“Who’s Minding the Store?”

Early this week Sen. John Marty published a piece about the growing concern about our inability to discern the cost of having private HMOs manage our public health plans.  It followed the firing of David Feinwachs, an attorney for the Minnesota Hospital Association.  He was fired apparently because HMO’s applied pressure to push him out […]

Why it’s Important to Fix GAMC

The Star Tribune reported on the failure of the legislature to override a veto of a bill which would have stopped the transfer of 32,000 people from General Assistance Medicare to MinnesotaCare. Since many of those covered by GAMC are veterans, or homeless, or people who suffer from mental illness, MinnesotaCare may not adequately address […]

Flu Shot Update

A list of clinics offering the H1N1 vaccine is available at the Minnesota Department of Health’s website. Minnesota should have received about 1 million doses of H1N1 vaccine. A link on that site allows you to find a location near your area code, or you can search for availability on a specific date. Simply click […]

Health Care Forum in Northfield

Minnesota Senator John Marty is going to present information about the Minnesota Health Plan, a bill in the State Legislature that  provides universal coverage for all Minnesotans.  This event was initiated by John Marty’s son who is a St. Olaf student and Gary and Mary Carlson’s daughter also at St. Olaf.

Small Business Health-insurance Dilemma

This morning I participated along with Sen. John Marty in a press conference focusing on a study by US PIRG on the dilemma small businesses find themselves in finding access to health care for their employees. We stood outside Tracy Singleton’s Birchwood Café in Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, and visited with her, John Kolstad of […]

The Minnesota Health Act

On Thursday March 5th I will be giving a presentation on The Minnesota Health Act.  This is a single-payer health plan for all Minnesotans that I have introduced in the Legislature.  We have one of the most expensive health care systems in the world and yet many people are just not able to receive the […]

Early Childhood Education – 2008

This has been called one of the most productive legislative sessions we’ve seen in many years. As you know with the tremendous work of members and staff we were successful in passing increases for transportation, education and nursing home workers. We balanced a $1 billion budget deficit, and passed property tax relief, as well as […]

End of session and beyond

The 2008 session ended in the midst of the State’s celebration of its 150th birthday. This photo shows the rare occasion where the chandelier of the rotunda was lit. Saturday’s session began at 10:00am and ended at 4:30am the next day. We started up again later on Sunday at 1:00pm. As you might imagine I […]
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