During the national health care reform debate, polls found 6o% of Americans and 63% of physicians supported having a publicly operated insurer in the competitive mix, along with private and not-for-profit insurers. But congressional Republicans wouldn’t allow Americans to have that choice available to them.
Could Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton right that wrong?
In Aaron Sinner’s Minnesota 2020 Hindsight blog, University of Minnesota School of Public Health Professor Jim Hunt, M.D. was quoted saying that Minnesota theoretically could develop an insurance option that was publicly operated.
Given the level of public support for a public option, and the potential for better, cheaper and more efficient care, why wouldn’t Governor Dayton – struggling to contain soaring health insurance premiums crushing Minnesota families and employers — develop a public option to compete with Minnesota’s health plans?