Two weeks ago, former president Bill Clinton made headlines at a rally when he told Hillary supporters that Obamacare was a “crazy system” that was buckling under its own bad policy. That piece of frank honesty apparently inspired others to speak openly about the elephant in the room. On Wednesday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, delivered a blistering assessment of the Affordable Care Act – a piece of legislation he once wholeheartedly embraced.
“Ultimately I’m not trying to pass the buck here but the reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable,” Dayton said.
Minnesota was for years on the front line of the Obamacare embrace. Under Dayton’s lead, the state created a local online exchange in 2013 and boasted to customers that they were offering the lowest health insurance premiums in the country.
As reported by the Associated Press, that ideal marketplace didn’t last long:
After several years of steadily increasing premiums, top state regulators said this fall that Minnesota’s individual market is in “a state of emergency.” The state scrambled to stop all seven companies that sell insurance directly to consumers or through the state exchange, MNsure, from fleeing for 2017, but the state’s largest insurer is still exiting.
Health care insurance shoppers will see premium increases that range from 50 percent to 67 percent on their plans for next year.
In his remarks Wednesday, Gov. Dayton insisted that while he wasn’t in favor of repealing the law, it was clear that some changes were necessary.
“The Affordable Care Act has many good features to it, it has achieved great success in terms of insuring more people, 20 million people across the country and providing access for people who have pre-existing conditions alike, but it’s got some serious blemishes right now and serious deficiencies,” Dayton said.
Unfortunately, like other Democrats who can no longer deny the writing on the wall, Dayton likely believes that the solution to this government failure is…more government healthcare. As long as these liberals are in charge, every step on the healthcare trail will take us further and further towards socialized medicine. Already, the most popular proposal – the one that Hillary Clinton will probably pursue – is the so-called “public option.” That will put the federal government in charge of developing an insurance company, which is exactly what we need the federal government to be doing…
So while it’s nice to see Democrats waking up to the obvious, don’t think for a minute that their idea of “fixing” Obamacare is the same as yours.