The first sign that Obamacare was a disaster was Gov. Dayton admitting that it wasn’t affordable anymore, which I wrote about here. That’s the type of thing people don’t expect from Obamacare’s biggest cheerleader right before the election. The explanation is that it’s so obvious to everyone that Gov. Dayton didn’t have a choice in the matter.

The DFL’s political problem is tied directly to the DFL’s ideological problem, namely that the DFL’s quest for a single-payer system is thwarted by Minnesota’s history of having one of the highest insured rates in the nation. This 2008 report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government and New York State Health Foundation shows how efficient Minnesota was in insuring its people.

The key paragraph in the report states “According to data from the March Supplement of the Current Population Survey, Minnesota’s rate of uninsurance was 8.6% for 2005/2006, lower than the national insurance rate of 15.5%. (During the same time, New York’s uninsurance rate fell in between at 13.5%.) A very recent state survey on health insurance coverage in Minnesota found that the uninsurance rate in 2007 was 7.2%, which remained statistically unchanged from 2004 (7.7%), when the state survey was last conducted.”

In other words, 92.8% of Minnesotans were insured before then-Sen. Obama was even elected. What’s more is that 50% of those who were uninsured were eligible for taxpayer-subsidized health insurance of one sort or another. When you add those figures up, 96.4% of Minnesotans were either insured or were eligible for taxpayer-subsidized insurance.

Summarizing, that meant the DFL demolished a system that insured virtually everyone and replaced it with a system that’s raised premiums by 30%-67% annually while virtually not increasing the percentage of insured Minnesotans. Ed Morrissey nails it with this commentary:

Democrats have recently taken to whining that Republicans refuse to act to save ObamaCare, but Democrats keep forgetting that they passed this all on their own at the national level, too. Republicans warned repeatedly of the outcomes we now see from the ACA, while Democrats insisted that it would all run perfectly well and that critics were just scaremongers looking to score partisan points. Now they want Republicans to come to their rescue, rather than agree to scrap the program and start over.

This is video of Gov. Dayton admitting what Republicans have said from the start:

During his interview with WCCO, Speaker Kurt Daudt didn’t attempt to tell Gov. Dayton ‘I told you so’ or rub Gov Dayton’s nose in it. Rather, he said that it’s time for Republican and DFL legislators to work together to fix this crisis. That’s exactly the right approach, especially considering the fact that Gov. Dayton still has 2 years left in office.

Finally, it isn’t a stretch to think that whoever is elected president will have to address this immediately. State-run exchanges are dropping like flies. Insurance premiums are skyrocketing. Thanks to Sen. Rubio’s bill, the insurance company bailouts have been stopped permanently. Without the bailouts, the next president won’t have any wiggle room. That president will have to negotiate in good faith or the American people, mostly in small businesses will turn on him or, God forbid, her.

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