When Jennifer Slafter first ran the numbers, she thought the new federal health care law would cost her family an extra $171 a month for an insurance plan with a higher deductible. So the stay-home mom from southeastern Minnesota felt compelled to go public with her frustration.
Though she voted for Barack Obama twice, Slafter, 40, wrote a letter to her local weekly newspaper blasting the president's Affordable Care Act and Minnesota's health insurance exchange, known as MNsure. A local Republican lawmaker noticed her complaints, put her in touch with a GOP press aide and before long Slafter was explaining her beef on the TV news in the Twin Cities. The law's foes spread her story far and wide, although her situation has been looking up since then.