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Franken Talks Health Care[After Touring Mayo Clinic, Franken Supports President's Public Option]
KAAL-TV ^ | 08/17/2009 | By: David Springer

Posted on 08/17/2009 5:47:10 PM PDT by Son House

Minnesota Senator Al Franken made a stop at the Mayo Clinic today as the U.S. Senate works on its own health care reform bill.

One of the more heavily debated issues when it comes to reform is that so-called public option or government run health care.

So today, we found out where Minnesota’s Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar stand on that very topic.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken walked into the Kahler Grand Hotel this afternoon after touring Mayo Clinic.

Health care reform is one of the biggest domestic issues facing the federal government right now and Franken was quick to say he supports the President's idea of a public health care option.

"There's been a lot of misinformation about it. It's been called government take over health care. There's been a lot of figures thrown around that are really misleading,” says Sen. Al Franken.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was in Minneapolis today, says the slightly different not-for-profit co-op, may be the way to go.

"And one of the things we're starting to hear is we want to have some tug on the insurance companies so they offer good rates to us. We want to have some type of competition,” says Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Both senators seem to be in line with what the President is proposing.

He spoke about the public option during a town hall meeting in Colorado on Friday.

"And the idea here would be that a government run non-for-profit would have its own option that people could sign up for. They wouldn't have to, but the could sign up for it and if it would keep its costs lower and provide a good quality service and good benefits... than that would help keep the insurance companies honest,” says President Barack Obama.

Whatever the final outcome is all three agree it has to resemble what Mayo Clinic is already doing.

"If we did health care around the country like we did in Minnesota all of this would be paid for,” says Franken.

The issue of a public option is likely to come up in Mankato later this week.

That's when, as we've reported Congressman Tim Walz will host a town hall forum on health care reform.

That happens at Mankato East High School this Thursday.

The doors open at 5:30.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: care; franken; health; talks
Beware of Franken, Mayo Clinic. No town hall meeting to hear the folks whose past, present and future will be Health Care, Franken just talks Obama's Utopia.

Franken should have toured the VA Hospital before the Government got caught and had to clean it up, then he might appreciate what the free market has allowed to evolve in the Mayo Clinic

Obama, Franken, Klobachar, Pelosi, Reed, and the rest of the elected Democrats will ruin the Mayo Clinic for it's Patients as well as the Doctors and Nurses

1 posted on 08/17/2009 5:47:11 PM PDT by Son House
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To: Son House

I guess Franken saw the Mayo Clinic and was awed at how backward it was and how inefficient it was. “Wow, this needs to be more like the Post Office or DMV” he muttered under his breath. “I can’t velieve there aren’t more bureaucrats”.


2 posted on 08/17/2009 5:49:19 PM PDT by GeronL (bookmark my new FR back-up site - http://unitedcitizen.proboards.com)
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To: Son House
Uh. When we have a single payer system, who will get to go to the Mayo Clinic? For that matter how will the elite medical institutions survive?

ML/NJ

3 posted on 08/17/2009 5:50:00 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Son House
Minnesotans who voted for this schmuck should be ashamed of themselves.

I am sure they are not.

4 posted on 08/17/2009 5:51:31 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (CommieCare: Need a Stent, Take a Red Pill. Next!)
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To: Son House

The joke continues. Killer of a sense of humor.


5 posted on 08/17/2009 5:52:42 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Fili et Spiritus Sancti.)
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To: jwalsh07

Norm Coleman didn’t leave much of a choice after voting for last years bail-out, like McCain, it cost him the election


6 posted on 08/17/2009 5:54:09 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: ml/nj

Right now the Federal Medical Prison Inmates in Rochester(think Blind Sheik terrorist) get better care then most of the rest of us that pay their bills at the Mayo Clinic


7 posted on 08/17/2009 5:56:22 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: jwalsh07

If his asshat opponent had not of voted for TARP...


8 posted on 08/17/2009 5:57:15 PM PDT by Boiling Pots (Evil-Mongering Angry Mobster)
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To: Son House
FREE DIAPERS FOR EVERY ADULT WooHoo!!!
9 posted on 08/17/2009 5:58:27 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Son House

Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was in Minneapolis today, says the slightly different not-for-profit co-op, may be the way to go...

