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Rep. Mark Anderson introduces bill to repeal MNsure

ST. PAUL--Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, has introduced a House bill that would repeal Minnesota's state health insurance clearinghouse, MNsure. In a news release, Anderson said he authored the bill because he views MNsure as "a redundant, ine...

Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson

ST. PAUL-Rep. Mark Anderson, R-Lake Shore, has introduced a House bill that would repeal Minnesota's state health insurance clearinghouse, MNsure.

In a news release, Anderson said he authored the bill because he views MNsure as "a redundant, ineffective, colossal waste of tax dollars that still can't meet its chief function of providing access to affordable health insurance. We do not need to keep MNsure around when people can just as easily go to the federal website."

Anderson said a new report revealing lax auditing with MNsure is just the latest evidence of the program's shortcomings. The Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor indicates leaky MNsure eligibility cost the state an estimated $115 million to $271 million in one quarter (January 2015 through May 2015) compared with if program eligibility had been properly determined.

"MNsure was a good-faith effort, but it is beyond time to call it the failure it is and quit chasing good money after bad," Anderson said. "We have spent more than $300 million to create our own Obamacare website, yet one scathing report after another comes out regarding this program. Unsustainability, failed leadership, sloppy eligibility determination, inexcusable data breaches, lagging enrollment, skyrocketing premiums, woeful customer service, where does it stop?"

Anderson said as he discussed authoring this bill he became aware of a misconception people have that MNsure would need to be replaced if his bill were successful in repealing the program.

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"There is no need to replace MNsure, no requirement for us to have this website," Anderson said. "Some other states already have pulled the plug on their failing programs, but it's better for us to do the right thing now instead of sitting on our hands and continuing to waste more tax dollars. Minnesotans can log on to healthcare.gov just as easily as mnsure.org. I look forward to having this discussion."

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