The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) program is working in Minnesota and across the country. A June release of MNsure facts shows that more than 95 percent of Minnesotans are now insured. From September 2013 to May 2014, “The number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by 180,500, a reduction of 40.6 percent. To date, 236,745 Minnesotans have enrolled in quality, affordable coverage through MNsure. 136,303 enrolled in Medical Assistance, 48,942 in MinnesotaCare and 51,500 in a Qualified Health Plan.”
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In April, President Obama announced that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for health insurance. The Affordable Care Act should continue to improve as more uninsured people who have been hesitant will enroll.
Another health care plus is Sen. Al Franken’s support of a provision included in the health reform law that has already saved consumers many dollars. It requires insurance companies to become more efficient and spend more premium dollars on actual health care as opposed to things like marketing or CEO salaries. This keeps the pressure on health care cost increases.
Obamacare is not the disaster shouted loud and often by Republicans like Rep. Michele Bachmann. She sponsored H.R 45, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately H.R. 45 won’t clear the Senate or the president’s veto pen. It is time for U.S. health care coverage to reach the level enjoyed in all other developed nations.
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