Al Franken: Health reform has made a difference for Minnesotans

Sep 23, 2010 Full story: Star Tribune 238

J ust six months after President Obama signed health reform into law, Minnesotans are already beginning to reap its benefits.

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“Get RIGHT or be left”

Since: Nov 07

www.dreamindemon.com

#1 Sep 23, 2010
"One thing I heard over and over is that people felt like they were paying more and more for insurance without getting real health security in return. It seemed as if the insurance companies always found a way to get out of delivering the benefits they promised -- and that you paid for -- when you needed them."

Al, I agree with this statement.

However, the answer is NOT Government.
Animal Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 23, 2010
Thank you so much Al Frankenstien. I work for a small business and this year when our "new and improved" health insurance rates went up - our health insurance got cancelled. I am so glad the progressive liberal loons are in charge... but only until we get out and vote these idiots OUT!!!!!!!!!!
Porkulus

Monroe, LA

#3 Sep 23, 2010
Obamacare is even worse than critics thought

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/Oba...





Six months ago, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed Obamacare down the throats of an unwilling American public. Half a year removed from the unprecedented legislative chicanery and backroom dealing that characterized the bill's passage, we know much more about the bill than we did then. A few of the revelations:

(Excerpt)

And they forgot the gutting of Medicare and the Medicare Advantage program. Other than that the article was a fair description of CommieCare.

Fix Health Care Policy (graphs)
http://fixhealthcarepolicy.com/

How ObamaCare Guts Medicare
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274...

Health law’s heavy impact

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/mar/28/...

Seniors coverage options dwindle as Medicare Advantage programs close shop
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/b...

Obamacare’s Avalanche of Paperwork
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/229754...

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Since: Oct 09

North Afghanistan

#4 Sep 23, 2010
Weclome to the new and improve Demokratik Socialist healthcare system; we have done this for your own good.

If this is an emergency, please take a number.
Your number is 27,367,213....please be seated, we will be with you shortly.

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Re education Camp

Monroe, LA

#5 Sep 23, 2010
Sebelius: Time for 'Reeducation' on Obama Health Care Law

ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports:

With a number of polls showing a sustained level of opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform efforts more than five months after passage, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration has “a lot of reeducation to do” heading into the midterms.

While some surveys – namely the Kaiser Family Foundation monthly tracking poll – have suggested an uptick in support for the reforms, most other surveys continue to show a steady level of opposition to the new law that remains higher than the favorable opinions of it.

“Unfortunately, there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio in an interview Monday.

(Excerpt)

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/08/sebe...

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Take a good look at the Obamacare logo. An eagle with wings outstretched atop a circular emblem of the regime. Where have we seen such an image before? What socialist regime, in Europe not so many decades ago, used such imagery? Hmmmm....

2 days ago, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, let slip the truth about what the Obama administration has planned for this country. Upset that most Americans oppose nationalized healthcare, she said: "We have a lot of reeducation to do."

The "reeducation" America's citizens need is that which would enable them "rediscover" the ideas of liberty underlying their Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

The problem the Administration faces on the power grab called "healthcare" is that citizens DO understand what it is, and they don't like the power it concentrates in Washington and its parasitic bureaucrats.

"Re-education" = spending tax dollars for commercials to tell us how great it is.

They can't "educate" us on it, since they voted on it without reading it.
Carl Popham

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Sep 23, 2010
If insurance companies are screwing us customers to get out of paying the benefits they promised us, there are no consumer advocacy groups out there who have the money and lawyers the insurance companies have to endlessly litigate with, so it is up to the government to require those unscrupulous insurance companies to do whats fair. People who critise the government fail to see (or don't care about), the abuses and excesses like the ones caused by the deregulation of Wall Street, and how Americans suffer because of it.
Thanks for nothing

Monroe, LA

#7 Sep 23, 2010
I live in MN. As of Jan. 1, my health insurance premiums are going up over 10%. My employer currently pays 80% of the premiums so I already know that my pay will be cut after Jan. 1 by 20% of the premium. In addition, my employer is considering how they can move the entire increase in premiums on to the employees because they can’t pay for the increase either.

thanks for nothing you leftards.
Weird Al

Monroe, LA

#8 Sep 23, 2010
"We've got anecdotes. Step right up...and see the amazing personal anecdotes"

(cannot verify validity of said anecdotes)
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#9 Sep 23, 2010
Carl Popham wrote:
If insurance companies are screwing us customers to get out of paying the benefits they promised us, there are no consumer advocacy groups out there who have the money and lawyers the insurance companies have to endlessly litigate with, so it is up to the government to require those unscrupulous insurance companies to do whats fair. People who critise the government fail to see (or don't care about), the abuses and excesses like the ones caused by the deregulation of Wall Street, and how Americans suffer because of it.
And so another govt worker chimes in. Bad business...good govt..blah, blah, blah.
Common Sense

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Sep 23, 2010
Thanks for nothing wrote:
I live in MN. As of Jan. 1, my health insurance premiums are going up over 10%. My employer currently pays 80% of the premiums so I already know that my pay will be cut after Jan. 1 by 20% of the premium. In addition, my employer is considering how they can move the entire increase in premiums on to the employees because they can’t pay for the increase either.
thanks for nothing you leftards.
In case you haven't noticed, our health care system in the US has been broken for years. We pay FAR more than any other country in the world for health care and receive worse health care than most major industrialized nations. How stupid can you be to blame the democrats, who are at least trying to fix the broken system. The Republicans have no fix at all.
Carl Popham

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 23, 2010
I want to see Al Franken and other state representatives call attention to valuable medical discoveries, particularly in Minnesota. A breakthrogh achievement that deserves a lot more attention is one made by University of Minnesota researchers funded by Medtronic, two years ago, who were able to renew hearts and other organs by immersing them in a detergent solution to clean out the old cells, and flush the remaining scaffolding with new blood cells that combined to renew the heart, kidneys, liver or lungs.
The obvious potential of this should not be underrated or understated. If the organ scaffolding can be naturally or artificially mass produced, it would eliminate donor organ lists and the life-or-death waits that come with it.

