Minn. Legislature OKs Cuts To Health Care Programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A budget bill that would slice into projected spending on health care and social services programs is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton, who opposes the legislation.

The House approved the bill early Thursday on a 69-63 vote, hours after the Senate passed it 36-28 on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor says he will reject individual spending bills until he has a budget deal with the Republican-controlled Legislature. They’re still split over taxes and spending with five days left in the regular legislative session.

The health and welfare bill would pare $1.6 billion from projected spending by cutting into services for people with disabilities, welfare supports and health care programs. It would repeal a Medicaid health care expansion for more than 100,000 vulnerable adults that Dayton made a top priority.

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  • Jonson

    I thought those idiotic republicans were going to focus on creating jobs, not taking away healthcare from people that need it…

    These people are sickos…

  • wtdbuck

    republicans don’t care about disabled people.
    just their rich buddies.

  • Jonson

    I think it’s ironic they are so Christian but at the same time will strip the poor and elderly of all funding… the people who need it most…

    Oh, but we need to cut costs because of the budget and deficit… At the same time they give out tons of spending to their rich buddies in the form of TAX BREAKS

    • bogiebj

      Government does not create jobs.
      The big businesses you hate do.
      And its cuts from PROJECTED spending!

      • Citizen

        Yeah, those big businesses have created so many jobs since the Reagan years. Yep, lots…..IN CHINA!

    • dan

      Yo Johnson,

      You might as well wriote an article with Pat Kesslar. I dont think the article states they are taking away “all funding” as you state.
      Have you ever seen a hospital bill? $100 for an aspirin. do you think that is a bit outragous? Most people certainly do.
      The only way to curb the corruption in medical billing is for Insurance companies and govt health programs to limit what they will pay for these services.
      We are in a deficit as a state and Nation. If this was your family budget the first items on the agenda are to reduce spending before looking for a second job. Same goes for govt. Reduce spending first before trying to generate more income that is simply wasted on mindless projects and staff.

  • Sam

    If it weren’t for the 60% markup on everything the government supplies, they could just leave it alone. The fact of the matter is: Most of what the government supplies is rules and regulations and administrative overhead. The charity aspect is best left to non-profits.

  • Alex B.

    I agree with Sam – contractors ripping off the government is an epidemic problem. American business needs to be cleaned up and wiped clean of corruption, discrimination and fraud. Only the government can do that but both major parties have proven themselves to be in bed with big business.

    But that has absolutely nothing to do with health care, where the government programs actually pay less on average than you or I for medical services and supplies. Cutting people off health care programs will actually make medical inflation worse because one of the big cost areas for hospitals is uninsured emergency coverage – hospital charged insured patients more to make up for the money they lose on uninsured patients.

    • Kathy

      First of all, you’re both talking out of school. Second, nobody knows where these cards will fall. If you are among the wealthy (which it doesn’t appear to be true) it may be that your money won’t be good before too long, and then you’ll talk a different tune.

      I feel sorry for you both. The problems that won’t be overcome is mismanagement and abuse. People of less means didn’t do this, I can assure you. The evil that is taking over the world did.

      I am a recipient of those programs. Historically, healthcare didn’t want to take us on as patients because the return wasn’t enough for them. Not such a saintly and compassionate bunch that holds the knife while we sleep… in the real world, they’re taking advantage of you my friends.

      People are too gullable. I don’t read the comments much anymore because it’s frustrating and discouraging to know that most people no longer have the ability to think.

      If I am selected to die first, guess who is next? You all better wake up from your dream states and do something about this before it’s done to you

      • Sam

        I am also considered disabled and will be affected by this legislation. I approve this bill because the government cannot govern well when it has its fingers in the businesses it is supposed to be regulating. That’s called a conflict of interest.

        Also, it isn’t the charities that reject the disabled, it’s the commercial health insurance industry. Non-profit healthcare can be more expensive than for-profit healthcare though so I shouldn’t be too easy on some of the charities though.

        • Kathy

          No comment.

  • Kathleen

    It is absolutely horrible that these politicians take away services for the disabled, that are much needed to create a better quality of life! Is is to plan their ridiculous dinner parties or give themselves raises? Good question, taking away services of those with behaviors is also something that should be addressed. Families want to adopt children, however a majority of these children need special services to aid them in learning to cope with their disabilities, but due to the government cutting services; some of these children will remain in foster care for the rest of their lives. Horrible that all these people will have to go without the love of a family, the help they need and deserve. ALL of you politicians should have your wages cut! Perhaps if you were aware of the suffering you cause by cutting aid to the disabled, you would rethink your choices! What is wrong with you people? Not only hurting the people that need help with their everyday activities of living, but also these cuts will be taking away many more jobs from the people of Minnesota!

  • just an Average Joe

    …”It would repeal a Medicaid health care expansion”…

    The Democrats’ keep adding more and more programs. Then when someone says they should stop the increases they complain that the Republicans want to make all these ‘cuts’.


    Instead of creating all these new programs, which we the taxpayer pay for, instead work to make the current programs more financially responsible. Get the middlemen out of the programs. Increase supervision and enforcement to make sure those that are receiving the benefits from the program are those that actually need and deserve them.

    Just throwing more money at a problem doesn’t solve the problem. I just creates more opportunities for financial irresponsibility.

  • Kim

    Why take away from the disabled. They are more than willing to help where were than can. I have a disabled daughter that volunteers 4 days a week. She also has a job where she only gets $2.10 a hour because she is on a program that is just sick. Maybe politicans should get out of their sheltered lives and look around at how much these folks just want to be treated like evervbody else. There is no jobs left in Minnesota now you want to take away more.

  • William

    I was once a Republican. However, after what they have done to the poorest of poor, I am through with the GOP!

  • gomer

    So now a $500,000,000 increase is a cut? I wish I could get a cut like that.

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