Dayton Signing Health Care Reform 20 Mar 13

Governor Dayton signs the controversial “Health Insurance Exchange” bill into law this (WED) morning at the Capitol. The online health insurance marketplace is a key part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It will allow around 1.2-million Minnesotans to choose from health insurance policies pre-screened by a special board. Democrats say competition for such a large pool of customers will force prices down, but detractors note that most of the anticipated savings will come from federal subsidies. Republicans warn it’s a step toward government-controlled health care, and that four people on a special board will be able to decide what insurance policies are available to over one-fifth of Minnesotans.