...Both senators seem to be in line with what the President is proposing.

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Klobuchar will flip in any direction for Obama


10 posted on 08/17/2009 5:59:46 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: Son House

“And one of the things we’re starting to hear is we want to have some tug on the insurance companies so they offer good rates to us. ” says Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

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Free rates for all! Amy? Please?


11 posted on 08/17/2009 6:02:13 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: Son House

Clearly if Franken likes Public Option then it is definitely a bad idea. Here we have a piss poor comedian who somehow got it in his empty head that he was smart enough (pun intended) to be hold a public office.

I’m betting that until today he thought the Mayo Clinic was where they made Mayonnaise.


12 posted on 08/17/2009 6:03:46 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (If I disagree with you, it is because you are wrong.)
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To: Son House

TO: ... ....... slave franken

FM: ....... ....your master

SUBJECT:... getting My way

Go to Mayo...

Be aghast at how wonderful it is....

Be vocal about your support of MY (obamacare.


end of memo
13 posted on 08/17/2009 6:03:47 PM PDT by bareford101 (Be loud! We have nothing – NOTHING - to apologize for in fighting for our Country!!)
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To: GeronL

I guess Franken saw the Mayo Clinic and was awed at how backward it was and how inefficient it was. “Wow, this needs to be more like the Post Office or DMV” he muttered under his breath. “I can’t velieve there aren’t more bureaucrats”.

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Spot on!


14 posted on 08/17/2009 6:03:50 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: Son House

Some years ago, my stepmother was diagnosed with cancer, we live in Texas. While she was able, she flew to MD Anderson Houston for treatments (I realize the topic is Mayo Clinic but this is a parallel), she had a simple medical plan, not designed for catastrophic diseases.

My stepsister would meet her there and put her on the plane after treatment and recuping a bit and I would meet her here. It was a family effort, there were also flight discounts that she found out about in her situation. She was a cheerful lady, always had a smile. She paid EVERY MONTH $100.00, that was her commitment. She NEVER received a dun, ever, nothing but a receipt and a “Thank You”, this on a bill that must have amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

She had nothing but praise for those folks at MD Anderson, she said that she was treated with top care.

I think the world of those wonderful people. She said that a person is obligated, has a responsibility to pay as much a feasible and be regular. I strongly believe that her payment was looked upon by MD Anderson Houston as the “Widow’s Mite”, remember that story?

Obama, stay out of our lives!


15 posted on 08/17/2009 6:05:33 PM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: Son House

The rabid clown speaks.


16 posted on 08/17/2009 6:08:22 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Son House

“Norm Coleman didn’t leave much of a choice after voting for last years bail-out, like McCain, it cost him the election”


Actually, it still *did* leave Minnesotans with a choice. They could vote for the socially conservative (pro-life, pro-marriage), economically wishy-washy Republican, or for the full-blown ultraliberal moonbat Democrat. I know I would have held my nose and voted for Coleman, who would vote with conservatives 65% of the time, as opposed to Franken, who will vote with conservatives at most 5% of the time (and only because he’s so far left on some issues that he’ll end up on the right by accident). But that’s just me. Some people, though, would rather have Franken in the Senate for 6 long years and see him vote for Cap and Trade and ObamaCare and publicly funded abortions and what have you so long as they’re able to say “we taught that Coleman to vote for the bail-out in 2008.”


17 posted on 08/17/2009 6:11:19 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: jwalsh07

Anyone who’d even think about voting for Franken is too dumb to apply reason to anything.


18 posted on 08/17/2009 6:19:03 PM PDT by Quickgun (As a former fetus, I'm opposed to abortion)
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To: ml/nj
re: For that matter how will the elite medical institutions survive?)))

This is part of the irony. Once they shut them down, they can't start it up just because a VIP needs brain surgery. An institution like this is like the Space Shuttle, once it gets grounded, nobody rides.

