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February 19, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Hagedorn: Obamacare Poses Threat to Rochester and Mayo Clinic
At the Rochester office of Democratic Congressman Tim Walz, Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn today raised concerns about the negative impact the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will have on the Mayo Clinic, city of Rochester, health care, economic development and employment in southern Minnesota. “Rochester is a vibrant growing city with a highly-skilled workforce, high-paying jobs, excellent home  values  and  thriving  hotels,  restaurants  and  businesses,”  Hagedorn  said.     Much  of  Rochester’s  uniqueness and success are tied  to  the  Mayo  Clinic’s  status  as  the  world’s   preeminent institution of medicine and the fact that patients (often accompanied by family members and friends) routinely travel long distances and stay days and weeks during treatment or hospitalization. “In addition to higher premiums, skyrocketing deductibles, loss of insurance coverage and shift from private to government insurance that Obamacare is inflicting upon thousands of families in southern Minnesota, another untold story is the huge adverse consequences Obamacare will have on the Mayo Clinic, the city of Rochester and surrounding communities,”  Hagedorn  stated. “Obamacare  poses  a  direct  threat  to  a  prosperous  Rochester and the well being of patients,”   Hagedorn said. As Obamacare is implemented millions of people will be moved from private insurance to government programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. These government programs routinely underfund hospitals and doctors, with reimbursement rates as low as 30 or 40 cents on the dollar. Recently, in anticipation of lower reimbursement from government programs, the established Cleveland Clinic announced budget reductions of $330 million, early retirements and possible staff reductions. “The  Obamacare  writing  is  on  the  wall,”  said  Hagedorn,  “the  Act’s  substantial underfunding of medicine stands to drive excellent doctors out of practice, degrade the quality of medical care across-the-board and force rationing of medical  services.” “We must take action to defend medical care before President Obama and Congressman Walz dumb-down the entire  industry,”  said   Hagedorn. Hagedorn also warned that Obamacare places too much power in the hands of federal bureaucrats, such as the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member panel with the power to limit Medicare reimbursement and dictate hospital and doctor behavior as well as patient outcomes.

“Obamacare  is  top-down federal control of the medical care system that places big government in position to coerce the behavior of one-sixth  of  America’s  economy  and  pick winners and losers in the medical industry,”  Hagedorn  said.    “The federal government should never be given the regulatory authority to dominate private industry or our  way  of  life.”   Hagedorn  criticized  Congressman  Walz  for  voting  to  undermine  his  constituents.    “Tim  Walz   voted for  Obamacare  and  supports  the  Act’s  full  implementation.    Tim Walz is on the wrong side of history; he has placed Democrat politics and liberal ideology in front of the people he is paid to represent.” “The  Congressman  says  that  ‘health  care  reform  is  a  journey,  not  a  destination,’”  Hagedorn  stated.   “Because  of  Tim  Walz,  it  is  astonishingly conceivable that one day patients will forgo their medical journeys and Rochester will be diminished as a medical destination.” Hagedorn said the choice on Obamacare is clear. “Congressman Walz is a partisan Democrat who supports the failed monstrosity of Obamacare; meanwhile, I will fight to repeal and replace the Act with free market reforms to foster medical excellence, drive down costs and sustain the quality of  U.S.  medical  care  as  the  world’s  best,”  said  Hagedorn. “My  message  to  the  people  of  Rochester  and  southern  Minnesota  is  simple:  I’ve  got  your  back  and   I will always fight for you.”  Hagedorn said. ### The free-market reforms advocated by Jim Hagedorn:     Health insurance competition across state lines to increase choice and drive down costs High-risk pools to protect people with serious illness/pre-existing conditions Extending health insurance tax credits  and  deductions  to  individuals  to  create  “portable”   benefits that follow from job-to-job or during times of unemployment Expanded application of Health Savings Accounts to empower consumers to shop for medical  care  and  control  costs,  “roll-over”  and save health care dollars and expand the use of catastrophic insurance policies Tort reform to curtail defensive medicine and place downward pressure on costs associated frivolous lawsuits and excessive legal wrangling.

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