ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's Democratic governor says the federal health care overhaul "is no longer affordable."
Gov. Mark Dayton made the stinging critique of the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday while addressing questions about Minnesota's fragile health insurance market. Individual plans are facing double-digit increases after all insurers threatened to exit the market entirely.
"I'm not trying to pass the buck," Dayton told reporters at a morning news conference, "but the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable for increasing numbers of people. And Congress, which has been totally deadlocked in terms of making necessary changes or improvements, is going to have to step into this in January with the next administration."
"The subsidies the federal government provides, the tax credits are going to need to be incrased and expanded to reduce the cost burden on those buying the insurance under the Affordable Care Act," Dayton continued. "The magnitude of this problem.. Minnesota is not not alone in this. There are many other states that have experienced significant increases."
The governor's comments follow similar cost concerns - and criticism - nationwide. President Bill Clinton caused a stir last week after calling the law "the craziest thing in the world." He later backtracked.
Under Dayton, Minnesota had embraced Obama's health care law, creating its own health insurance exchange. Dayton now says Congress needs to fix the law to help bring down costs and stabilize the insurance market for shoppers who aren't covered by employers or public programs.