MN GOP Healthcare Plan “Not Vetted” Says DFL

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Click photo to Rep. Joe Atkins to hear how GOP avoided public vetting of its health care bill.

Click photo to Rep. Joe Atkins to hear how GOP avoided public vetting of its health care bill.

Minnesota House Democrats complain not only about the content, but also about the how a Republican health care plan was brought to a floor vote during a rare Saturday session. The plan had a hearing Friday night on one hours notice and no amendments were allowed to it on the House floor because it had been included as part of a conference report.

The bill allows insurance brokers to manage health insurance trust accounts, giving them complete authority over the administration of payments to insurance companies.

“To the degree to which this bill would further complicate our already confusing health insurance system, it is unacceptable that Republicans have not vetted the issue through the proper legislative channels,” said Rep. Tom Huntley (DFL-Duluth). “If Republicans were as serious as they say they are about improving our health care system, they would have allowed for public input.”

“There is a very clear conflict of interest with this legislation,” said Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul). “We should be empowering consumers, not empowering health insurance companies to continue on with the status quo. Unfortunately for Minnesotans, passage of this bill is yet another example of Republicans championing corporate interests over those of consumers.”

The bill passed 69 to 60

Michael McIntee

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