ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann sniped at one another Monday over Dayton’s decision to extend Medicaid eligibility to almost 100,000 low-income residents.

Bachmann, a Republican who has aligned herself with the tea party movement, held a news conference to criticize Dayton’s executive order, calling on the Democratic governor to reverse his decision, which is due to take effect March 1. Bachmann contends that expanding Medicaid benefits to more Minnesotans, many of whom are disabled, will commit the state to fully participating in the federal health care overhaul passed last year by the Democratic-led Congress.

“Governor Dayton is unyielding in his desire to fully commit our state to it. In fact, he’s wanting to make an already difficult problem worse in our state by adding more people to the welfare rolls,” Bachmann said, alluding to Minnesota’s projected $6.2 billion budget deficit.

Republican lawmakers at the state and federal level have made it a priority to overturn or block parts of the health care law from taking effect. They argue that it will be costly despite the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s projection that it will extend health coverage to millions of Americans who don’t have it while reducing federal deficits over the next decade.

At his own news conference, Dayton said he will stay the course and shift thousands of low-income Minnesotans into the federally sponsored program. He accused Bachmann, who has not ruled out running for president in 2012, of trying to distort the issue for political gain.

“I think it’s very unfortunate when a Minnesota politician is playing presidential politics with the lives of the citizens of our state. That type of politicking is better taken to Iowa or New Hampshire,” Dayton said.

Minnesota is opting into Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul, which gave states that already covered poor adults the option of moving them into Medicaid with half their costs covered by the federal government. The expansion is expected to bring $1.3 billion to Minnesota hospitals and other health care providers.

As one of his first acts as governor, Dayton extended Medicaid eligibility to 95,000 more Minnesota low-income adults. All but 12,000 of those people were covered by less generous state programs. By placing them in the more stable federal program, Dayton’s administration projects it will save the state $32 million through mid-2013.

Leading health groups contend the expanded coverage will cut down on uncompensated care and encourage people to seek early treatment for conditions that can grow into costly medical emergencies later if left untreated.

Bachmann was joined at her event by Republican state legislators who have spent weeks criticizing Dayton’s decision and hinting at a constitutional challenge to his authority to make the move via executive order.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (135)
  1. jeff-minneapols says:

    This is what happens when people do not have to worry about healthcare.

  2. Dave Campbell says:

    Rep. Bachmann has health care and she could care less whether anyone else has it. Unlike Rep. Giffords who was shot during a meeting with constituents, she is never seen in her district. She is so out of touch it is pathetic! She is reelected by a core group of one issue voters that follow her like blind sheep!

    1. Mr Kin says:

      She could care less? How much les could she care? I would say she COULDN’T care less…watch what you write.

      1. tiredandretired says:

        Their intent was obvious. Why, other than arrogance, do you feel the need to correct others?

  3. Nancy Aleshire says:

    What does she and other Republicans know about being poor and not having health insurance? When was the last time she had to pawn her wedding rings and other jewelry just to buy medicine for a sick child? Give the Obama health care program a chance, or does she want to see parents showing up at the ER with children with ear infections and have tax payers foot the bill.

    1. Reform Now says:

      Nancy, either way tax payers are footing the bill. I don’t think anyone has to pawn belongings to buy medicine. You are a little over the top here. The Obama health care program will bankrupt this country. However, I forget that the extreme left, people like yourself, want to make this country weak. That is what the Obama health care program will do. I suggest that you actually go and spend time with poor families and see how it actually is. Obamacare is not the answer, open free market is. Let insurance companies sell across state lines, that would drive the cost of insurance down.

      1. donh says:

        Reform now do not make stupid statements without the truth like the reswt of the republikins go to a pawn shop and ask people why they are pawning stuff its to eat buy gas just because you have money and are well off does not mean others have the same as you go see what the real world is like

      2. tiredandretired says:

        Righties keep claiming that “Obamacare” will bankrupt the country, kill jobs, etc., but offer no proof to back up their rhetoric. Non-partisan analysis shows that the effects will be just the opposite of their claims. In fact, the job outlook for the medical professions are very positive, since so many new paying customers will be added to the system. The Republican misinformation campaign is being funded by huge contributions from insurance companies. That alone should be a red flag.

      3. jack says:

        We’ve let the mega health care companies get rich … time to try a new way

      4. Paul says:

        Reform, Your right on with your comments. But it will fall on liberal deft ears. They are afraid they will be forced to find work and get there own insurance. Right now there comfortable letting the government pay for there care.

