Mike McFadden doesn't provide health insurance to his campaign staffers

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During a May 22 appearance on Detroit Lakes' KDLM radio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden was asked what lessons from his business career he's taking with him on the campaign trail.

McFadden, who most recently worked as co-CEO of a Minneapolis-based investment bank, replied, "Well, I think I've gained some very, very, very relevant experience. Jake, one, in the business you have to be results-oriented, you have to be people-oriented, you have to know how to motivate. I know what it's like to make a payroll, I know what it's like to provide healthcare for my employees." (emphasis ours)

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A DFL source got in touch to point out the uncomfortable fit between McFadden's comments and the fact that he doesn't provide health insurance to his own campaign staffers.

Sen. Al Franken, by contrast, does provide his campaign staffers with health and dental insurance, and did back in 2008 as well.

It's not unheard of for Republicans to provide their campaign staffers with health insurance. For instance, Rod Grams did so during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate reelection campaign back in 2000, according to a conservative source who was on Grams's staff that year.

Reached for comment, McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson says, "We compensate our employees in a way that allows them to purchase their own insurance plans that fit their needs. The Democrats should be less concerned with how our campaign operates and more concerned with the fact that Al Franken voted for a healthcare law that kicked 140,000 Minnesotans off their insurance plans."

Pressed on the disconnect between McFadden's radio remarks and how he treats his own staffers, Erickson pointed out the "proper context for that quote" is "Mike is talking about what's it's like running a business in the private sector."

But whether you're talking about the private sector or a political campaign, Franken spokesperson Alexandra Fetissoff tells us all workers deserve health insurance coverage.

(For more, click to page two.)


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Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

It comes out of the campaign funds. It's not unusual or illegal. Many politicians have done this.

Jeremy Deysach
Jeremy Deysach

Who pays for the insurance? Is it paid for by political contributions? That could really be a misappropriation of campaign finances.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

So basically, the dude who doesn't believe in Obamacare is sending all his employees out to buy plans through it? Conservatives are very odd people.

Natalie Goodwill
Natalie Goodwill

And also the point seems to be that he said he knows what it's like to provide healthcare to his employees when in fact he does not. So he lied.

Carrie Graf
Carrie Graf

Because its too hard for some people to click and read (Mel UgoFurst), "Sen. Al Franken, by contrast, does provide his campaign staffers with health and dental insurance, and did back in 2008 as well."

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

Just love how they misrepresent articles by using biased and skewed headlines.

Salem Mahmoud
Salem Mahmoud

Did you even read the article? Either you didn't or you have low retention.

Kim VanderZiel
Kim VanderZiel

Actually read the article and a few of your questions will be answered.

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

Do any dfler's provide insurance for staffers? Or is city pages cherry picking again? Perhaps there's other republicans or independents who provide insurance? Does klobuchar? Does franken?

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

It's a good thing they can fall back on to Obama care

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Hey Republicans, good job nominating this Mitt Romney clone.   What kind of servile boot lick wants to vote for some douchey investment banker.  

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

insurance is even too expensive for the CEO of an investment bank!

webcelt
webcelt

Yeah, what does it matter if a candidate for high office readily says things he knows are false?

minneapolisvibe
minneapolisvibe

That article refers to CONGRESSIONAL staff, not campaign staff. Pay attention or don't bother trying to contribute if you don't have the required reading level to even get something so basic wrong.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Well, if you read the story, you'd see that Franken does and did in 2008.  Actually, the story mentions that Rod Grams did, in 2000.

Isn't is cool what you can learn from reading articles?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@godurdumb  Good handle.  According to the story, McFadden says he pays his campaign staffers to buy their own insurance through ObamaCare.

So, not volunteers.  And he's so opposed to ObamaCare he's having his own campaign employees use it.  Similar to the way the Wal-Mart funds politicians who want to slash Welfare, but hands out Welfare registration forms to their own employees, whom they pay so little they are eligible for Welfare despite having, you know, jobs.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

@swmnguy Conservatives like Mel are very lazy people. They're used to having other people do things for them, like you reading the article for him or FOX News telling him how to think. Lazy lazy people.

KennyX
KennyX

@swmnguy So when are you moving to China? After all, you do love universal health care, government-mandated wages, government control of everything, etc. etc.  

KennyX
KennyX

@henk.tobias0 And people like you allow MSNBC and lame ass Weekly's like CP tell you how to think. Let me guess. You probably still think that Oblundercare isn't a tax. You probably also think that those who liked their plans could keep their plans. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@KennyX  China doesn't really have universal health care, or government-mandated wages, or government control of everything.  The loopholes they allow for well-connected crony businesses are amazing.  Kind of like here, actually.  Except there's more actual free enterprise in China today.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@KennyX Remember folks Kenny is nothing but a fat stupid liar on Obamacare.  He loves to lie and make false claims but stupid can never prove them.  That's because he is nothing but a stupid bigot troll loser.  

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@KennyX  "Oblundercare" is not a tax.  It's a taxpayer bailout of the healthcare finance industry, which would have priced itself out of business if not for the privatization of the Treasury to save it.  And people who actually have to buy their own insurance are used to their insurance companies cancelling their policies and moving them to different plans every couple of years.  As soon as a plan isn't profitable enough, it is cancelled.  Anybody who buys insurance on the private market, or runs a business, or has employees, knows this.  Plan churning by the insurance industry was old news before "Oblundercare" was written by the Heritage Foundation in 1992 at the request of the Insurance industry and the largest corporate employers.  Really, Kenny.  You should run a business or have some financial responsibilities before you comment on such matters.

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