Tevlin: Not too many sure things at MNsure’s new hot line

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 3, 2013 - 8:28 PM

The “trained service representative” answered my call to MNsure’s new customer contact center within seconds.

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drichmnSep. 3, 13 8:49 PM

anybody who has health insurance through an employer is in for a shock when having to purchase your own insurance. That's nothing new.

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vernSep. 3, 13 9:36 PM

Sorry Jon, this isn't RomneyCare. Nice try but the Democrats own this bill! Only Democrats voted for it & the President signed it into law. I'm not surprised that Al Franken wouldn't answer your questions. I hope everyone remembers that Franken & Klobuchar are responsible for passing this. They OWN it!!

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denialoSep. 3, 13 9:45 PM

Careful Jon, this kind of article can get you fired. Exposing the massive failure known as Obamacare wont sit well with the Strib or any other liberals.

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greatg90Sep. 3, 1310:20 PM

Three years from medicare eligibility, I too called and had the same experience. The TSR was lively, humorous, and informative (even though there is not that much information available until 10/1) and she made sure that I knew that. The calculator used gave me a cost of over $300 per month more than I am already paying. I hope that when the participants of this plan have their information ready, that this amount will drop precipitously or we will, as I suspected, be filling the coffers of the insurance industry. Let's get single payer as quickly as possible.

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holtjanSep. 4, 13 6:39 AM

I am also three years from Medicare, am insulin dependent diabetic and currently pay just over $1000 a month for COBRA health insurance (other option was the state). I haven't looked too closely at MNsure yet (waiting for 10/1) but I have to believe that I can find decent insurance for less. I would be happy if I had to pay only $600 or so a month. I also would like to see single payer, but that would deny the health care/insurance industries their high profits and bonus.

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tmrichardsonSep. 4, 13 7:48 AM

Another comment. I learned from just a few minutes perusing the MNSure website--just about every question Tevlin asked is clearly answered in their "frequently asked questions" link!

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dentesterSep. 4, 13 9:56 AM

You don't get it, Jon. The system has been designed to fail. When insurance companies have to charge the same premiums for sick people as they do for healthy people, they will eventually have to raise their premiums to cover the costs or go broke. When that happens, the people in this country who demand that government take care of them will elect politicians who will pass universal government health care. And when the government controls your health care, they control your fate. Think about that.

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mrsjafhSep. 4, 1311:09 AM

I have to laugh when people who get their health insurance thru their workplace and then they complain about what share they have taken out for their health insurance from their paycheck! I tell them to pay $757.50 EACH MONTH entirely from their OWN EARNINGS and to have a $3000 deductible that they have to meet first before the BCBS plan will pay ANYTHING and THEN THEY CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT their employer subsidized health plan! I generally get a look of SHOCK from these people!! Welcome to my world!! I am looking forward to buying insurance on MNSURE and will get a subsidy and have competition between the insurers! What a great "free market" based approach that will be and convenient too! I called the consumer call center and I found them to be very informative and helpful! Good riddance to the "old" way of purchasing health insurance and a big "welcome" to the new!!

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mrsjafhSep. 4, 1311:17 AM

I have to laugh when people who get their health insurance thru their workplace and then they complain about what share they have taken out for their health insurance from their paycheck! I tell them to pay $757.50 EACH MONTH entirely from their OWN EARNINGS and to have a $3000 deductible that they have to meet first before the BCBS plan will pay ANYTHING and THEN THEY CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT their employer subsidized health plan! I generally get a look of SHOCK from these people!! Welcome to my world!! I am looking forward to buying insurance on MNSURE and will get a subsidy and have competition between the insurers! What a great "free market" based approach that will be and convenient too! I called the consumer call center and I found them to be very informative and helpful! Good riddance to the "old" way of purchasing health insurance and a big "welcome" to the new!!

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rayk1800Sep. 4, 13 7:05 PM

Seriously, health insurance through employers in my experience is great. Paying for insurance yourself is really expensive and you may not be insured for a number of reasons. If your BP is high, or you weigh more then the chart, you won't get insurance right now. According to the calculator on MNSure, I will pay $318 a month with a $498 tax credit. That's the Silver plan. I can live with $318 a month.

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