Are higher ed committees doing their job?

To those of us who’ve paid attention to the corruption happening at MnSCU universities, the question about whether the legislature, specifically the House and Senate higher ed committees, are doing their job is a troubling question. I’ve forwarded both commitees information about specific instances where, at minimum, SCSU’s decisions are creating difficulties for the University today and in the future.

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Matt Entenza vs. Reality

This morning on At Issue With Tom Hauser, Matt Entenza made a fool of himself. Again. During the Face-off segment, Entenza tried defending the Affordable Care Act. He did as well as one could expect, which isn’t setting the bar high. After Andy Brehm said that the Affordable Care Act was a disaster that needed a major overhaul, Entenza got himself in trouble. The trouble arrived when he said that, prior to the Affordable Care Act, “hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans” couldn’t get health insurance. That’s BS because, as recently as 2009, 93% of Minnesotans were insured, with another 5% of Minnesotans being eligible for state-subsidized health insurance.

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Franken: Obamacare fix is “step in right direction”

Sen. Franken has said some outrageous things in office. At this point, I’m not surprised at Sen. Franken’s outrageous statements. I’m more surprised when he makes a sensible statement. Sen. Franken’s quote in this article is indicative of what type of senator he is: U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is running for re-election next year, said he was still reviewing the details of the president’s proposal to determine whether it’s sufficient. “But I believe it’s a step in the right direction and I hope it will help those Minnesotans whose plans were cancelled,” he said.

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MnSure: Close enough for government work

Saturday night, a faithful reader of LFR tried logging onto the MnSure website. This is the message this reader got: Seriously? I just tried to login to the site to view and apply for plans at 10:33 pm on Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 and I got this message: the system is available monday through saturday, 6 am to 10 pm

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Klobuchar’s deer-in-the-headlights moment

According to this Weekly Standard article, Amy Klobuchar had a deer-in-the-headlights moment when asked about people losing the health insurance that they liked. Here’s what Ms. Klobuchar said: Others blamed the insurance companies. “Insurance companies cancel insurance policies. That’s what they do,” said Reid. “You should talk to the insurance companies if they’re dropping people,” said Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. “The idea here is to have affordable insurance to people that don’t have it.”

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