Huntley Questions Vets Who Complain Of Federal Health Care

Some opponents to the state getting more involved in a federal health-care program receive veterans’ benefits funded by Washington, which led state Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth, to question their effectiveness in advocating against federal money.

One was Leon Moe of Cottage Grove, one of three people Gov. Mark Dayton let speak Wednesday against an executive order he was signing to take part in the new federal medical program.

Moe said he has received medical care from the Veterans Administration for 41 years.

“I totally understand what government health care is all about,” he said. “I oppose this legislation.”

Some Democrats said that those opposed to Washington-funded health care also should turn down other federal assistance such as veterans’ care and Medicare.