Push is on to save coverage for poor

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 13, 2010 - 8:03 PM

Legislators, hospitals and others are focusing on a proposal to keep alive a vetoed health care program for 35,000 of the state's poorest residents.

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inrealityJan. 13, 10 8:20 PM

that have cable TV, cell phones, multiple cars, video games and go out to eat multiple times a year? Those poor people? I'm just trying to figure out how many programs we need to cover ever issue for every person in our society. Also, I thought Obama's great healthcare plan was going to resolve all of this. I don't think the state legislature needs to do anything. We should eliminate all the healthcare programs and return that money to the taxpayer since it won't be needed any longer.

bottomlineJan. 13, 10 8:48 PM

Raise taxes to unsustainable levels. Then when common-sense threatens to lower taxes to reasonable levels ....hold the "poor" and "defenseless children" up as "human shields". Talk about who's "cold" and "below the belt".

mankato58Jan. 13, 10 9:20 PM

At the time of the cut we were told that these poor people would all die from lack of care. They protested at the Gov's home and read all these names. A small quiet story that fought to be heard was told of these people still being covered but being shifted to Minnesota Care. A program that is much more efficient, would provide care to those that need, and would save State of Minnesota (those of us that pay the way) a large amount. Why does that story always get buried and ignored, and not even confirmed or denied?

mred58Jan. 13, 10 9:21 PM

lets raise the taxes and build them a stadium

LilBeaverJan. 13, 10 9:27 PM

tax the hospitals and insurance benefits of those of us who made the effort to buy and maintain health insurance and the hospitals who provide all of us with health care. Typical DFL mentallity here in Minnesota. Before you bleeding hearts jump on me as a conservative Republican, understand I have been a life long Democrat, but the DFL in Minnesota is quickly causing me to rethink my position!

mariezzJan. 13, 10 9:33 PM

Europe sustains much higher tax levels. Our current tax levels are not unsustainable - and in fact, people in the top 10% of income should be paying higher taxes.

righteeeoooJan. 13, 10 9:38 PM

People in the top 10% already pay about 75% of total dollars paid in income taxes now. The liberal mantra .... Stick it to the ambitious at the expense of the lazy ......

jstanthrnbrJan. 13, 1010:27 PM

That should be the liberal mantra just as they claim the conservative mantra is "the party of no".

Nessp01Jan. 13, 1010:56 PM

People on GAMC earn less than $8K a year, have less than $1K in total assets...70% have mental health issues, and most have chronic pain and multiple diagnoses. Can't we agree to come together and provide basic health care for the poorest and sickest among us?

horsfield1Jan. 13, 1011:57 PM

The impact of the cut of GAMC will be felt by HCMC, police and emergency services. With no medical care, no medications and no psychiatric care - these are the resources that will feel the stress. Minnesotacare has very low benefit limits and is already on track to be bankrupt within 2 years. This is not a "quiet story" - it's the pat response from the governor's office on this matter.


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