MNGOP Rep. Davids says MNsure will literally mean doomsday for some Minnesotans
|Thissen (right) characterized Davids's doom-and-gloom scenario as "rhetoric designed to scare Minnesotans."|
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As the January 1 deadline approaches, at which point some folks could lose their health insurance if they can't navigate MNsure's balky website and enroll for a plan, Davids said reporters will soon be seeing "people walking out without life-saving surgery, without their chemotherapy because they don't have an insurance card."
His comments echoed those of Michele Bachmann, who said last spring that Obamacare "literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens."
But Democrats said Davids's remarks were nothing more than fear-mongering, especially since he and his fellow Republicans don't really seem to have an alternative plan in mind.
Along those lines, House Health and Human Services Policy Committee Chair Tina Liebling, D-Rochester, told the Post Bulletin the exchange's rollout means that "for the first time lots and lots of people are going to have coverage they never had before -- whether public or private."
And Rep. Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, also chimed in with a separate Post Bulletin op-ed blasting Davids.
"[I]f Rep. Davids really believes the lives of Minnesotans are in danger because of MNsure's problems, I would love to see his alternative plan," Thissen wrote. "Because simply throwing political bombs from the cheap seats won't do a single thing to help Minnesotans get access to quality, affordable health care."
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