Mark Dayton flip-flops on Obamacare fix

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Dayton was for the Obamacare fix before he was against it.
Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton said that unlike Keith Ellison, he supported President Obama's move to allow those whose health insurance plans were canceled in the wake of the Affordable Care Act to keep their policies for another year.

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But turns out Dayton spoke too soon. Yesterday, after consulting with the executive director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Dayton said state officials won't allow people to stay on their old plans after all.

Dayton released a statement explaining his flip-flop yesterday afternoon:
When asked last Tuesday, I said that I believed people should be allowed to keep their present health insurance policies, if they so desired. I applauded the President's statement last Thursday, giving states that option.

However, I received this morning a letter from Ms. Julie Brunner, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. The letter informed me, "The President's announcement comes too late to allow health plans and our regulator to complete filings, rate approvals and communications regarding re-enrollments in time to prevent major market disruptions for Minnesotans in the individual marketplace."

I replied, "Your letter makes clear that making the program changes offered by the President last week would be unworkable for your members and would likely cause more expensive health coverage for Minnesotans."

For those reasons, I have acceded to their request and directed Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman to continue the implementation of MNsure, as it is presently designed.
About 140,000 Minnesotans have health insurance plans that fail to meet the minimal requirements of Obamacare.

As you'd expect, the conservative Minnesota Jobs Coalition wasted no time blasting Dayton for his reversal.

"It's dizzying keeping up with Mark Dayton's position on Obamacare. After insisting he's 'all in' on bringing Obamacare to Minnesota, Dayton criticized President Obama last week for breaking his promise to let the two million plus Americans keep their insurance if they liked it," Ben Golnik, chairman of the Jobs Coalition, said in a statement. "With [yesterday's] announcement, it appears Dayton is back to his initial position of full-throated support of Obamacare."

Dayton's Obamacare flip-flop comes less than a week after he changed positions about whether the state should release serial sex offenders from custody.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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22 comments
Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

Well ppl.....what can u expect from Dayton ?!

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

I don't care for Dayton either, but he was told by the very insurance companies that allowing people back on their original plans would be a headache and actually increase costs. He didn't flip-flop, he just took the advice of the insurance companies and made an informed decision.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Democrats are looking more like the GOP everyday. In complete disarray. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Dayton is obviously a Nutter.    Take a look at this Lunatic.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

I'll give credit to Dayton on this one. Obama's statements/directives last week were moronic. Count it as a double win for the DNC/Admin.. Gov's like Dayton can say they avoided adding more confusion and headache to a screwed up situation and Obama can say he left Gov's the option if ignoring the law of the land.

Matthew CrotchetyStooge Pieper
Matthew CrotchetyStooge Pieper

Oh no! Someone reconsiders decisions based on new information! That is such a horrible trait for a person to have! Let's throw hate his way with chintzy political rhetoric buzzwords! I'm not a Dayton fan, myself, but quit shaming people for wrongdoings that aren't actually wrongdoings.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Nothing is more hack and pathetic than using the words flip flop.   You are a fucking idiot Rupar.   You should flip flop on City Pages policy of encouraging and tolerating racist comments.  

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Guy is an idiot says medical marijuana should be decided by the police ! Time to go Dayton we the people voted you in we will vote your sorry rich boy ass out!

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

i wonder whats really going on? something sinister and nefarious has got to be happening.

Louis B Marks
Louis B Marks

AmpuTATed murder Aspen Health Mayo clinic, Murder my Family and teach the stupid hardball Jews to love Jesus? Jesus saves by dying, forgiveness is suicide? Parasite pride kills source rather than divulge dependence.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Someone hand that man some Pepto-Bismol!!

Bob Taugner
Bob Taugner

I'm not a big Dayton supporter, but aren't we all allowed to change our mind?

Shawn Groth
Shawn Groth

He got more information and changed his mind based on facts. The real idiots are the ones who believe you cannot change your mind when new facts come to light. We have a leader that is willing to change course when the facts demonstrate the need to and that's exactly what Governor Dayton did. Unlike our former Governor who had a silly "no tax" pledge and stuck with it even when it hurt our schools and senior citizens.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Dayton's response makes sense. If you read the report, trying to re-add people to their old plans would be more expensive than letting them go to the exchange. In an awkward way, he made the right decision.

Nelle Bing
Nelle Bing

He is the worst Governor ever! He's such a doofus!

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann How about just saying Dayton Lied like Obama (and his new class of Free Loading Leach Constituents).  Now go watch a Partial Birth Abortion MB, it will probably make you feel better.  

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kevin Green Not me.  I voted for Margaret Anderson Kelliher.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Louis B Marks  

wait...  what?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kurt124  That's all you got?   Made up bullshit and childish trolling?   No wonder Republicans like you are such pathetic loser scum.   President Hillary Clinton thanks to fucking dipshits like you.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Thank you from libertarians and other truth seekers from around the planet

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