Posted: 01/24/14 04:29
by Dave Mindeman
Governor Dayton is not ducking the MNsure reports...and that is a good thing. He promises fixes...
"Those are the decisions that the new management is going to be making, and obviously the Legislature will be involved and the board and I'll have my say in it too," Dayton told reporters. "But we're going to fix it. We're going to improve it. I'm determined we're going to give Minnesota what it deserves."
That's the right approach. Let's forget who or what is to blame and get down to the business of fixing this thing. And this is not going to be easy - it is a mess. But Dayton is right...Minnesota deserves a system that works and gets affordable health care to the people who need it.
And the Governor is asking the right questions....
"Finger pointing about the past, others can engage in that," Dayton said. "My focus is, what do we need to do now? How can we improve the system? How can we eventually fix it? What's it going to cost and how do we go about doing that? Others can make all the informed and uninformed judgments that they're going to make and that's the way the process goes."
The Republican response will be the usual. They will criticize and, as usual, offer no help and no solutions. In fact, they will sit on their hands and hope for more failure.
If they want us to go back to the way things were, then please own that. Let's go back to denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions. Let's kick kids off coverage instead of keeping them on to age 26. Let's not cover cancer screenings. Let's put caps on lifetime coverage again.
Yeah, let's go back, GOP - and you can own that.
It's going to be hard to fix this with a GOP albatross around our necks, but Dayton is going to try.....and at the moment, that is all we can ask.