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

Biden claims 'overwhelming majority support' for gun control measures at White House summit

May 24, 2016  04:45 PM

The same vice president who encourages Americans to fire shotguns blindly into the air thinks the public is holding out for smart guns instead.

The post Biden claims ‘overwhelming majority support’ for gun control measures at White House summit appeared first on twitchy.com.

'Are you really this tone-deaf?' This Hillary tweet took a WHOLE lotta chutzpah

May 24, 2016  03:35 PM

"Seriously? This is pretty hilarious coming from you."

The post ‘Are you really this tone-deaf?’ This Hillary tweet took a WHOLE lotta chutzpah appeared first on twitchy.com.

Senator and combat vet Joni Ernst: 'I'm calling on VA Sec. McDonald to resign immediately'

May 24, 2016  02:56 PM

"He fails to take seriously the need for timely and quality care for our veterans."

The post Senator and combat vet Joni Ernst: ‘I’m calling on VA Sec. McDonald to resign immediately’ appeared first on twitchy.com.

Like refugees entering the U.S. from Syria? Gov. McAuliffe says Chinese donor was 'fully vetted'

May 24, 2016  02:14 PM

Oh really...

The post Like refugees entering the U.S. from Syria? Gov. McAuliffe says Chinese donor was ‘fully vetted’ appeared first on twitchy.com.

'MUST YOU PEOPLE RUIN EVERYTHING'? Do-gooders think it's high time Captain America got a boyfriend

May 24, 2016  01:59 PM

"We don't NEED that. There's no NEED for heroes focusing on their sexuality. It's boring, and not why we see them."

The post ‘MUST YOU PEOPLE RUIN EVERYTHING’? Do-gooders think it’s high time Captain America got a boyfriend appeared first on twitchy.com.

FSM Archives

10 year FSM Anniversary

More in MUST READS ( 1 OF 25 ARTICLES )