Republican Attorney General candidate Chris Barden paid a visit to the Post-Bulletin office today as part of a statewide tour where he is vowing to fight "Obamacare" if he is elected. During the interview, Barden cited the Mayo Clinic as a prime example of why the state should fight against the new federal health care law.
He said the Mayo Clinic "is such a classic example of what individuals can do out here in rural Minnesota without government intervention and control," he said.
When asked whether he had talked with Mayo Clinic about the issue, Barden said he has not done that yet but plans to in the future. While Mayo Clinic has not taken a formal position on the health care bill, the clinic has said overall it favors many of the reforms in the bill.
Barden said if elected, he would join several other states in a federal lawsuit to block the new health care bill from taking effect in Minnesota.
He argues the bill gives the federal government unprecedented powers by requiring citizens to buy health insurance. He said the bill also violates the 10th Amendment by intruding on the state's sovereign rights.
"This is more damaging to Minnesota than to most states because our health care system is one of the best in the world. Already you see doctors bailing out. You are going to see longer waiting lines. You are going to see rationing," he said.
Barden is challenging incumbent DFL Attorney General Lori Swanson. She declined to join the federal lawsuit to block the health care bill.