UPDATE March 13, 2017: Proof that no really bad idea ever dies in the Minnesota legislature if there's a special interest to feed, it's back. Check out our new post: Zombie health care plan returns: Drazkowski "Pick Sicks" amendment rises from its grave.
During the floor debate over HF1, Minnesota state representative Diane Loeffler tweeted the following image related to the Drazkowski amendment to the health care insurance
The image surfaced across social media as an illustration of what the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, might bring.
The language has been stripped from the conference committee report, likely to be on its way to Governor Dayton's desk by the end of the day. Kevin Featherly reports in Insurance relief package clears conference committee:
In what a top administration official characterized as a workable compromise, a joint House-Senate conference committee Wednesday approved an insurance relief bill that leaves Gov. Mark Dayton’s 25 percent rebate plan and several key GOP market reforms intact.
Myron Frans, the Minnesota Management and Budget commissioner, said that after working on the bill for two days, the 10-member conference found a resolution that Dayton can live with. “It’s a good bill,” Frans said.
The bill now moves to both the Senate and House floors for further debate and final floor votes. The Senate is convenes at 11 a.m. Thursday, and the full House meets at 3:30 p.m. House Speaker Kurt Daudt has said he wants the bill laid on the governor’s desk for signing by Thursday. . . .
Another controversial provision shot down in conference committee was the so-called “Drazkowski amendment.” Offered by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, as “a cure for the regulatory disease,” it would have allowed insurers to omit any or all of 68 coverage areas mandated under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Dayton, during his Tuesday budget presentation, correctly predicted that language would not reach the House and Senate floors. “It won’t get through the conference committee,” he said. “Eliminating those requirements would send us back into the Dark Ages.”
Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, who won a spot on the conference committee as the lone Senate Democrat to vote for GOP premium relief bill, said Wednesday that she would not have backed the conference committee report had the Drazkowski language survived.
“It would have taken Minnesota backwards,” she said. “I’m glad this committee took it off the table.” . . .
Bluestem isn't sure if it was Drazkowski's worst language ever--given his introduction of a copycat version of Arizona's SB1070 immigration deform bill in 2010 and his floor amendment to allow harvesting of black walnuts in state parks in 2011--but it's among the worst to actually pass on the floor of the Minnesota House.
Such is the nature of Speaker Daudt's leadership; fortunately, Minnesotans won't have deal with Daudtcare in its purest form, where we doubt much care would be covered by policies.
But that a lot of nothing would be affordable.
Photo: Winter is here and Draz wants to claw back your mental health coverage and more.