Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) issued the following statement in response to Governor Mark Dayton's announced plans to sign an executive order on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 that will expand Minnesota's medical assistance:
"I am urging Governor Dayton not to sign this executive order that will expand medical assistance at a cost of $384 million dollars to Minnesota taxpayers between now and 2014. The same voters who elected our new Governor also elected legislators willing to work in a bipartisan way to accomplish the goals of healthcare reform without worsening our $6 billion state budget deficit.
"States like Massachusetts and New York are the latest to face severe budget troubles from unsustainable Medicaid programs. By rushing to enmesh Minnesota in medical assistance provisions that are part of ObamaCare, Governor Dayton is adding a burden to our state that will take us down the same untenable path.
"The authority for this executive order was inserted in last year's budget bill during late-night, closed-door negotiations. That action raises serious constitutional questions about whether one legislature can take a future legislature's authority and give it away to the next governor. Prudence dictates that Governor Dayton should not rush ahead with this executive order, but should instead work with the current legislature to find bipartisan solutions."