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Tuesday Talk: What’s your vision of legislative victory?

January 08, 2013 By Joe Sheeran, Communications Director

Progressives have high expectations this Legislative session—developing a fair tax system, adequately funding education, increasing transit opportunities, and expanding access to health care. However, with a $2.2 billion shortfall, including the school payback, Minnesotans must focus on fewer priorities, leaving other policy initiatives for future legislative sessions.

What’s your vision of legislative victory in 2013? 

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  • Yi Li You says:

    January 8, 2013 at 7:24 am

      My legislative priority is to carry on Medicaid reform: reduce its waste areas and cover all needed services, such as: EMA, dental coverage, e.g. root canal, deep cleaning, dental repair and adjustments within 5 year of its use. etc.

      But I strongly suggest: collect $10.00 monthly premium from EMA recipients, $4.00 monthly premium from all Medicaid recipents.
      EMA: refer to all urgent and chronical diseases, like: diabetes, hypertention, infections and any other diseases need constant medication treatments.
      Collect 10-20% copay for deep cleaning; root canal and crown treatments; as well as denture repair and adding tooth on it.

      Streamline policy and standard for senior adult day cares.
      Maximise 3 days per week attendance for each eligible senior, while guarentee all Medicaid, over 65 seniors at least one day per week attendance.

  • Robert Nepper says:

    January 8, 2013 at 8:28 am

    To restore and sustain our economy, we need to “release the brakes and step on the gas.” That means to require our large employers to “Use or Return” all employee inventions (with certain exceptions). This very simple, NO-COST initiative would motivate employers to develop more inventions (for fear of losing ownership of them). It would also stimulate employees to submit more inventions (knowing that they could no longer be permanently blocked by their employer). This landmark legislation would be self-stimulating, create many new businesses and good jobs, produce more tax revenue, remain permanently effective, and yet—cost NOTHING!

  • Bernice Vetsch says:

    January 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

    A HUGE victory for universal health care that includes dental and mental health, eyeglasses and prescription meds would be for the insurance exchange now being developed to show only one insurer: the Minnesota Health Plan devised by Senator John Marty.

    Minnesota could show America how to deliver all care deemed necessary by patients and their doctors (not insurance companies) while saving billions of dollars.

    And we could cut drug prices by negotiating prices with the manufacturers.  The VA negotiates a discount of something like 45 percent because it is a single-payer care system.  There’s no reason we can’t do the same as a state. 

    Failing that, as long as the Hann/Gottwalt “Healthy Minnesota Contribution Plan” is killed once and for all would be next best.  It would reduce the state’s cost by transferring costs to patients, limit provider choice, require deductibles of $3,000 to $12,000 for each person in a family, and other draconian right-wing measures.

  • ChristeenStone says:

    January 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

    First my wish is that we banish all Constitutional Amendments from the agenda and let our legislators vote it up, or vote it down, that is what we elect them to do. My highest priority is to get the Health Care Exchange working so every person has affordable health care. I agree with Bernice that Single Payer is the best way to do that, but if we take a different path we need to be sure it is the most cost effective and covers all.As a senior I will be working as an advocate with AARP
    as I have for 25 years to make this happen.

    We have a good start with Minnesota Care
    which was passed 11 years ago. It has a sliding fee scale according to income. I would like to see the funding system change to a different kind of tax, but wont quibble about that. That was a Bipartisan Bill and the seven legislators who passed that Bill deserve a lot of credit. It helped a lot of people until it got scaled back to use that money to balance the budget.

    I am happy to hear they plan to put money into paying back our schools, education is also a high priority for me. I recall the early 1990 when I was so proud to be from Minnesota, when I went to out state meetings, because what we were doing in education and health care was the envy of other states. Let’s go back to using our taxes to improve our quality of life. 

  • Ginny says:

    January 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I agree with Bernice, but I think education is key here. We need to pay back the schools at the least and try to adequately fund them, focusing on the pre-school programs available.

  • Doug Jones says:

    January 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I would like to see the gas tax raised to cover the cost of all road maintenance.  A mechanism should be put in place to adjust it as costs increase and revenue decreases as vehicles get better gas mileage.  My current vehicle gets about twice the gas mileage as my last vehicle and weighs about the same.  The tax should adjust without legislative action as revenue falls and maintenance costs grow.

  • Brandan Fiedler says:

    January 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    A balanced budget that requires the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.  No more giveaways to powerful special interests.

  • Yi Li You says:

    January 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

      For health care, we need to make sure on one hand: reduce patients’ abuse of medication, and medical care, so I suggest to collect $4-$5 monthly premium from M.A. recipients, like current MN Care recipients; And faithfully collect prescription copays from recipients. For year of 2012, prescription copays not always collected as listed in their insurance card. Some insurance company collect, but others not. So I see it is very chaotic.
      On the other hand, to cover needed services for those in need. e.g. EMA coverage. This should restore to before 2012. But should collect more monthly premium: e.g. $10. and more prescription copay: $5.00-$8.00 per prescription.
      Resume dental coverage, e.g. deep cleaning, root canal and other endotontal treatments. But don’t forget to collect 10-20% treatment copay from MA, MN care recipients. In this way, state can reduce some cost, while cover basic care for recipients.