“Get RIGHT or be left”

Since: Nov 07

www.dreamindemon.com

#12 Sep 23, 2010
Common Sense wrote:
<quoted text>
In case you haven't noticed, our health care system in the US has been broken for years. We pay FAR more than any other country in the world for health care and receive worse health care than most major industrialized nations. How stupid can you be to blame the democrats, who are at least trying to fix the broken system. The Republicans have no fix at all.
What crap. More Al Franken talking points.

What is broken about our health care system?

Specifically.

Pay more? According to whom...and who determines what is reasonable?

If you want your teeth fixed in England, please, go there.

Democrats are fixing nothing. They are creating more government jobs while forcing private sector workers out of their jobs.

Did you even read ObamaCare? Tell me, brainiac, what is happening RIGHT NOW to private insurance agents and exactly who will take their place?

And, for those that cannot purchase health care...how much is the annual fine?(hint:$900 of NET INCOME).

And there is more...so much more wrong with this. I will be glad when it is repealed.

You are a moron.
Robbie

Edenton, NC

#13 Sep 23, 2010
Thanks for nothing wrote:
I live in MN. As of Jan. 1, my health insurance premiums are going up over 10%. My employer currently pays 80% of the premiums so I already know that my pay will be cut after Jan. 1 by 20% of the premium. In addition, my employer is considering how they can move the entire increase in premiums on to the employees because they can’t pay for the increase either.
thanks for nothing you leftards.
Can you tell me the last year that your insurance premimums haven't gone up or the premimums stay the same and your benefits are reduced??? I have been retired for 4 years and this was the game Medica was playing with the small company I worked for back then. I talked to some employees that are still employed at this facility and they said the situation you described basically happened to them 2 years ago before Obamacare was even introduced. If you think that these big insurance companies are not taking the citizens for a ride then you haven't been paying attention. Instead of right wingers portraying Obama as Hitler and thinking this is socialized medicine you might want to take a look at how insurance companies have been screwing everyday people over for decades W/O any oversight by anyone. By your post I can only assume you have never had a major medical condition where you have had to deal with insurance companies trying to deny you care and I hope for your sake you never have to go through that ordeal. I have and I'll stand up for anyone, DFL or GOP who starts being a watchdog over these multimillion dollar companies who are interested in one thing and it's making big $$$ at the expense of excluding patient care..........
RIOT

Madison, WI

#14 Sep 23, 2010
Common Sense wrote:
<quoted text>
In case you haven't noticed, our health care system in the US has been broken for years. We pay FAR more than any other country in the world for health care and receive worse health care than most major industrialized nations. How stupid can you be to blame the democrats, who are at least trying to fix the broken system. The Republicans have no fix at all.
I don't know what country you are comparing us to. In the other countries they pay for it with their taxes and they pay a heck of a lot more tax then we do.
Frankenstein

Plymouth, MN

#15 Sep 23, 2010
Wait until Working Americans start getting the Bill for the Health Care Bill in January. If you Work for A Living, Your going to pay like $ 4,000.00 more per year for a health care tax. It doesnt give you health care. Its just an extra tax to pay for the program. The economy is going to really tank. Hang on to your money. Its going to be a rough ride.
Frankenstein

Plymouth, MN

#16 Sep 23, 2010
RIOT wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't know what country you are comparing us to. In the other countries they pay for it with their taxes and they pay a heck of a lot more tax then we do.
In Canada, everyone has an extra job they work for cash to pay all the taxes.
Frankenstein

Plymouth, MN

#17 Sep 23, 2010
Carl Popham wrote:
I want to see Al Franken and other state representatives call attention to valuable medical discoveries, particularly in Minnesota. A breakthrogh achievement that deserves a lot more attention is one made by University of Minnesota researchers funded by Medtronic, two years ago, who were able to renew hearts and other organs by immersing them in a detergent solution to clean out the old cells, and flush the remaining scaffolding with new blood cells that combined to renew the heart, kidneys, liver or lungs.
The obvious potential of this should not be underrated or understated. If the organ scaffolding can be naturally or artificially mass produced, it would eliminate donor organ lists and the life-or-death waits that come with it.
Government cannot spur innovation. Government cannot run a business. Government is a great place to work, because the pay and benefits are reasonably high and the expectation of employees is rather low. The Democrats are digging America into a hole.
tmack

Buffalo, MN

#18 Sep 23, 2010
Al Franken - please go away soon. Every time I see him on camera he looks uncomfortable and out of place. Even he must be thinking, "I can't believe I won this seat. Suckers".
Doobie Brother

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Sep 23, 2010
May I have another sir??????????
YOU LIE

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Sep 23, 2010
Considering none of it kicked in until today---

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100922-...

I'd say Al is a fricken' liar.
The D next to his name should have been enough to give that fact away.

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