This is Part 2 in my series about ObamaCare health care exchanges. Be sure to read Part 1 here.
Health care exchanges are simply this: state-level bureaucracies that ObamaCare must coerce into existence. Without them, there is no ObamaCare implementation. Without them, the federal government hasn’t the hands it needs to meddle into and control the health care of every American citizen.
“Once Up and Running, the Administration Will Impose Whatever Arbitrary Regulations it Wants”
John R. Graham of the Pacific Research Institute explains the harsh truths about exchanges in several articles, “Should Your State Establish an ObamaCare Health Insurance Exchange” and “Ongoing Health Care Exchange is Key for the Keystone State.” Excerpts:
The special interests: “Certain business interests are making unlikely arguments in favor of the reform act’s exchanges. These interests include IT vendors and consultants, health insurers who believe that they can dominate an exchange to the detriment of smaller competitors and brokers who hope to get paid by the government to serve as navigators in the exchanges.”
Perverse incentives: “Some lobbyists claim that states can drop out of Medicaid and drive all of their former dependents into exchanges, where they will enjoy budget-busting federal tax credits. Even if this were possible, simply exploiting health care reform to transfer liabilities to the federal government hardly solves the national challenge of out-of-control health care spending. The perverse incentives resulting from such a “reform” would surely discourage Pennsylvania’s [any state’s] politicians from rolling back the Affordable Care Act.”
Unfettered federal controls:“Once the exchanges are up and running, the administration will be able to impose whatever arbitrary regulations it wants.”
Who really owns this problem: “Any state establishing an exchange is making a one-way, lose-lose bet. If health care reform persists, exchanges will become bloated administrative nightmares. If it is defeated, states will have wasted time and energy that should have been directed towards that effort. The health care take-over is the president’s problem. Pennsylvania’s [any state’s] leaders shouldn’t make it theirs, too.“
“State Politicians Who Proclaim That They Want to Defeat ObamaCare Are Actually Facilitating it”
John Goodman with the National Center for Policy Analysis shares this from “Exchanges” Will Test States’ Willingness to Defeat ObamaCare:”
States have opportunity to stop ObamaCare: “… the federal government relies on states to do the reform’s dirty work. Fortunately, Republicans took control of legislatures and governors’ offices in twenty states last month, up from nine. This single-party rule should make blocking the health overhaul relatively easy. Even in states where power is divided between the parties, almost every state should be able to succeed in keeping the health overhaul at bay until it is slain.”
Let’s defeat it by facilitating it: “… advocates of consumer choice will be disappointed to learn hat some state politicians who proclaim that they want to defeat ObamaCare are actually facilitating it, and falling under the influence of lobbyists for special interests that will profit from it. As a result, they are being lured into negotiations to draft legislation that will establish state-based “exchanges” that will limit people’s choice of health insurance under the new law.”
States’ resolve will fade: “… the perverse incentives resulting from such a “reform” would surely dissipate a state’s will to defeat ObamaCare after the next electoral cycle.”
They’re going to be expensive: “Furthermore, states will have to bear the long-run administrative and bureaucratic costs of running the exchanges. These costs will quickly run into tens of millions of dollars annually … Once these contracts are signed, it will be very difficult to get these businesses to join a coalition to defeat ObamaCare.”
Setting up exchanges threatens defeat of ObamaCare: “But the American people already know that ObamaCare cannot work. Nor can it be outsmarted. It must be defeated. State politicians who fritter away valuable legislative time in negotiations about how to establish a health insurance exchange threaten the defeat of this harmful legislation.”
Oh, But There is More…
Now that you’ve read Parts 1 and 2 of this series, do you think you’ve heard enough? There’s more…
If you value freedom… if you value the kind of health care we’re used to here in this most exceptional of all nations… if you want every measure taken that can possibly stop ObamaCare’s clutch around freedom’s throat… then you must to learn more about these exchanges.
There is more to come… more facts and information… who supports them, who doesn’t… who is submitting to defeat, who is standing strong and resisting… Part 3 is next… and you will really want to know.
ESPECIALLY if You Live in Colorado
As I write this post, exchanges are on the table in Colorado’s state legislature. Check out Colorado SB 11-200 here. This is a bill being co-sponsored by Colorado State House Representative Majority Leader Amy Stephens(R) and Colorado State Senator Betty Boyd(D). The purpose of the bill is “creating a process for the implementation of a health benefit exchange in Colorado.”
More on that later… stay tuned.