Al Franken: Health reform has made a ...

Al Franken: Health reform has made a difference for Minnesotans

There are 246 comments on the Star Tribune story from Sep 23, 2010, titled Al Franken: Health reform has made a difference for Minnesotans. In it, Star Tribune reports that:

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

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vote emmer

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Sep 24, 2010
AL you are a joke! go back to being a talkshow host.
Beaver Cleaver

Saint Paul, MN

#22 Sep 24, 2010
Jeff T in MPLS wrote:
"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.
I'm sorry, but whatever you pay in premiums DO NOT pay for the service you may receive--not even close. Even if you pay $500 a month ($6,000 a year), and use services once a month, have a regular prescription, etc., you are getting more than you pay in. Only people that don't have regular health issues actually pay into the system. Everyone else is a consumer.

Health care is exprensive because nearly everyone has coverage! There is no incentive to keep prices down when everyone gets paid.

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#23 Sep 24, 2010
too bad the single payer option was cut by the republicans.
tsk tsk tsk

“If it ain't broke don't fix it”

Since: Jul 09

Arcadia, LA.

#24 Sep 24, 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.
Yet the libturds are causing insurance prices to rise - hence making it worse. No fix at all would be much better than what these dunces have done.
Adam

Blue Bell, PA

#25 Sep 24, 2010
Weird Al wrote:
"We've got anecdotes. Step right up...and see the amazing personal anecdotes"
(cannot verify validity of said anecdotes)
You think that this is funny? Wait until it lands on your doorstep. Then it will be funny!
Adam

Blue Bell, PA

#26 Sep 24, 2010
Wait until some of the people defending this go to sell their lake cabin "up North" and find out that there is now a tax on the sale that wasn't there before.
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#27 Sep 24, 2010
anneutral wrote:
too bad the single payer option was cut by the republicans.
tsk tsk tsk
Dems had and still have huge majorities. If they can't get what they want it's their own fault.

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#28 Sep 24, 2010
Wizconie wrote:
<quoted text>
Dems had and still have huge majorities. If they can't get what they want it's their own fault.
what an ironic thing to say.
it seems that the dems, in the interest of being bi-partisan, didn't "fillibuster", and allowed the reps to have a say in health care reform.
the parts that were cut, by the reps, are the very things that people are complaining about.
perhaps the answer is to vote out all dems, and have a 100% rep house.
then we can all be in the poorhouse together while the uber-rich hire illegals to do their laundry, and mow the lawn and raise their kids.
that sounds like a great idea.
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lucky for me I live on CT, where a family of 4 with a household income of 60K or less is qualified for full state insurance coverage. no co-pays.
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too bad for all of you that didn't want regulations put on the insurance companies.
you reap what you sow.
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#29 Sep 24, 2010
anneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
what an ironic thing to say.
it seems that the dems, in the interest of being bi-partisan, didn't "fillibuster", and allowed the reps to have a say in health care reform.
the parts that were cut, by the reps, are the very things that people are complaining about.
perhaps the answer is to vote out all dems, and have a 100% rep house.
then we can all be in the poorhouse together while the uber-rich hire illegals to do their laundry, and mow the lawn and raise their kids.
that sounds like a great idea.
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lucky for me I live on CT, where a family of 4 with a household income of 60K or less is qualified for full state insurance coverage. no co-pays.
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too bad for all of you that didn't want regulations put on the insurance companies.
you reap what you sow.
That's not the parts that I'm complaining about. So people in your state can make 60k and still milk the responsible tax payers? And you think that's just great?! Be responsible and pay for your own medical expenses. Insurance and govt programs should be for extreme events and the expenses that can come with them. Co pays and small bills should be paid by the patient out of pocket. You just don't get it. I'm glad liberals like you overeached the last 2 years and have motivated voters to move back toward common sense and the free market ideas that made this nation great. November will be a very sad time for you.

“If it ain't broke don't fix it”

Since: Jul 09

Arcadia, LA.

#30 Sep 24, 2010
anneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
the parts that were cut, by the reps, are the very things that people are complaining about.
The Reps were able to cut the part where people are FORCED to purchase an insurance policy?
Teadrinker

Minneapolis, MN

#31 Sep 24, 2010
Wizconie wrote:
<quoted text>
That's not the parts that I'm complaining about. So people in your state can make 60k and still milk the responsible tax payers? And you think that's just great?! Be responsible and pay for your own medical expenses. Insurance and govt programs should be for extreme events and the expenses that can come with them. Co pays and small bills should be paid by the patient out of pocket. You just don't get it. I'm glad liberals like you overeached the last 2 years and have motivated voters to move back toward common sense and the free market ideas that made this nation great. November will be a very sad time for you.
The government handout is the new way of life for America. Everything is a right and nothing is a responsibility. Those reaping the benefits do not care where the money comes from since it is only tax money.
Walter

Eden Prairie, MN

#32 Sep 24, 2010
Jeff T in MPLS wrote:
<quoted text>
What crap .... You are a moron.
You could have just left it at that with that individual.
Walter

