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Minnesota Lawmakers Respond to Health Care Bill

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At the State Capitol, there have been mixed reviews amongst Minnesota lawmakers about the health care bill that was approved by Congress on Sunday night.

Following Sunday’s health care vote in Washington, states are now preparing for what the change will mean.

DFL Representative Tom Huntley says starting April 1, Minnesota will begin receiving $330 million in federal money to provide health care for low income adults. And by 2014, he says, 100 percent of Minnesotans will have health care coverage.

"It’s a great event for America,” said Huntley. “It's a great event for the president and his presidency."

Senator Julianne Ortman wants Minnesota to join a growing list of 13 other states, challenging the health care bill, or planning to do so.

"I do believe it's unconstitutional," said Ortman.

Republicans argue it is unconstitutional to force people to buy health care, which is a provision of the new bill. On the house floor Monday, Republican Marty Seifert called for a vote to have the attorney general sue the federal government.

"We are potentially having our constituents fined and jailed for not buying health insurance," said Seifert.

That vote was ruled out of order in relation to the bigger issue being debated at the time. The attorney general, meanwhile, is making no comment on this debate at the moment.

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