That is, if he beats
Hagedorn went on the attack for part of the meeting, where he blamed Walz and the lawmakers who supported the ACA for insurance costs increasing in some parts of
Earlier this month, several insurers released proposed 2007 individual and small group health insurance rates, which increased between 36 and 66 percent from this year. About 5 percent of Minnesotans will be affected by the increases, while many who receive insurance through their employers,
Hagedorn outlined a series of proposals to combat rising prices, including allowing interstate health insurance competition, expanded Health Savings Accounts to encourage medical care shopping and healthy living, more transparency from hospitals and clinics on the cost of basic procedures, and separate insurance pools for people with pre-existing and expensive medical conditions to drive down costs for others.
He also supports continuing to let children stay on their parents' insurance through age 26 and wants to mandate pharmaceutical companies to charge
Many of the 30 or so people who attended the forum supported Hagedorn's plan. Yet not everyone agreed with his proposals.
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"Without insurance, we probably would have faced financial ruin, and I don't know if we would have, under the old system, we would have been able to keep our insurance," she said.
"If we don't win this election and go to
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