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Opposed MNSure rushed launch

Posted: November 5, 2013 - 6:09pm

Congratulations to the people who are working hard to make the Maslowski Wellness and Research Center become reality. I participated in the facility’s recent groundbreaking and sensed people are taking pride in this project. The facility will be a strong asset for our community and surrounding area.

In other news, our state’s new government-run health care system, MNsure, is experiencing many of the same problems as Obamacare: malfunctions, long waiting times, lackluster enrollment figures and more.

I strongly opposed MNsure when it was being hastily created in the Legislature. Unfortunately, it is turning into the costly, ill-advised, flawed expansion of government about which Republicans warned.

Zero Minnesotans have fully enrolled in MNsure since its Oct. 1 launch, with $150 million in taxpayer money having been spent on creating bureaucracy instead of delivering care. And, remember, Obamacare and MNsure are specifically about health insurance, not health care.

A recent St. Paul Pioneer Press article addressed MNsure’s “murky” enrollment numbers so far, indicating “Insurance companies point out that they haven’t yet received information from MNsure about any of the 406 people who are making plans to pay premiums.”

Neither MNsure nor Obamacare was ready for prime time when they took flight. Concerns many of us have regarding top priorities in these programs remain unanswered. Serious privacy issues exist, there is no guarantee patients can stay with their doctors of choice and costs are as much as 100 percent higher in some parts of the state when compared with current premiums. It also remains unclear how many of the people “in the system” are government assistance applicants or private customers.

Gov. Mark Dayton and fellow Democrats who created MNsure promised us the program would be self-sustaining, yet Minnesotans are understandably reluctant to enroll. Fewer enrollees would turn into even higher MNsure prices down the road.

Rep. Mark Anderson

Lake Shore

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