MNSURE: A Textbook Example Of Why Not To Govern By Emotions

Of course no one wants people to suffer with out health care. No, there aren’t people who really want people to choose between health insurance and food.

But that doesn’t mean MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange – was a good way to prevent any of the tear jerking stories used by Governor Dayton (and President Obama) to enact MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange.

MNsure audit: ‘very silly’ turf battle contributed to issues
By David Montgomery – Pioneer Press

MNsure “fell far short” of its promises to provide an easy way for Minnesotans to buy health care in its first year, a harsh new audit has found.

“In its first year of operations, MNsure’s failures outweighed its achievements,” the Minnesota Office of Legislative Audit’s months-long review of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange concluded.

This report from the Minnesota Legislative Auditor confirms many of the claims opponents of MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange, had before it was even passed. Criticisms and input ignored by Governor Mark Dayton. Many of these problems could have been prevented. The report also exposes how there have been problems identified by 3rd party professional auditing firms that have also been ignored.

Hundreds of millions have already gone into MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange. How much more will they need to have something that will work? And mind you, long before MNSure the State’s (Failed) Health Insurance Exchange became law of the law in Minnesota, well over 90% of Minnesotans had health insurance.

How much more expensive is this affordable health insurance going to be? 

You can find the report on the MN Legislative Auditor’s website by clicking here.

Friends of Dayton Raises Hit MNSure – Pathetic 12% Enrollment Rate Means Big Raises For MNSure Board

If MNSure (Minnesota’s FAILED Health Insurance Exchange) Were A Corporation, Would Lori Swanson Sue? After all, she does have an affinity for suing companies that take advantage of people who happen to receive some preferential or financial assistance from taxpayers.

MNSure is a pathetic failure. Aside from the website being a $200 million joke, the Dayton dream health insurance program is wildly unpopular and failing way short of enrollment goals.

In private sector (AKA: a “real” market place) words: No one is buying and the company would already be bankrupt with everyone fired and criminal investigations for where all the money went would be underway

But in Government work, you get raises! $125,000 in raises for not even coming close to fulfilling enrollments. Originally, MNSure promised over 400,000 users. They downgraded that projection to 100,000 at the beginning of the year and again down to 67,000 in December. Well, 2 days before the deadline, they were at only 50,000 users. (That’s roughly 12% of the original enrollment targets used to sell this program. This few users means that the revenue generated from the taxes added to those policies are not coming in. Which means the program can’t sustain itself. )

Here is a letter from Rep. Greg Davids to the MNSure CEO Scott Leitz for more information.

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Source: MN House GOP Research

Employee 2013 Compensation
(prorated full year)
2014 Compensation Change Change %
Barber, Carley $89,716 $99,532 $9,816 10.94%
Burns, Katherine $129,314 $151,940 $22,626 17.50%
Cammack, Martin Not Provided Not Provided
Campbell, Joseph - $103,737
Drinkwine, Jodi $70,798 $74,376 $3,578 5.05%
Fink, Krista Jean-Guinn $89,386 $103,381 $13,995 15.66%
Kehner, Carol Ann $131,534 $142,148 $10,614 8.07%
Kennedy, Jessica $83,874 $90,839 $6,965 8.30%
Minikel, Stephen $89,536 $118,715 $29,179 32.59%
Nyanjom, John $88,184 $96,197 $8,013 9.09%
Reich, John $119,186 $126,775 $7,589 6.37%
Turpin, Michael $118,630 $125,364 $6,734 5.68%
Van Sant, David $87,546 $93,730 $6,184 7.06%
Wessel, Christina - $96,451
Total $125,293

 

Another $2.3 Million For Roads & Bridges

I may have to start keeping track of all the waste I am finding that could be used for roads and bridges. Who knows if it would come in handy if *I* ever decided to run for something.

Zip Rail to Rochester outline starts up the track

[Source: Strib] Transportation agencies outlined potential routes and made the case for a controversial high-speed rail from the Twin Cities to Rochester in a plan released Tuesday.

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The first phase of studies costs $2.3 million and has been paid for by the state and Olmsted County Regional Rail Authority. No other funding has been secured for the project, Pidaparthi said.

Nor should it receive the $2.3 million FOR FIRST PHASE OF STUDIES!!!!!!

No one in Government gets to tell me there just isn’t enough money to fix congestion with out taxes when Government is wasting money on studies for trains.

Bi-Partisan Taxation Without Representation – et tu Housley?

This one has smoke billowing out of my ears.

Bill would extend Minn. school district power to tax for repairs, avoid voter approval

Because less accountability in education administration and management will solve the problem of a system designed a century ago that is refusing to adapt to the times…. or something.

