Dayton to Republican lawmakers on scrapping MNsure: 'Look before you leap'

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Gov. Mark Dayton says Republican lawmakers pushing major changes to the state's health insurance exchange should look before they leap.

That's why the Democratic governor has proposed creating a task force to study the future of MNsure and health care in Minnesota. Dayton included $500,000 for that study in his revised budget unveiled Tuesday.

The governor first made the suggestion in a letter to legislative leaders earlier this week. Some Republicans say that's an admission that MNsure has been a bust.

Dayton says that's not the case.

A committee in the Republican-controlled House passed a bill Monday to scrap MNsure and move to the federal exchange. Dayton says that should be an option but wants to study MNsure's economic viability before making any major changes to the exchange.

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