"We need to abandon the state exchange, because it's been very costly and very inefficient," said Rep.
The average premium for these individual health insurance policies is spiking next year by an average of 50 percent or more -- an issue that
Dayton has proposed that lawmakers meet in a special session to provide rebates to those in the individual market who don't qualify for federal tax credits.
Dayton said Wednesday he doesn't want any such session to bog down over the future of MNsure and the health law. "The question is: What are the
Continuing MNsure could also fit with a plan to give states more autonomy, Parente said, but it's unclear how wedded state lawmakers are to continuing the exchange.
Abeler says he prefers the idea of a state exchange over a federal website. But he wants to see what new options might be available to the state going forward.
Dean argues that MNsure is hurting Minnesotans with poor website functions that make it difficult for people to sign up for coverage. But
"In eight days we have more than 20,000 people already enrolled -- that's a record," O'Toole said, adding, "We have the highest rate of insurance coverage in the state's history."
MNsure was hit with website problems and long call-center waits when it launched in 2013. Problems returned
Dayton said Wednesday that he "spoke the truth" when making the comment, noting that a federal report a few days later found premium increases of about 25 percent across the country. As in
"I may have provided the point of the spear," Dayton said, "but the spear was handed to them by the rising insurance prices that have afflicted so many Minnesotans and other Americans."
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