Minnesota to ask feds for $42.5 million more for health exchange

Minnesota is asking the feds for more money to get its health insurance exchange up and running. Elizabeth Stawicki at MPR writes: “The Dayton administration has asked the federal government for another $42.5 million to build Minnesota’s insurance exchange, a key part of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In a letter to top state lawmakers, Dayton also said his administration will wait to make any final decisions on the exchange until after the November elections. But that’s less than two weeks before a major deadline for detailed plans of the exchange to the federal government.”

There have been several pieces on all the electioneering going on at the Fair. Patrick Condon of the AP files a piece on the pro-con of the GOP’s gay marriage amendment: “The campaigns both for and against the amendment debuted their Minnesota State Fair booths on its opening day Thursday. … But at the State Fair, it was clear there’s still work to do in making sure Minnesota voters are aware of what’s at stake. Brock Weaver, a restaurant server and bartender from the Minneapolis suburb of Ramsey, eyed the pro-amendment Minnesota for Marriage booth as he and his fiance strolled by. Asked if he had decided how he would vote, Weaver said he didn’t actually know the issue was on the ballot in November. ‘I knew gay marriage was already illegal in Minnesota, so I was wondering what this was about,’ Weaver said. Once it was explained, Weaver — who said he is a regular voter — said he would vote against the amendment. ‘I think government gets too involved in people’s lives as it is,’ Weaver said. ‘I don’t need them legislating over personal decisions.’ Chris Laumeyer, an insurance salesman from Duluth, also walked past the pro-amendment booth without stopping to visit with volunteers. But when approached afterward, he said he’d be voting in favor. ‘Legal gay marriage is a slippery slope,’ said Laumeyer, who was at the fair with his wife and three children. ‘If you go that route, what would be the reasoning behind saying a polygamist can’t legally have 10 wives?’ “

Speaking of … Minneapolis school administrator Dan Olson adds his thoughts in a Strib commentary: “Like wilderness, the deep cultural goods of marriage have been the result of meticulous social and legal exclusion. Throughout history, marriage has involved time-honored renunciations — premarital abstinence; gender separation for much of adolescence and early adulthood; parental oversight, and lifelong fidelity, to name a few. The last 50 years have seen radical movements to discard these customs. No-fault divorce laws, the sexual revolution, birth control, workaholism — the list could go on. These eased social customs have undone the landscape of marriage. To our forebears, we would have the look of joyriders on four-wheelers, whooping and hollering as we unwittingly break forgotten codes of wilderness.”

Gov. Dayton will be in Duluth this morning to talk to executives of the Georgia-Pacific plant, which announced it is closing on the 31st. John Myers of the News Tribune writes: “According to Katharine Tinucci, the governor’s spokeswoman, Dayton and Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon will meet about 10 a.m. with employees and company officials. She didn’t say what the governor hoped to accomplish in the meeting. ‘He wants to show his support for the workers,’ Tinucci told the News Tribune. She said officials from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development also will be on hand ‘to make sure workers have all the resources available.’ ’’

The rant of the day comes from Drew Magary at Gawker Media’s Deadspin sports site. Ostensibly a quickie rundown of the 32 NFL teams, Magary … goes off on Minnesota in general. He says, in part: “I grew up in Minnesota and I can tell you that the single greatest myth about Minnesotans — a myth STARTED by Minnesotans — is that Minnesotans are extraordinarily nice. It’s complete bull[bleep]. Minnesotans are some of the fakest people ever to grace the surface of the Earth. Passive aggression is the default setting of virtually everyone living there. There’s nothing genuine about these people. Their plastered-on smiles hide an inhuman thirst for cruelty. …  If they could build a wall around the state and send out laser-equipped loons to protect their borders from anyone with a trace amounts of melanin, they would. … Most Minnesota people lie through their teeth 16 hours a day and repress all their anger and bitterness toward the world deep inside, until the day comes when they lace a carrot Jello salad with arsenic and sell it at a local elementary school auction. In a way, I’m glad that bat[bleep] crazy Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has gained widespread notoriety, because that woman is the perfect example of what people from Minnesota are really like. There’s nothing nice about them. They’re awful people.”

