Senator Chris Eaton joins call for positive changes to health care system

Senator STATEMENT:

“I am proud to join my Senate and House colleagues in supporting policy that will provide a better future for health care in Minnesota. The Minnesota Health Plan is affordable, understandable and accessible to all Minnesotans. At a time when spending on health care continues to balloon, Minnesota families simply can’t afford to spend more and continue to get the same patchwork of poor coverage in a confusing system. A universal approach to health care must be a part of the legislative debate,” said Senator Eaton.

Senator Chris Eaton stands with legislative colleagues in support of the Minnesota Health Plan.
Senator Chris Eaton stands with legislative colleagues in support of the Minnesota Health Plan.

BACKGROUND:

In a bold response to the current health care crisis, doctors, nurses and Senator Chris Eaton along with DFL legislators took a united stand on Feb. 2, calling for a positive alternative in the health reform debate. The group of legislators and advocates, including the Minnesota Nurses Association, Physicians for a National Health Plan, Take Action and the Land Stewardship Project, announced their support for the Minnesota Health Plan, a universal plan that would cut costs and provide quality, affordable care for all Minnesotans.

The basic tenants of the Minnesota Health Plan are as follows:

  • Health care is a basic right
  • Patients and doctors should control their health care, not the government or insurance companies
  • Premiums are based on ability to pay, so they are affordable to all
  • The Minnesota Health Plan saves money by eliminating bureaucratic insurance system, not by denying care
  • All providers are “in-network” – an especially critical factor in Greater Minnesota
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Chris Eaton represents District 40, which includes the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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