Wrong for Minnesota

Minnesota Doctors Know that Jeff Johnson’s Health Care Plan Would Hurt Families

Medical professionals like Dr. Stuart Hanson know that Jeff Johnson’s health care plan would be a disaster for working Minnesotans.

Dr. Stuart Hanson practiced pulmonary care and critical medicine in Minnesota for over 40 years and recently retired. He was practicing when Minnesota had a high-risk pool. During that time, insurance companies could deny patients health insurance for having a pre-existing condition. Those patients would then be put into the high-risk pool. Many could not afford insurance through the high-risk pool because it was so expensive and would instead go without insurance entirely, leaving them unable to afford medications and treatments. That’s what Jeff Johnson is proposing going back to in his plan.

Under Jeff Johnson’s health care plan, people with pre-existing conditions would be put into a high-risk pool and insurance companies could charge skyrocketing costs or 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.”

According to health care experts, 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.”

We need a governor like Tim Walz who will put families’ 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 care.