Dayton, who has been among the strongest advocates for the package of health care reforms, said that while the Affordable Care Act has been a success in insuring more people and providing access to insurance for people with preexisting medical conditions, it also has "some serious blemishes and serious deficiencies."
Speaking to reporters, Dayton said insurance companies have driven up costs in order to participate in the state's MNsure program -- and gridlock in
"The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people," he said.
Dayton's comments followed the announcement earlier in October that individual premiums for people participating in MNsure will increase next year by an average of 50 to 67 percent. About 250,000 people purchase individual coverage on the market, which has seen other rate jumps and the departure of insurers like
But he added that the burden felt by people here is shared by others around the country.
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GOP House Speaker
The speaker said he is pleased to hear the governor be critical of the Affordable Care Act, but unsure if it points to a quick fix.
"I think that's good, but I need to see the governor's actions, not just his words," he said.
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