In Brooklyn Center, Walker announces plan to replace Obamacare

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

The Glean could make a snide joke about Scott Walker announcing his health care plan at a screw factory, but we’re above that. For the Wisconsin State Journal, Molly Beck reports, “Walker said repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would free up $1 trillion in tax credits. Coupling that with savings from the reorganization of Medicaid would pay for his new plan, he said on Tuesday at Cass Screw Machine Products Company in the Minneapolis area. But he offered few other details about cost estimates, timeline or the number of people affected. … In unveiling the first policy proposal of his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Walker also expressed frustration that Republicans in Congress haven’t yet introduced a bill to kill the the health law.” 

Target’s data breach keeps getting more expensive. In the Star Tribune, Evan Ramstad writes, “Target Corp. and Visa Inc. agreed to settle claims related to the attack on the retailer’s data systems by cyberthieves in late 2013. … The retailer will pay $67 million to Visa, banks and other issuers of Visa cards, the Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the terms. The companies didn’t immediately confirm the amount.”

Researchers at the U of M came up with a surprising finding: Waiting for the bus feels like it takes longer if the station is bad. In The Atlantic, Gillian B. White explains, “Riders who waited at stops where there was lots of pollution and traffic significantly overestimated their wait times. The effect was especially pronounced for those who were waiting for longer than five minutes, with those who waited for their rides for 10 minutes in areas that they felt were noisier and dirtier reporting that they had waited for over 12 minutes. Researchers also found a simple mitigating factor: trees. According to the data, the presence of mature trees helped make wait times feel less painful, for both short and long waits, and even in areas where other negative factors were present.”

More craft beer at the State Fair can’t be a bad thing. “Brewpubs will be getting into the beer game at the Minnesota State Fair for the first time this year,” reports Jon Collins for MPR. “A law passed during the last legislative session gives brewpubs the right to sell their beers at the fair’s ‘Land of 10,000 Beers’ exhibit, which features dozens of craft brewers from across the state. The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild expects to add 10 brewpubs to the exhibit.”

In other news…

Omg you guys new shops and restaurants at the airport: “New shops, restaurants, lingerie and luggage landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport” [Star Tribune]

Great idea — get those kids started drinking early: “Wheaties beer was just the beginning: General Mills will help brewer with Count Chocula brew” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

“ ‘Iconic’ tower proposed for northeast Minneapolis” [Star Tribune]

Why did the driver kill the cyclist? Because she was staring at her phone. [Star Tribune] 

Pheasant numbers are downhere’s what the DNR plans to do about it. [MPR]

What do the Minnesota Vikings have to do with the Royal Bank of Scotland? Twitter. [Wall Street Journal]

“15 Trails In Minnesota You Must Take If You Love The Outdoors” [OnlyInYourState]

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 08/18/2015 - 01:49 pm.

    As With ALL Republican Plans for “Obamacare”

    whether they call it “repeal and replace,”…

    or some other Frank Luntz-tested smokescreen moniker,…

    Scott Walker’s healthcare plan is designed to accomplish no other purpose,…

    than covering over the reality of what it’s intended to do:…

    dismantle and destroy any and an all government-based systems that provide affordable health care coverage,…

    and affordable medical treatment options,…

    to anyone making less than a quarter million dollars annual income.

    Of course it won’t even save money,…

    since, as has been clearly shown by Walker’s performance in Wisconsin,…

    he and his advisers are singularly incapable of doing basic math.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/18/2015 - 04:01 pm.

    I’ve missed something

    “…Walker also expressed frustration that Republicans in Congress haven’t yet introduced a bill to kill the the health law.”

    Hasn’t the House voted to repeal the ACA dozens of times – DOZENS of times – since the GOP gained control? Where was Mr. Walker while this was going on?

    Even if we ignore Mr. Walker’s obliviousness, what we have here is – to use a well-worn phrase – smoke and mirrors. From the above-mentioned Wisconsin State Journal, there’s this: “…According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing Obamacare would kick 19 million people off insurance in the first year. Walker did not say what would happen to coverage for those people if his plan was not yet in place, and he did not take questions from reporters.”

    In short, there’s no “there” there.

    It’s just another whining 3-year-old Republican complaining that he doesn’t like the ACA “…just because,” frowning and stomping his foot, and offering up as a replacement essentially… nothing. Substituting ideology for policy is, might I suggest, a poor way to run a country. Sadly, substituting ideology for policy seems to be one of the few constants among the plethora of Republican candidates.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 08/18/2015 - 04:47 pm.

      Exactly, Ray

      The reason that the other conservative candidates aren’t talking about repeal and replace, is that none of the horror scenarios that they’ve been whining about have come to pass, and they never had any intention of replacing it with anything anyway. Obama care was essentially their idea.

  3. Submitted by Joe Smithers on 08/19/2015 - 10:54 am.

    Pheasants

    They shouldn’t do anything for them. They are a non-native species.

    • Submitted by richard owens on 08/19/2015 - 11:10 am.

      but JOE! Many of these pheasant were hatched here!

      They know no other prairie but North America’s.

      They don’t eat much, they don’t bother most people, they don’t drive or date or infest houses.

      They’re beautiful and are prized for their tough, dry meat that can be improved simmered in heavy cream sauce.

      Please Joe, re-consider!

      Consider the stately pheasant and all it represents to our wild outdoors.

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