Republican state representative and candidate-for-governor Matt Dean is introducing a bill to dismantle the MNsure state-run health insurance exchange — arguing most people using it are already on publicly-subsidized programs that are better handled by the counties. Dean says to the Dayton administration, “Just say it didn’t work. Admit it didn’t work. We made a mistake. Let’s try to make something work for people who are on public programs and for people who want to shop for private health insurance moving forward.” MNsure C-E-O Allison O’Toole says on this first day of open enrollment that she’s focused on getting as many Minnesotans as possible signed up and saving money. O’Toole says, “Anything right now to try and hinder that, I’m not happy about.”
Dean responds the state already spent hundreds of million of dollars on a system that wasn’t necessary and didn’t work — and the Dayton administration wants to spend 200 million dollars more to try to fix it.