Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable - Now is not the time to go wobbly.

November 13, 2012

President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare's health-insurance "exchanges." States also have to decide whether to implement the law's massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.

State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision.

There are many arguments against creating exchanges. 

First, states are under no obligation to create one.

Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare's individual and employer mandates. 

Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases. 

Fourth, the November 16 deadline is no more real than the "deadlines" for implementing REAL ID, which have been pushed back repeatedly since 2008.

Fifth, states can always create an exchange later if they choose. 

Sixth, a state-created exchange is not a state-controlled exchange. All exchanges will be controlled by Washington.

Seventh, Congress authorized no funds for federal "fallback" exchanges. So Washington may not be able to impose Exchanges on states at all.

CONTINUE AND FINISH READING


blog comments powered by Disqus

10 year FSM Anniversary

George Pataki only candidate to trend during #VotersFirst forum — does this photo show why?

August 03, 2015  08:55 PM

He's alive, he's awake, and he's running for President of the United States.

Krystal Ball repulsed by Lindsey Graham's 'nasty, sexist attack' regarding Bill Clinton's affair [video added]

August 03, 2015  08:12 PM

How dare he suggest the Clintons have a history of lying?

#RSG15 'far more important than Thursday's debate': RedState Gathering 2015 promises to be epic

August 03, 2015  07:44 PM

If the debate stage in Cleveland Thursday night seems a little crowded with conservatives, just remember one thing: that’s nothing compared to this weekend’s much-anticipated RedState Gathering 2015 at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Ga., which will feature eight presidential candidates along with a star-studded lineup of conservative power players from government, the media, and conservative […]

Chuck Grassley's lawn mowing setup proves he's 'the king of rural Twitter' [photos]

August 03, 2015  05:12 PM

THIS is lawn mowing, Iowa-style!

EPA head Gina McCarthy thanks Bette Midler for being 'clean air beneath my wings'

August 03, 2015  04:54 PM

EPA willing to overlook jet-set, multiple home-owning lifestyle when support is urgently needed.

FSM Archives

More in MUST READS ( 1 OF 25 ARTICLES )