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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Don’t Be Fooled By State Healthcare Exchanges

Nearly two years ago, a smart nurse named Twila Brase, R.N., explained why “a state-established exchange is a federal takeover center.” State exchanges would be required to obey federal regulations, report annually to the federal Secretary of Health and Human Services, and comply with a list of federally mandated Essential Health Benefits as dictated by the Secretary of HHS. These health insurance exchanges are much more than marketplaces to make it easier to shop for health insurance. They are also the vehicle for dispensing subsidies and imposing penalties, while also building Big Brother-like databases about Americans.

The liberal central planners inside the D.C. Beltway thought the 50 States would comply with Obama’s demand that they set up these exchanges, at costs estimated to be as much as $100 million per exchange. As an incentive for States to set up these exchanges, the law provide substantial subsides to people who sign up. The central government planners thought the subsidies would coerce States to establish their own health insurance exchanges. That’s the way the federal government forces States to obey D.C. commands in other fields such as education. But States balked after they saw how expensive this would be and how much control they would give up to the federal government by establishing an exchange.

Twila Brase’s conclusion is to “Just say no” because “refusing to build the state exchanges is key to stopping Obamacare.” Now more than 2/3rds of the States – 36 of them – have done just that. States do not work for Barack Obama, which he has been slow to figure out. Democrats were crushed in the landslide midterm elections after the passage of Obamacare in 2010, and we may have a repeat performance in the November election.

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