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File #: RES 20-1077    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/5/2020
Title: Supporting the Minnesota Health Plan and Medicare for All Act.
Sponsors: Nelsie Yang, Amy Brendmoen, Mitra Jalali, Dai Thao
Attachments: 1. Public Comment re RES 20-1077
Supporting the Minnesota Health Plan and Medicare for All Act.

Whereas, the City of St. Paul is challenged to meet the rising costs of its employee health coverage [General Fund-2019 Adopted Budget];
Whereas, 9.1% of St. Paul residents under age 65 lack health insurance [U.S Census Bureau], and 6% total residents lack coverage [Minnesota Department of Health];
Whereas, the uninsured rates of all Minnesotans rose from 4.3% in 2015 to 6.5% in 2017, leaving approximately 349,000 without coverage despite the state’s economic recovery [MDH]: people of color and American Indians (13.9 percent); people with a high school education or less (11.9); persons with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (11.3 percent); and young adults ages 18 to 34 (10.9 percent);
Whereas, 72.1% of Minnesotans without health insurance are employed [MDH];
Whereas, Minnesota employers’ health insurance costs increased at a faster rate of 5.7% than the 4.3% national average [Minnesota Health Action Group of Businesses];
Whereas, Minnesota’s total health care spending will double from $47.1 billion to $94 billion in 10 years to be 19% of our state economy, more than housing and transportation [MDH];
Whereas, the Minnesota Health Plan [SF 1125, HF 1200] for a unified health care financing system will contain costs and save money to provide high quality, comprehensive health care for every Minnesotan [Lewin Group, a subsidiary of United Health Group];
Whereas, the Minnesota Health Plan will save local and state government spending on employee health care [Lewin Group];
Whereas, U.S. residents and businesses beyond Minnesota would spend less under a Federal Medicare for All Act [HR 1384];

Whereas, both conservative and progressive studies estimate a national savings of $2 trillion to $5 trillion over 10 years under the Medicare for All Act;
Whereas, both the Minnesota Health Plan and Medicare for All Act are based on the same principles of a unified health care fi...

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