I ran for office the first time over frustration with passage of the #ACA. Many knew the damage the law would do to our insurance market.
We knew that “If you like your plan you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Families will save $2500 per year.” was political posturing at best and a lie at worst.
The technology of MNsure was supposed to be the Travelocity of health coverage. Thousands of Minnesotans struggled to enroll. MNSURE lost paperwork. MNsure lost insurance records. MNsure wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. MNsure wasted county time and money (and more taxpayer dollars.) MNsure wasted hours of time for insurance brokers trying to help their clients through MNsure. MNsure wasted hours of Minnesota citizens’ lives- hours they will never get back.
MNsure is also responsible for the death of a Minnesotan.https://youtu.be/P6omqp30Dz0
The ACA also destroyed our individual insurance market. In 2016 thousands of farm famlies, small business owners, and individuals had the rug pulled out from under them as the individual insurance market nearly collapsed.
Minnesota implemented the ACA fully as the Democrats and Jonathan Gruber designed it.
I sat on every taskforce and working group to deal with the ACA/MNsure. I raised concerns, fought bad ideas with better ideas: letters to the editor, hours of radio, amendments, bills, meetings with the Governor. All fell on deaf ears.
Today, something changed. Things finally got so bad, the Governor could no longer ignore the problem. He admitted that the ACA was too expensive for Minnesotans.
I am ready to work to fix our insurance problems. I have waited for 4-long years to bring forward ideas and have them tested in public.
A moment of “See, I told you so” is tempting.
Every day I meet Minnesotans who don’t know where to turn for help as they are crushed by the cost of health insurance. If a moment of gloating keeps me from the table where we work on this problem, then I have failed.
I am cautiously optimistic that the Governor is ready to focus on solving this very real, very painful, very expensive challenge.