PETITION TO GOVERNOR PAWLENTY
I OPPOSE CONFORMING MINNESOTA LAW TO OBAMACARE!
I, the undersigned citizen oppose HF 3709 (Huntley and DFL co-authors) and SF 3296 (Lynch(D) and DFL co-authors) because the legislation will:
Make ObamaCare the Law of the Land in Minnesota. If passed, the bills will require Minnesota to conform to the unconstitutional government-takeover health care bill signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. - p. 1, lines 2-3 (Legislation as introduced).
Mandate Purchase of Health Insurance: Individuals must have qualified coverage. Unlike ObamaCare, where there are hardship and other exemptions, including for those in medical sharing groups, there will be NO exceptions. Monthly penalties apply. - p. 13, line 32.
Expand Medicaid into the Middle Class with Taxpayer -Funded Subsidies: Tax revenue collected by the MinnesotaCare provider tax will be used to provide subsidies for individuals with incomes up to $43,320 and families of four with incomes up to $88,200. For families with children and adults without children, assets will be disregarded. - p. 1, line 29.
Establish a Government-Run "Exchange" for the Purchase of Health Insurance. The Exchange will limit access to insurance options, add a fee to individual & small business premiums, bill employers and collect individual premium payments (including by automatic payroll deductions). The Exchange Board of Directors will be government bureaucrats and political appointees--and the State will NOT be liable for actions of the Exchange. - p. 8, ln. 10.
Establish a Minnesota "Public Option": The Commissioner of Human Services must develop and offer a "publicly administered health plan" through the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange. It must meet the federal requirements of ObamaCare. - p. 4, line 3.
Control Doctors and Cut Medicare Benefits: "The Commissioner of Human Services may enter into agreements with other states to establish a regional payment reform system to reimburse physician groups, integrated delivery systems and accountable care organization that provide services to Medicare enrollees. The regional payment reform system may use alternative payment systems that provide financial incentives for efficient, high-quality care [not defined]. The system may also modify the standard Medicare benefit set." - p. 3, line 26.