Health care needs real reform. We should have a choice in private and/or government-sponsored plans. I firmly believe in the power of competition and that more is better.
Companies that offer health insurance to their employees should receive tax benefits. Individuals should be able to qualify and purchase insurance, whether they apply as an individual or under a group plan, and receive a tax benefit for their premiums.
I believe that everyone should have, at minimum, catastrophic health insurance so they are participating in the system and eliminate the risk of being denied for preexisting conditions.
States should decide how they handle health insurance, not the federal government. I support keeping MinnesotaCare and using it as a public option in our state. We should make it available to all full-time Minnesotans regardless of age, income or pre-existing conditions.