Number of Minnesotans on Medicaid at all-time high

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Says the Star Tribune’s Glenn Howatt, “Nine years into a robust economic expansion, with Minnesota’s unemployment rate at historic lows, the number of people on public health insurance for the poor is still at historic highs. Back in 2013, when Minnesota’s unemployment rate was 5 percent, the state had 740,000 people on Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid. Since then, unemployment has fallen to 2.8 percent, while Medicaid rolls have grown every year, reaching 1.1 million. The result is that, despite the strongest economy in a generation, roughly 1 in 5 Minnesotans qualify for subsidized health coverage.”

An MPR story says, “Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday criticized a federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, as well as the ongoing efforts by some Republicans to repeal the law. The Minnesota Democrat said she expects a court fight that will end with the ACA being upheld. ‘This (ruling) is about, first of all, throwing people off of their insurance, no protection with pre-existing conditions, kids staying on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26 years old — a very popular and important protection — Medicaid expanded for millions of Americans,’ she said during an appearance on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’”

WCCO-TV reports: “For more than four decades, Coach Harold Graczyk was a fixture on the ice. ‘He liked to win, but he really liked to win by doing it right,’ said friend Scott Klatt of River Lakes Youth Hockey. … Known affectionately as Coach Harv, he taught his St. Michael-Albertville players more than the game of hockey. … Late last month, Graczyk slipped while coaching his youth hockey team. Hitting his head on the ice, he suffered a traumatic brain injury and was rushed to the ICU. He died on Saturday.”

KSTP-TV’s Jay Kolls has this: “A state lawmaker told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he wants to ‘honor the memory and sacrifice’ of slain Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater officer Joseph Gomm and improve safety for officers and inmates at the same time. Rep. Jack Considine, DFL-Mankato, told KSTP he will introduce the ‘Joseph Gomm Bill’ during the first week or two of the next Minnesota legislative session. … Considine said corrections officers, along with union leaders representing those officers, worked on a detailed plan for the past several months to determine exactly how many new corrections officers are needed to upgrade staffing.”

A Trio of writers at Talking Points Memo say, “As we do every year, we’ve rounded up some of the best instances of corruption, stupidity and craziness for the 12th Annual Golden Duke Awards! … Best Campaign Trail Gaffe Rep. Jason Lewis: Defending his House seat representing a Minnesota district, Republican Jason Lewis tried to pitch himself as an authentic candidate by trashing his opponent and filming himself canvassing. But he didn’t try hard enough, it seems. Analysis of his campaign video suggests that he filmed himself ‘canvassing’ in a different district than the one he represented. Whoopsie!”

Says Mara Klecker in the Strib, “Two people were killed Sunday morning when a pickup truck hit a horse-drawn buggy in Stearns County. The crash happened just after 11:15 a.m. on County Road 9, north of the Avon city limits, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. A Ford F-150 driven by Marc Lucas Knapp, 23, of Avon, was northbound on County Road 9 when it struck the single horse-drawn buggy from behind. The buggy, which was traveling along the road’s shoulder, was thrown into a ditch. The buggy’s occupants — a 72-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, both from Avon — were killed.”

MPR‘s Jiwon Choi reports, “It’s been two months since someone shot and killed James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, in their ranch home just outside Barron, Wis., and apparently snatched their 13-year-old daughter Jayme. It’s now 60 days in, and Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators still don’t know why anyone would target the family. Nor, he said, do the local, state and federal investigators — who have chased down 2,400 leads — know where Jayme is or why she was taken.”

ICYMI, from the Pioneer Press: “Minnesota Amazon workers, Somali community leaders and their allies rallied in suburban Minneapolis at the height of the busy holiday season to demand better working conditions. … Amazon’s fulfillment center in Shakopee employs more than 1,500 workers. The online retail giant estimates about 30 percent of the workers there are East African. The workers are being represented by the nonprofit Awood Center. But the Star Tribune reports the two sides have not resolved their differences, which include increasing workloads and limited advancement opportunities.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 12/17/2018 - 09:18 am.

    To anyone whose been paying attention that Medicaid enrollment is up. More and more of the “employment” that is driving low unemployment numbers are low paying jobs. Walmart is notorious for advising their low paid workers on how to get government assistance. Last year Walmart employees cost us 6.2 billion dollars in public assistance money nationally. McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell and all the others are costing billions more. How about we stop subsidizing these very profitable companies and force them to pay a living wage?

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