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HF 3692

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 03/17/2010 10:44am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
1.1A resolution
1.2memorializing the Minnesota congressional delegation to vote against the federal
1.3health care reform bill.
1.4WHEREAS, H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will soon be
1.5acted on in the United States Congress; and
1.6WHEREAS, the bill as currently constituted is flawed in a number of troubling ways; and
1.7WHEREAS, its flaws include (1) an unconstitutional individual mandate, (2) an
1.8unconstitutional capitation tax, and (3) definitions of health coverage by the members of a panel
1.9who are not accountable to voters and who are free to promote their own agendas; and
1.10WHEREAS, by putting an inflexible ceiling on what insurers may spend on medical costs
1.11and how much they can charge on premiums, without any limit on their costs, the bill opens the
1.12door to the complete elimination of people's ability to choose private health plans; and
1.13WHEREAS, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Program,
1.14an amendment to the federal Public Health Service Act intended to help individuals with
1.15functional impairments to pay for services and supports, is incorporated into H.R. 3590; and
1.16WHEREAS, while the CLASS Act appears to bring in $58 billion in tax revenues by 2019,
1.17in fact the mechanics of the program's funding assure its eventual collapse; and
1.18WHEREAS, the American Academy of Actuaries has concluded that the program's
1.19premiums are far too low to cover the expected claims because those who are likely to enroll are
1.20likely to need services; and
2.1WHEREAS, both the AAA and the Congressional Budget Office project that the program's
2.2projections are very uncertain past the 2019 cutoff and that program costs would eventually add
2.3to, and not reduce, the deficit; NOW, THEREFORE,
2.4BE IT RESOLVED by the Legislature of the State of Minnesota that it urges Minnesota's
2.5congressional delegation to vote against H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
2.7BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges Minnesota's Attorney General
2.8to maintain legal action to protect the interests and constitutional rights of Minnesota's citizens
2.9with regard to health care insurance.
2.10BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of State of the State of Minnesota is
2.11directed to prepare copies of this memorial and transmit them to the President of the United
2.12States, the President and the Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker and the Clerk
2.13of the United States House of Representatives, Minnesota's Senators and Representatives in
2.14Congress, and the Attorney General of Minnesota.