MNGOP Minority Leader David Hann uses false claim to criticize MNsure [VIDEO]

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Hann isn't letting the truth get in the way of his anti-MNsure narrative.
During the MNGOP's end-of-the-legislative-session news conference this morning, Senate Minority Leader David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) previewed an argument you're sure to hear frequently during campaigns against DFLers this summer and fall.

With Minnesota's economy on the upswing and the DFL accomplishing many of its goals while in control of state government the past two years, Republicans are looking for whatever fodder they can get. And one of the few obvious lines of attack open to them is MNsure, which created headaches for users early on thanks to website failures and is still subject to questions about its long-term financial viability.

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Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him

So as legislators pivot from the just-completed legislative session to campaign season, Hann said this morning that "of all the things that we did though this year, the one glaring omission is that we did nothing with health care."

"And everyone knows that this health care system that was put in place last year hasn't really worked out that well," Hann said. "$160 million in cost. The result: about 240,000 Minnesotans having to lose their health care, go out and try to find replacement health care."

Think of that what you will, but Hann then made this demonstrably false statement.

"We've seen increased pressure in the private markets for growing premiums, and to date we do not know of any instance where someone who wasn't insured before is now insured," he said (emphasis ours). "There has to be some serious reexamination of this way of solving or dealing with health care."

Here's the video:



Hann must not have looked very hard for someone who has coverage because of MNsure, because it took us all of about five minutes to prove his statement false.

Jake Gale, an unmarried 29-year-old who hails from Forest Lake -- full disclosure: the author and Gale went to Forest Lake High School together -- has Crohn's Disease. He was on MinnesotaCare for a while, but was kicked off about 18 months ago because he made too much money.

"I tried about four or five private insurance companies before the ACA was implemented and they all rejected me because of a preexisting condition," Gale tells us.

But now, because of Obamacare -- and, by extension, MNsure -- insurance companies can't reject him because of his Crohn's.

Gale acknowledges signing up for MNsure was a struggle -- he says it took numerous lengthy, frustraing phone calls spanning January to March and the help of a "broker" before he was finally enrolled -- but couldn't be happier with his $137-per-month policy now that he's covered.

"All the bugs were in the [online] system, not the [MNsure] bill itself," Gale says. "For what I pay, I couldn't be more happy."

In sum, if we were using PolitiFact's criteria, we'd have to say Hann's statement rates as "Pants on Fire!"

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



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MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

That's all the Republican'ts have these days; lies and the people stupid enough to believe them. It's not gonna be enough to win the White House or most progressive states like MN. Won't be surprised to see a few red states turn blue. 

Athena Retsinas
Athena Retsinas

Head. Exploding. Good thing I have insurance now so I can stop the bleeding.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

This is literally the only good thing about ACA. And could have been passed with a 2 page document (in theory) mandating that Ins companies accept those with preexisting conditions at x% over standard policy rates. The other 19998 pages are junk.

I'm glad your friend was able to sign up for coverage but it could have been achieved without sucking a trillion dollars out of the economy.


Robert Abe Abraham
Robert Abe Abraham

Another Grand Obstructionist Party lie....NOOO>..tell me it ain't so....lol

Anne Weitz
Anne Weitz

This statement is a true and a great example of how out of touch the GOP in MN. is. They don't know a single uninsured person.

Milly Parker
Milly Parker

oh! me! it's super wonderful, wouldn't make it without it.

Jessica Marshall
Jessica Marshall

Are you kidding, tell him to come down to the homeless shelters..so stupid people are.

Ruth Kashmark
Ruth Kashmark

John. You could have gone to any hospital or clinic and asked for help signing up.

John Bunch
John Bunch

The website was a joke. I tried for weeks to get insurance, but couldn't. The phone line was not manned. Total joke.

Thomas Torkelson
Thomas Torkelson

Hey look it's my rep, every time I've met with him he has been dismissive and short to the point of rudeness. Don't care if we have different political opinions, you should listen to constituents

Tracy Marcotte Shaffer
Tracy Marcotte Shaffer

I wasn't insured for 7 years. My job offers no benefits unless you are 40 hours and unfortunately my position is only part-time. I am finally insured thanks to MNsure.

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

Somebody quick! Print out lists of newly insured folks cause this dumbass needs a clue

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson

Before I read this post I could honestly say "I've never heard of David Hann, so therefore he doesn't exist." Same logic .

Tracy Dee
Tracy Dee

<------ this person right here.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

No surprises here. He is a Minnesota Regressive and he lies. There is a reason whyMinnesota Regressive's were kicked to the curb like common roadside trash the last few elections.  

April Streich
April Streich

I wasn't insured. Now I am. Via mnsure. So... yeah.

lkjhasdf
lkjhasdf

And DFLers made/make unsubstantiated claims in support of it. Wow, a bunch of liars in government.

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

To disseminate intentional ignorance during a news conference seems irresponsible...... and transparent.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

ACA is a misnomer ...healthcare is MORE expensive than ever!!!


i need to be subsidized immediately

David Giberson
David Giberson

I have multiple friends who didnt have insurance and now do. Does Hann want their names?

Drew Pérez
Drew Pérez

I can't believe a politician would lie

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@CinBlueland   And where is some proof for your claim that the ACA sucked a trillion dollars out of the economy? We know your 2 Republifuck wars did much more than that (as well as put much greater strain on the resources of th VA while Republifucks cut funding to same.) And please don't quote Rush, Glenn or Faux News - let's have a credible source. 

KennyX
KennyX

And who's paying for the Obamacare for those people at the homeless shelters? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Quit lying asshole.

_Joe_
_Joe_

No you didn't...

KennyX
KennyX

@ron.fresquez  And what words that have come out of Obama's mouth that hasn't been a lie?

god0
god0

Fact of the matter is, you had access to healthcare.  You just happened to choose not to enroll in coverage 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@digitalprotocol  Amazing that the cost of healthcare had never gone up before the ACA - ever. Or you're a lying sack of shit. 

KennyX
KennyX

And how many of them are getting it 100% subsidized?

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX  I'd rather my taxes go for food, shelter and medical help for people in America than your Republifuck wars. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

@KennyX  

I'd rather pay for their Obamacare via taxes than pay 50 times that amount for their ER visits via my premiums.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

@KennyX Never progressed much after grade school, eh? "I know you are but what am I" doesn't work in the adult world, so please try to focus. We are talking about the Senate Minority Leader and his lies.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@MNjoe you know what ACA stands for right?  wouldnt it be logical to assume it may address the affordability of care and not just access to unaffordable insurance.


to be clear i am indifferent about ACA


i am upset with costs across the board

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@KennyX @henk.tobias0  Actually, it's a Republifuck plan from the Heritage Foundation - somewhat similar to RomneyCare in Massachusetts. But no Republifuck president would ever have enough compassion for the American people to actually try to pass such a thing. They did shove a couple of trillion dollar wars down the throats of the American people though. 

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

All bitching, no solutions... Typical

KennyX
KennyX

@henk.tobias0


And I am talking about your fucking liberal hypocrisy. You know goddamn very well if the ACA were shoved down our throats from a republican president, you would all be crying foul. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @MNjoe  Yeah - affordable. And it's a big step in the right direction. What have Republican'ts done except obstruct?  By the way, we could cut the military budget in half and still be the #1 military spender on the globe by far. We spend more than the next 10 countries behind us on the list combined. Every American could have free heathcare for life on what we waste on these goddamn wars and other BS.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

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