Dayton, Daudt trade barbs as health care debate stalls

Published 10:38 am Thursday, October 27, 2016

ST. PAUL — Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt is threatening to call for Gov. Mark Dayton’s resignation over Minnesota’s rising health care costs and access issues.

Daudt made the bold claim Wednesday. He said he’d call on the governor to resign if Dayton isn’t working around the clock to hammer out health care fixes.

Dayton’s spokesman Linden Zakula calls it a “temper tantrum” that doesn’t merit a response.

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Premiums will rise by as much as 67 percent in Minnesota’s individual market for next year. Dayton has urged legislative leaders to come up with solutions by the end of the month.

Daudt says offsetting the rising costs is important but there’s a bigger issue: limits for how many consumers most of the insurers must cover. Daudt says that will leave many uncovered next year.