Minnesota health exchange needs a strong board

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  • Updated: March 16, 2013 - 8:23 AM

Dayton should take ‘Team of Rivals’ approach in appointing board.

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rjbenkeMar. 13, 1310:34 PM

Gov. D should recruit Sen. Durenburger to chair the new board.

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callmeronMar. 14, 13 6:39 AM

Do you people realize how absolutely idiotic these stupid "health insurance exchanges" are or that websites allowing comparison shopping for health insurance--which is what this insanely stupid Democrat "health insurance exchange" is supposed to do--have existed for the past 15 years??? eHealthInsurance has been around since 1993. The State of Minnesota wasted $100 million to come up with a website duplicating what existing websites already do. How much more proof do you need of how absolutely brain dead stupid this Obamacare is?

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northhillMar. 14, 13 6:41 AM

This board must serve the best interests of the people of Minnesota; not the insurance industry.

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bluedevil101Mar. 14, 13 8:20 AM

Who is paying all these salaries and how much are these people going to be paid? Who will be paying the salaries for those administering the program? And for how long will these positions last? Will the savings President Obama speaks about from his program be enough to offset the costs to administer the program?

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bernice3Mar. 14, 1310:27 AM

northill (6:41am) is absolutely right. The worst thing about the U.S. health care system now is that we allow those who profit from it to RUN it. Insurance and drug companies make enormous profits because they have the money and a huge staff of lobbyists who can talk Congress into writing laws that benefit them instead of patients. (See the privatized Medicare Part D, for example, which is written to guarantee profits while leaving seniors with high drug costs to pay full price after the insurance companies have paid what they consider their limit for the year. This can happen before half the year has passed. The member of Congress who let the companies write this legislation is now Big Pharma's chief lobbyist at $2 million year.) This is no time for some members of a Team of Rivals to guarantee the same power and influence and profits to what should be, while FAIR to the companies, be structured to also be fair to their captive customers. Which means there must be no board members from the profiting industries.

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davehougMar. 14, 1311:40 AM

This board must serve the best interests of the people of Minnesota - - - AGREED, just wondering where the deep knowledge of health insurance will come from if insurance people are forbidden.

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wingophersMar. 14, 1312:48 PM

The Governor also should keep in mind the need for real consumer advocacy and persons that have had a personal medical journey that can relate to those citizens that will have access to health insurance for either the first time or have not had it for a long time. The health delivery and insurance industry should not be the main voice on the board.

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honeybooMar. 15, 13 7:36 AM

Listen carefully to that growing rumble ... It's the sound of Minnesotans stameding their way to Mexico for healthcare. This exhange business has all the signs of being another U Board of Regents poliical boondoggle.

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