11.19.2012 in Big Government, Featured, ObamaCare, Politics by Rick Manning 20

Obamacare implementation craters under state objections

By Rick Manning — The national health care law jumped back into the headlines last week as a deadline for states to decide whether to establish individual state health care exchanges approached and then was extended by the Obama Administration to December 14. 

The delay was requested by the Republican Governor’s Association whose members had posed questions of the Obama Administration about the law over the past few months that remained unanswered.

Over the past week, the list of states not participating in the system has grown to nineteen as the states of Wisconsin, Ohio and Nebraska chose to join sixteen others in rejecting the state health insurance exchange that is called for under the Obamacare law.

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin announced his choice in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday writing, “No matter which option is chosen, Wisconsin taxpayers will not have meaningful control over the health care policies and services sold to Wisconsin residents.”

Walker’s letter continued by stating, “If the state option is chosen, however, Wisconsinites face risk from a federal mandate lacking long-term guaranteed funding.”

Other governor’s from around the nation weighed in against the state exchanges with Ohio Governor John Kasich announcing, “Turning down a state-based health exchange and saying no to federal regulation of Ohio’s health insurance industry and Medicaid eligibility determination is the best approach for Ohio.”

Maine Governor Paul LePage wrote to Sebelius explaining why his state won’t implement the state exchange saying, “In the end, a state exchange puts the burden onto the states and the expense onto our taxpayers, without giving the state the authority and flexibility we must have to best meet the needs of the people of Maine.”

The state health care exchanges are a creation of the Obamacare law where the state would create a massive database of health insurance options that those without insurance could access.  The state is given the option under the law to either create the exchange or to leave it up to the federal government to provide it.

Another under-reported aspect of the law is that the statute itself only allows the state exchange to levy penalties against employers who are accused of not following the requirements of the law.  After the law passed it was discovered that federal exchanges do not have the authority to impose penalties. Upon this discovery, the IRS hurriedly wrote regulations claiming that power contrary to what the law allows.

Employers in states without a state exchange will have the option of contesting any penalties in court with a reasonable likelihood of success due to the IRS’ extra-legal regulations.

The probable net effect is that states whose governors refuse to enact state exchanges will put their states at a significant economic advantage over those businesses in states with one.  The promise of lower health insurance costs will help employers in these states who want to expand without worrying if hiring an additional employee will throw themselves into new Obamacare taxes.

Currently, nineteen states are rejecting the state exchanges, sixteen states are enacting them, three are attempting a state/federal exchange hybrid, and twelve will decide before the new December 14 deadline.

The undecided states are:  Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.

Rick Manning is the Director of Communications for Americans for Limited Government.

  • Jean

    Too bad California is taking the Health exchange. It won’t be cheap! I checked on Picca, and it is $1,800 a month for someone 60. Bussiness is already leaving the state or not hiring. My daughter cannot get a teachers position because she does not speak spanish. Other states make the children speak english, here its backwards. Sad state of affairs. Will not be voteing anymore tax increases. This state is turning into a ghetto.

  • JohnHD

    Let the states accepting the exchange pay all the costs of Obama Care. The states who accepted it readily were red states and they accepted it with out a qualms so let them foot the bill.

  • southrngirl77

    John, don’t you have that backwards? Didn’t you mean to say the states who accepted it readily were the blue states? After all, they’re the ones who live in la la land when it comes to fiscal responsibility.

  • JohnHD

    Yeah I guess you have a point. But look at the map and you will see hust what I was referring to. Just in case I misunderstood you. I think I’ll stick to liberal and conservative from now on.

