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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Emergency!REAL CUTS HURT REAL PEOPLE.


                                  Saint Paul Minnesota
Sat Jul 9th 2011 

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This planning for the gutting of MN healthcare must be stopped. No cuts! No concessions!
And we are the guys to save the our healthcare! The Legislators are NOT listening; they are not leading. We've shouted that all session.
REAL CUTS HURT REAL PEOPLE.
Come in scrubs, come showing how bloody awful the cuts are, make YOUR VOICE heard. We're not having it! We're not having it.
We have the solution to both the health care crisis and the MN budget stalemate that works for PEOPLE.
We will have a solidarity dinner on July 15th, Tuesday, 5 pm, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. FREE dinner and groups to discuss solidarity and showing how we can "save the patient". We can discuss how best to get the press and our Legislature to listen to us.
Health Care:The Skeleton in the Capitol's Budget Closet
Minnesota's state budget crisis ultimately cannot be solved without resolving the health care crisis.
Structural solutions, such as consolidating numerous currently fragmented health insurance programs
and services administered by nearly every state agency at the capitol, are required. Instead, both Governor
Dayton and the legislature's solutions are the usual stop-gap approach of massive cuts; Dayton by $600 million,
the republican-controlled legislature by $1.6 billion. Such inhumane, savage cuts to seniors in nursing homes,
people with developmental disabilities whose care attendants are their lifeline for staying in their homes, and thousands
more on MNCare, only kick the can down the road to further devastating cuts to sick human beings in the future.
Beyond this has been some talk of surcharges to hospitals, nursing home etc.
Health care, currently the second largest cost component of the state budge at 38 percent, is by far the single largest cost
driver, rising rapidly, and expected to surpass education as single largest cost component of the state budget within one or
two bienniums. In fact, the problem with education costs IS health care costs. Health care cost inflation
consistently outstrips everything in its path including overall inflation, wages, state GDP. Thus, the Dept of Human Services
$11 billion budget increases at a torrid average annual rate of 10% translating to a $2 billion increase per biennium.
Consolidation of all state publicly financed health care purchasing into one department of the state government was
originally proposed by the 1992 Minnesota Health Care Access Commission.Minnesota state agencies currently
administering health care insurance purchasing include: Dept of Human Services, Dept of MN Management and Budget
(subsumed by Dept of Employer Relations); Dept of Corrections; Dept of Labor and Industry, MN Comprehensive Health
Association; School Districts; and potentially city and county employees. Departments that regulate health care providers
and administer health care services include: MN Dept of Health, MN Dept of Commerce.
The total number of people already covered by these programs is well over 1 million including spouses and dependents. Consolidating ALL
publicly-funded health insurance programs and services administered by the state of MN into one department would save at least $2 billion
annually in administrative efficiency and economies of scale and solve the Minnesota state budget deficit crisis, without cutting seniors, the sick,
disabled, and the poor. Furthermore, consolidation would serve as a framework for potential bipartisan negotiation because it is consistent with traditional
Republican tenets of fiscally responsibility: addresses the spending side; streamlines government operations; eliminates government waste,
redundancy and duplication; and would NOT raise taxes.
joel albers Pharm.D. Ph.D. Health economist, Pharmacist
member of the Universal Health Care Action Network of MN

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