Minnesota looks at the Massachusetts mandate

star journalGreetings fellow lab rats. Read on from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Democrats highlight the expansion of coverage; about 97 percent of Massachusetts residents have insurance, compared with 85 percent nationally. Republicans, including Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, ding it for spending too much; Massachusetts had to scale back its coverage goals this year in the face of a big state budget deficit.

Health experts, meanwhile, consider it a useful laboratory to study the effects of revamping the health care system.

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