      5. Sue says:

        I agree with Nancy, give Obama health care program a try and if it doesn’t live up to its potential then you can say repel, because I can guarantee these people who are saying repel Obama’s health program now do not even know what it consists of or what it is all about that they are just going with the flow of everybody else and say reform, Bachmann doesn’t even understand it she just like to shoot off her mouth and like Dave said have you ever seen her inside her district – not!

      6. Wayne Sandbulte says:

        I’m not a extreme left, but I agree with Nancy that Republicans (and you) know little about the poor and health cost issues. My brother and several friends “work” for the insurance companies. They openly laugh about people who say letting insurance companies sell across state lines will drive the cost of insurance down. The big insurance companies and their huge salaries with very little incentive to improve our health care are the main cause.

      7. kim says:

        This is a response to “Reform Now”, how do you know no one has never pawned their personal belongings for medicine ? Obviously , your lack of compassion & understanding of how many people in our state & country are decent hard working individuals who CAN”T AFFORD to pay for their medical expenses ( including high cost prescriptions).

        By the way where is the data that “confirms” Affordable Health Care Act ,NOT Obama health care program .

        FYI : New reforms under the Affordable Care Act begin to bring to an end some of the worst abuses of the insurance industry. These reforms will give Americans new rights and benefits, including helping more children get health coverage, ending lifetime and most annual limits on care, and giving patients access to recommended preventive services without cost-sharing.

        These reforms will apply to all new health plans, and to many existing health plans as they are renewed. Many other new benefits of the law have already taken effect, including rebate checks for seniors in the Medicare donut hole and tax credits for small businesses. And more rights, protections and benefits for Americans are on the way now through 2014.

        And I have pawned my personal belongings to pay for emergency health care crisis because my insurance provider would not cover the cost of the medication ( an antibiotic ) & my M.D. would not provide any samples for treatment of a minor but reoccurring health issue.

      8. Tired of Bachman says:

        If you don’t think that people have to pawn wedding rings for health care, you are very out of touch with what is happening around you. Because of the economy, people who have had insurance all their lives have had to give it up because the choice is between eating and paying high premiums. Help is needed.

      9. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        How do people comment and not read? “It will extend health coverage to millions of Americans who don’t have it while reducing federal deficits over the next decade.” Should be enough said but keep crying anyway.

      10. Cathy Philipps says:

        I am a poor family and i Suspect that you are not! you have no idea what it is like to work hard and try to provide for your family and have to choose between food for the week and hope that you dont ever get sick enough to have to go to a doctor!

    2. Jeff says:

      If you can afford an internet connection to grope about your problems, you should be able to afford health insurance. Priorities!

      1. Kim says:


        More ignorance & lack of compassion …. I do believe you meant to state
        ” gripe”. Expressing one’s viewpoint is not the same as mindless complaining. And presuming someone has ” internet connection ” again another biased assumption.

        Ever heard of public libraries ?

    3. dphilips says:

      Very well said!

  4. Maria M says:

    The business the Bachmanns own accepts “most insurance companies” so what that means is the ones that pay Top $$$. – seems to me they have a strong personal interest in not having any type of government insurance program. It would cut into their business now, wouldn’t it. 😉

  5. FlipFlopped says:

    LOL – they foster cared a lot of kids. Think they took any government money for that. lol lol lol 😉

    1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

      Tons of it no doubt.

      1. Jeff says:

        If you are caring for someone else’ kids, you deserve to get help for it.

  6. Can'tstanditanymore says:

    She is just another ego driven human waste that makes up the political elite or wanna be’s anyway.
    She does try to seperate herself but she’s such a hypocite in so many areas she cannot. Actually she may be worse than many from MN – she just plain tells fractional truths or convoluted statements. It really is hard to tell when she is out and out lying vs out and out clueless.
    She took plenty of money from the agencies along the way as a Foster family.
    The Bachmanns indeed are willing to take what they can from the taxpayer trough. They just take it in different ways is all. She willl find some twisted way to (not) explain this if she is ever called on it. That’s the new phrase – Bachmannism.
    I think when I voted for her I was under the influence of a nasal spray. Do I get my vote back? lol

  7. F says:

    I’m guessing that no one in her family has Cancer, Asthma, Diabetes, Heart problems, Alzheimer’s, or the countless other so called “pre-existing conditions” that make finding health insurance impossible. As a voter in the sixth district I’m truly ashamed. If only she would start representing Minnesota instead of the Tea Party.

    1. Jeff says:

      It’s like trying to get car insurance to cover an accident that already happened. Insurance companies are there to mitigate risk, not pay your bills.

  8. Dano says:

    Bachmann is the one who needs to be repealed. Hard to believe this State of ours continues to re-elect her. She needs to go away, which means everyone has to get off their Butts and vote her out. Having her as a representative is insane.

