The Minnesota House is expected to debate and pass a major health and human services bill today, the second-largest portion of the state budget.

Glencoe Republican Glenn Gruenhagen warns it’s the “first step toward a massively expensive government takeover of our health care system”:

“They are spending Minnesota’s tax dollars to study and come up with legislation for single-payer. Minnesotans would lose their choice in health care.”

House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman responds:

“Minnesotans did not ask any of us to reduce their access to health care during the last campaign. They asked us to increase access to health care, and that’s what our budget does.”

Hortman says Minnesotans know health care isn’t free and that we have to pay for it.