Reactions from southern Minnesota's two congressman differed dramatically. Republican 2nd District Rep. John Kline, an original sponsor of the repeal measure, praised the effort. During a speech on the House floor, he said the bill would hurt efforts to improve the nation's economy by penalizing job creators.
“A number of provisions in the law will undermine job creation and economic growth, but perhaps none is as alarming as the employer mandate. For the first time in the nation’s history, employers with more than 50 workers are required to provide government-approved health care coverage. Those who do not, or cannot afford to, will be forced to pay a $2,000 penalty for every worker beyond the first 30," Klein said.
Go here to watch Klein's floor speech.
DFL 1st District Rep. Tim Walz offered a very different view. He voted against repealing the measure saying the bill protects everyday Minnesotans. Walz added the residents in southern Minnesota are already benefiting from the bill with seniors now getting help paying for prescription drugs.
“Repealing the Affordable Care Act will eliminate consumer protections, put insurance companies between you and your doctors, raise taxes on small businesses, and explode the deficit. It will be bad for our economy and jobs in places like southern Minnesota that have a robust health care industry," he said.
He also included a link to a document that shows the impact of the health care bill on southern Minnesota.