  9. Im Idiot says:

    We are all waiting for Bachmann’s opinion of for using TAX money to fund a stadium for billionaire owner an profitable private enterprise the NFL along with its broadcasting, advertising partners.

    Wheres your opinion Bachmann?

    1. Rep. Michele Bachmann says:

      I am sorry, I can not answer your question at this moment. Please take a number.

    2. Rep. Michele Bachmann says:

      I am sorry, we need to do a survey to see what kind of impact it will have on the state. Please take a number.

      1. Hehehehe says:

        What number is available?

  10. Mee says:

    When is someone just going to tell Bachmann to just shut up and go crawl back into the hole from which she came? I for one am embarrassed to have to say she is even from Minnesota.

    1. tiredandretired says:

      The voters need to tell her this by not voting for her. Sounds like they will get their chance in 2012.

    2. dave says:

      I agree with you that she is an embarrassment to the State of Minnesota and those who voted her in for another term should be embarrassed too.

  11. Hey Now says:

    Are we still not waiting for the bias media to offer or present a representative from someone who opposes a tax payers funded NFL stadium? The media CBS/ WCCO will not do this, for the lack of a NFL team in Minnesota will effect their revenue streams. CBS/WCCO an the other local media companies who are also profitable private entities also do not need a boost from a tax payer bail out of building a NFL stadium.

    January 24, 2011 Economist: No economic benefit to stadiums, but they’re so purty!

    “Economists — except for those who have a vested interest — pretty much cannot really find a benefit/cost analysis to support a publicly financed stadium, to the state or the government interest that pays for it,” said [Joe] Friedrich, a St. Cloud resident and professor emeritus of economics at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict (he retired 18 months ago).

    “On the standpoint of strictly economic costs to the state, I literally can’t find a study that comes up with a positive return.”

  12. Jim F says:

    Obviously all you socialistic souls spend too much of your time playing video games or doing whatever to take any time whatsoever to find out what the freedom stripping ObumerCare is all about. People like you would rather suck off the government and off the earnings of people who actually work for a living. If your so willing to give up your freedom, then you deserve no freedom at all. Just pack your bags and move your sorry a…..s to Kenya

    1. Bob says:

      Wow, Jim,

      Are you off your meds?

      1. TruthBeTold says:

        I have to admit, I usually only read commentary by others who respond on news Web sites, but rarely comment. However, Bob, your comment to Jim F. was hysterical! I actually laughed out loud. Sadly, though, Jim F. represents the majority of Michelle Bachmann’s base…those who spew their hatred and are clearly out of touch with reality. Anyone who watches “real” news broadcasts rather than “pretend” news; i.e., the station that begins with an “F’ and ends with an “X”, they would come to the realization that Ms. Bachmann is a hypocrite and an egomaniac who does not represent the people of Minnesota, but rather her own political agenda.

    2. fred says:

      Jim I would like the freedom to pay for what I use. Because there are mandates to treat the uninsured my company has to charge more for premiums to cover that cost. If the uninsured would use primary care rather than hospitals the cost would be less. Insurance is a form of socialism. If you have insurance then you are partly a socialist. If you have no insurance and have no way to pay for being acutely ill then stick to your principles and stay home.

    3. dave says:

      Jim I bet you voted for her, you too should be embarrassed.

    4. J L says:

      Was Rep Bachmann “sucking” off the government when she took “state aid” for her 23 foster kids while she was a successful lawyer?

    5. Cathy Philipps says:

      How dare you! I am a fourth generation German/Finnish Minnesotan who works my butt off! I still cant afford health insurance! I have to assume you are totally clueless as to how the real working americans have to live in this economy!

  13. Field Ripoffs says:

    Economist: No economic benefit to stadiums, but they’re so purty!

    Yet another economist points out that the academic literature on stadium subsidies concurs that economic benefits are a load of hooey:

  14. Tom Portel says:

    Finally we have SOMEONE who can get in the face of the ‘tool’ Michele Bachman! You Go Mark!

  15. dunnski57 says:

    Jim F

    What you wrote is perfect. It so demonstrates the Tea Party/Glenn Beck brainwashed syndrome that it should be declared a disease…..except as a person with a pre-existing condition, you will not be able to by insurance from any company.

    Except in Kenya.

    1. Ronnie James Dio says:

      It amazes me to see how you people think that Mark Dayton is moving Minnesota in the right direction. You libs are all about the evil rich, well what to you consider Dayton? Also the conversation always goes back to the Tea Party, do you people even know what the Tea Party stands for, leas government, less taxes and keeping your God given freedom, but I guess it’s more important to you freeloaders to continue to take tax payer money and let others pay your way through life. Keep supporting the Frankens, the Ellisons, the McCollumns and let’s not forget the worst Senator in history who most of you elected to be our governor. Wake up, look what’s being done by your Liberal, nanny state policies to our country.

