Minnesota Gets Sticker Shock Over ObamaCare Implementation

Written by Nancy LaRoche.

Governor Dayton signed an executive order on October 31 for a "Minneaota Health Care Reform Task Force" to develop a plan to implement health care exchanges under ObamaCare. His goals:

•  Improve access to health care for all Minnesotans

•  Lower health care costs by reforming how we pay for health care and changing the incentives, so we encourage preventative care and reward healthy outcomes, not sickness.

•  Improve the health of all Minnesotans and address the huge health disparities that plague our state.

The result so far? We haven't implemented ObamaCare yet, but the costs are far exceeding expectations already. Via Kaiser Health News:

Minnesota's state health insurance exchange will cost $54 million in 2015 to operate, according to the Gov. Mark Dayton administration.

The cost comes in at greater than earlier estimates of $30 to $40 million. The state would not have to find the money until 2015, when the state exchanges are required to be financially self-sustaining. But the cost rises to a projected $64 million in 2016.

And then there's this:

The Dayton administration also announced it will seek an additional $39 million to fund development of the state's exchange. If the federal government approve the additional grant, Minnesota will have received a total of about $110 million from the feds.

Our neighbor, North Dakota is opting out of the exchange, and Rob Port at SayAnythingBlog offers this:

The exchanges have always been a bad deal for states. They are “are an accounting trick designed to make ObamaCare look like less of a strain on the federal budget, shuffling billions of dollars in costs off Washington’s books and into state capitals,” writes John Hayward in Human Events.

Let the federal government bear the cost of implementing this folly, not the states.

No matter if it's federal or state dollars spent, these are your tax dollars used to force government-run health care that benefits their provider choices over yours. Improving access is another Dayton bullet point promise that won't be kept. Who stands to gain? Check out the Task Force.