Republican candidate for governor and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson called on the leadership of the MNsure Legislative Oversigh Committee to resign. In a statement released from his campaign, Johnson said:
“Abysmal failure. There’s no other way to accurately describe the performance of the co-chairs charged with leading legislative oversight of Minnesota’s insurance exchange,” Johnson said. “The MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee has not met in three months. Meanwhile, the exchange’s website has melted down, MNsure’s executive director has been forced to resign and thousands of Minnesotans are about to be without health insurance come January 1. It was never appropriate to have the two legislative authors of MNsure charged with its oversight, as they have an inherent interest in avoiding any discussion of its problems or failures. It’s time to bring in new, conflict-of-interest-free co-chairs, preferably ones who do not have rooms named after them at MNsure’s office.”
Republicans have been hammering away on the repeated failings at MNsure for the last week. Scott Honour was the first Republican candidate for governor to comment, when he called on the executive director of MNsure to resign. Marty Seifert repeated the call the next day, hours before the resignation was announced by MNsure. Please check back to politics.mn for more information on this story later today.