For years, Americans and Minnesotans have been assured by Democrats that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" under ObamaCare. But now that ObamaCare is here and being implemented, the tune is changing.
The Star Tribune reported this week that "[a]t least 140,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own are being notified that their plans will no longer be available under the new federal health care law." Nationally, it's estimated about 15 million people will lose their current health plans, which could rise to as high as 93 million once the employer mandate kicks in.
For thousands of Minnesota families, these canceled plans could result in thousands of dollars each year in increased costs for health insurance. I frankly think Minnesotans are owed an apology from Governor Dayton, who has been leading the charge in fully embracing the effort to bring ObamaCare to Minnesota.
There's no way around it: ObamaCare is hurting families here in Minnesota and across the country. It's not just talking points anymore. Now that ObamaCare is here, Minnesotans are starting to feel the impacts: higher costs, fewer choices, and canceled plans.
In parts of Southeast Minnesota, for instance, residents are given one option to pick from through MNsure, Minnesota's ObamaCare exchange. One. How's that for choice? What's worse, many plans sold through the exchange are far more expensive than plans that are no longer available on the private market. If you don't qualify for tax credits to help offset the higher costs, you're out of luck.
Have you received a cancellation notice? How is ObamaCare impacting your family or your community? I want to hear from you -- please don't hesitate to contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 651-296-4229.