Minnesota Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton released a statement on Friday expressing "regret" for saying that Obamacare is no longer affordable for many people, The Hill reports.
"Last week I said that the Affordable Care Act 'is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people,'" the governor said. "I regret that my statement was wrongly used against Democratic candidates in Minnesota and elsewhere."
On Wednesday, Dayton told reporters that Obamacare has "many good features to it," but the law needs Congress to help make coverage more affordable.
Dayton's spokesman Sam Fettig told Politico in an email after the original comment that "the governor wants to make it clear that the Republicans in Congress are to blame for their unwillingness to make improvements necessary to make the Affordable Care Act more successful."
"For the 95 percent of Minnesotans who are covered through the Medicaid expansion, MinnesotaCare, or their employer, the law is working," Dayton said in his Friday statement. "It's working for the 3 percent, who qualify for the federal tax credits through MNsure. But the law isn't working well for the 2 percent of Minnesotans in the individual market, who don't receive any financial assistance to pay for their coverage.
"In this emergency for some Minnesotans and their families, I am hopeful that DFL and Republican legislators will be able to set aside the politics of the Affordable Care Act, work together, and find a short-term solution for those in crisis," the governor continued.
"During the past couple of weeks, some legislative leaders have said a special session is critical. It is now time to walk the talk and agree upon a solution to provide much-needed relief."
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