Wrong for Minnesota

Jeff Johnson’s Healthcare Plan Would Hurt Minnesotans with Pre-existing Conditions

Serena knows how scary it is to be denied insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions. She has epilepsy, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and bipolar disorder, and was once denied insurance because of her pre-existing conditions. During that time, when she got sick, she didn’t go to the doctor because she was worried the bill would be too expensive. She constantly worried if she’d be able to afford her anti-seizure medication that costs over $1,000 per month out-of-pocket.

Jeff Johnson wants to take us back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage or charge more for people with pre-existing conditions like Serena.

Under Johnson’s healthcare plan, people with pre-existing conditions like Serena would be put back into high-risk pools and insurance companies could charge skyrocketing costs or even deny coverage. According to the Star Tribune, 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.”

WCCO reported that under Jeff Johnson’s healthcare 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.”

Kare 11 also verified that Jeff Johnson “wants to change the system in ways that would make healthcare more expensive for some Minnesotans.”

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