      1. fred says:

        If you want less government Ronnie learn why a program was created so you can then tell the world how the conditions have changed so you can eliminate the program. Even the most die hard liberal would like less taxes. Tea party people like to holler and bellow but I have yet to see them come out with proposals. The answer as to why there are no proposals is that they have no ideas other than the simple one.

      2. dunnski57 says:

        Tea Party: simpletons who cannot who hate government, until they need it.

  16. matt says:

    And “outspoken” US Rep… LOL. Could you be less bias please? She represents, the people; we shouldn’t be criticizing her for having A VOICE and using THAT voice to get something done or inflict change. That goes for both liberals and conservatives.

    @dunnski57, I’m betting you’re another one of those tea-party bashes that hasn’t bothered to research the movement for YOURSELF. Educate yourself. It’s empowering.

    Mark Dayton, getting the better of someone? LOL

    1. Marty Lahti says:

      Hey Matty – whenever I get down I just plug in Bachmanns’ fabrications or distortions of the facts so I can laugh.
      Adding 100,000 to the dolls – this poor stupid mis-informed imbecile needs to start over in school. Was she home schooled?
      You all sure as hell can claim her as yours any day of the week . lol 😉

  17. matt says:

    @lefty, you’re over the line.

  18. Raymundo says:

    She doesn’t say anything about repealing medicaid/medicare, taking those between 18-26 off their parents healthcare assisting seniors with the cost of prescriptions and many more parts of this bill she says she’s opposed to. They should vote on each individual aspect of this bill to show how they stand on each. She should vote to repeal the farm subsistence she currently has no problem taking from the government.

  19. Mike says:


  20. B says:

    Republicans wont pay toward anything that does not help the, they only care about them selfs get a clue republicans get out of our country Demcrats make things better republicans are the reason why there are so many problems in this country good job republicans your doing a great job NOT

    1. GH says:

      I don’t care about only myself but I am sick of paying taxes that I will never see the benefits from. Why should I have to pay for other people to live? Maybe they should stop being so lazy…and if I have to stand behind one more person at the store using an EBT Card for non essentials I’m going to freak out!! I’m sick of paying for everyone else to live while I work 2 jobs to survive

      1. Cathy Philipps says:

        Remember that the taxes you pay are paying for Michelle Bachman and every other politican to have the best health care in the world without a penny coming out of their own pockets of their very well paid positions!!

  21. Ali says:

    Thanks God for people like Michele Bachmann who will save this country!

    1. Bob says:

      No one ever said the anti-christ was male.

      1. Rep. Michele Bachmann says:

        I resent that comment. I am not the anti-christ. I am Rep. Michele Bachmann all knowing and full of P.A.V.

    2. Nose plugs required says:

      Ali Ali Ali Ali Ali Ali

      go find that cave you crawled out of and crawl back in. I’m on my way to pick up the mortar Ali to make sure you stay in it.
      And don’t bother calling your woman fool Bachmann as she got your vote already and has moved on to higher things. Wherever she can make her next buck I guess off the taxpayers back. Or as stated above – an insurance companies check. This gal is getting it from all ends … lol … I mean dollars from all ends now.

    3. b says:

      she will ruin this country like every republican Ali get a clue

  22. betty says:

    Bachmann has overstayed her 15 minutes of fame. Just like Palin.

    Aren’t politician covered by government managed healthcare? Why can’t taxpayers have the same.

    1. MadasHe!!inMN says:

      in case it has escaped you – we don’t count. Except when the votes are needed. Then they knock knock knock for our love

  23. Neil says:

    Michelle has government health care at taxpayers cost. She will make a run in 2012 to collect matching federal campaign funds and laugh all the way to the bank. But she is for less governmnet, when it suits her. Duplicitious!

  24. pavel says:

    It is sad when we have some who have nearly everything and have so little concern for others. Typical of this Representative.

  25. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    Michelle and ALL OF HER FAMILLY have free government managed health care. The best health insurance any group of people in this entire country enjoy. YOU are paying Michelles health care costs. Hers, her husbands, her children. Her and her husband get it free for life if she can get elected to what, 3 two year terms? ^ lowsy years on the job and they will be set for life. Hope all you Republicans can support THAT public employees pension.

