“Good luck to you. I admire anyone taking on the healthcare crusade. I remember Minnesota comparing prices to Wisconsin and in some cases Minnesota was better but in some areas Wisconsin was better. Go figure. I do know that Wisconsin property taxes are twice as high as Minnesota and I don't think given who's in control of Wisconsin that things are better there. I do hope we can take healthcare to the next level and see everyone covered especially in the red states where their governors are denying thousands coverage. Everyone deserves good quality healthcare. I hope it happens in our lifetime.”
“Yes it's interesting that because the Mayo clinic in Rochester is in SE Minnesota and many insurance companies choose not to offer plans. Yet going 60 miles north of Rochester and people are offered a wealth of reasonable plans in the Twin Cities. The mayo clinic hasn't signed on to any plan so I'm wondering why it should have any affect but it does. Those 7 additional plans you mentioned came from the same insurance company and were still as expensive as the others so that was no help. A National exchange would be great as would medicare for all or single payer. We are heading in the right direction. Just have to work some bugs out. I think had the federal government been involved there might have been more interest in creating competition. I hope when the new plans for next year come out they will have addressed this issue with more affordable plans in SE Minnesota. Every time I hear that Minnesota has the lowest rates I think sure if you leave out SE Minnesota they might but as long as this discrepancy is here they can't claim that they have the lowest statewide. SE Minnesotans should not be penalized for living there and right now they are.”
kaykaythere on Jun 2, 2014 at 14:22:55
“I totally agree Emily. Affordable healthcare for all is one of my crusades. I run a tiny free clinic in an inner city where we are overwhelmed with patients who could not get care any other way.
And is dismays me to see so many still being left out either because the insurance companies are only out for profit, or obstructionists somehow do not see that the words LIFE, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, only applies to those that can pay cash.
Please know that many of us through out the country are truly working for a better system. ACA is a start but not good enough. I know of 3 families who went together to purchase a very small piece of land in Wisconsin on the border and got healthcare through Wisconsin.”
“I will wait and see. I don't put any weight it "could." It's all speculation at this point. I will say that living in New York a good friend has gotten great coverage for less than half of what it would have cost before the ACA. Not to mention there are no pre-existing conditions clauses which affect up to half of us and no caps. I save $771 a month with each of my kids under 26 being on thanks to the ACA. Flexiblity for people is another big deal. Being able to get good coverage when you move to another state is a big plus. No longer do you have to be employed and part of a large group. You are free to work at whatever you want without needing an employer for healthcare. The list goes on and on. Insurance companies are thrilled because they have lots of new people on it. And they can't make more than 20% off of it. Medicare for all would be better but for now this is a step in the right direction.”
G8tor on Jun 3, 2014 at 05:46:24
“I dont disagree that some States like California and New York have benefited greatly from the ACA. Both had allowed Medical costs to rise to unbelievable levels. Just moving from California to Virginia saved me 48 percent on my costs seven years ago.”
“I am waiting to see if the gop in the Senate vote again against more benefits for veterans this week. They stopped it in February saying it was too expensive. Our vets deserve better and the gop in the Senate owe them an apology for voting against them. Even now they are not listening to veterans. Mr Burr doesn't even stay to listen to their concerns during hearings. We are watching and the gop as always is up to their old tricks. Their actions show they clearly do not care.”
“Having looked at many states on healthcare.gov I think the ones where the federal government run it are often better. Take the example of Minnesota and it's mnsure program. While it says it has some of the lowest rates of any state it clearly left SE Minnesota out of that. There are few policies available and all are very expensive. Clearly mnsure left the good people of SE Minnesota out when they created their mnsure exchange. I hope that changes but I'm not holding my breath.”
kaykaythere on Jun 1, 2014 at 16:52:04
“I have been following MNsure (and several other state exchanges).
It seems that MN had many issues, but from my understanding of the area you speak of is that the insurance companies in those areas would not enter in negotiation to work with the state to enter the exchange.
If I remember, they were able to negotiate an additional 7 plans, but the rates were still high.
The issue is true because the ACA still is a patchwork of Free Market allowing insurance companies to charge through the nose. I don't remember ever being promised that everyone everywhere would benefit. Common sense tells us that there will be some winner and some losers.
So at this point the decisions are -- FORCE insurers to put a GOOD product with cheap prices on the exchange? THAT is not the concept of the ACA. The concept of ACA was to offer policies in BULK to those who could not get employer insurance, who were denied coverage or could not afford coverage.
There was never a promise to FORCE a company to do this whole thing for free.
The other decision is should we have ONE NATIONAL exchange, were there is true bidding across all states for policies.
OR go NATIONALIZED healthcare where the profit incentive is taken out altogether.”
“I'm a big ACA supporter but this is what happened to my brother. He called many times but because of where he lives and the few plans available the plans they offer that are silver and gold don't qualify.”
“Where MNSURE has no competition rates are very high. In SE Minnesota there is only one company Medica and it charges 30% copays on many things while charging over$700 for a silver plan and $891 for a gold for one person. And someone making $24,000 gets no help paying for those outrageous monthly premiums. Wake up mnsure and do something. People cannot afford these high rates.”
Cynzke on Jun 1, 2014 at 09:10:09
“If you don't qualify for a subsidy then you should shop outside the public exchange for better rates. Insurance companies are still offering insurance alternative plans. There is wide competition outside the exchange and you are not required to purchase a public exchange offering.”
iirm on Jun 1, 2014 at 08:46:31
“You might be wrong. Check your facts, especially the salary statement. I know several people who got substantial subsidies and make above that amount. Check your facts.”
G8tor on Jun 1, 2014 at 07:04:21
“They are just going higher this year.”
azxff on Jun 1, 2014 at 00:14:53
“The statement that someone making $24k cannot qualify for a subsidy is suspicious... The subsidy comes from the Federal government, not Minnesota. I would check that again... $24k is awfully close to poverty level, it is poverty level if there are dependents involved.”
“So he trusted too much. One wonders why he didn't have vets around the Country check the wait times and report back to him. It seems they were keeping him in a bubble and that he trusted too much. A hard lesson to learn when fired. It would have been so much easier to ask a random group of vets what they were experiencing. And I blame every congressperson who got calls from vets about waiting times for not checking into it. This has been going on for far too long and there is plenty of blame to go around. Shame on the congresspeople who voted against the vets back in February. They will get another chance next week and we will see if they have learned anything.”
Sabrina Gray on May 30, 2014 at 21:33:58
“Well I know one Rep actually did contact Obama about this.”
“The Democratic party is all about honor as opposed to the right that wants to destroy honor every chance they get with their li es. They know if they tell them enough times some people will believe.”
libertyforall6567 on May 26, 2014 at 12:25:28
“look at them spew the same tired stale talking points. I like the part where they try to spew fox new talking points while ignoring the flaws of the republican party”
engineer 15 on May 26, 2014 at 11:32:22
“Sure they are that's why there are 4 dead Americans with no accountability for their deaths , The honor of the democrats was clearly visable when help was requested and refused . tell me what lies from the republicans ? Did the republicans tell you "If you like your healthcare ,you can keep it " ? Did the republicans tell you ."if you like your doctors ,you can keep them "? Did the republicans tell you " There are no new taxes in the ACA "? Did the republicans tell you a video caused the attack in Libya '?”
engineer 15 on May 26, 2014 at 10:37:44
“tell me all about lies, " If you like your healthcare ,you can keep it " how many times did we hear that ?”