CHICAGO -- Minnesota's plan to extend health care to uninsured residents through a new tax on hospitals and doctors in the state, its immediate neighbors, and Canada faces opposition from out-of-state medical providers.

The 2% tax Minnesota intends to levy on hospitals beginning Jan. 1 is supposed to help finance the state's MinnesotaCare program. That program, passed by the state Legislature in April, is an attempt to ensure access to health care for all Minnesota residents.

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