  26. K. says:

    One of the things that makes this country great is the fact that there is freedom of speech; but we need to be respectful. We also need both Democrats and Republicans or we end up with a dictatorship. You may disagree with another party’s platform and that should be OK. We need the checks and balances to keep our country free. There are good things about each party and there are problems with each party. It doesn’t mean one is better than the other. Let’s keep this forum respectful and intelligent.

    1. Bob says:

      I have never held party affiliation. I call crazy “crazy”, no matter which side it comes from.

  27. Dave of Maplewood says:

    Why anyone would take her seriously is beyond me. She shoots her mouth off with the most ininformed comments. Yet she is a media and tea party darling. Actually I’d love to see her run in 2012 – she’d suffer a Goldwater or McGovern type loss since most of the country does not want either extreme.

    1. Rick says:

      Forget about who is saying what just take the time to read the healthcare bill as
      I did. You can get it from your congressperson. It’s not about who can afford it and who can’t because none of us can. It’s about how much control you want the government to have. Ask a canadien and frenchman how they like it when you are told what teatment is allowed. And once the government prices all the private companies out we are all up the perverbial creek.

      1. TLC says:

        Sorry, but don’t we already have someone telling us what treatment we can have or not? IF you’re fortunate enough to have some type of health insurance, they are the ones who say whether you can have a certain type of surgery, a certain type of birth control, a certain type of drug — regardless of what your doctor specifically prescribes. Sure, you can still get the specific ones, but the insurance company won’t cover it, so, you can only get it IF you can afford it out-of-pocket.
        People who have pre-existing conditions that have been laid off from work couldn’t get insurance a couple years ago…have you looked into how much chemotherapy, radiation, and supporting drugs cost?
        It seems to me that those that are against the helping people stay well, get better when they are sick, live with less pain, etc, are basically saying you can only get well if you can pay for it…if you can’t pay for it, “Sorry you’re not feeling well, is there anyone we should notify, and can you pay for the long distance call? No? Okay, nevermind.”
        I’m sorry, I just don’t agree with the Republicans or the Tea Partiers on this one: the Wealthy are NOT the only PEOPLE who have the right to live.

  28. Dano says:

    Freedom Stripping
    Hey Fred F, Keep drinking the Cool Ade That Glen Beck, Hannity, The Pig Rush, and the rest of the clowns keep giving you. Add the Patriot Act,compliments of George Bush, The TSA, and god knows what other agency’s want to know what type of toilet paper you use, and you have your own Utopia.
    Have us leave the USA, don’t think so. But I hear that have have a nice retirement spot for you, In Iran, or Burma, Uganda, Venezuela, Nigeria, Russia, China,or Haiti. hell, I’ll even throw a few bucks in to help you leave.
    But keep drinking that sweet coolade. And take your ignorance and bigotry with you.

  29. TK says:

    The average CEO salary of a HMO is over $1,000,000.00 and for my deductible I have to pay the first $3500 along with a monthly payment of $275.00 for a total yearly cost of $6800.00 This as 11.8% of my salary. At one time health care was affordable. How many vacations do you think I can take this year, instead it goes towards over paid CEO’s to run a not for profit HMO. Why don’t they lower their rates with all the money they make. Something needs to change.
    Mrs. Bachmann join our health care plan and get of the government funded one your on.

    1. mark from says:

      So your idea of work is not to work hard and get all the rewards?

  30. Jeff says:

    You bleeding hearts are funny! Socialism kills. More people have died under Communism and Socialism than any other form of government, including the Nazis.

    1. Bob says:

      OK, Jeff,

      You must be off your meds also.

    2. bee says:

      Religion kills more than anything, Religion posions everything

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        Socialism has murdered 100’s of Millions of people in World history.

        Moa Zedong, Stalin have murdered more civilians than all other leaders combined, including biblical leaders.

  31. J Lundquist says:

    Rep Bachmann had no trouble taking money from the state for her 23 foster children while she was a successful lawyer. Guess it just depends who “state aid” goes to.

  32. Victim Du Jour says:

    Socialism is a reward system for hypochondriacs, most people don’t even need healthcare. Democrats have this theme like everyone is sick and helpless.

    1. Bob says:

      Hey Victim,

      Do you even know what socialism is? Or is it just the boogeyman the far right scares you with at bed time?

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        My Swedish Grandmother needs an oxygen tank for congestive heart failure, to help her breath when she sleeps. She is perfectly capable of living at home. But Sweden has “Strict laws” and they don’t allow personal oxygen tanks at home.

        So nursing home workers get job security and a pension for something so simple.

        I know what socialism is, and I speak a little Swedish too.

