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Minn. GOP hopefuls split over next step on MNsure

February 14, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All of the Republicans seeking to oust Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton regard Minnesota's problem-ridden health insurance exchange as an unmitigated disaster. But they differ on what they would about MNsure if they take over next year.

The fissure on health care became apparent when Republican businessman Scott Honour strongly advocated scrapping the state insurance bureaucracy and sliding Minnesota into the federal government's marketplace.

His four main rivals flinched at the idea. Rep. Kurt Zellers and former Rep. Marty Seifert are unequivocally ruling it out as a possibility if they win.

It's a major contrast point in a GOP nomination battle that has seen few so far. Democrats waiting on a fall challenger are watching too, mindful that it's easier to criticize the current system than to present a viable alternative.



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