Minnesota lawmakers take their swipes at MNsure

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Insurance exchange’s switch to downgrade contractor is a focus.

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drfranktJan. 9, 14 5:09 PM

The oversight board didn't have their first meeting until May and didn't have full authority until AUGUST??? Enrollment is running 85% below low end projections??? $150 million hard earned taxpayer dollars spent up to this point??? Can this debacle fully supported by the democrat controlled house and senate, praised by the MN legislature and governor, possibly get any worse? Oh yes it can...unless a lot of uneducated voters smarten up between now and November 2014 and 2016!

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drfranktJan. 9, 14 5:27 PM

The oversight board didn't have their first meeting until May and didn't have full authority until AUGUST??? Enrollment is running 85% below low end projections??? $150 million hard earned taxpayer dollars spent up to this point??? Can this debacle fully supported by the democrat controlled house and senate, praised by the MN legislature and governor, possibly get any worse? Oh yes it can...unless a lot of uneducated voters smarten up between now and November 2014 and 2016!

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panktainterJan. 9, 14 5:33 PM

Gee whiz, who voted for this mess? Unfortunately the sheep of MN will continue to vote along party lines no matter what ill will comes out of it. Come on, vote for credentials, values and the betterment of the people instead of any party. Sickening. We deserve who we vote or don't vote for.

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jrparkinJan. 9, 14 5:51 PM

I'm not sure that UnitedHealth can be trusted as a savior. They earn 5-6 $Billion a year off the backs of health care providers and their policy holders. Their CEO makes over $100 million a year and they have a history of huge fines for ripping off providers, patients and their own stockholders. I frankly am embarrassed that they are based in MN. John Parkin M.D.

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chasgoodniteJan. 9, 14 5:58 PM

drfrankt/panktainter: The uneducated vote is the key to staying in office and climbing the political ladder. It almost looks like it's been crafted on purpose, doesn't it?

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tkr380Jan. 9, 14 6:00 PM

Don't hold your breath waiting for Mark Dayton to FIRE the MNSURE BOARD of DIRECTORS for their incompetence with the web site. Each of the directors is either a personal friend or political donor to Mark Dayton. He sacrificed competence to once again reward cronies with positions.

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julieannemJan. 9, 14 6:14 PM

As one of those who gave up in frustration after months of trying to buy insurance from the MnSure site, I finally spent about 15 minutes and bought health insurance directly from one of the insurance companies. Since the MnSure site crashed numerous times, and I never got a chance to speak to a customer service rep, I still don't know if I qualify for a subsidy/tax credit. After giving up on the website, I e-mailed MnSure several times to request a paper application. Again, no response; no paper application in the mail. Let's hope the legislative auditor and legislators take this meltdown seriously. Unbelievable failure to launch.

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julievojoJan. 9, 14 7:01 PM

We applied on 10/10/12, application is STILL pending 3 months later..... no response to my emails and when I try to call I get a wait time of 40 minutes or more. I'm sure no one will be willing to take custody of this mess.

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pagemarshJan. 9, 14 7:27 PM

I dream of a day when we have a single-payer system. Everyone is going to need health care at some point in their lives and the fact that we have private insurance companies entangled in this mess will only make things worse. Businesses are great at maximizing profits and there is nothing wrong with that. However, when it comes to my health, I want to maximize my health and not someone else's profits. I would wager that a majority of insurance plan holders don't fully understand all the nuances of their various policies. They may have good insurance, but are afraid it isn't very good or they have terrible health insurance and think they're covered. In Japan, everyone pays 30% of their total health care costs (dental included) up to a yearly cap and costs are controlled. Rates between hospitals and clinics for various services vary by less than a couple dollars. Granted, their system good use a little tweaking, but given America's population growth expectancy...I see absolutely no reason why we couldn't switch to a system modeled on Japan's health care system.

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albundy74Jan. 9, 14 7:39 PM

@panktainter:"Come on, vote for credentials, values and the betterment of the people instead of any party." Amen. Amen. Amen. If and when people voted like this instead of for a token party, meaningful, intelligent change would follow.

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