Editorial: Health care shopping

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 8, 2012 - 8:26 PM

Creating buy-in is key to building Minnesota's new exchange.

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Willy53Nov. 9, 12 5:14 AM

The health exchange is at the very core of competitive health care shopping! The problem with small business is that they have been overwhelmed with misinformation about the exchange. Over the next 4 years all small businesses in the United States will be part of one insurance pool. This means it will be a bigger pool than the government's or the largest US corporation and thus enjoy the insurance rate advantages those pools enjoy. In other words rates will be competitive with the best corporte and government policies because of the massive number of poeple in the pool. Get it small business? This is a HUGE advantage to you! Time for business and citizens to turn off Fox TV and the republican sound machine, roll up their sleeves and get busy taking advantage of a very practical health care law.

FrankLNov. 9, 1210:35 AM

This will fail like every other proposal because the biggest problem has not been fixed. There is no price transparency when getting health care. When I take my car in to get fixed I get an estimate that is usually accurate, yet I can not get the same out of a doctor's office. Don't tell me it is too complicated, because every garage seems to be able to come up with a good faith estimate despite complicated repairs, but good luck getting a price even on a routine knee surgery. Thus, consumers have no information or incentive to use a cheaper healthcare option.

rpander9Nov. 9, 1211:20 AM

Can someone please point me to where I can find information on this statement from the editorial "it was a no-brainer to capitalize on the state's health expertise and build a custom-made version instead of letting the federal government impose one"

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