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KSTP Political Insider: GOP Health Care Bill, 'Reinsurance,' Minnesota Lawmaker Pay Raise

March 14, 2017 09:08 PM

St. Olaf professor Chris Chapp and Hamline professor Joe Peschek join KSTP's Tom Hauser to discuss the following topics:

CBO says 14 Million Would Lose Coverage Next Year Under House Health Care Bill

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The Congressional Budget Office Monday released its estimate of the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law. It projects that 14 million people would lose coverage next year and that there would be 24 million more people uninsured by 2026 than under current law.

Minnesota House Aims to Stem Health Insurance Rate Hikes, Stabilize Market

Minnesota Republicans are preparing to plow nearly $400 million every two years into a new state program meant to reduce health insurance premiums next year. House Republicans on Monday approved a 'reinsurance' bill that would do just that by a 77-53 vote.

Council Approves $14,000 Raise for Minnesota Lawmakers

Minnesota lawmakers will get a hefty raise after a newly created citizen council voted to increase the Legislature's pay by 45 percent. The Legislative Salary Council voted 13-1 Friday to increase lawmaker's pay to $45,000, their first raise since 1999. That's up from $31,000, a sum that doesn't include daily expenses and travel reimbursements that can add thousands of dollars to their paychecks.

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