Minnesota is the nation’s health care leader, but that does not mean we can sit back on our accomplishments. I have consistently supported consumer-centric solutions that let individuals and families find the most affordable care that suits their needs.

At the Capitol I will fight for:

  • High-quality, affordable healthcare for Minnesotans
  • Empowering consumers with control over their health care decisions
  • Reducing excessive mandates that drive up costs
  • Keeping the government out of the doctor’s office

Recently, the Legislative Auditor released their report on MNsure, stating that our health care exchange’s “failures outweighed its achievements.” That is disappointing for Minnesotans who purchased health care through MNsure as well as for taxpayers who spent nearly $200 million to build it.

With more than 70 percent of MNsure enrollees already having insurance, it seems Minnesotans built a big, new health care exchange that was inefficient, ineffective and didn’t insure many new people. I will continue to work toward fixing this bloated system, looking for ways to implement real solutions instead of more cover-ups and Band-Aids. It’s time for state leaders to bring real accountability to Obamacare in Minnesota.

With employer-sponsored health care becoming more expensive, many families find themselves on the edge of going without. By creating an Insurance Exchange that lets them purchase affordable plans, Minnesotans can keep their health care and still enjoy the tax deductible benefits offered by their employers.

Those without insurance often wait to see a doctor until their symptoms become severe enough to warrant emergency care, the most expensive of health care services. Minnesota hospitals will not turn away a patient who cannot afford to pay for emergency services and often times hospitals end up delivering services without compensation. In 2005, uncompensated care cost hospitals $191 million. Making health care more affordable and giving people more choices will help reduce this massive burden our health care providers encounter every day.