Freshman Sen. Matt Klein, (DFL- Mendota Heights), isn’t catching on to things that quick. According to this article, Sen. Klein got upset when Sen. Carly Nelson of Rochester said “And so today we are sitting here trying to right the ship. The ship that was sailing along fine until government intervened. It wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t sinking like it is now.”
Klein replied “To narrate that health care was fully covered and idyllic in Minnesota 10 years ago, before the government intervened and destroyed it, is a false narrative.” Dr. Klein, your statement is an exercise in the improper use of straw man arguments. Sen. Nelson didn’t say that “health care was fully covered and idyllic in Minnesota 10 years ago.” She said that it “wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t sinking like it is now.” Nowhere in Sen. Nelson’s statement did she hint that “health care was fully covered and idyllic in Minnesota 10 years ago.”
What’s interesting is that Sen. Klein voted for SF1 after his mini-diatribe:
What’s interesting, though not particularly important, is the fact that 19 DFL legislators in the House and 19 DFL senators voted against SF1’s final passage. It’s interesting because the vast majority of these DFL legislators are from the Twin Cities. It’s interesting because a majority of these DFL legislators think single-payer is the right health care system.
Fighting back tears, the Senate architect of the rescue package spoke directly to families facing economic distress. “To the farmers and small business owners, to the entrepreneurs on our main streets who are worried, we are listening. We are doing our very best to get you help today,” Health and Human Services Chair Sen. Michelle Benson said.
Sen. Benson got the job done. Sen. Lourey, the chief author of the Senate bill that created MNsure, voted against premium relief for farmers and small businesses. Put differently, the person who created this crisis voted to not fix the crisis. The person who’s now in charge of the Senate HHS Committee voted to fix the crisis that the DFL and Sen. Lourey created. Unfortunately, that isn’t surprising.