Walzcare Will Threaten Minnesota Hospitals & Be A Disaster For Minnesotans
“State government can’t even figure out how to issue car tabs and Tim Walz wants to trust them with our entire healthcare system.”
-- Jeff Johnson
A few years back, Tim Walz promised Minnesotans we could keep our doctors, clinics and hospitals and we’d all see lower premiums if we just bought into Obamacare. Obviously, that didn’t work out so well for Minnesota families.
But Walzcare would be even worse
If Tim Walz is elected governor, he will bring Walzcare to Minnesota in two parts:
1) Walzcare Part A is to offer "MinnesotaCare" to everyone, a plan designed to serve a small number of working poor in Minnesota.
2) Walzcare Part B wil immediately push Minnesota into a government takeover of healthcare called "single-payer"--a system so extreme and expensive that even far-left California rejected it.
Both these schemes would cripple Minnesota hospitals and devastate Minnesota's once proud healthcare system.
Walzcare Part A: MinnesotaCare buy-in plan...
- A shift in the payment structure under the MinnesotaCare buy-in will exacerbate the current problem of private payers carrying the load for government payers, whose reimbursement rates are as low as 50% of the actual cost.
- Hospitals and clinics are already suffering operating losses and some - maybe many - will go under if we go this direction. The Minnesota Hospital Association opposes this buy-in plan saying it could “jeopardize the sustainability of our health care delivery system.”
- Along with driving some hospitals out of business, the buy-in plan won’t create affordable insurance for Minnesotans. The Dayton administration estimates annual premiums for the MinnesotaCare buy-in plan will be $7,896 plus any deductible. The cost in Greater Minnesota will likely be over $10,000 per year. Average premiums would be over 70% higher than comparable private coverage currently available ($4,620/year per person) according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
- The MinnesotaCare buy-in plan requires a federal waiver from the Trump administration to be eligible for federal tax credits. Without the federal tax credits, the plan would cost the full premium amount and be completely unaffordable for most families.
- The MinnesotaCare buy-in plan requires an initial investment from the taxpayers of $112 million just to create a reserve fund and build the IT infrastructure, with none of that money going to reduce premiums.
Walzcare Part B: A complete government takeover ("single-payer")...
Tim Walz has repeatedly said (sometimes shouted) that he will bring a government takeover to healthcare.
Apparently he doesn't think Obamacare was bad enough - now we need Walzcare. This is absolutely unacceptable and Minnesotans should never be subjected to this.
In a "single-payer" government takeover:
- Everyone loses their insurance and becomes part of one government plan
- Millions of families will be put at risk of losing their doctor, and many many WILL lose their doctor
- Your taxes will literally double to pay for the staggering $17 billion a year in NEW spending in the state budget
- Hospitals will close and doctors will flee Minnesota due to reimbursement rates that are half of what private insurance paid
- For more on this, see this short video Jeff did in 2017 warning about a "single-payer" takeover ---https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxUyInaCvC0
Again, the simplest way to put it is state government can’t even figure out how to issue car tabs, how can we even consider handing over our entire healthcare system to them.
THE JOHNSON HEALTH CARE PLAN: REAL ANSWERS NOT MORE GOVERNMENT GIMMICKS
Before Obamacare and MNSure, Minnesota led the nation in healthcare costs, accessibility, number of people insured and innovation. We were the best in America. That’s not the case anymore - we’ve been pulled down to the level of much of the rest of the country. Let’s START where we left off - as the best in the country - and then do everything we can to expand accessibility and bring down costs for Minnesotans.
As Governor, Jeff Johnson will:
- Bring down healthcare costs by increasing competition & creating more options
- Protect everyone with a pre-existing condition by continue to provide them with guaranteed affordable coverage, just as we have for decades
- Actually bring price transparency to the medical marketplace
- Encourage employers to self-insure
- Make it easier for groups to form pools themselves
- Allow Minnesotans to purchase flexible benefit plans if that’s what fits their needs
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