Governor Mark Dayton was planning to propose a limited public option for health insurance in his State of the State address, but collapsed before getting to that part of the speech.
“This public option could offer better benefits than many policies, presently on commercial markets; more options for people to keep their doctors and clinics; and less expensive coverage than what is available today,” Dayton [would have said], according to an advance text of his remarks. “The public option will also guarantee that all Minnesotans have at least one good option available on the individual market, wherever they live.”
His health proposals may meet stiff resistance from both insurers and from Republicans who now control both chambers of the state Legislature. The same is also true of many of other proposals Dayton — who insisted despite a Republican Legislature he would propose and govern as he saw fit — addressed Monday evening.