Health Care Exchanges – PART 15 >>> Colorado is Looking for a Few Good Men… NOT Charlie Brown

This is Part 15 in my series about ObamaCare health care exchanges. Be sure to read the entire series here.

Health care exchanges are simply this: State-level bureaucracies that ObamaCare must coerce into existence. Without them, there is no ObamaCare implementation. With them, the federal government has the hands it needs to meddle into and control the health care of every American citizen. 

Freedom in Colorado is Thirsting for a Few Good Men … and Women

A few good men… and women.  THAT’s what Colorado needs right now. 

Just as I was starting to ask the questions:

  • “Where are the men and women of courage who are going to stand up and say ‘NO’ to President Obama’s unconstitutional demands?” 
  • “Where are the ones who remember their oaths to uphold the Constitution?”
  • “Where are the ones who will wisely seek and consider all the facts before voting on a state law which ultimately empowers an unconstitutional federal law?”
  • “Where are the ones who will protect Colorado citizens from the injurious effects of ObamaCare? 
  • “Do we have nothing but Charlie Browns in our Republican legislature?”  (Okay, okay… we all need to laugh at least once during this intense debate, that was mostly meant in humor!)

Just when the politically purple Colorado landscape was starting to look a little less rugged… less independent… and a lot less courageous… it happened… 

This link landed on my computer:  “Opinion:  A Critical Moment to Oppose Health Exchange.”  Written by Colorado State Senator Shawn Mitchell(R)

Colorado State Senator Shawn Mitchell

Wow.  Read it (below) and be encouraged… leaders really do exist.  Leaders who are willing to speak to what is right, regardless of what kinds of political pressures they face.  

And I believe we have more brave leaders out there… will they stand up, speak out, and act against President Obama’s unconstitutional demands?  Will they resist rolling over to the President’s “ruse within a ruse?”   They will, if we encourage them. 

Here is the Senator’s article, copied with permission…

Opinion:  A Critical Moment to Oppose Health Exchange

Written by Colorado State Senator Shawn Mitchell.  Posted on 20 April 2011 on Colorado Health Policy Solutions.

“I see just a few problems with Senate Bill 200 to create a Colorado health insurance exchange: the policy, the drafting, and the politics. Otherwise, it’s a great idea.

Proponents argue exchanges will create an insurance marketplace where insurers and consumers can interact in an open and competitive market with convenient comparisons and easy shopping. Most activists for limited government and health care freedom see a different picture:  Lucy holding the football and beckoning gullible Charlie Brown for one more kick. There are good reasons for such wholesome pessimism.

Liberty activists start with the observation America lacks a free market in health care or anything close. Government has long been a major player in controlling, funding, regulating and delivering health care and insurance. Conservatives believe most the problems cited by critics of the “free market” are actually distortions introduced by government, either as original well-intentioned policies, or by ripple effects and new layers of regulation aimed at solving unintended consequences of earlier layers. Add inevitable rent-seeking (legislating for privilege and profit) by powerful interests in a complex industry, and our current ills are the foreseeable result.

Opponents fear that exchanges are just the next layer: a government solution to government problems. But it’s worse than déjà vu. Exchanges are likely to exacerbate the problem of political distortion. They concentrate heath care issues into a perfect little shooting gallery that will prove irresistible to politicians, bureaucrats and rent-seekers. The same crew that has brought us to our current woe now wants to create its own reality video game of health insurance. Government will build the stage so citizens can pursue happiness and health care.

Forgive my doubt. It’s kind of like the feeling of gun owners who oppose the government keeping them all on a list, or maybe Soviet era Jews being wary of going to government sponsored “sanctuaries” to protect them from “hostile factions.” I made that one up, but you get the point.

Here’s a better idea. Why doesn’t government pare back the distortions it inflicts in the real world, instead of trying to create a new and better playing field in a legislated world? Free choice in goods and services spontaneously creates some amazing “exchanges,” efficiencies, innovations and advances.

