Tag Archives: Al Franken

ObamaCare Hurts Minnesotans

Franken’s Political Career Tied to Unpopular Law 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Al Franken is one of ObamaCare’s biggest proponents, but the unpopular law is already hurting the middle class and increasing health care costs in Minnesota,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.

“The result of Al Franken’s relentless support of ObamaCare is that  dysfunctional Washington now stands between doctors and patients, which raises costs and lowers the quality of care.”

The disastrous ObamaCare launch has caused many to question whether Administration officials should be fired and the unpopular law be delayed. Meanwhile, Al Franken refuses to acknowledge that ObamaCare is causing health care costs to rise, that many people are not able to keep the plans and doctors that they are comfortable with, and that workers are seeing their hours cut and suffering the consequences.

The flawed website can’t be differentiated from the product. As the glitches and broken promises continue to come online, Franken will try to distance himself from ObamaCare. The truth is, however, that ObamaCare is Franken’s legacy and the problems run far deeper than the need for an IT specialist. If simply signing up for the program causes this kind of problem, imagine what a disaster trying to see a doctor will be for Minnesotans.

Make no mistake; it is the personal impact that ObamaCare will have on women, seniors, and families that is the real trainwreck for Democratic candidates who have tied themselves to the unpopular law.

In Minnesota:

  • Health care costs for individual market plans will increase 19%.
  • Seniors will see Medicare cuts to doctors and hospitals totaling more than $9,000 per Minnesota enrollee.
  • Minnesota  could have to increase Medicaid spending $423 million – $179 per household.
  • A 27 year old will see their premiums increase by 15% and a 50 year old by more than 22% according to the Heritage Foundation.

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Official Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Straw Poll Results

Jeff Johnson and Julianne Ortman won the non-binding straw polls for Governor and U.S. Senator respectively today at the Republican Party of Minnesota State Central Committee meeting in Blaine.   Johnson won 35% of the votes in the Governor’s poll with Dave Thompson coming in second with 27%. Ortman won the Senatorial poll with 37% with Mike McFadden coming in second with 21%.   “Congratulations to today’s winners Jeff Johnson and Julianne Ortman,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “It was a day full of great speeches, great messages, great candidates, great energy, and great momentum going forward for the party. We couldn’t be more excited about the pool of candidates ready to take on Al Franken and Mark Dayton, and I can’t wait for our state convention next year when the delegates ultimately select our Republican candidates.”

Governor Results:

  • Jeff Johnson – 35%
  • Dave Thompson – 27%
  • Marty Seifert (write-in) – 18%
  • Kurt Zellers – 8%
  • Rob Farnsworth – 6%
  • Scott Honour – 4%

U.S. Senate Results:

  • Julianne Ortman – 37%
  • Mike McFadden – 22%
  • Harold Shudlick – 13%
  • Chris Dahlberg – 12%
  • Jim Abeler – 11%
  • Monti Moreno – 3%

* Note: the percentages do not add up to 100% due to spoiled ballots, and write-in candidate vote totals were not included if they did not receive at least 10 votes.

Republican Party of Minnesota Launches TruthMatters Website

Site will highlight broken promises, lies and insults of the Democratic Party and its allies

The Republican Party of Minnesota today launched a new website tool to hold Democrats accountable to the truth heading into the 2014 election. The website, called TruthMattersMN.org, will focus on the broken promises, lies and insults of the Democrats and their allies both in Minnesota and in Washington, D.C.

“While a rigorous debate is part of our healthy democracy, the truth still matters,” said Keith Downey, Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. “This website will hold our friends on the other side accountable for the claims they make in the public square.”

In launching the new website, Downey highlighted several posts featuring Governor Mark Dayton including his broken promise that electronic pull-tab money would pay for the Vikings stadium and a recent lie about the Democrats taking credit for paying back the K-12 education shift. The site also features a lie from Senator Al Franken regarding his vote in favor of the medical device tax that is damaging Minnesota companies.

Downey said the focus on insults is an attempt to call out the DFL Party and organizations like the Alliance for a Better Minnesota when they resort to name calling and bring down the level of debate.

“There’s a belief in politics that if you repeat something long enough, it becomes fact. We’re not going to let untrue statements about our candidates and beliefs go unanswered in the 2014 election. And we’re going to remind voters of the promises made by candidates like Mark Dayton and Al Franken during their campaigns for office.”

The TruthMatters website can be found at www.TruthMattersMN.org. A Twitter account has also been set up at www.twitter.com/TruthMattersMN.

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Where Is Sen. Al Franken?

Dear Friend,

Where was Senator Al Franken when 1,600 Minnesotans had their social security numbers and personal data compromised thanks to Minnesota’s implementation of Obamacare, MNSure?
 

He was attracting attention and capitalizing on the media buzz around the new iPhone5 by demanding answers from Apple’s CEO to 12 questions about its security.

Senator Franken is focused on public displays of political outrage, but he is absent when it comes to looking out for the Minnesotans who elected him.
Tell Senator Franken that Minnesotans deserve a senator who will protect us first.