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Minnesota's Speaker of House to call for Governor's resignation if health insurance crisis goes unsolved: 3 key points


Speaker Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) called on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) to fix the state's health insurance crisis or resign, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

In a press conference, Mr. Daudt said, "If I find out these people aren't working 24/7 to find a solution for these people to get health insurance on Jan. 1, I am going to call for Dayton's resignation myself, personally. This is absolutely a dereliction of leadership."

Here's what you need to know.

1. The controversy stems from rate increases by several of the state's insurers. Particularly, the insurers raised rates on individual policies by 50 percent to 67 percent, and are only accepting 25,000 new customers this year.

Once the limit is reached, individuals seeking insurance will have to purchase a Blue Cross Blue Shield health maintenance organization policy.

2. State republicans are considering subsidizing the 2017 premiums to address the crisis.

3. Gov. Dayton is considering asking that $313 million be diverted to help Minnesotans pay for their insurance.

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