FOREST LAKE, Minn. — Opening a hatch in the gym floor at Forest Lake Elementary, Brandon Perry looked down at the web of heating pipes below. Any issue with the school’s more than 60-year-old heating system, and Perry or another custodian has to climb down and wriggle through the maze to search out the problem.

Didn’t the state just spend billions a few years ago to green up school buildings or something?

A longstanding school funding law allows 25 Minnesota school districts to raise residents’ property taxes for maintenance funds without direct voter approval. The rest of the districts, including Forest Lake, don’t have that luxury. That’s led to a big gap in funding among districts for things like carpet replacement, security upgrades and heating and cooling modernization.

State Sen. Kevin Dahle wants to change that arrangement, extending the taxation power to districts statewide. He and other bill proponents call it a matter of fairness. Most of the 25 districts on the list are in the metro area. Some didn’t meet the list’s criteria but were added simply because legislators got them on.

But you could just remove the preferential treatment of the 25 to make it fair. After all, equality is akin to fairness we are often told in the media.

“It’s not fair. A building ages the same across the state,” said state Sen. Karin Housley, a Republican who represents Forest Lake and co-authored the Dahle bill.

I think Karin Housley is one of the most tone deaf Republican politicians I have seen. It was why a certain Republican Governor candidate was dead last on my list of choices. Probably a very nice person, but not a statewide ticket asset nor someone I would want speaking for me, when it comes to the left right debate in Minnesota.

Yes, Democrats like Sen. Dahle are going to come up with really bad ideas and find some emotional tear jerking way to make it sound like a good idea. Those that fall for the gimmick and remove accountability and strengthen the bureaucracy of the nanny state should be ashamed of themselves.

I know, rather pointed attack at Sen. Housley, but I would consider removing the right to be self governed an insult.  

Once Bitten Twice Bakk’ed

Why Build One SLOB When You Could Have 2 At Twice The Price

(Video: Jump to the 2:10 mark for the sound clip)


The taxpayers of Minnesota are still reeling from the effects of total Democrat control of State Government. One of the things they railroaded through was the Senate Legislative Office Building or SLOB. This was the $90 Million new office building that Sen. Majority Leader Tom Bakk, a Democrat, claimed was needed because there wasn’t going to be enough room in the Capitol for Senators after the needed restoration.

Governor Dayton called the SLOB “unMinnesotan” yet he signed it into law. It was hastily passed. And Democrats actually spent more on their own extravagant new offices than they did on roads and bridges last session via the bonding bill.

Well, the bill was passed without any input or transparency and surprise surprise, we are now finding out the Democrats are quickly changing their plans because it was incredibly flawed. Democrats are now trying to force an agreement that allows them to keep office space in the Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said a tentative agreement on space allocation had been reached with former DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen. With Republicans now in charge of the House, Bakk said the new speaker needed to get up to speed on those earlier decisions.

Oh you mean Bakk and House Majority Democrats were making plans on carving up the extra Capitol space last session with out informing the Republicans that there was going to be extra space left in the Capitol?

Why did we need to spend $90 million on an extravagant new office building again?

You can find the blue prints and more details on the duplicitous nature of how the Democrats have been double billing taxpayers for the privilege to have an office at or near the Capitol.

MNSRC: CAPITOL BLUEPRINTS: Duplicate Offices for Senators

And because I think you need to remember that when a Democrat politicians’ lips are moving chances are they are trying to distract you from what they are doing. These are the same Democrats in the Senate who now want to raise taxes on you by hundreds of millions of dollars a year to pay for the road and bridge repairs they have been ignoring for years.

They have been planning for their own posh accommodations, but not our roads.

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Bakk wants taxpayers to get soaked so his fellow Senators can have 2 offices and Dayton agrees. They are now trying to force Speaker Daudt into just signing the agreement he and fellow House or Senate Republicans were not even informed or included in.

Oh and don’t forget,the horse traded to get the House to sign on to the $90 million office building, the Senate had to agree to the House’s minimum wage increase that will cost employers in Minnesota a billion and/or Minnesotans their jobs.

My Congressman Voted For Boehner Today, Now What Do I Do?

So brand new Congressman Tom Emmer voted for John Boehner for Speaker of the House and I wouldn’t have done the same.

Now what?

My choices are,

1) Stay on in CD6 and hope to earn Congressman Emmer’s trust and pass along some wisdom from the inside. Yes, I could run for reelection as CD6 Treasurer and State Executive Committee member and try to change the Congressman’s mind on issues. The truth is there is so much else to fight for in party politics for me. In 2016 we must hold the MN House and retake the MN Senate. Anyone wasting any time on other pursuits in 2016 is a fool and best friend of the DFL. In 2018 we have another statewide war for Guv, US Senate, and such. There’s so much work to rebuild the part from the base up and strengthen it at the CD & State level, surely I could set difference  aside for the greater good…. But should I?

