Democrats In Denial: Joe Radinovich Edition

Embattled Representative Continues to Insist Obamacare is Working Well in Minnesota

St. Paul- In a recent debate, embattled politician Joe Radinovich once again insisted that Obamacare “is working.” Obamacare in Minnesota has been a disaster. At least 140,000 Minnesotans lost their existing insurance plans, rates skyrocketed, over $160 million was spent and the executives who built the failed program received thousands of dollars in taxpayer funded bonuses. Despite these failings Joe Radinovich continues to claim that the program “is working.” Rates are set to skyrocket again this year with some families in Representative Radinovich’s district seeing premium increases of over 50%. 

“Despite the repeated failures of Obamacare in Minnesota, politician Joe Radinovich continues to insist that the program ‘is working’ even as at least 140,000 Minnesotans lost their existing insurance and rates skyrocketed for families,” said Minnesota Jobs Coalition chairman Ben Golnik. “It’s time for Joe Radinovich to admit that when he voted with Minneapolis liberals to bring Obamacare to Minnesota he made things worse for Minnesota families.” 

Background: 

Radinovich Defends Obamacare “The basic program is working” - Joe Radinovich (“Debate Night” Lakeland TV, October 16, 2014)

Broken Promises As Minnesotans Learn They Can’t Keep Their Insurance
At least 140,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own are being notified that their plans will no longer be available under the new federal health care law, adding to the national furor over canceled policies that has overtaken the health care debate.” (Kevin Diaz “At least 140,000 Minnesotans will lose current health policies” Star Tribune, October 30, 2013)
Premiums Set to Skyrocket, Again
When MNsure’s open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, most shoppers on the state-run health insurance exchange will find higher premiums than they saw last year. (Nick Woltman “MNsure rates: Most going up, insurers say” Pioneer Press, October 14, 2014)
Rates Increase By As Much As 51-Percent In Region 7, the insurance region that covers the area Joe Radinovich represents, premiums for the least expensive plans offered in 2015 increased on average by 26-percent from the least expensive plans available in 2014. Consumers can expect increases between 9 and 51-percent.