19 posted on 08/17/2009 6:25:36 PM PDT by Mamzelle (bring your cameras to all political gatherings--video if you can)
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To: brushcop

One of my Dad’s acquaintances used to say $50 a month to the Mayo Clinic was the best Health Insurance


20 posted on 08/17/2009 6:36:15 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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21 posted on 08/17/2009 6:40:40 PM PDT by devolve (- - .....Trust me! There are no Death Panels in ObamaCare!..... - -)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

held my nose and voted for Coleman

it wasn’t easy, and your reasoning was mine too, Minnesotans are going to learn the hard way for the overwhelming stupidity of supporting Democrats=>you pay, they spend


22 posted on 08/17/2009 6:41:12 PM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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To: Son House

Funnier then Al Franken is his failure to mention that much of the service at the Mayo Clinic is for Canadians fleeing their failed system.


23 posted on 08/17/2009 6:44:29 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: devolve

Man, slow that down. I had to do a screen capture to read it.


24 posted on 08/17/2009 6:44:42 PM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: Son House

You may have to hold your nose again and vote for Coleman for Governor next year . . . I don’t think that you’ll see a Michelle Bachmann or some such 100% conservative running in the primary, and Coleman may be as good as it gets for the GOP. And the DFL is sure to nominate some whackjob, with the Independence Party candidate (if any) not that much better.


25 posted on 08/17/2009 6:50:38 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: Son House

BTW, the 2010 elections will be crucial in MN, since the party that wins the governorship and legislature will control redistricting after the 2010 Census. Congressional redistricting in MN will be a huge deal in 2011, since MN is slated to lose a U.S. House seat.

The Democrats could draw a plan that leaves just one GOP district in the Twin City exurbs, one Republican-leaning district for conservative Democrat Collin Peterson, and 5 comfortably Democrat districts; the Republicans could draw one über-Democrat district in the Twin Cities core, one strongly Democrat district going from the Iron Range to the Catholic parts of Ramsey County (which would probably elect a pro-life, pro-gun Democrat like Oberstar) and 5 GOP-leaning districts in the rest of the state. Yes, the U.S. House delegation could be 5-2 Republican or 6-1 Democrat depending on the results of the 2010 state elections.

The only silver lining if the Democrats control redistricting and draw a map that hurts the GOP is that it may convince Michelle Bachmann or John Kline to run for the Senate against Klobuchar in 2012.


26 posted on 08/17/2009 7:05:54 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: ml/nj

“For that matter how will the elite medical institutions survive?”

It’ll be available for important people - like politicians and Party bosses.

Just like the good ‘ole USSR.


27 posted on 08/17/2009 7:10:32 PM PDT by Favor Center
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To: jwalsh07

I am from Minnesota, and I voted against Al Frankenstein, the commie pig clown. What an embarrassment!!! Voters who pull the lever for demoRATs in any state or for any office (including the 53% retards who voted for 0bozo) are without a doubt the dumbest people on the planet. That includes my hard left Phd educated boss, who is a complete idiot & buffoon when it comes to election time and supporting demoRAT socialists. Face it, the American voters who vote for demoRAT socialists are dumber than dirt. I don’t care how many titles are behind their name. Idiots & buffoons!!!


28 posted on 08/17/2009 7:15:02 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: CougarGA7

Franken and tar and feathers should forever be used in the same sentence.


29 posted on 08/17/2009 7:53:18 PM PDT by 08bil98z24 (WOD + Law Enforcement = Govt Revenue $$$ = BS)
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To: Son House
Norm Coleman didn’t leave much of a choice

Yes there was a choice. And people in MN picked the WRONG choice. Plain and simple.

30 posted on 08/17/2009 7:56:01 PM PDT by 08bil98z24 (WOD + Law Enforcement = Govt Revenue $$$ = BS)
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To: Son House

Franken just got elected.

See you idiots in Mn in 5 years. :D


31 posted on 08/17/2009 8:52:30 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Son House

No the MSC and Sec. of State cost Norm the election.


32 posted on 08/17/2009 8:56:42 PM PDT by Brimack34 (I hate people that hate Palin and call me a birther.)
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To: Brimack34

Good point, the Minnesota Supreme Court also wanted their Democrat vote in the Senate


33 posted on 08/18/2009 3:27:25 AM PDT by Son House (President Øbama Turns His Back On The Oppressed During Their Darkest Hours)
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