Senate Republicans Continue to Block Real Progress on Health Care

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — At the Minnesota Senate Building Thursday, Senate Republicans stood behind a sign that read, “Promises Made. Promises Kept,” and congratulated themselves for moving a collection of bills that would make a handful of small changes to the existing health care system. In contrast, Governor Tim Walz has proposed broad reforms to increase access to affordable health care across the state.

Gov. Walz invited several Minnesotans to his State of the State address Wednesday. Among those in attendance were Deborah Mills and her husband, Kent, who own a dairy farm in Goodhue County. Another guest was Dr. Nathan Chomilo, a general pediatrician and doctor of internal medicine in the Twin Cities.

“I appreciate the way Gov. Walz focused his State of the State on regular Minnesotans and their stories. Both the Mills family and Dr. Chomilo are asking their government for real movement on increasing access to affordable health care. They don’t need short-term band-aid fixes and empty promises, they need progress,” said Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis.

Senate Republicans again today voted along party lines against expanding access to health care with Gov. Walz’s OneCare proposal. They also declined an opportunity to vote on a bill to lower the price of insulin for Minnesotans who rely on the life-saving drug.

“Minnesotans shouldn’t have to worry about getting the health care they deserve,” continued Hayden. “They’re counting on us as their government to step in and help with more than an empty promise.”

Senator Jeff Hayden
Jeff Hayden represents District 62, which includes portions of south Minneapolis in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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