Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota, once a vocal supporter of president Obama’s healthcare overhaul, has made it clear that the law isn’t working for residents of his state. The AP reports:
Minnesota’s Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable,” a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.
Gov. Mark Dayton made the comments while addressing questions about Minnesota’s fragile health insurance market, where individual plans are facing double-digit increases after all insurers threatened to exit the market entirely in 2017. He’s the only Democratic governor to publicly suggest the law isn’t working as intended.
Dayton’s comments follow former President Bill Clinton’s saying last week that the law was “the craziest thing in the world” before he backtracked.
The Democrats are turning on Obamacare almost as fast as Republicans are dumping Trump. Of the two, the GOP’s Trump meltdown is the more colorful and entertaining, but the Democratic Obamacare rout is of greater policy significance. One party has nominated a candidate who fails to pass minimum threshold tests and whose campaign threatens to disintegrate in consequence; the other pushed a deeply flawed and genuinely unworkable health care “reform” on millions of unwilling families in the teeth of public opinion.
That the entrenched problems of the Affordable Care Act are finally being acknowledged by mainstream media outlets and Democratic politicians alike is a sign of how utterly the law has failed to meet the lofty expectations set for it in 2009. Many of these problems were entirely predictable: The answer to our healthcare woes isn’t simply to increase government spending; it’s to find ways to increase competition, promote innovation, and lower costs in the long run. Premium hikes can’t simply be met with more subsidies and bailing out insurance companies will commit the U.S. government propping up a dysfunctional system.
As ACA insurance markets continue to unravel, let’s hope that other Democrats start reaching the same conclusion as Governor Dayton.