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Minn. Insurance Companies Oppose Obama’s Extension

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s largest private insurance companies are opposing President Barack Obama’s plan to let people keep existing insurance for at least a year under his health care law.

The Minnesota Council of Health Plans explained the opposition in letters Monday to Gov. Mark Dayton and his commerce commissioner. The council represents seven insurance companies including major providers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthPartners, Medica and PreferredOne.

The companies say the one-year extension Obama offered last week doesn’t solve peoples’ frustration with losing health coverage, only postpones it. The companies say a delay would create “uncertainty, confusion and disruption.”

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman must decide whether to grant the delays. Dayton has already said he supports the delay. A spokesman for Rothman did not return a call seeking comment.

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