2) Take my ball and go home. Yes, I could walk away from politics altogether because try and try as I might, there is always another person or group that causes you headaches and makes the volunteer work even harder. Meanwhile other people doing the same thing as me (only worse) have figured out how to profit lucratively from it. Why bother? Yes the party work work needs to be done, but why do I continue to bang my head against the wall when some fanboy activist demands the world revolve around them one day and the next your Congressman votes exactly opposite of how you would. Another day a group will siphon off all the volunteers and teach them that listening to a couple guys tell jokes every week or so is doing something. I have better things to do. And frankly this little bit of venting is likely to have already earned me the distinguished status of enemy of a whole list of people and groups.

3) Put my money where my mouth is. Yes, if I am so let down by the people who represent me in Government, maybe its time for me to run. I’m no fan of personal grudge match endorsement battles or primaries, but I’ve had about all I can take. Maybe its time to run for something. And frankly if Congressman Emmer is going to be Boehner’s most reliable vote while compromising with Obama on the destruction of our Country, he is unworthy to represent me. There was no good alternative. I am too busy to know anything about the others who ran. But I do know that had I been sworn in to the 114th Congress, I would have voted for myself.

Sure, the insiders and people who get invited to all those fancy dancy parties  think Boehner is a great and masterful Speaker. Meanwhile the country is in Constitutional and fiscal crisis. The citizen is deemed the security threat. Taxes and regulation are an every day but necessary obstacle to the pursuit of happiness that is so drummed into us Americans that we don’t even bat an eye anymore. We’re at that now or never point.

What does this mean?

I don’t know. I’m open for advice.

Is it worth being just a lowly activist that operatives and politicians take advantage of anymore?

Is it time for me to run for State or Federal office?

Maybe a higher office with in the Republican Party?

Or maybe I should just go be a blissful uninformed voter and no longer care that this country and state are falling apart at the seems under the crushing force of Government?

$2.1 Billion a month – Where Does the Obamacare Bribe Money Come From?

The same people who refuse to repair that crumbling bridge your kid’s school bus crosses everyday because they say they just don’t have enough revenue coming in yet, wants to run your health care. Many of us pointed out the flawed funding formulas and unsustainability of unicorn farts and happy thoughts fueling the drive before and after the law was rushed through Congress without anyone even reading the bill, but we were scoffed at and told we were just mean bad people.

Well, it looks like the mean bad people were the ones lying to implement the hoax that is now Obamacare.

The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up some 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act may push the cost of the law considerably above current projections, a new federal report indicates.

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans who bought health coverage on the federal government’s healthcare marketplaces received government assistance to offset their premiums.

90% of the signups had to be bribed into doing so. Where does that bribe money come from people?

Premiums that normally would have cost $346 a month on average instead cost consumers just $82, with the federal government picking up the balance of the bill.

8 million Obamacare enrollees X $264 subsidized monthly premium (aka bribe) = $2,112,000,000  A MONTH

Oh the math gets far worse….

That total does not count the additional cost of providing coverage to millions of additional consumers who bought coverage in states that ran their own marketplaces, including California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York. About a third of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage this year used a state-run marketplace.

The fact is no one really knows.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in April that the annual cost of subsidies will rise to $23 billion next year and $95 billion in 2024, although the budget office continued to project that all the law’s costs will be offset by additional revenue it raises and by cuts in other federal healthcare spending.

But hey, don’t worry, we’ll make up for it in other areas….

Which gets me back to that crumbling bridge they say they don’t have the money to fix.

Folks, someday, you will be that bridge that they can’t afford to fix if you allow Government to take over your health care system.

Check Your Objectiveness At The Door

If anyone in the media or DFL ever complain about a Republican Governor giving a campaign speech anywhere in the Capital or in the State of the Union again, I’m going to blow a gasket after this piece of work from Mark Dayton last night. This was a campaign speech and Republicans should demand equal time from all media outlets who dutifully covered the DFL’s campaign agenda.

The State of the State speech is meant to lay out the goals for the session. Dayton could have submitted his goals for the 2014 session in writing or maybe that lady he doesn’t talk to could have read it for him. But no, he waited until the session was over. Til it was too late to actually accomplish anything, to lay out what exactly he does want.

And oh, forget the fact that the things that Minnesotans really want, like mining jobs, less red tape, and less camel’s nose under the tent Government intrusion, no, he left that out.

