Preston, Minn. – Proposed health insurance rate increases disclosed Wednesday on Healthcare.gov show potential hikes of 13 to 56 percent for MNsure customers. Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston), a member of the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee, released the following statement in response to the news of another round of drastic cost increases for Minnesota families.
“Today's news is another disheartening sign that Obamacare and MNsure are not working for Minnesotans. Contrary to claims that insurance rates are solely a ‘business decision,’ these proposed prices are a consequence of flaws in federal policy that punish Minnesota consumers and toss aside decades of innovation in Minnesota’s health care system. Today’s news is also partly a result of the decision made during one-party, DFL control in Minnesota to put a 3.5 percent tax on people’s health insurance to pay for a broken government website.
“This session, House Republican successfully passed reforms to establish more oversight over Obamacare in Minnesota, bring greater transparency in insurance prices and create a waiver that could give Minnesotans more affordable health care options."