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Kelliher weighs in on single-payer health care pledge

St. Paul, Minn. — The new national health care law is expected to be a big issue this year's election, but the DFL's endorsed candidate for governor has been promising to go one step further.

Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher pledged to DFL delegates this spring that she would enact a single-payer health plan in Minnesota, but now she says she wants to study the cost first.

Kelliher announced during the DFL Convention in April that she's committed to passing a single-payer health system. She sent a letter to the plan's biggest supporter, DFL Sen. John Marty saying she would sign it within two years of becoming governor.

Do we have any readers from Minnesota? Can you keep us posted?

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Submitted by okanogen on

All three DFL (as we call Dems here) candidates are single-payer. Dayton and Kelliher have very similar single-payer proposals and Entenza supported Medicare for All last fall prior to the health insurance company bailout/guaranteed profit act passed.

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Submitted by Joel on

The story that Democratic-endorsed Governor candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher is back-sliding on her commitment to the Minnesota Health Plan is false. It is the result of sloppy journalism by a Minnesota Public Radio reporter plus a touch of liberal death-wish.

The candidate endorsed Senator John Marty's Minnesota Health Plan (mnhealthplan.org) back in November. Marty has concurrently sought funding for a comparative study as a political pre-condition for passage through the legislature. The reporter was too lazy to find this out, so when Kelliher said it, it was news to him and he called it back-pedaling. My progressive colleagues, in the meantime, were susceptible to being told they had been jilted (which says more about us than about the candidate or the reporter).

The candidate merely recognized that which we health-care advocates in the state already recognize. There is no story here apart from the one of tremendous progress on universal health care reform in Minnesota.

Joel Clemmer
mnhealthplan.org