Sen. Franken has said some outrageous things in office. At this point, I’m not surprised at Sen. Franken’s outrageous statements. I’m more surprised when he makes a sensible statement. Sen. Franken’s quote in this article is indicative of what type of senator he is:

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who is running for re-election next year, said he was still reviewing the details of the president’s proposal to determine whether it’s sufficient.

“But I believe it’s a step in the right direction and I hope it will help those Minnesotans whose plans were cancelled,” he said.

That’s proof that Sen. Franken, first and foremost, is an Obama apologist. President Obama’s ‘fix’ is a political gimmick. It isn’t a serious policy adjustment.

First, partisans like Howard Dean knows that President Obama doesn’t have the constitutional authority to unilaterally rewrite laws. Either Sen. Franken doesn’t respect the Constitution’s separation of powers or that point escaped him. It’s troubling that a U.S. senator is either disinterested in the Constitution or is utterly incompetent.

Second, state insurance commissioners had said that they wouldn’t approve the re-instatement of the old plans that don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum requirements. President Obama’s fix is a gimmick that serious people have already dismissed. Don’t Minnesotans have the right to expect Sen. Franken to act in their best interest rather than playing the role of President Obama’s apologist?

Third, this shows how little Sen. Franken understands how businesses function, especially those that deal with actuarial data. Insurance premiums aren’t determined by guesses. They’re calculated, then examined for accuracy, then double-checked to make sure the math is rock solid. Apparently, Sen. Franken thinks that an insurance company can pull a new policy together without first calculating the risks and the demographics.

Fourth, Sen. Franken said that he “hopes” this will help Minnesotans. That would require putting specific policies together, then getting the insurance commissioner to approve the new policy offerings. That’s before considering the fact that 140,000 Minnesotans need that insurance in place by January 1, 2014. That’d effectively give insurance companies about a week to pull their part off while giving insurance commissioners another week to approve those policies. If that happens, which isn’t a guarantee, then customers would have about 2 weeks to find a plan, then purchase it.

Even Mary Poppins couldn’t get Minnesotans to swallow that nonsense.

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6 Responses to “Franken: Obamacare fix is “step in right direction””

  • SWOhio says:

    There is also that little issue of the state-required 60-day notification of any policy change, required by most states.

    In any case, I doubt a week is legally sufficient. However, facts haven’t mattered to this administration since they ‘took over’ our country.

  • Patrick-M says:

    President Obama “I can work across the aisle to get this done” then a few hours later “Obama delivered a defiant speech at a Cleveland plant wherein he vowed to “push back” against the swelling chorus of Americans opposed to Obamacare”.

    …and here we thought the narcissist-in-chief cared about the citizens. Nope it’s all about him.

  • walter hanson says:

    Senator Franken:

    Where were you when Ted Cruz and the House Republicans were trying to postpone this two months ago? Didn’t you see the trouble then?

    Oh I guess you forgot in 2010 a US Senator had read the HHS regs predicted this was coming and proposed a law which Senator Franken and the Democrats all voted against.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Chad Q says:

    “Where were you when Ted Cruz and the House Republicans were trying to postpone this two months ago? Didn’t you see the trouble then?”

    Where was he when he was the 60th vote to shove this law down our throats is the better question. Had he read the bill maybe he wouldn’t have cast his vote for it and Obamacare never would have happened.

  • walter hanson says:


    The point I was trying to make was even if he wanted to let the rest of the law stand he had warnings and should’ve acted before now. More important he shoud eat crow and say the republicans were right.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Dan McGrath says:

    Besides all of that, if the president plans to enact this “fix” unilaterally, that would be unconstitutional. The law was enacted. His job is to enforce it, not re-write it. The president appears to be assuming dictatorial powers and nobody seems to even notice that little detail, or care. Oh well – what’s a little tyranny these days?

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