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“No one likes disruption,” said Judy Feder, the report’s author and a fellow at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. “But, compared to alternatives, the ACA’s disruption is modest in scope, cushioned by subsidies, and, over time, will benefit all participants.”
Lea Olsen, 45, of Minneapolis, believes the problems with MNsure and the rollout of the health law are short-term hitches. Her husband is covered through his job, but she and her children are covered on a plan purchased on the private market.
“People I know who have tried to use [MNsure] have been extremely disappointed,” she said. “But big picture, we have to get people covered, and it has to not be connected to employment.”
Olsen, a DFLer, said coverage is still “extremely expensive” for her family but that the health law is a step in the right direction.
“I feel like the health care system is in shambles, and no one’s willing to try to make the difficult decisions to change it,” she said. “People need to be willing to push through the mud to get old people and young people with health coverage so the system can change.”
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