Franken rallies in Burnsville for Medicaid

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken spoke June 24 at a rally in Burnsville sponsored by the This is Medicaid coalition. His fellow panelist was Lynn Blewett, a University of Minnesota health policy professor who directs State Health Access Data Assistance at the university. (Photo by John Gessner)

U.S. Sen. Al Franken spoke June 24 at a rally in Burnsville sponsored by the This is Medicaid coalition. His fellow panelist was Lynn Blewett, a University of Minnesota health policy professor who directs State Health Access Data Assistance at the university. (Photo by John Gessner)

Minnesota faces “cruel choices” if Medicaid cuts proposed by Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate become law, Sen. Al Franken said June 24 in Burnsville.

Cuts in the federal-state public insurance program threaten health care for the disabled, mothers and children, and nursing home residents, said Lyn Blewett, director of State Health Access Data Assistance at the University of Minnesota.

The Republicans’ health care bill would cut Medicaid by more than $770 billion over the next decade, the Washington Post reported after the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the bill Monday. By 2026, the Post reported, the federal government would cut one of every four dollars it spends on Medicaid.

“We have to raise revenue or cut programs” at the state level if the cuts occur, Blewett said. “That should start within the next budget cycle, which is in two years.”

She and Franken spoke at an event hosted by This is Medicaid, a coalition of Minnesota health care, senior, disability and consumer advocates fighting Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. More than 200 people attended the Saturday-afternoon event at Diamondhead Education Center, according to organizers.

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