    2. Patrick 2 says:

      If ya a real family man ya would have her come join you here. Or better yet – you’d head there to take care of her.
      Wait — that’d be walking the talk. You freak on the right don’t do that. 😉

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        My mother went to Sweden to take care of my grandmother, but it was a waste of time because she ended up in the nursing home to get oxygen.

        Essentially my mother went to Sweden to be a “Union scab”

      2. Patrice 2 says:

        Good for your Mom.
        She never taught you any manners or class now did she?
        Since she went there to care for family – is there any reason to believe she is coming back? Appears not to be …. 😉

  33. Cache says:

    Dipsomaniac Dayto needs to go back to mommy…before this idiot spends another $1.2 Billion putting us further in the welfare debt hole. Hey Dipso we are short $6.2 Billion short…now!
    Wacko is a spending fool who needs to get a head doctor to minister to him hourly as he governs from under his desk!
    Welfare and EBT is out of control and our dipso governor chastises Michelle about her common sense…jeeeeeeeez what a maroon!

  34. says:

    Great job Bachman, now lets take on the rest of the Socialists

    1. Maria Lahti says:

      LMFAO – Mark;
      most everyone I have ever known work extremely hard. The few that don’t work just hard.
      On average they prolly take in $55-65K a year. Some higher of course and some need 2 jobs to crack these numbers but do it.
      My idea and I suspect the ideals of most in America are to work HARD and in turn reap some rewards. That might be in the way of employer paid healthcare, or a match on a 401K and semi-decent medical or something. We are the ones who do the work that enables that Elite miniscule percent of America to get unworldly wealthy off our sweat and labor.
      Is that asking to much? If so maybe it is time for America to indeed rebel and take over everything ourselves. Maybe indeed that time is almost upon us.
      There is no reason or basis for that tiny percent to be rewarding beyond belief for so little they do. They are one – we are the masses that makes it happen

    2. taxwaste = scam man says:

      Marky Boy – who apys ya to play on these boards all day long? come on Marky …. ‘fess up

      1. StraycatStrut says:

        Funny thing is……. Mark Dayton does not even “look” like he knows whats going on. Sorta that strange “Franken” thing going for him. Hope he does not fall asleep like our other fearless DemoLeaders. .

  35. Dano says:

    State Tax’s, Fica, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, real estate taxes, sales tax,
    Toll roads,
    Seems to me we have enjoyed all these little items in our lives for a long time.. Lets just raise everyone taxes higher, except the rich of course, who will create all of these wonderful new jobs for the country, get that defense Department more money,And everyone go outside right now, and bang that garbage can real loud, like Bachmann wants.

  36. Norski says:

    jack says “We’ve let the mega health care companies get rich … time to try a new way”

    And what would that new way be? Think about it – there are about 180 health insurance companies in the USA. Even if you did away with every CEO and if every CEO made $5 million per year (most do not come close to this) the amount saved by doing away with them would not even pay for the average American to drive to a clinic, much less pay for any treatment. And what about all those people working for those CEO’s? They would still be needed. After all, Medicare and Medicaid, which are similar programs, are loaded with people doing just the same jobs. Now those private sector Insurance Company workers would become government employees earning anywhere from 20 to 40% more than they earn now. And that additional cost would add up to far more than the savings realized by “firing the rich CEO’s” – al least until you replaced them with rich government “Directors”. Any you think that this is actually going to make health care less expensive? Dream on!

    1. Albert says:

      1. Satisfaction with Medicare, health care providers and recipients, blows away private health care.

      2. Federal employees are legislatively capped in how much they can make – $155,100 per year this year (and the next two) – rich?

      3. Federal employees, compared EQUiVALENT JOB to EQUIVALENT JOB, make 10-20% LESS than private employees. We’re just better educated on average, so the raw averages are higher.

      4. Norski, you’re ignorant, probably by choice.

      1. Norski says:

        Care to PROVE any of these assertions with FACTS and REFERENCES? Without FACTS all you just into name calling.

      2. Norski says:

        Oops! I was interrupted in my last post. Without facts all you are doing is just name calling. With the multitude of articles about the generosity of Federal pay you cannot claim that Federal Employees make 20% less than regular Americans without proof. And so far as the cap on Federal Pay – the President makes considerably more than $155,100. And recently there was a big article on the net that listed Federal jobs that paid over $250,000 per year. Are these figments of our imagination? Also, you claim that satisfaction with Medicare is higher than with private insurance. Yet Medicate has a 8% rejection of care rate versus 5% for the worst private insurance company. Overall private insurance has only a 3% rejection of care rate. So which biased survey are you quoting? Where the rubber hits the road – when care is given – private insurance beats Medicare by more than 2 to 1.

