MN Governer Continues Working Toward Health Exchange

July 16, 2012

While many of the (dare we say?) “red” states in the USA are actively working against the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”), which the US Supreme Court decided last month WAS constitutional, after all, it’s refreshing to hear about a governor who is embracing the opportunity to improve health care for his or her constituents.

One such governor is Mark Dayton, the democratic governor of Minnesota, who has recently re-committed himself to the development of a health insurance exchange for his state.

Specifically, Dayton drafted a letter to Kathleen Sibelius, the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, confirming his plans to work toward a health exchange tailored to his own state’s specific needs, which he hopes to have ready to go by January 1, 2013, so that Minnesota will not have to accept a “one size fits all” Federal plan.

Dayton also drafted a second letter, this one addressed to legislative leaders in the Republican party to join him in his efforts. He reminded them that they have a duty to implement the law of the land.