It’s Time for Healthcare Solutions that Actually Work

 Republicans champion patient-centered, common-sense improvements to Minnesota health insurance 

Today, Republicans announced they will promote common-sense alternatives to the government-run healthcare of Obamacare and its Minnesota version, MNSure.
(Republican Healthcare Solutions)

Democrats promised that Obamacare/MNSure would lower insurance costs by $2,500 per family per year, and that individuals could keep their doctor or health plan if they liked. However, in the months following the October 1st, 2013, opening of the Health Insurance Exchange and the $160 million spent on the failed MNSure system, citizens have flooded their local legislators with stories showing the exact opposite effect.
“We recently received a letter from our insurance company that our insurance will be going up $1200 per year (over and above the $4200 we’re already paying each year) for my husband and I,” said one constituent. “I’m sure we should be grateful that they didn’t cancel us completely as they have to so many others, but an additional $1200 per year is NOT cool!”

Another constituent wrote to MNGOP saying, “I have just been informed that I have one week to decide [if] I want to be laid off with severance pay or have my pay and hours cut in half with no healthcare, unless I want to pay the high costs. And I have M.S.”

While the government added millions of people to Medicaid, which already existed, the impact of Obamacare/MNSure on individual and small employer group plans was to increase premiums and deductible costs, while limiting doctors and choices. Federal requirements have crowded out Minnesota innovations. Insurance agents are seeing the disastrous results. “Almost our entire book of small group business along with individual policies are being negatively affected,” said one insurance broker.

“The MNSure/Obamacare system is filled with broken promises and dysfunctional mechanics,” said Keith Downey, Minnesota Republican Party Chair. “We don’t need a government take-over. What we need are common-sense fixes to our health insurance system that bring down the cost, raise the quality, and help people successfully enroll in insurance. Republicans have offered these solutions for years, and I am excited to see the realistic answers that will come out of the Solution Center.”

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