To this, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe responded, also on Deadspin: “Every time I scroll down to the comments section of a Deadspin article I feel like I’ve just tuned into an episode of Sesame Street where The Count has suffered a debilitating stroke. ‘Plus one. Ha… ha… ha… Plus one. Ha… ha… ha… Plus one.’ What the hell are you paint-huffing work dodgers counting up to anyways? … The chance that you’ll die alone, sad and miserable, with only a legacy of failure and disgrace to mark all the perfectly good oxygen you wasted? Stop [beeping]  counting. It’s giving me the creeps. Oh, and just a heads up: None of your witty comments are remotely witty. In fact, every time you post, the corpse of Samuel Clemens spins in his grave and screams, ‘YOU BUNCH OF STUPID [bleeps] ARE RUINING AMERICA.’ ” Does everyone need a long weekend?

There’s a website for everything … . At the Food Poisoning Bulletin, Linda Larsen warns turkey jerky eaters: “The Minnesota Department of Health is warning consumers to not eat whole-muscle turkey jerky made by Hoffman Town & Country Meat Market in Detroit Lakes because it has been linked to a cluster of four cases of Salmonella. All four patients ate turkey jerky during the week before they became ill, from August 2 through August 7, 2012. One patient lives in the Twin Cities metro area; the other three live in Greater Minnesota. One person was hospitalized. All have since recovered.”

At the Morris Sun Tribune, Kim Ukura reports: “An elderly Stevens County woman has died after contracting West Nile virus, the first death in the state of Minnesota this year. A second Stevens County resident contracted the less severe version of the disease, West Nile fever, in early August, but has since recovered, said Dave Neitzel of the Minnesota Department of Health. As of Wednesday, there have been 27 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in 18 Minnesota counties, the Minnesota Department of health reported. The virus as also been found in 12 blood donors across the state.”

Tenants at a Cedar-Riverside mall have reason to be unhappy. Eric Roper of the Strib says: “A number of businesses at a predominantly Somali mall have gone without water and working bathrooms this week because of a negligent landlord. Two of those businesses at the Riverside Mall, a coffee shop and a hair salon, have been forced to close their doors temporarily as a result. The mall, also known as the African International Mall, is home to about 40 shops that mostly sell clothing, bedding, rugs, spices and dresses. Bathrooms were in a squalid condition when MPLS visited on Thursday afternoon. The building is owned by Sherman Associates, but city spokesman Matt Laible said bill payer is a company called Riverside Mall. The contact listed for that entity is Abdinasir Mohamed.”

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/24/2012 - 07:28 am.

    There’s not going to be any

    health insurance exchange. The bureaucrats are in denial.

  2. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 08/24/2012 - 07:34 am.

    What a waste of money:

    Insurance Exchanges Are Useless at Controlling Costs
    http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2012/08/23/insurance-exchange-are-useless-at-controlling-costs/

    Money quotes:

    The problem is that this idea has never worked in reality. It didn’t work for Medicare Advantage’s private health insurance exchange, it didn’t work in the federal employee insurance exchange, and it has not worked when tried by other countries.

    In an article for the New England Journal of Medicine, Ewout van Ginneken, Ph.D., and Katherine Swartz, Ph.D. examine the private health insurance exchanges in Switzerland and the Netherlands and conclude the exchange mechanism itself is a failure at cost control.

    • Submitted by Susan McNerney on 08/24/2012 - 12:11 pm.

      The blog you link to

      has a long history of opposing Obama’s health reforms from the left, regardless of its content. They have basically no credibility on this issue, or anything else regarding Obama at this point due to the level of vitriol they’ve sent his way (they are nicknamed “firebaggers” because of this).

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 08/24/2012 - 12:03 pm.

    Where did I put that red pen??

    “The Dayton administration has asked the federal government for another $42.5 million to build Minnesota’s insurance exchange..”

    And he’ll get it too, ’cause the fed is swimming in extra cash…..

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 08/24/2012 - 01:25 pm.

    While at the Fair

    be sure to stop by the Republican Party booth and ask why the petition isn’t labeled “Repeal O’RomneyCare”.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/25/2012 - 09:09 am.

      Because

      a state-run health insurance system is limited to that state. You can always leave and move to a neighboring state if you’d like, just as people have always done when faced with high state income taxes for example.

      When the federal government does it, you can’t escape the onerous mandates it imposes on the people without leaving the country. As an American, you shouldn’t have to leave the country to gain your freedom like people in Cuba or the Soviet Union are/were forced to do.

      Especially if you’re a veteran who fought for this country so it would remain a free a society despite the democrat party’s heretofore failed attempts to enslave us.

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