Senator Simonson: Three-Fourths of Northern Minnesota Residents Want Option to Buy In to MinnesotaCare

Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune this week released a new public opinion poll showing that 70% of Minnesotans want the option to buy in to MinnesotaCare, compared to 11% who oppose it. The poll found overwhelming support for the idea across all ages, geographic regions, and partisan affiliation.

“Approximately three out of every four people living in northern Minnesota want the option to buy in to MinnesotaCare,” said Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth). “Northern Minnesota residents are among the strongest supporters of this idea compared to other regions of our state. This new poll affirms what I hear in my everyday conversations with Duluth families – people are sick and tired of watching private insurance companies call the shots and they believe government has a role to play in increasing choice and competition in the market.”

DFL lawmakers including Sen. Simonson repeatedly brought forth the idea of a MinnesotaCare Buy-In option over the past several years as a solution to rising health care costs. Republican legislative majorities instead opted to give private insurance companies more than $500 million in taxpayer subsidies with no strings attached. To date, Republican lawmakers have not introduced a plan for curbing health care costs after taxpayer subsidies expire at the end of 2019.

 

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Erik Simonson represents District 7 in northeastern Minnesota.

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