ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Senate health care panel takes a look Monday at a bill that would bar Minnesota from participating in the federal health care overhaul.

The bill from Republican Sen. Sean Nienow of Cambridge challenges Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s stance on the health care law.

Dayton has embraced the health care overhaul, expanding the federal Medicaid program in Minnesota and seeking health care grants. He reversed his Republican predecessor, Tim Pawlenty, who had ordered state agencies to avoid discretionary participation in the law.

Nienow’s bill would prohibit state spending to plan for or implement the health care law until it’s upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee hears the bill Monday. A companion House bill has cleared one panel already.

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Comments (25)
  1. Another Bob says:

    Right on!

    Who wants all those poor people and kids mucking things up.

  2. mouday says:

    the poor get free mdical already they walk into er and we pay thru or hospital bills or insurance co. pays

    1. Anita Newhouse says:

      And this is exactly why healthcare costs for EVERYONE are going through the roof. It’s not rocket science! Where do you tink the $ to pay for uncovered services for those without insurance comes from? It comes from everyone else’s pockets. So why would we not work to contain and manage those costs through specific programming instead of pretending the costs aren’t there?

      Oh that’s right! Those in the top 5% won’t have to pay for those costs because they don’t pay taxes due to credits/ expenditures! So of course, they run campaigns to dupe the rest into paying for care of the uninsured through the ER-they’ll never have to pay a dime. Only the middle class will.

    2. MARK says:

      Yeah, this is a factor in support of the new health care law.

  3. Joel says:

    I going to terminate my medical care and health care as demanded and requred by every living republican. even though I pay for my insurance at work. it is even a absolute fact that dispise americans haveing the right to earn a wage at the job they have. No I going to stop my care for my Diabetes, and kidney failure. it will bring happiness to them.

  4. jimmy says:

    I’m droping my insurance also I’m paying 18,000 a year if I have any problems I’ll just go to the ER and stiff them on the bill. That seems to be what the Republicans want.

  5. Helper says:

    I think republicans are the children of alcoholic parents who dropped them on their heads one too many times… LOL!

    So silly they are!

  6. Tom says:


    Yes that is basically want they want. They want the poor too go too the ER for simplist diagnosis where it costs twice as much as compared too putting them on this program so that they can go too a clinic and see a primary Dr . But you know the GOP operates if it makes sense then they are totally againest it. But you know what really makes sense is that people who back the GOP efforts don’t realize is that they are endorsing the GOP’s idea of “them” picking up the tab.

  7. Pat says:

    Can we please elect legislators who have some sense of right and wrong. This Bill is clearly wrong. There is no reason to punish the people of Minnesota with ethically challenged legislation like this. Where are the moral leaders of the Republican Party? Are they all asleep?

  8. mike says:

    Can you please tell me who pays for this fed health care? How is having a health care law in place make any difference in the end? Aren’t we paying for it anyway? I don’t know the answers to these questions. Does anyone else?

    1. MARK says:

      Yes, we’re paying for it anyway, that’s the point. The health care bill attempts to reduce costs by making sure everyone has insurance. That way, when you break your leg and show up at the emergency room, you have insurance, even if you’re poor, and you don’t stick the taxpayer with the bill.

  9. Mel says:

    I love it when people think free medical care will actually be free. Be prepared to watch our quality of medical care take a nose dive. Also, there’s a term for demanding money from people to give it to other people, it’s called stealing. Why is it that liberals think they are entitled to someone else’s money? If an abundance of money automatically defines someone as bad, does the lack of money define others as automatically good?

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      Already ranked 22nd, how much further can we dive?

    2. You are very uneducated. So bad in fact that you make yourself out to be foolish and a joke. Please don’t pretend you know what you are talking about and try to convince others of your fairytail. Everything you just said could not be further from the truth.

  10. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    The United States pays about twice as much per person for health care, and unlike those nations (mostly European) we are the only ones who don’t insure everyone.

    For twice the money we rank close to 22nd in terms of the quality of our health care, next to Costa Rica. If you are rich and live in Boston, Minneapolis or SF, your healthcare is excellent, otherwise you hope that you can afford the bill when it is all over.

  11. jane says:

    I voted Republican in the last election – and come from a long line of proud GOP supporters but am quickly losing my faith in my party. I think the debacle in Wisconsin should be teaching these senators that they are overreaching and going against the wishes of the majority of American’s in their drive to impress a few. MOST people support allowing coverage to our children until they reach the age of 26 – MOST people support the manditory coverage by insurance for preexisting conditions, most women want their insurance to cover such basic needs as birth control…WHY on earth would Republicans want to deprive their hard working constituents these basic medical freedoms – like the right to have insurance that actually covers you when you get sick? Seems common sense to me – but then I guess common sense is what the GOP seems to be lacking lately….

    1. “I voted republican in the last election”. Not to take a personal stab at you at all but do you know how stupid that sounds? You sound brainwashed. Please do yourself a favor and wake up and pay attention to what is going on. Democrat, republican are two front for a reason. They are in place so people will fight over that (party main ideas) and pay attention to the real facts and problems at hand! Its been working for years so don’t feel all that bad you are a victim like many others, but you should feel bad enough that you were not smart enough to figure out the truth before now. Please educate and empower yourself in the future! Forget democrats and forget republicans. Maybe you should share some ideas that the Paul family shares. Just saying.

      1. jane says:

        How did that respond in any way to my comment? Attacking me on words and not substance makes you a hypocrite and guilty of the very stupidy you place on me. It makes you a hyprcrite – which is much worse than being stupid…you are exhibiting willful stupidity. :). If you can’t comment on substance maybe you should refrain from using this type of forum.

  12. Anita says:

    Remember that in the 1990’s cigarette taxes were passed to pay for all MN Health care Programs? What happens to those who qualify for MN Care, but the premiums are 1/2 of the Qualifing amount for their family size? We are turned away from health care facilities unless we pay in full BEFORE treatment is given. Many of us have not seen a Doctor in years, so what will happen in the end? Access is not the answer, but affordabilty is. Since only 1 came up with some sort of idea of what to do, work with it, mold it, ask the people, and get something done together

  13. Jon says:

    Next headline about this we see will be…

    Dayton vetos Minn. Bill that Bans Spending For Federal Health Care.

    Anything that is this partisan will never become law when you have a governor that is a different political party as the legislative majority. Thanks God we aren’t in Wisconsin’s situation where they can pretty much shove whatever law they want down the people’s throats. Sort of like how the Healthcare overhaul was passed even though the majority of people did not want it.

  14. gloria says:

    Read Deadly Spin by Wendell Potter. He’s an ex-insurance company PR man, and he explains how the insurance companies manipulate the American public. They’ve done a good job in the U.S. regarding this much needed health care bill.

  15. DJ says:

    This bill is only trying to delay implementation of the expanded Medicaid coverage until the constitutionality of the healthcare law is decided in the supreme court. If it is deemed unconstitutional it seems apparent that the state would then be on the hook for any benefits it’s commited to the expanded coverage under the federal mandate as it sits today. It seems prudent to wait until the high court decides if the law is going to stay on the books before we as a state stick our necks out pledging still more money that we currently don’t have.

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