Minnesota Engagement

Reality #5 - Powerful Board of Seven Strangers

Reality #5 - Powerful Board of Seven Strangers

The Minnesota Insurance Exchange legislation specifically defines the “Minnesota Insurance Marketplace” as a Board. This board would be a defacto state agency, signing IT contracts, accepting state appropriations, having a dedicated state account, overseeing health care across the state of Minnesota, and choosing what insurance options are available on the exchange.

Twila speaking in Rochester, MN

Twila speaking in Rochester, MN

"Obamacare will impact your life. Get the facts."

Twila was invited to address the Rochester Area Tea Party gathering on January 31st of 2013. This gave an opportunity for those outside the metropolitan area a chance to ask questions, get the facts and get mobilized.

Reality #4 – National Database of Your Personal Information

Reality #4 – National Database of Your Personal Information

Buried in the text of the Minnesota Obamacare Exchange bill (MNHIX) has a tiny but controversial section allowing free-flow sharing of all data the government has on you. It also grants them access to the date “other entities” have on you. There is no limit to the agencies that can share data. There is no limit to the data that can be shared. There is no limit with whom the data may be shared.

Single-Seller "Marketplace"

Single-Seller 'Marketplace'

Is there only ONE marketplace in America? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), individuals should go to THE "Health Insurance Marketplace" to buy health insurance.

Ten States to Connect with “Federal Surveillance Center”

Ten States to Connect with “Federal Surveillance Center”

The federal health department recently granted $1.5 billion in aid to states actively building their health insurance exchanges – government entities that feed private data into a ‘Federal Surveillance Center’ that has access to a wide variety of data about all Americans and makes it available to state and federal government agencies...

Reality #1: Not A Marketplace

Reality #1: Not A Marketplace

The “Minnesota Insurance Marketplace” in Senate File 1/House File 5 is not competitive, limits citizens’ choice of health insurance options, expands government dependency (premium subsidies for middle class/Medicaid expansion), is managed by unelected state workers, is under federal control (law/regulations), and operates through the online transfer of vast quantities of personal data on individuals from state and federal government.  

MN Health Insurance Exchange Realities

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Diagram

Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Diagram

Minnesota Legislation: Senate File 1/ House File 5

Adding Minnesotans to “the largest consolidation of personal data in the history of the republic” - USA TODAY

01/16/13 - CCHF Testimony on SF 1 - Minnesota Insurance Marketplace Act

01/16/13 - CCHF Testimony on SF 1 - Minnesota Insurance Marketplace Act

"The bill title says that this is a marketplace but according to the bill on line 2.21 the marketplace is created as a board ... Just the fact that we keep talking about a marketplace is problematic to our organization because it is actually a state board ... but the really big deal is to understand that it is the largest data sharing system in the history of this country and it will be the largest data sharing system in the history of this state."

Deceptive Bill Sells PPACA Exchange as One-Stop “Marketplace” for Health Insurance

Deceptive Bill Sells PPACA Exchange as One-Stop “Marketplace” for Health Insurance

As Minnesota convened its first session of its 88th Legislature, the Senate’s most important priority was to introduce and begin passage of Senate File 1: a bill for an act relating to commerce and establishing the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace. According to the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org), the bill is deceptive in several ways, most notably in its description of the state healthcare exchange