ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An independent political group's TV ad uses Gov. Mark Dayton's own words against him on the new health insurance law, prompting pushback from the Democrat's campaign.
The Minnesota Jobs Coalition ad rolled out Thursday uses footage of Dayton from October saying MNsure was going "phenomenally well." MNsure is the Web-based exchange Minnesota is using to comply with the Affordable Care Act, known by many as "Obamacare."
Minnesota's system had a choppy debut, which Republicans hope to turn into political advantage in a bid to defeat Dayton.
But Dayton campaign manager Katharine Tinucci responded Thursday that more than 180,000 people eventually signed up for private or publicly subsidized insurance policies and the rate of uninsured Minnesotans dropped by 40 percent.
The group says the ad will run on cable and broadcast.