Senator Hawj joins call for positive changes to health care system

Senator Hawj STATEMENT:

“I am proud to be a co-author of the Minnesota Health Plan. This plan addresses our current broken health care system and replaces it with one that 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 Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul).

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 Foung Hawj
Foung Hawj represents District 67, which includes the east side of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the central Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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