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New Ad Sparks Health Care Debate With Johnson

The ad was paid for by Democrat-leaning group Alliance for a Better Minnesota.

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Madelaine Pisani
Sept. 11, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

“A Democratic-leaning group” called Alliance for a Better Minnesota “has launched an ad campaign against” Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R) “accusing him of pushing policies that would take health care away from people who need it.”

Johnson: The ads are “blatant lies intended to cover up the fact that the DFL candidate for governor wants to eliminate private health insurance and force all Minnesotans onto one government program.”

Johnson is referencing Rep. Tim Walz’s (D) “stated aim to provide a government health plan to all Minnesotans, like seniors currently use under Medicare. The ads from the Alliance for a Better Minnesota thrust health care into the governor’s race, and along with it one that Americans have been debating for nearly a decade: Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act."

"Johnson has said he wants to win a federal waiver so Minnesota can part ways with the law. Alliance for a Better Minnesota says this means people who have pre-existing conditions would return to a market in which they struggle to find coverage. But Johnson also says Minnesotans with pre-existing conditions would still be able to get coverage under his plan, because he wants to reinstitute something called a high-risk pool. The Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA) — a program for people who couldn’t get insurance anywhere else because of their health problems — was serving about 26,000 people when it went away with passage of the ACA.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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