Embrace or Reject Federal Health Care Reform?

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Senator David Hann

Click photo to find out why Senator David Hann wants a bill anticpates federal health care law to be overturned.

Click photo to find out why Senator David Hann wants a bill anticpates federal health care law to be overturned.

Minnesota Republican legislative leaders put forth an health insurance proposal that counts on the 2010 federal health care law being overturned, while DFLers offer one that they say meets the federal guidelines. States have until January 1, 2014 to develop health care exchanges that allow consumers to compare and purchase health insurance polices. The federal government will step in and create a health care exchange if states don’t do it by then.

The Republican plan put forth by Senator David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) and Representative Steve Gottwalt (R-St. Cloud) allows people to open personal health premium accounts that would allow people to pool money from several sources, including employers, other family members and even charitable organizations to buy health insurance.

The DFL plan offered by Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis) and Representative Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) would create a new website with comparison of private and public health care options and negotiate on behalf of consumers and small businesses for more affordable coverage options.

Senator Hayden hopes that Republicans will give the DFL bill more than an “informational hearing” so there can be a full debate on the ideas both parties are offering.

Full video of both press conferences

Above Republicans offer their alternative to the federal health care law. DFLers weigh in below.

Michael McIntee

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