Rochester debate

Health care issues took center stage today in Rochester, where the three-major party candidates for governor met for their latest debate.

The hour-long event was sponsored by the Rochester chamber of commerce.

DFL candidate Mark Dayton said if he’s elected, he would reverse Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s policy and quickly authorize Minnesota’s participation in an expanded federal Medicaid program. Pawlenty has blocked efforts to bring in the available federal Medicaid money. Independence Party candidate.

Tom Horner said he too would seek the federal money. But Republican Tom Emmer said he agreed with Pawlenty’s decision. Emmer also said he wants to eliminate the health care provider tax that currently pays for the state-subsidized MinnesotaCare coverage.

Here’s the debate audio in two parts: Part 1 , Part 2

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