Photos: Senate passes health insurance exchange by party line vote
March 18, 2013 — 2:12pm
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, right, congratulated bill author Sen. Tony Lourey after the final vote. The Minnesota Senate passed the health insurance exchange bill by a straight party line vote 39-28. Next stop is Governor Dayton's desk.
Sen Tony Dibble, right, congratulated bill author Sen. Tony Lourey after the final vote. The Minnesota Senate passed the health insurance exchange bill by a straight party line vote 39-28. Next stop is Governor Dayton's desk. Monday, March 18, 2013.
Republican Senators Assistant Minority Leader Dave Thompson and Minority Leader David Hann watched the vote board as the health insurance exchange bill passed without any Republican votes.
DFL Senators Terri Bonoff and Melisa Franzen cast their yes votes for the bill.
Bill author Sen. Tony Lourey laughed with staffers including Stacie Weeks, center, after his bill passed.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
With the hourglass running out for his administration, President Barack Obama's health care law is struggling in many parts of the country. Double-digit premium increases and exits by big-name insurers have caused some to wonder whether "Obamacare" will go down as a failed experiment.
The new Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange, an online marketplace where one out every five Minnesotans could shop for health insurance next year, passed on a vote of 37-28 after a tense 12-hour debate.