October 1, 2014

The Other Side of the Story, Many Small Businesses Not Getting a Small Health Insurance Rate Increase for 2015

“Today as you likely have heard, Minnesota Department of Commerce and MNsure officials released approved health insurance rates for 2015 and stated that the average rate increase in the exchange was 4.5%. It is important to point out that very few small businesses are in the exchange. It was reported that only an anemic 115 businesses and 475 total employees …

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October 1, 2014

Lowest Cost Insurance Premium on MNsure Increases by Over 20 Percent

The Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that lowest cost options for many men and women using Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange website, MNsure, is increasing by over 20 percent next year. Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) issued the following statement after the release of the health insurance premium rates for the 2014-2015 open enrollment period. “Democrats promised that MNsure would mean savings …

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September 16, 2014

Statement from Dettmer on PreferredOne Withdrawing from MNsure

On Tuesday, the top private insurer in MNsure revealed they are withdrawing from the exchange. PreferredOne offered the lowest rates of any private insurer in the exchange and was purchased by 59 percent of enrollees who bought insurance through MNsure. “Governor Dayton and Democrats have refused to fix a broken healthcare exchange, and as a result over 30,000 Minnesotans will …

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August 12, 2014

Dettmer For State Representative Campaign Literature Drops

Can you volunteer a couple of hours on any (or all) of the Saturdays listed below?     Saturday, October 11 at 10:00 AM WHERE: American Legion 355 W Broadway Forest Lake, MN 55025 Covering: FL P1, P2, P3, *Shafer/Franconia FREE lunch to follow   Saturday, October 18 at 10:00 AM WHERE: Emily Dollerschell, Coordinator Stillwater mdollerschell@comcast.net (email for directions) …

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August 4, 2014

State Bonds to Fund Construction for the New Senate Office Building

City of North Branch Chief of Police Dan Meyer (left), Rep. Bob Dettmer (center) and Officer Tim Olson (right) pose for a photo.

Minnesota Management and Budget has announced the sale of state bonds to fund construction for the new Senate Office Building. Bonds are expected to be sold on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Construction will begin soon with the building scheduled to open in January 2016. “There’s a reason you haven’t heard Democrats talk much about the new Senate Office Building in …

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July 4, 2014

4th of July Message

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a fun holiday weekend celebrating our nation with friends and family.   The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence with good food, great friends, fireworks and community events. We are blessed to live in a great nation where we are free …

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July 2, 2014

Obamacare Insurance Rates County-by-County

As you may recall, the Manhattan Institute conducted a county-by-county study of insurance premium increases from 2013 to 2014. As a result of Obamacare’s disastrous mandates and top down policies, premiums increased by an average of 47% this year. Minnesota has the notorious distinction of being home to the county with the largest premium increase for women in the country: …

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June 23, 2014

Town Hall Meeting on June 30th


I, along with Senator Karin Housley and Representative Kathy Lohmer will be hosting a town hall meeting to review the 2014 legislative session. We will be discussing taxes, government spending, the new senate office building, MNsure and much more. The event is free and open to the public. I hope you are able to attend! What: Town Hall Meeting for …

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June 18, 2014

A Historical Celebration in Stillwater

Rep. Dettmer poses for a photo with Reece Almendinger, a Gammelgarden intern and Forest Lake High School graduate.

Last week, I was honored to attend the End of the Logging Era 100th Anniversary Boom Site National Landmark Commemoration in Stillwater. The event was sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society, Friends of the St. Croix Boom Site and the St. Croix River Association. The St. Croix Boom Site was a major logging storage and handling area in Minnesota …

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