Posted: 07/15/15 23:01, Edited: 07/15/15 23:05
by Dave Mindeman
Minnesota Republicans are so quick to find fault with the ACA and MNSure that they tend to send out conflicting messages - of course, without solutions.
Here are some Twitter critiques from GOP State Senators regarding the Federal Exchange:
yaaaaay.... "Healthcare .gov does not appear to be set up to detect fraud, GAO...Seto Bagdoyan said" http://bit.ly/1HvFRak (quote fixed)
Sen. Michelle Benson;@SenatorBenson
HealthCare.gov does not appear to be set up to detect fraud." Pretty basic operations failure. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2cd1ae9804b545388f993bc0747c441e/apnewsbreak-bogus-enrollees-kept-getting-obamacare#overlay-context=article/week-odd-news-41 ...
Compare that to two days ago on July 13, when there was this story on the MPR website...
Republicans renew calls to dismantle MNsure
In this story we hear this:
Two Republican members of the Minnesota House (Reps. Matt Dean and Greg Davids) on Monday renewed calls to dismantle the state's online health insurance website and send Minnesotans to the federal health insurance exchange.
So in the MN House, GOP representatives want us to get off of MNSure and go on the Federal exchange. In the MN Senate, GOP Senators are complaining that the Federal Exchange has no fraud protection.
So, where in all of these knee jerk criticisms do you see anything that provides a solution or a real fix?
MNSure has had many problems. Some of them have been fixed and yes, there are more that are being fixed or need more work.
But here is the main point. The number of uninsured in Minnesota is at a record low. The number of uninsured in the nation is at a record low. And the enormous ability to lower it even further is totally up to Red State governors who opt for Medicaid expansion.
Another point. The states that have their own exchanges have much more control of the process than the ones who do not. If the Republican Party truly does value "local control", then they should be jumping on board with the MNSure Advisory Task Force and offering real and substantive suggestions for making this exchange better and more efficient.
Whining about it is actually not very constructive.