OPINION: MNsure 'fix' does nothing to help three southeastern Minnesota counties
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 9:50 AM
After weeks of complaints from southeastern Minnesota residents about MNsure and countless negative news stories, State Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) said Governor Dayton's administration still can't get it right.
One month after rolling out MNsure - Minnesota's version of Obamacare - it was discovered that southeastern Minnesota not only had the highest health insurance rates in the state, it also had limited health insurance options available to area residents.
On Oct. 30, the Department of Commerce and Health announced its "solution," which was to provide seven additional insurance options. The problem, according to Davids, is that the "fix" only applies to Olmsted and Dodge counties.
"The commerce commissioner says Minnesotans, regardless of where they live, deserve choices when purchasing health insurance coverage," Davids said, "so where is that choice for the good folks of Fillmore, Houston, and Winona counties? As it stands today, Governor Dayton's new agency continues to ignore their very real health insurance concerns."
Davids said that under this Obamacare debacle, MNsure prices for those seeking health insurance coverage in Winona, Fillmore, and Houston counties are finding that premiums are significantly higher than existing policies offered before MNsure was unveiled.
"This change for two southeastern Minnesota counties does nothing to address the affordability of MNsure," Davids said. "The fact remains that our residents had more health insurance choices at cheaper prices before the nightmare that is Obamacare became the law of the land."