We can’t trust Jeff Johnson to do what’s best for our health.
Johnson would take away health insurance from hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans while lining the pockets of the wealthy few and big insurance companies.
Under Johnson’s healthcare plan, people with pre-existing conditions 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 also 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.”
Johnson’s disastrous plan isn’t anything new – he has a long history of trying to deny healthcare for working families.
In an August 2014 Star Tribune commentary he 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 ACA coverage mandates.
In August 2013, the Pioneer Press reported that:
…Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, state Sen. Dave Thompson and state Rep. Kurt Zellers said during a candidate forum that they would try to close the new online marketplace for health insurance…
We need a governor who will put our 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.