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Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) expressed disappointment today that Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal did not contain a plan to provide all children in Minnesota with health insurance. Murphy noted that the Governor talked about the goal of covering all kids for the last several months and even mentioned it in his State of the State Address, but failed to follow though with a plan in his budget.
"Its disappointing," she said. "The Governor signaled that extending health insurance to all of Minnesota's children was a priority, but now it looks like that was just rhetoric."
Murphy said that she would continue to press for full coverage for children despite the Governor's omission, understanding that Minnesotans are hoping for real progress in health care.
"Providing every child in Minnesota with access to quality health care is a the action of a just people," Murphy said. "My colleagues in the House and Senate understand that. We will continue to work on this issue and hopefully we will convince the Governor later on in the session."
Murphy, a first-term legislator and a nurse, is an author of legislation to provide all children in Minnesota with health insurance. Her bill was included in the top seven priority bills by the House Democratic Leadership earlier this month.
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