Medicaid expansion passes Senate, goes to Dayton

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 14, 2013 - 9:05 PM

Health care coverage would begin in January for tens of thousands as state opts in to subsidized federal plan.

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furguson11Feb. 15, 13 7:03 AM

"The medicaid expansion will affect childless adults earning less than $15,414" or $7.41 per hour. Our small employer minimum wage is $5.25 per hour, our large employer minimum wage is $6.15 per hour and the federal minimum wage is $7.25. MIT has calculated the living wage in MN to be $9.11 per hour for a single adult who covers all their own expenses (not on the government dole). It's pretty clear that the medicaid expansion (plus food stamps, plus other supports) is a subsidy for employers with low paying jobs. How about we bump the minimum up to $9 or so? We might lose a few jobs but those employees are not paying much for taxes anyhow. Then people will have a shot of making it on their own.

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formergopFeb. 15, 13 7:14 AM

Ahh the goptp going after the little guy again. Kuddos to the 6 Republicans who can think on their own.

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phatcatpatFeb. 15, 13 7:21 AM

"How about we bump the minimum up to $9 or so?" Why not $20? You ever stop to think that the guy who is now making $9.00 is going to demand a raise when every other employee with a wage lower than his is now making what he makes? Have you ever stopped to consider where the money is coming from to pay for these new wages? Let me clue you in: Higher prices on goods and services. Have you ever thought about who makes minimum wage? It isn't people trying to feed a family and these jobs are called ENTRY level jobs. My 16 year old makes over $12.00 handing out towels at a hotel pool. If you make minimum wage you deserve minimum wage.

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EleanoreFeb. 15, 13 7:21 AM

yet narry a peep about the welfare subsidy for rochesters private investment firms passed by the house comittiee last night. Someone clearly did not get educated. We really need an instant sort of recall option in MN for errant predatory legislators like these.

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phatcatpatFeb. 15, 13 7:23 AM

"Ahh the goptp going after the little guy again."

This is what it is really all about. Liberals and democrats use this non-issue to get low information voters to despise the GOP. Yes it works, but it is sad that it is how they need to build up their side by demonizing their opponent.

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avejoeconFeb. 15, 13 8:32 AM

Be prepared for your Taxes to Rise folks. Adding tens of thousands to Medicaid does not come cheap. fedieral gov't will only cover this for a couple of years. After that, It's your dime!!!

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avejoeconFeb. 15, 13 8:34 AM

Ahh the goptp going after the little guy again." -------------------Who do you think will be able to afford the tax increases the least when the gov't has to pay for all these "freebies" that the democrats are handing out in exchange for votes?

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unclemushyFeb. 15, 13 9:06 AM

"yet narry a peep about the welfare subsidy for rochesters private investment firms"

Where do people come up with this stuff?

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furguson11Feb. 15, 13 9:32 AM

"phatcatpat"How about we bump the minimum up to $9 or so?" Why not $20?" Because $20 is much higher than a basic living wage. I'm just trying to encourage work and avoid having to pay out more government benefits. Was that $12/towel job a full time gig? Because that's almost $25,000 a year. That should cover state college tuition.

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unclemushyFeb. 15, 13 9:58 AM

furguson11: What you and so many fail to understand is that if $9 or $20 is the new minimum wage it is now the minimum wage. It is now the new bottom and everything else goes up from there. Why is that so hard to understand? How do you suggest this new wage is paid for? Do you not understand if your restaurant server is now making more that the price of your meal is going to increase? it is all relative. It will cause inflation. It will create more unemployment.

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