St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota Jobs Coalition Legislative Fund ​Executive Director John Rouleau issued the following statement in response to Tim Walz announcing he will run for Governor in 2018.

“Minnesota Democrats are doubling down on the failed policies of the past with Washington insider Tim Walz entering the race for Governor. As Minnesota’s biggest cheerleader for Obamacare, it’s clear Walz would continue the same failed policies of Mark Dayton: more spending, higher taxes and skyrocketing health insurance costs that Minnesotans know all too well. With his 10-year record as a liberal rubber stamp, Walz won’t fool anyone when he claims he’s a moderate.”

About Tim Walz (D-Obamacare)

Congressman Walz Voted For Obamacare and repeatedly voted against providing relief from penalties and repealing Obamacare.

Congressman Walz Said He Was “Proud” of the Democrats’ Work on Health Care. (CSPAN 3/14/2009 )

Congressman Walz Laughed When Asked About Broken Obamacare Promises. “The question: ‘I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family. What happened?’ After Sen. Klobuchar and Rep. Walz looked at each other, laughter broke out in the room. Rep. Peterson quickly picked up the microphone to say, ‘I voted ‘no’, so I’ll let these guys handle that,’  to the applause of the crowd. Both Klobuchar and Walz said they were aware of the problems, and wanted to find ways to fix it.” (Ryan Gustafson “MN Lawmakers Talk Farm Bill, ACA at Ag Symposium” KEYC12 2/14/2014)

MNsure Rates Have Have Risen As Much As 199% Since 2014. MNsure rates for a family of four on a gold plan have risen between 96% in Northeastern Minnesota and 199% in North-Central Minnesota. (MNsure, 2014 MNsure Rates, 9/30/2013; MNsure, 2017 MNsure Rates, 9/30/2016)