ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton’s top health adviser is joining Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison to praise the federal health care overhaul on its one-year anniversary.

Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger holds a news conference Friday with the Democratic members of Congress.

Survivors of cancer, AIDS and other diseases will also share their stories.

The event is organized by the Minnesota Patient Advocacy Coalition, a patient group that supports the federal law.

Dayton, a Democrat, has embraced the law by ordering an expansion of Medicaid health care for the poor and seeking grants, including planning money for an online health marketplace.

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Comments (7)
  1. Kally says:

    Would your family celebrate a one year anniversary of a new car purchase you made and can not afford while you go deeper into debt and risk a home foreclosing?
    … a wonderful move towards complete socialism and equal poverty for everyone…

    1. Sam says:

      Health care overhaul isn’t a new, unneeded car. It’s a replacement of a leaky roof. Of a fire-hazard stove. Of a furnace that spews carbon monoxide.
      Health care was broken, and the insurance companies were raking in cash while the patients got sicker and sicker. The “capitalism only” model of health care was proven faulty. Time to give something new, a mix of styles (which is working in the top five healthiest nations in the world), a chance to work.

  2. NOBAMA says:

    God help us! This Nation is going down hill fast and the Dems are in the front seat!

  3. Jon says:

    The country started going down hill about ten years ago when BUSH took over, remember that surplus we had when he took over? Obama will get us out of this mess in his second term. Socialism? Is Bachmann on this blog?

  4. Kally says:

    It is also funny to hear all the ignorant people who are in total support of this bill argue with me about when they do not have a clue what is in it. They claim they read it but I quickly prove they are lying by asking them a few questions!

  5. ? says:

    If this Bill is so great then why are so many companies and States are opting out of it?

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