Lawmakers remain stalemated over an assistance program for Minnesotans who can’t afford insulin, after a state Senate hearing Monday when Republicans presented their plan and Democrats raised numerous objections. G-O-P Senator Jim Abeler from Anoka warned his colleagues on both sides of the aisle…

“If one more person in Minnesota dies because the system was unable to come to an agreement on helping that person, we have failed — and there’ll be plenty of blame to go around.”

Republicans propose that drug makers provide free insulin to patients who can’t afford it.   Democrats want to charge drug manufacturers a fee to pay for a state-run assistance program.