The Strib “reported”, after a fashion, about attitudes about Obamacare after an election where it was primarily responsible for ejecting the DFL from power in the Minnesota Senate.
And it’s either a masterpiece of selective fact, or some fairly incurious reporting:
Anxiety is greatest among Minnesotans with preexisting medical conditions. Before the ACA, insurance companies could simply deny them coverage.
Which is technically true.
After which, in Minnesota at least, they would get insurance from one of the state-subsizied high risk plans.
Before MNSure, 92% of Minnesotans were insured, via the private market, a public plan, or some combination. It was the highest share in the nation. Of the 8% who didn’t have insurance, the vast majority were people who didn’t want insurance – mostly young, mostly healthy. There were exceptions – but they were few, rare, and mostly the product of poor information and a pre-Obama media who were actively pitching the “47 million uninsured Americans…” narrative.
Today, the state says half as many Minnesotans are uninsured – but networks have shrunk (in vast swathes of Minnesota, only one plan is available), premiums have skyrocketed for individual members (like me!), people could not keep their doctor (The Lightworker’s promises notwithstanding…)
So why is the Strib story – a “Team Report” by Jeremy Olson, Christopher Snowbeck and Glenn Howatt, no less – either so slanted or uninformed?
To borrow a Glenn Reynolds phrase – if you treat them as DFL operatives with bylines, it all makes sense.