Category Archives: Healthcare

MNsure Auditor Report Findings

Dear Friends,

The non-partisan Office of the Legislative Auditor released today a new report on MNsure, the troubled health insurance exchange.

The report found MNsure has lacked oversight and accountability with respect to marketing costs and collection of receipts, and noted MNsure has not complied with board policies or state statues. In addition, the report found the Department of Commerce and Department of Management and Budget both had internal control weaknesses and were non-compliant with federal and state requirements.

There were three especially glaring oversight failures found in the report:

· The original $666,590 marketing contract increased to nearly $1 million after the director expanded the scope of his work without authorization from MNsure management. It was only after the contract expired that MNsure’s CFO retroactively authorized $1.5 million for services already performed.

· MNsure and the Department of Commerce spent nearly $40 million on equipment, advertisements, and software and technology licenses, but the report found that purchases did not have documented authorization from appropriate personnel and money was not set aside for those purchases as required by law.

· MNsure awarded $4.7 million in grants to 41 recipients last fall, but has not performed site visits or reviewed the financial activity of those receiving grants.

I would encourage you to read the full report to get a sense of MNsure’s flaws. The full report can be found here.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about MNsure or other legislative issues.

Sincerely,

Bill Ingebrigtsen
District 8

 

Without Franken We Wouldn’t Have Obamacare

Al Franken was the decisive vote for Obamacare, and is responsible for the mess we are in.

With the recent news of insurance company PreferredOne leaving MNsure, 24,000 Minnesotans are left to find new health insurance on the glitch-ridden Obamacare exchange, further burdening Minnesotans.

When Al Franken ushered in Obamacare to Minnesota 140,000 Minnesotans lost their insurance and now thousands of Minnesotans will likely be faced with the unexpected costs that come with higher premiums.

If you want healthcare solutions that work, retire Al Franken this November!

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Prepared and Paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota; Keith Downey, Chair; Not Authorized By Any Candidate or Candidate’s Committee

Will Al Franken Ask Obama To Stay Away?

According to a report in the Washington Post, President Obama has offered to avoid states where his presence would hurt vulnerable Senate Democrats.

The news came the same week that Congressional Quarterly announced that Sen. Al Franken votes with President Obama 100% of the time, and http://www.govtrack.us shows that he had the fewest bipartisan bills of any U.S. Senator. Republican Party of Minnesota chairman Keith Downey released the following statement asking if Sen. Franken will have President Obama campaign for him in 2014:

“Between voting for a healthcare law that is canceling insurance coverage and costing us jobs, Al Franken has a lot to answer for,” said Chairman Downey. “As President Obama’s number one cheerleader, Al Franken won’t be able to run from his record of putting his party first.”

Strib: “At Least 140,000 Minnesotans Will Lose Current Health Policies” Because Of Obamacare. “At least 140,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own are being notified that their plans will no longer be available under the new federal health care law, adding to the national furor over canceled policies that has overtaken the health care debate.”

(Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oct. 31, 2013)

“More than 2 million Americans who would otherwise rely on a job for health insurance will quit working, reduce their hours or stop looking for employment because of new health benefits available under the Affordable Care Act, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday.”

(Source: Washington Post, Feb. 4, 2014)

President Offers To Stay Away From States With Competitive Senate Races. “President Obama, struggling with low approval ratings after a dispiriting year of setbacks, conceded in private remarks Wednesday that some fellow Democrats might not want his help in this fall’s elections. … ‘He said he knew he is not popular in some of the states so he would not be offended if he were not invited to visit them this year,’ said one senator who requested anonymity to discuss the private meeting. ‘But he said he could be helpful in some parts of some states.’”

(Source: Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2014)

In 2013, Al Franken Voted With President Obama 100 Percent Of The Time. (CQ Voting Studies – Sen. Al Franken, CQ Roll Call, Updated February 2014)


Franken’s Support of ObamaCare Will Reduce Employment in MN

Equivalent of 50,855 Jobs Could Be Lost

A recent report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) detailed that ObamaCare will cost the economy the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs by 2024. A new state-by-state analysis by the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) shows that ObamaCare will have harmful effects on employment and the workforce in Minnesota.

In 2009, when trying to justify ObamaCare, Senator Al Franken gushed, “I’m proud of what we’re doing, I’m really proud.”

It is difficult to reconcile Franken’s words in light of the news from the Congressional Budget Office that makes clear that fewer people will be employed and fewer hours worked because of the unpopular law. According to the new ATR analysis, it is estimated that ObamaCare will reduce employment and cost Minnesota the equivalent of over 50,000 jobs.

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal made clear how this news is politically harmful to Senators who championed the law like Al Franken: “All of this is one more contradiction of the arguments that were used to sell ObamaCare. The law would reduce health-care costs and shrink the deficit, you could keep your health plan and your doctor, and businesses could hire more workers and be more competitive. All of this is turning out to be false, and now we learn that the law is a job destroyer that is removing rungs from the ladder of upward economic mobility.”

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BACKGROUND: Franken On Health Care: “I’m Proud Of What We’re Doing, I’m Really Proud.” (Senator Al Franken, “Sen. Franken Delivers Final Speech on Health Care Reform,” Press Release, 12/23/09)

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Prepared and Paid for by the Republican Party of Minnesota
Keith Downey, Chair
Not Authorized By Any Candidate or Candidate’s Committee