ST. PAUL, Minn. — Uninsured Minnesotans in the Twin Cities can expect to pay as little as $91 a month for health care coverage bought through MNsure, the state's new online marketplace.Sure, that's the rate for a 25-year old buying the 'bronze' level plan (the cheapest qualified plan), but still. When was the last time you heard of a $91 premium for a quality health care plan that meets strict minimum standards, covers annual checkups and preventive care for no copay, and covers things ranging from prenatal services to meantal health partity?
The rates overall are pretty low too:
In Minnesota, the average list price for 40-year-old non-smoker would be $154 a month, nearly $50 lower than in Maryland, which also has low rates.And this is before subsidies that are available for people with incomes under 400% of the federal poverty level ($46,000 for individuals, $94,000 for a family of four) kick in. Minnesota individuals will have a choice of 141 plans competing for their business, and small businesses will have 63 plans to choose from. So much for Obamacare killing competition. Talk about a rate shock!
As you can see, there's plenty of reason why the Republicans must now redouble their effort to repeal Obamacare and devote themselves to denying 30 million people health care.