“90,000 Minnesotans have signed up and I firmly believe they have something better because I believe in the free market and these people wouldn’t have come through and dealt with the hassles of MNsure and signed up if it wasn’t better than what they have today” MNsure Chair Brian Beutner told the rest of the MNsure board at a meeting on February 5th, 2014.
The chairman’s claim comes in direct contrast to what many critics have said about Obamacare. The system, which has forced millions of insurance policy cancelations and relies heavily on government mandates, has often been derided by opponents as “a government takeover of the American health care system” and “Government control over doctor[‘s] decisions.”
A Capitol City Project examination of the full meeting video uncovered Mr. Beutner’s comments as well as a telling exchange between Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Lucinda Jesson, and another board member that is indicative of the implementation of Healthcare.gov, MNsure, as well as many other troubled state-run health insurance exchanges.
While explaining the process of transferring people currently on one of Minnesota’s other government provided health insurance programs over to MNsure Lucinda Jesson was asked “So, does this part work?”. Her reaction was an audible sigh. That reaction is followed up by Erik Larson, MNsure’s Chief Operating Officer, claiming that the part of the exchange “is working much more successfully than it had been out of the gate.”<