.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Today in the Senate

Today in the Minnesota Senate, they voted to increase their per-diems and housing allowances by 45% and 25% respectively. I am not a fan of the per-diem increases. Salaries are too low for legislators, so raise the salaries, not the "extras".

They also revealed a convoluted plan to cover all people with health insurance by 2010. The plan would cap insurance rate increases and increase eligibility for MinnesotaCare. I think this is a stupid way to go about covering people, and I find the arbitrary insurance rate increase cap particularly divorced from reality. You want to cover everybody? It's called single-payer. No arbitrary caps, no mandates, no stupid tricks. Expanding health care coverage is a good idea, but doing it in crazy ways doesn't help. The faster we get to the system we will eventually have, a single-payer system, the better. No point in taking the scenic route.


At 3:00 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Chris said...

It's not that simple. Medicare and Canadian single-payer are basically the same model. The provincial governments set a budget for the year in negotiation with the hospitals. Half the funding comes from the provincial government, and Ottawa pays the other half for each province. Down here, Washington pays 60% of Medicare costs for each state. Minnesota doing single-payer all on its own would mean expanding Medicare to cover everyone under 65, and paying for 100% of the costs for under-65s. I imagine there would have to be some kind of federal waiver process to go through as well. For an example of how long that can take, Oregon waited four years simply to get federal permission to reorder Medicaid spending priorities. There may also be issues concerning violation of the Commerce Clause, since Canadian-style single payer bans even supplementary private insurance from being offered, and Medicare Part D currently offers drugs only through private plans (although the new Congress might allow Medicare to negotiate and provide drugs directly in addition to the private options).

Universal health care? Yes, absolutely. Single-payer? It's very difficult if the feds aren't behind it.

At 1:14 AM, January 13, 2007, Anonymous Chris said...

Another obvious point on the matter: Pawlenty isn't going to sign a single-payer plan. Berglin is proposing a variety of measures, some of which Pawlenty might actually sign.

I have to object to your rather cavalier dismissal of these ideas as "crazy." Berglin's been the leading figure on health care in Minnesota for decades now, designed MinnesotaCare in the early '90s, and was one of the fiercest defenders of the low-income from Pawlenty's proposed health care cuts for the last four years. Show a little respect.

At 12:06 AM, January 07, 2016, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 16.01
louboutin outlet, tiffany jewelry, louboutin shoes, louis vuitton outlet, tiffany and co, replica watches, ray ban sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, prada outlet, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, ugg boots, ugg boots, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, christian louboutin outlet, nike air max, ugg boots, oakley sunglasses, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, uggs on sale, nike free, replica watches, michael kors outlet, longchamp, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet, louis vuitton, nike outlet, jordan shoes, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, nike air max, prada handbags, longchamp outlet, burberry, burberry outlet online, chanel handbags, michael kors outlet, gucci outlet, michael kors, louis vuitton, louboutin

At 12:09 AM, January 07, 2016, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

nike air max, ralph lauren uk, michael kors, abercrombie and fitch, air force, new balance pas cher, hollister pas cher, true religion jeans, ralph lauren pas cher, longchamp pas cher, michael kors, sac guess, ray ban uk, timberland, tn pas cher, hogan, north face, mulberry, true religion jeans, michael kors, nike trainers, nike roshe, hollister, nike air max, nike huarache, lacoste pas cher, sac longchamp, air max, converse pas cher, louboutin pas cher, oakley pas cher, coach purses, true religion jeans, vans pas cher, longchamp, true religion outlet, michael kors, north face, coach outlet, nike blazer, lululemon, vanessa bruno, nike air max, nike roshe run, ray ban pas cher, replica handbags, burberry, nike free run uk, hermes, air jordan pas cher, nike free

At 12:13 AM, January 07, 2016, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

beats by dre, abercrombie and fitch, new balance, lululemon, p90x workout, mac cosmetics, instyler, iphone cases, nike air max, ghd, iphone 6s plus cases, soccer shoes, insanity workout, reebok shoes, jimmy choo shoes, mcm handbags, timberland boots, chi flat iron, nike roshe, soccer jerseys, giuseppe zanotti, nike air max, nfl jerseys, herve leger, oakley, vans, hollister, iphone 5s cases, valentino shoes, bottega veneta, north face outlet, gucci, iphone 6s cases, babyliss, wedding dresses, hollister, s5 cases, ralph lauren, baseball bats, louboutin, iphone 6 cases, converse, mont blanc, asics running shoes, celine handbags, north face outlet, ipad cases, vans shoes, birkin bag, ferragamo shoes, ray ban, iphone 6 plus cases

At 12:15 AM, January 07, 2016, Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

replica watches, sac louis vuitton pas cher, toms shoes, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton, barbour, louis vuitton, canada goose, barbour jackets, bottes ugg, canada goose uk, louis vuitton, canada goose, moncler, pandora jewelry, ugg boots uk, moncler, louis vuitton, juicy couture outlet, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, thomas sabo, moncler, converse outlet, swarovski, supra shoes, swarovski crystal, montre pas cher, moncler outlet, coach outlet, doke gabbana outlet, canada goose outlet, canada goose, karen millen, canada goose, pandora charms, moncler, moncler, juicy couture outlet, pandora jewelry, marc jacobs, pandora charms, links of london, ugg pas cher, wedding dresses, lancel, doudoune canada goose, moncler, hollister, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, moncler
ninest123 16.01


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home