Eden Prairie, MN

#33 Sep 24, 2010
anneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
what an ironic thing to say.
it seems that the dems, in the interest of being bi-partisan, didn't "fillibuster", and allowed the reps to have a say in health care reform.
the parts that were cut, by the reps, are the very things that people are complaining about.
perhaps the answer is to vote out all dems, and have a 100% rep house.
then we can all be in the poorhouse together while the uber-rich hire illegals to do their laundry, and mow the lawn and raise their kids.
that sounds like a great idea.
-
lucky for me I live on CT, where a family of 4 with a household income of 60K or less is qualified for full state insurance coverage. no co-pays.
-
too bad for all of you that didn't want regulations put on the insurance companies.
you reap what you sow.
You obviously don't understand our political process if you think a majority doesn't get something passed because THEY chose not to filibuster.
Teadrinker

Minneapolis, MN

#34 Sep 24, 2010
anneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
what an ironic thing to say.
it seems that the dems, in the interest of being bi-partisan, didn't "fillibuster", and allowed the reps to have a say in health care reform.
the parts that were cut, by the reps, are the very things that people are complaining about.
perhaps the answer is to vote out all dems, and have a 100% rep house.
then we can all be in the poorhouse together while the uber-rich hire illegals to do their laundry, and mow the lawn and raise their kids.
that sounds like a great idea.
-
lucky for me I live on CT, where a family of 4 with a household income of 60K or less is qualified for full state insurance coverage. no co-pays.
-
too bad for all of you that didn't want regulations put on the insurance companies.
you reap what you sow.
That may do something for you but not for the actual problem. The costs need to be driven down, not just handed over to a shrinking number of people who actually pay taxes or put on the backs of future generations to repay.
Cache Carter

Minneapolis, MN

#35 Sep 24, 2010
Reaping it's benefits...You've got to kidding me...more freebies for the Lefty welfare and illegal crowd. Fruitloop Franken and Kluck Klobuchar need to get a brain...Both have not had a individual thought between them! They are rubber stamps for the Stumbler Obumbler. I thought they were elected to work for Minnesotans. It is unconstitutional to FORCE any citizen to buy a product. WE have to cure the elitists from stealing our money to GIVE away!

“Kidnap America”

Since: Mar 09

Akron, OH

#38 Sep 24, 2010
anneutral wrote:
<quoted text>
what an ironic thing to say.
it seems that the dems, in the interest of being bi-partisan, didn't "fillibuster", and allowed the reps to have a say in health care reform.
the parts that were cut, by the reps, are the very things that people are complaining about.
perhaps the answer is to vote out all dems, and have a 100% rep house.
then we can all be in the poorhouse together while the uber-rich hire illegals to do their laundry, and mow the lawn and raise their kids.
that sounds like a great idea.
-
lucky for me I live on CT, where a family of 4 with a household income of 60K or less is qualified for full state insurance coverage. no co-pays.
-
too bad for all of you that didn't want regulations put on the insurance companies.
you reap what you sow.
In other words, you are covered by working tax-payers.... typical liberal. taking from tax payers and bragging about it!
Common Sense

Saint Paul, MN

#39 Sep 24, 2010
dragoon70056 wrote:
<quoted text>
Yet the libturds are causing insurance prices to rise - hence making it worse. No fix at all would be much better than what these dunces have done.
In case you live in a cave somewhere and haven't noticed, health insurance rates have been going up at an absurd rate EVERY year for the last decade or two, AND there are tens of millions of Americans that lack basic health coverage.

Obama is at least attempting to rectify both of these problems, as opposed to Republicans who are only concerned with assisting big business and lining the pockets of the rich.

Obviously you are incapable of anything more than name calling, so I won't attempt to make a rational explanation to you.
Common Sense

Saint Paul, MN

#40 Sep 24, 2010
dragoon70056 wrote:
<quoted text>
The Reps were able to cut the part where people are FORCED to purchase an insurance policy?
Ahh. You actually ARE an idiot.

He is referring to the public option. Most surveys have found that 20-25% of those opposed to Univeral Health Care are opposed because it doesn't go far enough and doesn't contain the public option.

Certainly that is far more than your feeble mind can comprehend though.
Teadrinker

Minneapolis, MN

#41 Sep 24, 2010
Kidnap America wrote:
<quoted text>
In other words, you are covered by working tax-payers.... typical liberal. taking from tax payers and bragging about it!
There are a lot of liberals who when asked where the money will come from simply reply, "Oh, it's just tax money." They either do not know or do not care that a lot of us are paying out a very high percentage of what we make to pay for their government goodies.

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#42 Sep 24, 2010
hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahha hahahahahahahahhaha
youidiots.
I never said that I did, I just said I could.
(nincompoops)
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I guess it hasn't occurred to (any of) you that people lose everything because of medical bills, including their houses.
the ones leeching off the system are the ones that go to the ER and never pay the bill.
and for every person that abuses the system, there are three more that really do need the help.
but you all don't see that right? all you think about is taxes and insurance premiums. sometimes you've got to step back and see the BIGGER picture.
for instance, how many people in YOUR town pay taxes that pay for schools, but they don't have any kids.
well, that's not fair either, but you never hear them gripe, they just pay it because they know it's for the GREATER GOOD.
see how that works????!!!!!?

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