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Dayton, Bachmann Fued Over Minnesota Health Care

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ST. PAUL  (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and outspoken U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann are feuding over a state executive order aiming to capture more federal health money to expand care programs for the poor.

The Republican congresswoman lobbied the Democratic governor through a Capitol press conference Monday to abandon his order to broaden Medicaid. She argues it will unsustainably expand Minnesota welfare rolls and ensnare the state in President Barack Obama’s signature health law, which Republicans deride as ObamaCare.

Mark Dayton
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At his own news conference, Dayton said he would stay the course and shift thousands of low-income Minnesotans into a federally sponsored care program. He accused Bachmann of trying to distort the issue for political gain.

Bachmann is fresh off a trip to Iowa and hasn’t ruled out a run for president in 2012.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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