Minnesota’s insurance exchange wins approval

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY and DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 20, 2012 - 9:54 PM

The health care exchanges are designed to help consumers find affordable coverage by 2014.

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drposterDec. 20, 1211:57 AM

Say goodbye to your employer supplied plan. Now we can be offered the worst plans for the highest margin.

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acctsah2Dec. 20, 1212:10 PM

Finally. I was wondering when my tax dollars would be wasted.

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roymercerDec. 20, 1212:13 PM

The Feds had no choice but to approve MN's exchange. The truth is, they haven't a clue about how this will go down. They're even more terrified of states that have punted exchanges back to them.

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ranger78Dec. 20, 1212:17 PM

What the story doesn't say is why only 15 states have gone ahead with setting up state run exchanges. The reason is cost. If the state sets it up, the state will be responsible for all costs going forward. Including whatever mandated changes the Washington beaurocrats decide they want to make. Dayton was one of the few governors foolish enough to put their own taxpayers on the hook.

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chuckdancerDec. 20, 1212:21 PM

The parrot wrote: "Say goodbye to your employer supplied plan. Now we can be offered the worst plans for the highest margin."***** ********************************************** Already there pal. No employer insurance, worst plan at highest margin. No reform needed to acccomplish that.

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gutshotDec. 20, 1212:54 PM

70 million seems like a lot!!!

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asdfasdfDec. 20, 12 1:01 PM

the worst plan is employer provided... it was a boondoggle from the beginning. It was never meant to be a model for a national health care plan. It was a perk offered during WWII to lure talent. It is inefficient, wildly expensive, requires massive amounts of redundancy, doesn't allow for efficient collection of data to improve practice. And, even though I have employer provided health care, it should go away. Take the difference in cost between a well-run federal program and my employer provided plan and give me the difference as a raise and everyone wins (me especially). But my employer pays less (the increase in taxes would more than be made up by getting the expense off the books) and my salary goes up.

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godiveDec. 20, 12 1:15 PM

@asdfasdf - There is not such thing as a "Well-run federal program" never has been and never will

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SammyBoyDec. 20, 12 1:28 PM

Way to go for the high score on hyperbole, godive. And so many facts to back up your well-reasoned opinion.

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jimjimjimjimDec. 20, 12 1:40 PM

"State operated"... We don't need to hear anymore than that to know that this is going to be a huge waste of money and will create a huge number of government jobs.

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