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Quick Capitol Update: Forced Unionization of Daycare Owners; Vikings and Federal Grants for Healthcare

Sen Mike Parry and Day Care Unionization Update

KSTP Story: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S2371151.shtml?cat=1
Statement: http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/members/member_pr_display.php?ls=&id=4175

Vikings Update
Dayton Commentary in Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/opinion/otherviews/133714878.html
FOX 9 follow up with Sen Koch: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/sports/Dayton%3A-Get-Serious-on-Vikes-Stadium-nov-13-2011

Sen Hann & Federal Grant Money
Article: http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/133503423.html
Video: http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/media/media_video_popup.php?type=clips&id=499
Interview w/Sen Hann: http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/media/index.php?ls=&sid=559

Informational hearing on federal grant money

WHO:      Committee Chair, Senator David Hann, Members of Senate HHS Committee
WHAT:     Senate HHS Committee Informational Hearing on Federal Grant Money
WHEN:    9:00 AM, Tuesday, November 15, 2011
WHERE:    Room 15; State Capitol

 


Medical device tax hurts both patients and providers–and has big impact in Minnesota

ObamaCare created an arbitrary 2.3% excise tax on medical device manufacturers that could have a devastating impact on the jobs of over 26,000 people in our state who work for medical device companies. The healthcare legislation will fall heavily on smaller, start-up companies as well large innovative businesses that are essential to revitalizing our economy and creating new jobs.

This policy essentially taxes innovation, a classic example of government interfering with free markets, thereby diminishing the ability of private sector companies to generate new products, economic output and jobs. Here is an article from Ray Elliot, the CEO of Boston Scientific Corp.

By taxing the sales revenue – not the net profits – of medical device manufacturing companies, the medical device tax will extract $20 billion from this industry, in some cases costing companies more than they generate from their operations. This could cripple investment in research, product development and facility expansion, curtailing job growth and stifling medical invention.

Medical device products are essential to the health care of countless patients and medical device companies are essential to providing good jobs in Minnesota. We applaud Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Third Congressional District) for leading the fight to repeal this job-killing, counterproductive tax as quickly as possible.

Health Care Insurance Exchanges: What is the GOP to do?

Here is an excellent summary by Kaiser Health News  of the dilemma that GOP lawmakers face with regard to health care exchanges. The exchanges are required by ObamaCare. If Obamacare is not defeated either by the U.S. Supreme Court or by repeal by Congress, the state of Minnesota has to have an exchange in place on Jan. 1, 2014. Rep. Steve Gottwalt, who opposes ObamaCare, think the state is better off crafting the exchange sooner rather than later so that the GOP is in the drivers seat as much as possible, while other lawmakers are more willing to “play chicken” (for lack of a better phrase) with the Obama administration and Gov. Dayton.(Both Obama and Dayton support a public option or the full socialization of medical care).

Healthcare activist Twila Brase (Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom www.healthcarefreedom.us ) has lead the fight against caving to a sense of inevitability on ObamaCare; she can pack the room at hearings with citizens, many of whom are active in tea parties, who are not willing to give an inch on ObamaCare. Her argument is that any exchange Minnesota sets up will be run by the Feds anyway, that the sense of control that Gottwalt and the business community seeks, is an illusion.

We have opposed ObamaCare as bad law and bad policy. Kim Crockett has testified throughout this session on the constitutional issues raised by the legislation. We respect our fellow conservatives who are on the front lines of this dilemma and hope, when the session is over, to bring all parties together to discuss the best solution for Minnesotans.

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