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“For some of you this will be one of the biggest bills of your career,” said Abeler, who voted for the bill in order to secure a spot on the conference committee where he said he hoped to improve the measure. “We could be looking back and saying, ‘What did we do? We took away people’s choices.’ It’s a great peril — this thing has to work in real life.”
Some of Atkins’ fellow House Democrats were unhappy with a late change to the bill, one that he pushed as an effort to entice insurers to participate. It would give those insurers the chance to sell some of their specific products in the new marketplace. That provision is not in the Senate bill.
Gov. Mark Dayton, whose administration has worked to help implement the exchange, acknowledged the risk involved.
“It’s a big gamble,” Dayton said during a Minnesota Public Radio call-in show. He added, “I’m sure there are going to be glitches. There has to be glitches with something of this enormity.”