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Minn. Politicians Clash On MNsure’s Performance So Far

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s pleased with the progress of Minnesota’s health care exchange so far. The comments come after the federal rollout of Obamacare, which is plagued with problems. Minnesota’s health exchange went online Oct. 1 and has not had the widespread problems other states experienced.

10/22/2013

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Shutdown To End, Default Averted

With less than two hours to spare, Congress averted a crisis that could have sent the United States into default. On Wednesday night, the House passed the Senate’s bill to end the government shutdown.

10/16/2013

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Klobuchar Working With GOP Moderates To End Shutdown

A Minnesota senator is one of the key players hammering out a deal that could end the federal government shutdown. Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar is helping write a compromised version of a plan drafted by Republican Senator Susan Collins and credited GOP moderates. “We are friends,” Klobuchar said. “Senate Republicans really came to the fore, more moderates, saying ‘We want to work on a compromise,’ and that’s exactly what’s happening today in the Senate.”

10/14/2013

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Paulsen, Ellison Reassure Constituents About Gov’t Shutdown’s End

The federal government shutdown is now affecting Minnesota jobs. The state will lay off 105 health department workers immediately, and thousands of other federal workers in the state will face the same fate. And Congress appears to be standing still. According to Congressman Erik Paulsen’s office, he skipped out on his own event Monday to head back to Washington to work on ending the shutdown. Some disappointed constituents, like Michael Waring of Edina, said they wanted to talk with him about ending the shutdown – even if it means joining with Democrats to do it.

10/07/2013

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Congressman Paulsen On Government Shutdown

Minnesota’s third district congressman Erik Paulsen talked about the government shutdown with John Hines on Tuesday morning.

10/01/2013

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What Services Will Continue If The Government Shuts Down?

Thousands of federal workers in Minnesota could be furloughed Tuesday. That will happen if Congress can’t reach an agreement to fund the federal government by midnight Monday.

09/30/2013

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News Click: Government Shutdown Looms…..

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09/30/2013

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CBS News Bob Schieffer On Washington Politics

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09/26/2013

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Administration: MNsure Has Lowest Average Premiums Nationwide

Just six days before its launch, the state says all systems are a go for Minnesota’s new health insurance program: MNsure.

09/25/2013

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Meetings To Help Likely Customers Navigate MNsure

A major Minnesota health plan is kicking off a series of informational meetings intended to help people navigate MNsure, the state’s new health insurance marketplace. UCare’s first “Marketplace Basics” meeting is Tuesday at Unity Hospital in Fridley.

09/03/2013

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Minn. Health Care Costs, Cost Growth Below Average

Minnesota likes to think of itself as an innovator in health care with some of the lowest costs yet one of the healthiest populations in the country. And the state’s official health care economist says its efforts to put a lid on rising costs seem to be paying off.

08/28/2013

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Not Everyone Loving MNsure’s Paul Bunyan-Themed Ad Campaign

Minnesota is launching a massive awareness campaign to get people to sign up for its new insurance program. Millions of dollars are being used for the ads, which feature two of the state’s biggest celebrities: Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

08/19/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Obamacare Headed Our Way

With even supporters of Health Care Reform calling it Obamacare, I guess we can too. And it is heading our way, in a big way, on Jan. 1. Sure, some provisions have already been in place, including young people under 26 staying on their parents’ insurance. And the White House this week announced the postponement of the requirement for larger employers to provide insurance.

07/06/2013

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Talking Points: MNsure Facing Problems Already?

In the coming months, 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to sign up to get health coverage through MNsure.

06/30/2013

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Seniors & The ACA

In 1965, health care coverage for seniors in America changed dramatically with the passage of Medicare, and largely remained unchanged until 2010, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. […]

06/17/2013

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Reality Check: Michele Bachmann’s Obamacare Ad

Just so there is no confusion, the federal health care law Republicans call Obamacare has not been repealed. But judging from emails sent to Pat Kessler, some thought it was, because of Minnesota GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s TV ad.

05/28/2013

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Minn.’s Bachmann Sprints To TV With Health Care Ad

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has rushed out a television ad in hopes of capitalizing on the latest U.S. House vote to undo President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Republican critic of the Affordable Care Act — dubbed Obamacare by foes — was to begin airing the ad Thursday night in Twin Cities market. She put about $85,000 into the TV spot.

05/16/2013

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Lawmakers Debate Online Health Insurance Shopping

State lawmakers are in the midst of a heated debate Monday night that could affect a million Minnesotans. It’s the centerpiece of the new federal health care law that would create an online system to buy health care insurance.

03/04/2013

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ObamaCare 101: Separating Fact From Fiction

What does ObamaCare mean for you? The more you understand, the better you’ll fare.

02/28/2013

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Opinion: Obamacare Savings

In June of last year, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. As I wrote, this is the Greatest Tax Ever! I was thrilled to get a notice this year that I was getting a rebate check from my health insurance company.

12/10/2012

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Opinion: Brain Dead Politics In Virginia

Ken Cuccinelli aspires to be the next governor of Virginia after spending four years trying to deny women’s health care rights, blocking Obamacare and forcing his ideology and personal beliefs on the Commonwealth of Virginia.

11/28/2012

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Opinion: Happy Thanksgiving

The Buck Starts Here wishes a happy Thanksgiving to our readers. For progressives there is much to be thankful for this year.

11/22/2012

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Opinion: Mitt Romney’s Parting Gift

On a conference call with donors Romney claimed that Obama won because he gave “gifts” to African Americans, Latinos and young voters.

11/15/2012

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Opinion: Four More Years Of Gridlock

Even the most liberal of Democrats must agree that Obama’s inability to get foes to work with him is severely impeding any progress this country.

11/08/2012

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