Back in late January, Bluestem reported that the Drazkowski "Pick Sicks" amendment[was] stripped from MN health care insurance premium relief bill.
Proof that no really bad idea ever dies in the Minnesota legislature if there's a special interest to feed, it's back.
Today's Morning Take notes:
MEMO: via memo to the media from Linden Zakula, Gov. Mark Dayton’s Deputy Chief of Staff this morning at 5:08AM, VEBRATIM: “Rep. Steve Drazkowski’s dangerous proposal to strip Minnesotans of essential health care benefits is back. Today at 3:00PM CT, the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee will consider this legislation (HF2026), which would allow insurance companies to sell junk policies that leave Minnesotans without coverage, when they need it most…On January 19, 2017, Rep. Drazkowski offered a similar amendment to the health premium relief bill that would have allowed insurance companies to sell health policies in Minnesota that would not cover chemotherapy, diabetes treatments, hearing aids for kids, maternity benefits, and dozens of other conditions and treatments that are currently guaranteed under Minnesota law…Seventy-one Republicans voted for and passed the amendment on the House floor. But facing public scrutiny, including opposition from the AARP the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) the measure was stripped from the bill in conference committee. Now, emboldened by Republican measures in Washington that mirror the Drazkowski proposal, Republicans have brought the measure back to life at the Minnesota Legislature, granting it a full hearing today.”
Here's the memo:
What will it take to give this nonsense the mercy it deserves? Gazelka's minimal margin? Dayton's veto pen may be the only thing to stop it.
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