In 2008 I supported Minnesota's historic health care reform act. This was a bipartisan set of reforms with the support of business, labor, conservatives, progressives and moderates alike. The cost-savings from those reforms are just now beginning to kick in, and should continue to pay off for families, small businesses and the government as we move forward.
With the historic deficits we faced in 2009 and 2010, I worked to prioritize nursing homes, minimize the impact of health care costs on families, preserve the health care access fund for its intended purpose and maximize the impact of federal dollars coming to our state.
This final goal was probably the greatest possible success in the 2010 session. Minnesota was given an opportunity to expand access to Medicaid for people previously covered with state funds-originally a Republican proposal. Our participation in this expansion of Medicaid will bring more than $1 billion of our own taxes back to Minnesota to help reimburse hospitals for the care they are already providing. This will save approximately 20,000 jobs and keep health care premiums low.