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).
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