Which brings us to the drafting of SB 200. Advocates argue there are good and bad exchange designs. Some are too government-heavy and smack of single payer, while others are “free market” and supported by the “business community.” But SB 200 is very slight on substance and detail. It sets up a commission to design the exchange. Lobbyists at the capitol proudly announce the commission’s makeup is “business friendly.” Well, that’s not Rock of Gibraltar inspiring. Pharma and Big Insurance were right at the table passing Obama’s health care bill too, cutting deals and slicing pie. Now they’re reportedly quietly opposing repeal or roll-back, because the bill brings them big new controlled markets. Sometimes business has different priorities from defenders of freedom.

Further, there’s no escaping that exchanges are a cog in the machinery of Obamacare. States are mandated to make their own or be defaulted into the federal exchange. Proponents argue this proves we should pass SB 200 and establish a Colorado exchange rather than be governed by bureaucrats from Washington. But opponents see that acting now is submitting to the policies and the premises of Obamacare. If it’s established—and accepted—that Washington has the power and authority to control national health care and mandate the purchase of insurance, there will be no stopping the grab. To repeat, the same Congress, bureaucracies and rent-seeking interests that lurk in the real world will soon continue open season on the revenues, deal-making and headline opportunities that flow through exchanges.

That makes this a critical moment to push back. And Americans are, with substantial success. Referring to the politics of exchanges, I meant the effect on political outcomes. It’s not about posturing, but about helping to shape policy in Congress and perceptions in the courts.

One of the driving forces behind the turnover of Congress last election was public disgust at the naked power grab and bare fisted politics that punched Obamacare across the finish line. The fight is on to repeal or defund the federal bill, or to lay the groundwork for future elections over that issue. Twenty-six states have joined a lawsuit to seeking to overturn the federal abuse. Courts across the land are grappling with the weighty issues. Contrary to smug predictions, several have struck the law down in serious, thoughtful opinions. Now is not the time for citizens and states to salute and fall in line. While Congress struggles, as the Supreme Court weighs, political currents shape reality and make a difference.

As an individual and as a Coloradan, I want to be part of a vibrant spirit of reform and resistance in perhaps the most important public policy battle of our lifetime. SB 200 is a step toward surrender.”

Sen. Shawn Mitchell is a lawyer and a Republican lawmaker from Broomfield.

If You Agree with Senator Shawn Mitchell and Appreciate his Courage, Please Thank him

Here’s his contact information:

Capitol Phone: 303-866-4876

But Colorado Still Needs 33 More Good Men and Women With his Same Courage

Colorado SB11-200 is scheduled to be voted on within days.  You can influence Colorado lawmakers to have the same courage for freedom that Senator Mitchell has demonstrated.  But you must act now.  The Colorado State House of Representatives holds a Republican majority by one seat (33 Republicans total in the House).

It will take every single Republican voting to stop the state-run, bureaucratic, Democrat-majority health care exchange that SB11-200 would create in Colorado.  Unfortunately at this time, not every Republican intends to vote NO.  But you can change that if you act now. 

Contact every Colorado State Republican Legislator and tell them you don’t want ANY Republican bringing ObamaCare into Colorado, and that you want them to vote NO on SB11-200.   Tell them to stand up to President Obama’s unconstitutional demands and to discourage other Colorado Republicans from participating in ObamaCare’s implementation in any wayRemind them that no Republican wants to carry the legacy of ushering ObamaCare into Colorado… which is what will happen to any Republican who votes for these exchanges. 

Not sure what exchanges are?  Review my series here for more information. 

Here’s the List of Every Colorado Republican Lawmaker 

Copy and paste it into your email “To:” field, and contact them now.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

One Response to Health Care Exchanges – PART 15 >>> Colorado is Looking for a Few Good Men… NOT Charlie Brown

  1. "The Bob Hatter" Bob Clark April 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm #


    Thank you for your hard work on this issue.

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