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Continued: Minnesota Poll: Party split felt over MNsure, health reform

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 25, 2014 - 5:41 AM

“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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  • How the poll was conducted

    Today’s Star Tribune Minnesota Poll findings are based on interviews conducted Feb. 10-12 with 800 Minnesota adults via landline (75 percent) and cellphone (25 percent). The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc.

    Results of a poll based on 800 interviews will vary by no more than 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus, from the overall population 95 times out of 100. Margins are larger for groups within the sample, such as Democrats and Republicans.

    The self-identified party affiliation of the random sample is: 39 percent Democrat, 30 percent Republican, 26 percent independent or other party and 5 percent who said “none” or declined to cite a party affiliation.

    Sampling error does not take into account other sources of variation inherent in public opinion surveys, such as nonresponse, question wording or context effects. In addition, news events may have affected opinions during the period the poll was taken.

    Readers can e-mail questions to djmcgrath@startribune.com.

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