Senator Bigham: Twin Cities Suburbs Support Option to Buy In to MinnesotaCare By Four-To-One Margin
Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune this week released a new public opinion poll showing that 70 percent of Minnesotans want the option to buy in to MinnesotaCare, compared to 11 percent who oppose it. The poll found overwhelming support for the idea across all ages, geographic regions, and partisan affiliation. In the metro suburbs, 66 percent support the idea, compared to just 15 percent opposed.
“The idea of letting everyone buy in to MinnesotaCare is extremely popular among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents of all ages in every region of our state,” said Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove). “Health care is consistently the top issue I hear about during my conversations with people living in the southeast metro, but there is often disagreement about how best to address rising costs. The new poll from Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune make clear in no uncertain terms that there is broad agreement to move forward with an option to buy in to MinnesotaCare. This kind of consensus is hard to find in today’s political climate.”
In 2017 Republican legislative majorities gave 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.