Three Minnesota Democrats buck their party, vote for GOP health care bill

  • Article by: Corey Mitchell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 15, 2013 - 11:52 PM

Bucking party leadership, Nolan, Peterson and Walz voted to allow continued sales of non-qualifying health policies.

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drichmnNov. 15, 1310:05 PM

"Republicans argued Friday’s bill, the Keep Your Health Care Plan Act, would uphold Obama’s promise to let people keep their current health insurance plans. " .... If that's all it did then what was the purpose since Obama already announced he was expanding grandfathering to allow this? Adding new people to one of those policies has nothing to do with people who already have it being able to keep it.

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ispacecowboyNov. 15, 1310:29 PM

The headline should read three mn democrats very nervous about their reelection hopes on the heels of the epic failure of the bill they supported.

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capsule2Nov. 15, 1310:32 PM

Fine, keep your policy. But when it doesn't cover your health care costs, you can't file bankruptcy, you can't go to ER rooms.

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bannedmuggsNov. 15, 1310:59 PM

Fine, keep your policy. But when it doesn't cover your health care costs, you can't file bankruptcy, you can't go to ER rooms. ----------- capsule - you're cheering the extension when Obama announces that those he lied to can keep their policies but when the GOP wants to make sure that happens you now criticize it. Love it.

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Truckman182Nov. 15, 1311:52 PM

What a difference 6 weeks make. The media was saying back then the Republican Party was all but dead. Now thanks to the Obamacare fiasco the Democrats are the ones on the ropes.....

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badgerfan2Nov. 16, 1312:59 AM

They should not even consider any of this nonsense. The people whining about getting kicked off their plans, which by the way is a very small number, need to simply consider all the options available which happen to be more than what they had before. The plans have basic requirements they need to meet and the whining of a few angry tea parties who don't want to do any research is not a reason to deviate from the original plan. You certainly can't trust any republican bill as its going to be full of poison pills.

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kivirl4Nov. 16, 13 1:16 AM

of course these democrats are looking out for their political hides. But thats because the vast majority of Americans oppose this monstrosity. Peterson has no fear of not being reelected. But he knows this is bad policy.

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professormnNov. 16, 13 4:04 AM

Why do we need insurance companies? Why can't we just have healthcare for all? Obviously we all need to be treated when we are ill. We all want to live... I think. Can't we all just pay a certain amount of money and be treated when we are sick? Put restrictions on what can go to the emergency room, if someone is a hypochondriac and goes to the doctor too much they get a fine, and we all just pay one amount of money to the healthcare industry. Regulate waste, pay doctors a nice high wage, and cut out all of the middle men/women taking a chunk of the healthcare pie. We are all entitled to life, that should be a simple statement. I don't want children in poverty to suffer, I don't want the elderly to suffer, and I don't want people deciding which finger to save in an accident because they don't have enough money. We rank very low in the world and there are some things that shouldn't always be so profit hungry. Everyone should be able to live a decent life in this day, age, and country. We should want to be the best in the world, isn't that the American dream?

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drichmnNov. 16, 13 5:50 AM

"but when the GOP wants to make sure that happens you now criticize it. " .... how are they making sure it happens when they aren't requiring insurers to do it? And since they added that insurers could enroll new people it's nothing but a veiled attempt to undermine the exchange. Insurers are already saying that what Obama is permitting would destabilize the market so adding new people to those plans will destabilize it evern more. It's bad enough that conservatives are now trying to claim that this is what the Republicans wanted during the govt shutdown. Stop pretending the Upton bill is the same thing that Obama did.

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drichmnNov. 16, 13 5:59 AM

"Now thanks to the Obamacare fiasco the Democrats are the ones on the ropes....." And just think how quickly the worm can turn with another budget and debt ceiling looming in early 2014. But it's really pathetic that instead of working to fix the problems the Republicans are continuing to do everything they can to undermine it. You are forgetting that regardless of how you overhype the problems now, millions more are getting insurance. You think you'll be able to take that away in another year?

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