Its maddening that the media in this state attacks any Republican standing up for the shared principles of the hard working men and women of Minnesota, but allows these blunder head radicals to walk around preaching socialism with a straight face.

Like Kids In The Candy Store – DFL Electioneering Bills Launched

No this is not an April Fools joke.

A pair of House proposals is being released to spend a combined $975 million on public works construction projects.

Rather than putting everything into one bill, House Capital Investment Committee Chairwoman Alice Hausman says she’ll introduce two on Tuesday. She says one will contain $850 million worth of proposed borrowing and the other will have $125 million in projects that would be paid in cash.

It’s an unusual tact, but one spurred on in part by the state’s surplus. Lawmakers plan to pay cash for some things to save on interest costs.

There’s also political intrigue. Borrowing bills require three-fifths majorities to pass. A cash bill would require only a simple majority.

By Capital Investment, DFLers mean, making sure their special interests get all the kick backs so they will work for Democrats to maintain control of the Capital.

Franken & Klobuchar Choose Illegal Immigrants Over Veterans

The latest “Budget Deal” being debated is yet another example of kicking the can down the road. Fearful of coming to terms with the fact that eventually we will run out of other people’s money to promise to people so they will vote for them, members of Congress have compiled an accounting miracle to project their careers. Gimmicks and shifts with no real substantive reforms to deal once and for all with the bloating and rioting entitlement society Congress and bureaucrats have created for their own survival.

As is American politics is today, if you stand up and fight the honest and noble fight, as Ted Cruz did in trying to delay the predictably failed Obamacare rolled out, everyone and their mother will demonize you and call you a terrorist. Republicans have learned their lesson, as is, don’t try to do what’s right because we will blame you for our failures. The media sprints to the presses and TV camera with their latest White House talking points and the President finds the closest person who is about to faint to hold a rally in front of, and whammo! You’re the bad guy for being right.

So Republicans in Congress are “working” with Democrats in finding a “fix” for the “budget stalemate”. The argument is not over whether or not we are spending more and more money on wasteful and duplicative efforts. Its about protecting all the little kickbacks and special programs designed to draw blocks of voters based on demographic and culture to vote for Democrats. Its also to force Republicans to choose more Marxo-Progressive tax increases or cutting benefits to groups such as veterans.

The Senate Republicans were not going to take this one lying down so they tried to get a vote on an amendment to the budget deal that would have protected veterans pensions. In order to find some “spending cuts” to avoid the “sequester reductions, budget negotiators decided veterans benefits were at the top of the list for reductions. Meanwhile illegal immigrants are cashing in $4.2 billion of welfare benefits. To Democrats that’s an important voting constituency.

Senate Republicans tried to prevent such reckless and inhumane treatment of our nation’s heroes. ToDemocrats like Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, the men and women who risked their lives for this country are expendable so that taxpayers can provide welfare benefits for people who have no respect for our laws and are taking entitlements away from Americans. Why? Because they know those people will vote the right way. Sure they won’t say that, they will give you some tear jerking story of some poor innocent family of illegal immigrants who can’t put enough food on the table who’s kids can’t even get in state tuition to college, or who have to work 2 jobs under the table……

To Democrats, putting food on the table of illegal immigrants is more important than keeping a promise to our veterans.  

Senate Democrats blocked a vote (aka filibustered?) the Republican amendment to require a social security number to receive welfare. This would have protected veterans benefits, but Franken and Klobuchar sided with Harry Reid in protecting non-citizens.

They are playing party politics and putting the DNC ahead of veterans on their priority scale. Shameful and disgusting.

When your stomach turns as you watch the status quo sausage being made in Washington, be careful to avoid instinctively casting a pox on both parties. While far from perfect, Republicans are in no way as deceitful and disingenuous as Democrats. Democrats will shut down the government to protect government and their own party from the cold hard fact that we are heading straight for a fiscal cliff. They will masterfully shift all blame on Republicans, and its all so they can maintain their death grip on the power and corruption that is destroying this once great nation.

The population bomb heading for Social Security and other entitlements will bankrupt this country. The Marxist drive to socialize and nationalize huge sectors of our economy is suicide because the only way to avoid serious reforms to the entitlements is an American economy breaking the sound barrier in growth and job creation. Instead Democrats are mandate by mandate crippling our economy. They are strangling growth industries with red tape, and taxing investors out of the markets. They are killing the only thing that could possibly save their socialist dream.

Everytime a person votes Democrat so they can receive more subsidies, a Democrat gets its wings. Never mind the forecasts and projections of continual spending increases and growing of entitlement programs is factually unsustainable, Democrats have their foot on the floor of the American bus as it is racing straight for a cliff of insolvency.