Wrong for Minnesota

Jeff Johnson’s Health Care Plan Would Hurt Minnesotans like Austin

Austin was born with a medical condition and only given six months to live, but he defied the odds and is here thriving today. Without health insurance, he wouldn’t be able to get the care he needs.

Jeff Johnson’s health care plan would take away insurance from hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans and could deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, while lining the pockets of the wealthy few and big insurance companies.

In an August 2014 Star Tribune commentary Johnson wrote, “My first goal as governor would be to apply for a waiver from the federal government, exempting us from Obamacare.” On his website, he says that he wants to repeal Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage mandates.

Under Johnson’s plan, the “higher cost and program restrictions could force patients to drop insurance, perhaps up to 300,000 in the worst-case scenarios. And insurance companies would not be required to cover all pre-existing conditions, which is required under the Affordable Care Act.”

Minnesotans with pre-existing conditions would be put into a high-risk pool and insurance companies could charge skyrocketing costs or even deny coverage. When Minnesota had a high-risk pool before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), “customers paid higher-than-usual premiums and had deductibles of as much as $10,000 per person.”

We need a governor like Tim Walz who will put Minnesotans’ health over insurance company profits and make sure that everyone, regardless of where they live, where they’re from, or their pre-existing conditions, have access to quality, affordable health care.