Senator Dibble joins call for positive changes to health care system: Minnesota Health Plan; a universal approach must be part of the legislative debate

Senator STATEMENT:

“I am joining my Senate and House colleagues’ calls for a better future for health care in Minnesota. The Minnesota Health Plan, which would establish a single payer system in our state, is affordable, understandable and accessible to all. 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 – and I encourage any of my constituents who feel the same to make their voices heard,” said Senator Scott Dibble (DFL- Minneapolis).

BACKGROUND:

In a bold response to the current health care crisis, doctors, nurses and DFL legislators took a united stand on Thursday 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
Senator Scott Dibble
Scott Dibble represents District 61, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

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