John Marty's Agenda for Minnesota's Future: Health Care
All Minnesotans must have access to comprehensive and high quality
Under the current health care system nearly 400,000 Minnesotans are
uninsured at some time during the year; many more Minnesotans are
under-insured. No Minnesotan should have to choose between necessary
medical care and buying food. Business owners in Minnesota struggle to
provide health care to their employees but often must compromise on
the quality and extent of their coverage. Thousands of farmers and
other working people pay exorbitant premiums for policies with huge
deductibles and poor coverage, and many of those most in need of
health insurance are denied it because of their age or pre-existing
health conditions. Minnesota can and must do better than this. As
Governor, John will ensure any health care reform meets five goals:
- It must provide universal coverage. Every Minnesotan has a right
to health care. We must avoid excessive premiums, co-payments and
deductibles that are barriers to the access and use of health
- It must include comprehensive benefits. The health care system
must include a set of benefits that includes all reasonable and
necessary care=F3from mental health and chemical dependency treatment
to prescription drugs and access to other non-physician providers
such as dentists and chiropractors.
- It must provide cost containment. Any reform should eliminate all
forms of waste in the system. This includes insurance company
overhead, the paperwork blizzard confronting health care providers,
excess capacity of advanced technology and empty hospital beds,
high specialist fees, inflated drug prices and unnecessary
- It must be financed fairly. Financing the new system must be based
on a person's ability to pay.
- It must emphasize prevention. Investing in preventive health care
is far cheaper than waiting until serious health problems develop.
- Co-authored single-payer health care legislation for Minnesota.
- Consistently fought for full funding of childhood immunization
programs, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition
program and other early preventive health care services.
John Marty's Agenda for Minnesota's health care future
- Adopt a single payer health care plan.
Under President Clinton's health care reform proposal it appears
states will have the authority to pursue their own plans. Only a
single payer plan meets all five goals. John=EDs health care
proposal will combine the best of the Canadian system -- its
financing, coverage, accessibility and cost containment with the
strong research and technological advances of the U.S. system. It
- Be cost effective and fairly financed, based on a person's
ability to pay rather than on the current system of regressive
premiums, co-payments and deductibles. It will save the money
currently wasted on unnecessary paperwork and redundant delivery
- Preserve choice. Consumers and providers rather than health
insurance companies will make decisions based on the medical care
needs of their communities.
- Emphasize preventative care and healthy lifestyles. Healthy
lifestyles and preventative health care, such as early childhood
nutrition, immunization efforts and parenting education, prevent
many serious health problems, make for healthier lives and save
health care dollars.
- Ensure health care access, affordability and choice now.
While we may not pass a single payer system in this year or next
due to the powerful and monied interests working against
substantive reform, there are a number of steps we can take to
move in that direction. As Governor, John will:
- Toughen anti-trust provisions and enforcement in Minnesota to
make sure that HMOs, insurance companies and other health care
corporations do not merge without close scrutiny from the state
Attorney General's office.
- Make insurance available through guaranteed issue and the
elimination of discriminatory underwriting practicing based on
age and pre-existing conditions.
- Extend MinnesotaCare benefits to all pregnant women and children
in Minnesota who are not currently covered.
- Prevent health care problems before they occur.
The best health care policy is one of prevention. As Governor,
- Fully fund the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition
program. Good nutrition is essential for healthy children. WIC
saves three dollars in health care costs for each dollar
invested, by providing nutritional assessments and nutritious
food for low-income children, pregnant and nursing women.
- Ensure all children are immunized. Many children are not
currently immunized because of lack of resources. These
children risk serious health problems later and pose a risk to
- Provide education on nutrition and healthy lifestyles education
in the public schools and for students and young parents. The
best preventive health care is a healthy lifestyle.
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