Republican State Senator, Jeremy Miller of Winona, has serious concerns about the opening of public enrollment under MNsure, Minnesota's branch of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Miller says in the past three weeks he has received numerous phone calls and emails from individuals, employers and insurance agents regarding the flaws in this new system, particularly the cost incurred to residents in southeastern Minnesota.
Miller, who did not support the 2013 Minnesota healthcare exchange legislation, says the State of Minnesota has already spent nearly $150 million on implementing MNsure's system, but not one cent of that figure has gone to patient care. Instead, the money has gone to developing MNSure's website.
Miller also notes many of his constituents have found that some plans will cost much more than their current rates. This is particularly true in southeastern Minnesota, where some residents will pay significantly more than Minnesotans in the metro area.
Miller has submitted the concerns he's received from several constituents regarding MNsure and their rates to the oversight committee made up of several Senators and Representatives, who have been working to improve the program.