Minn. anecdotes compete in health care law roll out 09 Dec 13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Experiences both good and bad of Minnesotans signing up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul have been used in the high-stakes political battle surrounding the new law.

Jennifer Slafter of Fillmore County got swept up in the coverage. The stay-at-home mom wrote a letter to the editor complaining about her family’s financial hit, and after contact with a Republican lawmaker she was soon telling her story on Twin Cities TV news.

MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, has also worked to spread positive stories from satisfied customers. But MNsure spokesman John Reich acknowledges it’s tough to draw broad conclusions about the law from individual experiences.

Slafter is a good example: she says after getting more information, her family is likely not in for the financial hit she initially expected.