Single Payer Healthcare Would Raise Taxes and Hurt Patients

St. Paul – Today, Jeff Johnson held a press conference with Dr. Lee Kurisko to discuss his experience working in the Canadian single payer healthcare system and how moving Minnesota to this model will hurt patient access to healthcare. Johnson’s opponent, Tim Walz has continually called for Minnesota to move to a single payer system in spite of the negative impacts it will have on the cost and quality of our healthcare.
past analysis of single-payer in Minnesota put the cost of the program at more than $35 billion dollars, require a nearly $17 billion tax increase, and would lead to more than 42,000 job losses. Democrats promised the Affordable Care Act would lead to increased choice and lower premiums and it has done neither, and now they want to expand government control of health care even more.
“Moving Minnesota to a single payer healthcare system would not only force taxes to skyrocket for everyone, but would also harm patient access to quality care. We should heed the warnings we heard today from Dr. Kurisko,” said Gina Countryman, Executive Director of MN Action Network – IE PAC.