“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.
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