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Obamacare Forces 3M to Cut Health Care Coverage to 23,000 Retirees

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Location: Saint Paul, MN

McCollum "Very Proud of Vote" on Obamacare

Teresa Collett, Republican candidate for congress in Minnesota's fourth district today challenged DFL Rep. Betty McCollum to explain her vote on Obamacare. The health care reform bill, which passed on a partisan democrat party line vote, has failed to provide coverage for those who are uninsured and increased the cost of health care coverage for small businesses and individuals. Minnesota based 3M announced on Friday that they will eventually stop offering its health insurance plan to its retirees, citing Obamacare as a reason. The released statement from 3M cited, "As you know, the recently enacted health care reform law has fundamentally changed the health care insurance market. In addition, health care reform has made it more difficult for employers like 3M to provide a plan that will remain competitive." 3M currently has over 23,000 retirees. When asked about Obamacare at the White Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce debate, McCollum stated that she was "very proud of that vote".

Iowa Senator Charles Grassley stated in the Wall Street Journal, "For all the employees who were promised they'd be able to keep their current benefits after the health care law passed, I'm worried that the recent changes we've heard about… are just the beginning."

"I agree with Senator Grassley and when I am elected I will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it with affordable, patient-centered solutions to problems in our healthcare system," stated Teresa Collett.

Teresa Collett is a law professor at the University of St. Thomas, a wife and mother of three, an author, lecturer and advocate.


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