Monthly Archives: November 2012

I Owe, I Owe, So It’s Off To Work I Go.

I owe, I owe. I owe, I owe. I owe, I owe. I owe. I owe.

Yeah. After two short weeks, I am facing a full five days of work. In a row. Damn, I do not know if I will survive. But I really should not complain. It is not like I am super rich and have to work exceedingly hard to keep all my money. God, that would be horrible.

Snow Fall!

I am delaying the inevitable: going outside and shoveling a way to my snow-bound car. I have errands to run and a trip to take. I would take a picture, but I want to limit my time outside to simply shoveling.

Yes, I know. I am being a wimp.

Dayton Administration Commits To State-Run Health Exchange

(MinnPost) The Dayton administration on Friday sent an early signal to the federal government that Minnesota will pursue a state-run health insurance exchange and apply for an additional $39 million in grant funding to develop the tool, a crucial component of the federal health care reform law.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services postponed two key Friday deadlines till mid-December, but Minnesota pushed ahead anyway, emphasizing Gov. Mark Dayton’s commitment to implementing the exchange. Federal funding for the project will top $100 million if the grant is approved.

With DFL majorities in the Legislature, what once looked like a lonely project for the executive branch has become one of the most important issues for lawmakers this session.

One of the more obvious outcomes of the 2012 election will be the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in Minnesota. Specifically the health exchange portion of the act. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that Governor Dayton has a mandate, what with both the Minnesota House and Senate returned to Democratic control. The question now is whether the Democrats in control will be hesitant due to the nature of Minnesota Nice, or if they will go ahead and take this mandate out for a test ride.

On a personal note, I struggle with Minnesota Nice. I vacillate with its application. Some days I do not wish to make waves; other days I want to do nothing but push boundaries. It gets me in trouble at work. Oh, and with my relationships. But, what the hell. In the end I will end up dead. And I have come to the conclusion that getting someone’s heart rate running might actually improve their health.