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At Issue: March 26 - Comparing Budget Proposals, Healthcare Affordability Debate

March 26, 2017 03:04 PM

Comparing Budget Proposals from House GOP, Senate GOP and Governor Dayton

All the budget cards are now on the table from the House, Senate and Governor Dayton. This will shape the final two months of committee hearings and negotiations at the State Capitol. The biggest difference between the three proposals is how much each plan offers in tax relief. The House GOP plan proposes $1.35 billion in tax relief. That compares to the Senate GOP proposing $900 million in tax relief, while Governor Dayton proposes just $300 million in tax relief.

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Two Lawmakers in Health Care Field Debate Efforts to Improve Affordability, Access

The issues of health care, health insurance and affordability have dominated debates at both the state and federal levels. In Washington, House Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act took a major step backwards Friday after leaders pulled the American Health Care Act from the House floor minutes before a scheduled vote after it was clear it didn't have the votes to pass. In Minnesota, questions remain about the future of MNsure and overall stability of the health insurance market. 

RELATED: House Republicans Withdraw Health Care Bill

Two lawmakers with direct experience in the healthcare field joined Tom Hauser for an in-depth discussion on these issues and what needs to be done to make healthcare costs more affordable. Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Chaska, is a family physician and professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Rep. Jennifer Schultz, DFL-Duluth, is an economics professor at the University of Minnesota-Duluth specializing in healthcare policy. 

RELATED: With Failure of Health Care Bill, Focus Shifts to MN Legislature

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