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Obamacare will cost Minnesota’s schools $200 million

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

If you weren’t a fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before, you’re about to like it even less.

We’ve heard from the people who were kicked off of their health insurance thanks to Obamacare. We’ve heard from those who are not able to see their doctor anymore thanks to Obamacare.

Now we’ve learned that Obamacare is going to take hundreds of millions of dollars out of Minnesota’s classrooms.

That’s right. Money that should be used to hire more teachers or bring better instructional materials into the classroom will instead be wasted by schools statewide as they try to meet Obamacare mandates.

According to figures released by the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) office, over the next three years, the total unfunded costs associated with Affordable Care Act compliance will cost Minnesota schools at least $207.96 million.

MMB collected its data by sampling a cross section of urban, metro and rural school districts across the state. Increased costs to school districts come from a number of factors including increased health care costs, penalties and covering part-time staff. The effective date for ACA compliance is either 2015 or 2016 depending on the size of the school district.

Broken down by year, the unfunded mandates on schools is $54.8 million in FY2015, $75.8 million in FY2016 and $77.4 million in FY2017.

This is the classic definition of throwing good money after bad. We’ve already blown $160 million for a MNSure website that’s been a colossal failure, and we’ll be on the hook for hundreds of millions more every year going forward to pay for this continued nonsense.

It’s bad enough that adults are suffering from being kicked off their health insurance, and now Obamacare is going to impact our kids. It is astounding to me that money that should be spent in the classroom is now going to be wasted by districts trying to meet Obamacare regulations.

This is an unneeded expense that does absolutely nothing for our students, and it is truly unfortunate that schools are going to be forced to prioritize Obamacare compliance over the education of our children.

Greg Davids

State Representative

District 28B

Minnesota House of Representatives

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