPAYING citizen spends on government.

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chablis28Feb. 12, 13 8:24 AM

willy 53, we have a 17 tillion dollar federal deficit to pay off. How are the FEDs going to "fund" this new "investment" with money they don't have???? By taxing us even more and placing even heavier debt on our children.

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timandtiaFeb. 12, 13 8:52 AM

Oh goodie.. And who will now pay for this? If you don't know, it will be higher federal taxes. I guess it is "spreading the cost around" instead of spreading the wealth around.

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oimmigrationFeb. 12, 13 9:23 AM

It is your duty as an American to pay your taxes, and the rich should carry the heaviest tax burden. Its only fair and just that they do. Its what God would want too.

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