  37. Tom says:

    I wish someone would fued over her lack of ability to lead for starters, and then her lack of ability to lead the 6th district.

    Good Job Mark…Im glad my vote didnt go to waste.

  38. Bob says:

    My wife works for one of the larger healthcare insurance companies.

    1. The pres. of the company makes in 1 minute what my wife makes in a year.

    2. there are “death panels”. They hold M.B.A.’s, are in back rooms, are not doctors and you will never see them or know who they are.

    Life’s good for the top 1%.

    1. dunnski57 says:

      Awesome post, Bob.

  39. Albert says:

    Why doesn’t she climb back into that boiling hole of ignorance, anti-intellectualism, racism and meth called the 6th MN congressional district.

    1. dunnski57 says:

      I object to that Albert. We also have crack cocaine and glue sniffing in the 6th District. A few thousand people demonstrated that last election day.

  40. Just me says:

    You know, I’m sure putting all those Minnesotans with a screw loose in District 6 seemed like a good idea at the time but I have to say, it seems to have backfired.

    If Ms. Bachmann is so concered, why doesn’t she forego her salary or give up her taxpayer paid health insurance?

  41. albert says:

    I stand corrected.

    BTW, I used to live there.

  42. BBennigan says:

    The question begs to be asked — Mark@mntaxwaste. Who pays your salary? Bachmann? The RNC? The KKK? Skinheads of America?

    Care to meet for a drink junior? I’ll buy ……………. 😉

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      The Democratic Party is the only political institution with a recorded Ku Klux Klan history.

      1. me wonders about this says:

        😉 what are you saying due is that they are the only ones caught.

        Hell – the GOP and the Band of Bandits lilely started the KKK under a pseudo of …. you know what!

      2. Victim Du Jour says:

        It’s a documented fact, the KKK and the democratic party is conjoined twins for over 100 years, and it’s well documented in the library of congress.

        The Democrats KKK history is a public record.

  43. Just me says:

    Can’t stand her but don’t encourage hate.

  44. James says:

    There are many people in minnesota on Medicaid because they are bound to a wheelchair and have no possibility to work or earn an income. No family, no friends, no support group, no church. To these individuals, Dayton should be ashamed to take a helpful program for the very few and distribute it to the greedy low-income who would rather waste their few dollars they can scrape together on cable tv and cell phones. People have poor priorities, it gets worse when you expect to be entitled to other people’s money to pay for the services you can afford yourself. nobody in this country will go without healthcare, under federal manadate. Any hospital room or ER will accept you under any pre-existing conditions or not. This is not acceptible. the expansion will drain the funding for the people who need it and run the businesses who support the disabled bankrupt. What do you think the disabled think when their PCA’s are paid $7/hour and don’t show up to help them get out of bed or use the toilet because they can’t afford to come to work for 6 hours a day? Get with it people. This is bigger than your wants and greed. You can’t extend coverage to everyone. It will break for everyone if you do. That simple.

  45. Victim Du Jour says:

    Sir Winston Churchill said Socialism is a reward system for hypochondria and failure.

    Free healthcare will help some people make a career out of being sick.

    1. Bob says:

      Please tell me how I can make a living from being sick.

      My resume is waiting for your facts.

      You can have your own reality, but not your own facts.

    2. MarioPlays says:

      Free healthcare is the manner in which Michelle Bachmanns hubby makes his living. Private or government paid – he don’t care as long as your premiums are current. lol

  46. John Spinks says:

    Bachmann’s family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006.

  47. HERB says:

    In case you hadn’t noticed, Bachman ALWAYS portrays anything which actually gives service to the less advantaged as being wasteful, unless one of her corporate contributors is making money providing that service.

    I believe by now most of us know what corporations want to provide services. Money is priority number one. That is the main reason that health care corporations should be a HEAVILY REGULATED and mandated to spend at least 90% of premiums on providing care, not executive bonuses.

    A much more elegant solution would be single payer national insurance agency that is not run for profit. Regardless of what M. Bachman may think in her small arrogant mind, In the richest nation in the world and a supposed world leader, good health should not be determined by a temporary financial situation.

    Bachman’s views are never determined on a moral basis (she has none), they are determined only by her self serving lust for money, fame and power. That kind of governance by the wealthy for the wealthy has no value for the majority of Minnesotans or for that matter the majority of US citizens.

    Comments to this opinion should avoid the old misdirection off topic excursions to distract from the real issue of what is good health care for the majority. That is what this country used to be, (majority rule, not the rich).

    1. Bob says:

      As I said, It’s good to be in the top 1%.

