Rep. Collin Peterson asks the White House to exempt MN from the Affordable Care Act

Congressman Collin Peterson, (DFL) MN 7th District, spoke with us about healthcare and agriculture.

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Chris Berg:
Congressman Peterson, great to see you. The big talker on the hill is former NSA, it's being reported she was unmasking names connected with the trump transition team and the trump campaign. What’s your thought on U.S. citizens' names being unmasked in some of these reports? .

Representative Collin Peterson:
I really don't know anything about it. She's had problems before. I don't know.

CB:
[ laughter ].

CP:
Well, we'll leave it at that.

I got enough trouble taking care of agriculture.

CB:
Let's talk about that. There was an interesting piece in the paper yesterday saying normally the two most important things to farmers are markets and weather. Now it's becoming healthcare and weather. There is a report coming out that president trump has been reaching across to blue-dog democrats, he spoke with them last night in a conference call or meeting. Have you spoken with him about reviving the healthcare bill. What would you like to see?

CP:
We have not talked to him directly. We did have the head of the white house legislative shop come over and meet with the blue dogs. They were looking for democrats to support on the tax reform bill and also support on the infrastructure bill. Basically they indicated to us that the healthcare bill, they really didn't, at this point, figure they would be able to work with the democrats, didn't sound like. Now, what I told them, if they would exempt Minnesota from this law, which is what screwed us up in the first place, and let it go back to what it used to be in Minnesota, we would support it.

CB:
You're asking for the white house to exempt Minnesota from the affordable care act?

CP:
That's right. We had a good system before we got into this affordable care act.it worked pretty well. People were happy, with the system we had to give up, because they took the Medicaid money from the federal, they had to go, you know, sign up to it, and we had to give up what worked in our law and ended up with something that didn't work.my interest is to help the average people making 40, 50 grand a year to be able to survive. You have 1500 a month, 15,000 dollar deductible, that's not having insurance.

CB:
We hear people want to keep MNSure. What would you say to your DFLers and Governor Dayton about that.

CP:
They don't want to keep it?

CB:
They want to keep MNSure, the state-run exchange in place.

CP:
Well, that -- that's a different issue. MNSure is the way they've done the federal exchanges. This MSHA is a system we had in Minnesota where we taxed the insurance companies and used that money to provide a re-insurance fund to risk-pool for the people that had pre-existing conditions and so forth, and it wasn't so expensive. So that's what we ended up losing. MNSure, you know it had problems rolling out, but I think they sorted that out, but that's the federal exchange, is what it is, to be operated by Minnesota.

CB:
Congressman -- sorry, sir, for time's sake, I want to thank you for your time, we would love to have you on in the very near future. You have a big meeting tomorrow about ag.

CP:
Thank you.



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