  • wtram46

    La. does not need this crap!!!!!!!! Obamacare sux!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gloria-Wyzgoski/100001189442512 Gloria Wyzgoski

    YES, BIG LABOR KILLED THE TWINKIE. THE NAZI ETHANASIA PROGRAM IS THE FORERUNNER OF OBAMA’S DEATH COUNSIL, DR. EZEKIEL EMANUEL. The World economy is teetering.. With trillions of dollars evaporating in this crisis, millions of middle-class Americans face the prospect of losing their homes and jobs, and witnessing a dramatic contraction of their retirement savings. In response, the public will desperately want financial security..Bailing out bankers and other gamblers and the huge increase in the federal debt that these bailouts will entail intensified the pressure to rein in heal-care costs. The deal of health-care economists, Victor Fuchs of Stanford, has long maintained that we will get health-care reform only when there is a WAR, A DEPRESSION OR SOME OTHER MAJOR CIVIL UNRESST. IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE WE MIGHT JUST HAVE ALL THREE. DR. EZEKIEL EMANUEL “tHE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND HEALTH CARE.” THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, OCT. 12, 2008. HOW IRONIC JUST WHEN OVER 200 BILLION $$$$ DISAPPEARED FROM THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY IN LESS THEN TWO HOURS CAUSING AN ECONOMIC CRISIS. THE ONLY PERSON POSSIBLE WHO COULD HAVE CAUSED THAT CRISIS AND WHO IS ONE THAT WANTS A ONE WORLD GOV AND HEALTH CARE GEORGE SOROS. CONGRESS KNOWS AND NO ONE HAS EVER INVESTIGATED. FOLKS THERE ARE DEATH PANELS WRITTEN BY EZEKIEL EMANUEL IN OBAMACARE JUST LIKE THERE WERE IN AKTION T-4, I.E., THE MEN BEHIND HITLER. YOU BETTER WISE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. IT MAY BE TOO LATE. EZEKIEL’SBROTHER, OBAMA’S CHIEF OF STAFF RAHM EMANUEL, IS RAMMING THIS NAZI-REVIVAL POLICY, OR HE DID, THROUGH THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS. IT IS A DEATH WARRANT AS WAS HITLER’S MERCY DEATH PROGRAM. I PROMISE YOU THAT. BRANDT AND BRACK WERE CONVICTED OF WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMLANITY AND EXECUTED ON JUNE 2, 1948. THE EMANUELS AND OBAMA ARE NO BETTER. OBAMACARE MUST NOT COME TO MICHIGAN. YOU ARE FARE WARNED. GLORIA WYZGOSKI. READ “THE MEN BEHIND HITLER” YOU CAN FIND A CONDENSED COPY WHEN YOU GOOGLE. THE GOAL IS TO BE RID OF THE USELESS EATERS. GOOGLE ALSO THE NAZI EUTHANASIA PROGRAM: FORERUNNER OF OBAMA’S DEATH COUNCIL BY ANTON CHAITKIN SPEAK UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. I WILL SAY I TOLD YOU SO.

  • D Daniel

    Please copy ‘n paste this as far and wide as possible!! And then make some phone calls. This election does not get decided until Mid-December when the Electoral College cast their votes.

    According to Article II of the U.S. Constitution AND the 12th Amendment – if 1/3rd of the States do not cast their votes in the Electoral College — then the matter falls onto the House of Representatives to choose the President. In other words — if we pressure Congressmen, State Party Officials, and groups such as Tea Party Patriots, Heritage Foundation, etc., to call on RED States to NOT have their Electors cast their vote –then the House of Reps CAN choose the next President!!!!!

    The democrats are stealing this election and it is up to WE, the people, to put the hammer down on their widespread vote-fraud. The founding-fathers gave us the Electoral College for several reasons. Vote-Fraud is one of those reasons. But it is up to us to hold tightly to the Constitution. If we don’t – then we are just as guilty as those who would ignore it.

    The Constitution can stop the socialist machine in its’ tracks. But it is up to YOU to get on the phone and make some noise. Please call your State Party Officials, your Congressmen, and any political groups or organizations ASAP.

    WE do not elect the President. The Electoral College elects the President. But if enough of them do not cast their vote -then the responsibility falls onto the House of Representatives to choose the next President.

    MAKE THE CALLS!!! If just 17 RED States agreed to NOT cast their votes in the electoral college – then it goes to the House. And if pressured – they just might do it.