  48. young days behind me says:

    I believe she needs a lobotomy …. listen to BlabberBreathe for 2 minutes….. I rest my case

  49. Victim Du Jour says:

    My 90 year old Swedish Grandmother had a broken sewing needle in her foot for 3 months.

    She went to the several clinics, but they kept sending her somewhere else.

    The Government doesn’t have to worry about junk lawsuits.

    1. Bob says:

      Your poor old swedish grandmother is certainly having a bad time.

      Your reality does not mesh with what I’ve seen in unbiased world media and heard from inhabitants of other countries

      My best to Granny. . .

      1. Bob says:

        Has she considered sewing lessons? I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to sew the cloths to yourself. . . .

      2. Victim Du Jour says:

        Trial Lawyers gave 38 million dollars for political contributions in 2008. 81% to the DNC.

        Democrats sabatoge private healthcare systems with JG Wentworth TV ads.

        Government run healthcare just does what it wants, without having to worry about legal problems at all.

        Meanwhile private systems have to be 100% perfect or they get sued.

      3. Bob says:

        As I stated before.

        My wife works for one of the larger healthcare insurance companies.

        1. The pres. of the company makes in 1 minute what my wife makes in a year.

        2. There are “death panels”. They hold M.B.A.’s, are in back rooms, are not doctors and you will never see them or know who they are.

        Life’s good for the top 1%.

      4. Victim Du Jour says:

        They have to cut costs when the government forces health insurance companies to pay for DWI treatment.

        Hazelton charged $1,000 a day per patient, and rule 25 pays for people who don’t have insurance.

        The whole AA concept is intended to be self supporting and free, and you can findca hotel room in a four star for $53 a night.

        Private healthcare is being robbed by mental health, probably because mental health gives democrats election money.

  50. Geraldine says:

    Bravo Mark Dayton. It would be nice if Michelle Bachmann would keep her big mouth shut. She is such a nut. Just grabbing at publicity where ever
    she can get it. Can she even grasp how she looks, like a teenager going for Prom Queen.

  51. Aara says:

    $500,000 million being spent by a near bankrupt state, Minnesota, because the state will get 1.2 billion back from a totally bankrupt Federal Government that is 14 TRILLION in debt, with 5 TRILLION of it added since Democrats took over Congress in 2006.

    PS: Keep thinking money is free….

  52. tenthname says:

    First off, for all of you who insist Republicans are all rich is comical! Secondly, why is it so terrible if an insurance company makes money? What’s it to you?! Are they personally hurting you? I bet if any one of you were offered the highest-level job at any of the big insurance companies WITH the salary, few would turn it down. And if you did, it’s probably because you realize the job actually demands enough of you as to justify said salary, and it seems that there aren’t very many people leaving comments here who understand such a concept. If you would work half as hard at a job as you do at being bitter, dirty little fighters, you might actually have a successful career. Such hypocrites!

  53. Victim Du Jour says:

    13th amendment prohibits slavery and “involuntary servitude”.

    Red diaper baby boomers ignore civil rights.

  54. tom says:

    bachman needs to STOP trying to think she is better than everyone else. She does not know what its like not having a silver spoon in her mouth. She is a BAD BAD person who only thinks of herself and no one all the people in our goverment , both sides, come to our world, try and go find a job, that actually will help pay bills. I think if they had to work for 9.75 an hour and no benefits there tune would change abit.

  55. richard says:

    bachmann is at least two or three bubbles off. On one hand I’d like it if she went away and just shut up. However, I’ve come to realize it’s agood thing that she keeps shooting her mouth off. It clearly demonstrates how ignorant and uncaring she and her ilk are. The founders were correct about free speech on many levels. These right wing loons (damm, I just insulted all the loons), i.e. the palins, limbaugs, becks, coulters et.c. are antihetical to what America stands for and what has made us great through the years. Where are the republician “leaders”. Instead of denouncing these dangerous individuals, they pander to them for political reasons. Food for thought…the tea party loves her.

  56. RNCGoatRonnie says:

    victim and mark and a few others here I forgot to email — Michelle asked me if I could tell you that payroll has been changed to next Monday instead of this Friday. I guess the RNC hasn’t sent the funds yet. She said “sorry about that” 😉

  57. Victim Du Juor says:

    What gave us away?

  58. b says:

    Republicans dont care about anyone but themselves because there rich and can affored health insurance. Good job Dayton keep sticking up for the middle class you care about us. Pawlenty didnt he only did what was good for his career not what is it good for the state. Dayton is laying his ass on the line for the people of Minnesota because he actually cares about the middle class unlike Bachmand she is just another Pawlenty she only cares about her career. Keep fighting Dayton you have done a better job in the past month than Pawlenty did in the past 8 years.

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