While Obama punts, Dayton makes the right call

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2013 - 7:17 PM

Dayton heeds cost, workability concerns on policy extensions.

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drichmnNov. 20, 13 7:31 PM

"Those complaining, however, should realize that they’re demanding special treatment. Americans who get their coverage through employers generally don’t get to pick and choose what care their plans cover. Nor do younger workers pay less than older workers, even though older workers are likely to incur more costly care. The ACA applies these same standards to the narrow individual market, bringing with it critical consumer protections such as those for preexisting conditions." ... It's about time we start seeing some sanity amidst the hyperbole. The way Republicans hyperventilate you'd think it was the other way around.

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kilofoxNov. 20, 13 8:40 PM

The use of Medicade will bite the state in the rear end. The costs in a few years will blow a huge hole in the budget.

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davehougNov. 20, 13 8:46 PM

Letting folks keep the insurance they like is a perfectly reasonable decision ...... back months and months ago, not so much weeks before the Dec 15 deadline for next year.

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davehougNov. 20, 13 8:48 PM

How little it took to keep plans from being grandfathered was a decision the white house made.....shouldn't be a surprise at the last hour.

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dflleftNov. 20, 13 8:48 PM

DAYTON was all for this before he was against it.

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allhailfsmNov. 20, 13 9:32 PM

Obama's decision may have been politically sensible. It took the wind out of the sales of the people complaining about this and forced the grownups on the right to come out against it. If Obama had not done this, all the rightwingers would still be peppering him with their fake outrage.

The right wingers are behaving like rabid animals. They are livid about every single thing Obama does. This is just the latest __Fill_in_the_blank__ outrage. More will follow.

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fairplay2277Nov. 20, 1310:09 PM

Thank goodness for our esteemed governor - let's just stay on course with MNSure, the "Peoples" stadium, higher taxes for the "rich", a unionized daycare vote (that only a small percentage actually gets to vote on), 90 million for a new state capitol building, expanded light rail, the North Star choo choo, minority mandated MNDOT contracts (no matter the cost), etc. etc. Wouldn't want to have the peasant class actually make any of their own decisions regarding their own healthcare, obviously that is the government's job. Have to give Dayton credit though since he praises the president for his leadership (I mean trying to cover his and other democrats butt's who voted for this boondoggle)and then decides not to implement the leaders idea - talk about trying to have it both ways. Hopefully this is the democrat's last hurrah. We can't possibly put any of these deep thinkers back in office in 2014 and 2016 can we?

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drichmnNov. 20, 1310:27 PM

"How little it took to keep plans from being grandfathered was a decision the white house made" ... the decision not to grandfather plans was totally that of the insurers. The insurers that grandfathered plans were still able to raise premiums and out of pocket costs by medical inflation plus 15%.

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arspartzNov. 20, 1310:35 PM

What's next that I have to buy for the "common good?" A flex fuel vehicle? A handicapped accessible house? Should the CAFE standards be eliminated and all cars that get < 4 MPG be outright banned as "junk?"

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elmore1Nov. 20, 1310:48 PM

I am not a fan of Dayton at all but I agree with this decision. What is interesting is that Al and Amy, who we elected to represent our interests and just rubber stamped this bill without adequately understanding it are apparently MIA. Remember this during their next election cycles, we need strong Senators not ostriches.

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