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HealthPartners: Tweaks still needed on Affordable Care Act

Posted at 2:22 PM on June 28, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Health, Politics

HealthPartners, a major Minnesota health plan, shared its view on the Supreme Court's decision upholding much of the Affordable Care Act.

In a prepeared statement, HealthPartners chief executive Mary Brainerd writes:

The Supreme Court decision to uphold the requirement that individuals have health insurance makes sense. Without that requirement, health care and health insurance would be less affordable for everyone because many wouldn't buy insurance until they were already ill or needed coverage.

But adjustments in the law are still needed to make sure that coverage is affordable.

In the current law, individuals and small employers will pay for more of the costs, and we are concerned about that. We also want individuals and families to have choices about the coverage that works best for their needs. Congressional action is needed to make important improvements to ensure affordability and choice.

About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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