Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Mary Franson and other House GOP Members’ letter to Mark Dayton on Child Unionization Bill, read the complete letter Here.

Top 10 “Unaffordable-Care Act” Facts:

2. Obamacare requires the IRS to own your personal health care and financial data.

Last week, the private personal data (including social security numbers) of 1600 Minnesota citizens was illegally sent out. Governor Dayton casually brushed it off saying: “There are going to be mistakes, there are going to be glitches…” If the governor’s cavalier attitude doesn’t give you pause, maybe the fact that all of this personal data will eventually end up with the Internal Revenue Service does. Not to worry, Al Franken will help direct the IRS’s use of it.

3. Millions are being forced off the insurance they like and onto Obamacare.

Remember the promise “and if you like your insurance you can keep it”? False advertising. Large national companies like Home Depot and Trader Joe’s are pushing their employees to Obamacare. UPS is dropping coverage for spouses. The first million enrollees to Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange will be forced there from the state’s existing Medical Assistance plan, the high risk insurance plan and MinnesotaCare, our plan for the working poor. Some believe this was the intent of Obamacare’s incentives from the beginning. Single payer here we come?

MN Senators Michelle Benson, R-Ham Lake, and Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge unsure about MNSure:

MNsure has gotten off to a rough start. It already has spent $150 million building an information-technology infrastructure and a website, yet not a single dollar has gone to medication for seniors, checkups for kids or preventive care for women.

MNsure also is spending almost $5 million in outreach grants — some of which may go to a “trusted community partner” who was recently arrested for wielding a shotgun at a sheriff’s deputy in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, no background checks were in place at MNsure for outreach partners who will work with vulnerable adults, children and seniors.

MNsure also spent $9 million on a controversial advertising campaign featuring Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The exchange also has a payroll with a total cost of more than $11 million a year, and its executive director is making more than Gov. Mark Dayton.

Members of the MNsure Oversight Committee also have raised a number of concerns about data privacy and how MNsure would ensure the security of sensitive, personal information that Minnesotans will share on the website to sign up for health insurance.

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SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS FOR THE “UNSESSION”

Dear Friends:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 the Minnesota Senate will convene at noon for the 2014 Legislative Session. We, as legislators, need your input to effectively implement new laws and repeal unnecessary laws.

Governor Mark Dayton has indicated that this session should be an “Unsession” to repeal old laws/regulations. He created a website asking Minnesotans to send him ideas for disposing of ineffective laws, rules, and regulations – which I think is a good idea too. The website is called “The Unsession” and allows for people to contact the governor with their thoughts on how to make government more efficient for the citizens of Minnesota. I encourage you to submit your ideas to the governor and I would ask you to also e-mail them to my office.

The website is: http://unsessionsuggestion.ideascale.com/.

One “ripe” idea is to let the governor know that his new taxes passed last session are a burden on businesses and the citizens of Minnesota. Ask him to repeal his three newly-created taxes on families, farmers and small businesses, which are the equipment repair tax, telecommunications equipment tax, and warehousing tax. So far, the governor and DFL leadership have refused to repeal these new taxes.

Other ideas may be onerous statutes/regulations that merely add cost or delay to your family, farm, or business. Big or small, the governor and legislature need to hear from you. I will continue to fight for hardworking taxpayers to fix the mistakes Democrats made last session. Government should be more efficient, not more expensive and wasteful.

Please do not hesitate to share with me legislative issues important to you that need to be addressed this coming session.

Warm regards,

Senator Torrey Westrom
District 12
107 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-3826
(855) 407-7386

Douglas County Republicans meeting

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 1st, 6:30pm, at the Broadway Ballroom, 115 30th Ave E, in Alexandria. Come and meet candidate for US Senate, Jim Abeler.

Rep. Mary Franson (08B) – Legislative Update

Dear neighbor,

Do you remember when then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the liberal congresswoman from San Francisco, told an audience that she had to pass Obamacare so we, the American public, could find out what’s in it? Well, here in Minnesota, we’ve had front row seats as the unpleasantries of Obamacare have been unveiled.

Last week, we found out that an employee of MNsure – the Minnesota arm of Obamacare – inadvertently sent a document containing the private information including names, addresses, and social security numbers of 2,400 agents and brokers to an Apple Valley insurance broker.

While MNsure officials claim they’ve taken care of the issue, it does little to bolster my confidence that the personal information of the 1.3 million Minnesotans that MNsure seeks to enroll will be kept secure. I’m also disturbed that MNsure awarded a taxpayer-funded grant to Planned Parenthood.

In an effort to help promote enrollment, MNsure named 30 “trusted community organizations” as recipients of publicly-funded grants to provide assistance to those applying for health insurance through this new government-organized healthcare bureaucracy.

It’s truly disheartening that the largest abortion provider in Minnesota would be receiving a share of this $4 million grant of taxpayer dollars – especially in light of the fact that we worked in a bipartisan way in the House to place a priority on protecting unborn life under the exchange.

I strongly supported three pro-life amendments during the debate on the Health & Human Services bill including one provision that would have banned funding for abortion in plans sold on the exchange.

Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled conference committee stripped the legislation of its pro-life protections. Among the other “trusted community organizations” named to receive a taxpayer-subsidized grant is a group called Lyon-Dugin & Associates.

The Star Tribune reported that the head of this particular organization waved a shotgun at a Wisconsin deputy during a traffic stop in 2011. MNsure officials later explained this embarrassment by saying their vetting process of grant recipients has yet to be fully completed. As if that was supposed to provide the rest of us comfort?! In addition to the vast privacy issues I have relating to Obamacare, I’m concerned that the ability to keep your own healthcare plan is at risk. For example, many hardworking members of labor unions have come forward with concerns that Obamacare would destroy their health benefits.

Because of the law’s mandate on employers, many small businesses are actually incentivized by the penalties of Obamacare to reduce the number of work hours for employees since employers are not required to provide health coverage to part-time workers.

Fewer dollars in your pocket and no healthcare coverage? “Change” never seemed so unaffordable.

While the October 1 deadline for MNsure to begin enrollment is fast approaching, the monstrosity of problems this government healthcare bureaucracy is imposing upon us continues to grow.

With the security breach, poor judgment exercised by MNsure officials, the great risk involved with the handling of citizens’ private and personal information, and the higher costs burdening hardworking taxpayers, I believe it’s fair to say that MNsure is not ready for prime time.

As always, please feel free to contact me by e-mail at Rep.Mary.Franson@House.MN or contact my office at 651-296-3201.

You can also send mail to my office address:

211 State Office Building,
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
St. Paul, MN 55155.

Sincerely,

Mary