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October 8, 2010 — Gov. Tim Pawlenty repeated his opposition Friday to so-called "insurance exchanges," a key piece of health care reform. He said exchanges amount to government interfering with the free market. That's a reversal from 2007, when Pawlenty proposed his own insurance exchange program for Minnesota businesses. Pawlenty says his opposition to exchanges is the reason he declined to send the US Government a state response to questions about exchanges. Three prominent Minnesota health groups secured a copy of the response and sent it anyway. Former GOP senator Dave Durenberger, a health policy expert, says their move was understandable. Pawlenty says a 2008 state analysis of exchanges found they'd be ineffective at reining in costs.
October 8, 2010 — Gov. Tim Pawlenty is standing by his decision to ignore a federal request for input on a key piece of health care reform. The Department of Health and Human Services had asked states for their recommendations on "insurance exchanges." These are online marketplaces where consumers can compare and buy health plans. Pawlenty opposes health reform. He said today (Friday) exchanges are big government interfering with the free market. But three years ago, Pawlenty advocated a similar idea. Elizabeth Stawicki reports: During his radio show today, Gov. Tim Pawlenty expanded on why he decided against sending in a Minnesota health department report about health insurance exchanges. He said the best insurance exchange is the free market:
August 28, 2010 — Minnesota 8th District Congressman James Oberstar was in Hoyt Lakes today to push for faster completion of the environmental review for a proposed copper-nickel mine. Stephanie Hemphill reports.
April 27, 2010 — The 21st Annual International Arts in Healthcare conference is happening now. It's entitled "Partners in Health", and it runs through Saturday at the Hilton Minneapolis.
April 15, 2010 — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is brushing off criticism of her voting record from an environmental group. The League of Conservation Voters says Bachmann achieved a two-percent rating -- nearly the lowest possible -- and the group plans to work against her re-election. Bachmann campaign director Gina Countryman says it's a fringe group that won't influence Minnesota voters.
April 14, 2010 — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is brushing off criticism of her voting record from an environmental group. The League of Conservation Voters says Bachmann achieved a two-percent rating -- nearly the lowest possible -- and the group plans to work against her re-election. Bachmann campaign director Gina Countryman says it's a fringe group that won't influence Minnesota voters.
April 14, 2010 — The League of Conservation Voters says it will campaign against Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in the fall election. The non-profit advocacy group has named Bachmann to its national list of so-called Dirty Dozen congressional candidates. The list is created with an online vote, where Bachmann received 60-percent of the votes. The non-profit group's Tony Massaro says Bachmann voted against energy legislation that would create clean jobs in Minnesota. A spokesman for the Bachmann campaign says it's not worried about the criticism, calling the League of Conservation Voters a fringe group.
March 23, 2010 — University of Minnesota family practice physician Dr. Jon Hallberg joins Midday in the studio to talk about medical issues in the news. Guest: Dr. Jon Hallberg: Family practice physician, Mill City Clinic. Assistant professor of family medicine, University of Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio medical commentator. Gary Eichten hosts.
March 10, 2010 — Later today the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will discuss a bill that would tighten the rules on copper-nickel mines. The question has taken on some urgency, as a half-dozen companies are now making plans to open such mines in northeastern Minnesota. Stephanie Hemphill reports.
March 9, 2010 — About seventy people came to the Capitol Monday to hear testimony on a proposed copper-nickel mine for Northeastern Minnesota. Polymet C-E-O Joe Scipioni said his company has already invested 100-million-dollars to plan for environmental protection. Critics said the state's environmental review is flawed. The federal Environmental Protection Agency says the study lacks critical information, and the project should not go forward as currently planned.