Minnesota health exchange will have options for business

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: April 8, 2013 - 7:18 AM

Federal delays underscore need for homegrown insurance exchange.

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supervon2Apr. 7, 13 7:56 PM

Nowhere in the article does it mention how many people the state is going to hire just to run this fiasco. Plus, they take 3% off the top. How much do you want to bet, that is a few years this will be at 5-6%?

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mplsjoejoApr. 7, 1310:02 PM

Here we go, welcome to Europe style health care and Europe style politics. Now we will have bureaucrats screwing up the health care and every political discussion or topic will revert to health care issues. What should have remained in the hands of the individuals, local, and state governments will now be on the federal level also and health care and every national political concern will suffer greatly. Oh and btw health care has gone up, it now costs over $16,000 for a family to buy a years worth of health insurance, next year it may approach $20,000.

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jbpaperApr. 8, 13 5:35 AM

The exchange is not even up and running and the Strib is already praising the state for the work they did on. Maybe we should wait and see how it works before giving them too much credit.

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twinsajsfApr. 8, 13 6:57 AM

mplsjoejo--"What should have remained in the hands of the individuals, local, and state governments will now be on the federal level"--Ironically, this is the exact point of the article! Instead of being proactive at the State level like Minnesota, many (red) states have abdicated their responsibility in hopes of undermining Obamacare. As a result, they risk losing State control and FORCING the Federal Gov't to run it for them. It gets even more ironic when you consider that Obamacare was a conservative, Republican idea originally, hatched in response to Clinton's European style, single-payer, Gov't run health care plan in the early 90's. Now, Republicans are the one's forcing at least the first step towards Fed. Gov't control. Sometimes, truth really is stranger than fiction!

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bblheadApr. 8, 13 9:08 AM

As a small business owner, I feel the CONCEPT of an exchange has merit. However, legislation dictating that small businesses could not gain cooperative insurance was the first problem. That is now addressed. However, the main problem, namely the extreme cost of insurance, has yet to be addressed. Sadly, the so called 'not for profit' health insurance entities are charging very high fees. My question remains 'where does the money go?" The government should not be mandating what people receive as a benefit of employment. Benefits are just that and are the 'carrot' utilized to find good employees. This goes along with the entitlement mentality of "I show up to work most days, sort of on time. Why don't I deserve a raise?" No matter how well intentioned this legislation is, it will simply raise the cost of medical care and insurance, disenfranchise many Americans, and hurt small businesses. Why should entry level employment be provided health care insurance? Once you've been there a while, gotten merit based raises, and developed skills of value, then we can talk - we being the employee and the employer.

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bluedevil101Apr. 8, 1310:59 AM

If we recall, President Obama said that if we liked our current health coverage we would be able to keep it. We need to hold him to that. If employers start to dump coverage so that employees go the exchange system, there needs to be pressure brought to bear on those who supported this program. I have not been able to get a response from Sens Franken and Klobuchar or Rep Paulsen on this question. I expect the President to be true to his word on this.

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tbdbitl7881Apr. 8, 1312:20 PM

Why would the President be any more "true to his word" on this subject than he has been on any other? Before 0bamaCare was passed, it was stated that costs would go down by thousands per year per person. Now, even before any of this boondoggle takeover gets out of its infancy, the Feds are already admitting "Yes, it will cost everybody more". I already *know* that the company I am with will be dumping everyone on the government program within a year after this all goes into place. The penalty that the owner would pay will be less than half of what he already pays for insurance. Smaller businesses have to survive somehow in this 0bama anti-business climate.

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vegasgalApr. 8, 13 2:27 PM

I will be purchasing my health insurance on the exchange. I will have no other choice. And yes, the whole thing makes me very nervous but I have no choice to be on the front line of this transition. I am in the MN high risk pool which will be shut down and we will be "transitioned" to the exchange. So those of us who need health insurance the most, will be the first ones in line. I am hoping for the best. I wish people would start focusing on making the exchange work well for Minnesotans rather wasting everyone's time wishing it away. Obamacare is not going away. That ship has sailed. Now lets try and make it work for theose who will be using the exchange.

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melloncollieApr. 8, 13 8:16 PM

Shouldn't the democrats have planned this out BEFORE voting on it? Half the states are not going to be prepared by 2014 and are granted waivers. But, that is what we get for electing politicians who vote on a bill that not one of them read.

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kindaliberalApr. 9, 1310:28 AM

“As a result of establishing MNsure, Minnesota controls its own destiny and is not tied to what the federal government chooses to deliver,’’ Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter said in a statement. “Independence from federal control was and continues to be a compelling reason for MNsure.’’----Are conservatives really against this? Republican governors have ceded control to the feds, who would have thunk it?

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