That's a nightmare scenario for her, as she can remember working two jobs to pay an insurance plan in the 1980s to cover her daughter, who was born with liver issues.
"I knew that if I ever let that policy lapse, no one would ever cover her again," Warner said. "I don't want to see people go back to that. That is literally going to be a death sentence for millions of people if that happens."
Warner was among a crowd of about 50 people at
Ellison is touring the southern part of
Ellison stressed lowering the cost of prescription drugs is crucial to helping Minnesotans' ability to afford their lives.
"If your insulin has gone up 1,200% over the past 20 years, you might not be able to afford your life," he said.
Other residents were concerned state officials didn't have enough oversight on HMOs running federally-funded insurance for residents. Ellison said his office was looking into HMOs within the state but couldn't comment further as investigations are ongoing.
"It'd be nice to do something," he said.
Frost said he was also frustrated with ACA mandates that don't allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers, or insurance coverage that doesn't pay for prescriptions people need.
"I don't have a single nice thing to say about pharmacy benefit managers," he said.
Lawmakers did pass some prescription drug price transparency
Frentz pointed out
Getting the public to advocate for universal health care and lower insurance costs will be difficult, according to Frentz. About 61% of Minnesotans have employer-sponsored health insurance, which means they're not going to be as upset over health care prices.
"If we're going to move, there's going to be a jolt to the system, statewide or nationwide," Frentz said. "It's a jolt we should take, but it'll be a jolt nonetheless."
Ellison will hold a town hall in
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