Reactions to the passage of the health care bill will be continuing for weeks.
One of the early responses in Minnesota included a “yes, but’’ response from the campaign of Dr. Maureen Reed, who is seeking to become the Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate to run against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Reed’s campaign manager, Jason Isaacson, released a statement praising passage of the bill. “We applaud the courageous action the United States House of Representatives took by passing the health care bill.’’
“As we celebrate this important accomplishment, we must be cognizant that there is a long road ahead until we complete comprehensive health care reform,’’ Issacson said in the statement.
The Reed campaign says the bill “falls far short in the crucial areas of payment reform and lowering costs.’’ Etc.
Meantime, Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office released a statement on the plan within minutes of its passage Sunday night: “Democrats rejected needed, common sense reforms in favor of an overreaching, extraordinarily expensive, government-centric plan that gives more and more control to an already bloated and bankrupt federal government.’’
Speaker of the House Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Rep. Tom Huntley both have been singing the praises of the health care bill today —not only what it might do for the health of Minnesotans, but for their pocketbooks as well.
“As a result of the federal health care reform legislation passed last night, Minnesota’s nation-leading health care system will soon be even stronger,’’ the two said in a joint statement today. … “This reform package puts our goal of health care coverage for every Minnesotan within reach.’’
What about its impact on the state budget?
“Minnesota will receive $250 million in matching funds as the federal government becomes a partner in offering coverage to every Minnesotan, regardless of income. Payment reform will reduce the cost of health care for everyone and Minnesota businesses will save another 2 percent through the elimnation of the MCHA (Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association) tax in 2014.’’
House researchers are still running numbers on the total benefits that could be coming Minnesota’s way through the federal health program, but early returns show they could have huge impact across the board.