    We do NOT have to convince ANY democrats – at all.

    All we have to do is convince 1/3 of the States to NOT cast their electoral college votes.

    Well more than 1/3 of the States did in fact vote as RED States. And they too can see the obvious, wide-spread vote-fraud which has taken place.

    So, if the Electors in 17 States which Romney won decided to NOT cast their electoral college votes — then the electoral college does not meet the requirement as defined in the Constitution. And in such a case, the electoral college is thereby null and void. The matter then goes to the House.

    In every State, each political party chooses its’ own “electors”. Then, whichever party wins the popular vote in each State is the party which gets to have its’ electors cast their vote in the electoral college.

    However, according to the Constitution and the 12th Amendment, in order for the Electoral College to have a quorum – then at least 2/3rds of the States must cast their votes.

    As stated in the Constitution and the 12th Amendment: “A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States,”

    So, if 1/3 of the States (17) do NOT cast their electoral college votes – then it goes to the House of Representatives (not the senate) to elect the next President.

    YES!! WE CAN DO THIS!!

    GET THE WORD OUT!! AND MAKE SOME CALLS!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AYBFVNKIWZNSJA6BDOVPNSPDNA Gail

    Once again Mississippi does the very thing that will help to keep it and it’s citizens on the bottom of the pile!

  • JonathonGalt

    Red is the appropriate color to represent the Democrat party, and I’ve always found it confusing to see them colored blue.

  • DAVID PEACOCK

    move

  • DAVID PEACOCK

    that is the way to do it;; states rights have been subrogated enough

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BJ3DNEWI7NWP7KKWFGVC2NS5IU Walter

    Let this P#S healthcare law wither on the vine as should any law this human waste created.

  • Ray2

    Colorado has gone to the dark side! I wish I could afford to sell my house and move to Texas!!

  • Craig

    I HOPE EVERY CONSEVATIVE LEAVES THE STATE AND THE STATE GOES BANKRUPT OR MAYBE MEXICO WILL TAKE IT BACK. WHAT A SAD STATE CALIFORNIA IS INDEED.

  • For My Liberty

    Damn Dem Gov in Ky…Looks like he is setting it up….Too bad his term was not up..

  • MikeH

    Let me just say THIS!! I deliver medicine to approx. 150 doctors and hospitals and not one supports obamacare-NOT ONE!! We JUST had a hospital close and according to the director (Mobile Infirmary West) it was due to obamacare!!
    I REST MY CASE!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gloria-Wyzgoski/100001189442512 Gloria Wyzgoski

    California is a LOST CAUSE!! If what I learned on Rush today is half true and I do believe it because I know folks that live there, it is a disaster waiting to spread like the black plague. Hope I have this right but it’s close enough. 37% of the people do not work for the government. Of that 37% only 18% PAY TAXES. SO THAT 18% CARRY THE BURDEN OF THE ENTIRE STATE. The rest vote for tax increases to pay for their entitlements from the 18%. Their DRUG OF CHOICE IS OPM, OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY. THE ATTORNEY I KNOW IN CA. THAT HAS A PRIVATE PRACTICE HAS GONE FROM $200,000 A YEAR IN 2007/2008 TO EARNING $80 THOUSAND IN 2012 UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. RECEIVABLES IS OUT OF CONTROL—NO ONE HAS ANY MONEY TO PAY THEIR BILLS. PROMISES MADE TO PAY ARE NOT KEPT. I HAVE ANOTHER FRIEND WHO TAKES NOTHING FROM THE GOVERNMENT WHO HAS MADE A WHOPPING $14 THOUSAND SO FAR IN 2012 AND IS WORKING THREE AND FOUR JOBS TO KEEP BILLS PAID. THESE FOLKS ARE NOT MINORITIES AND THEREFORE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR HANDOUT AND, VERY FRANKLY, WOULD NOT TAKE THEM ANYHOW. THEY BOTH PAY TAXES AND ARE NOT IN UNCLE SAM’S WAGON, THEY PULL THE WAGON LIKE WE DO. PERHAPS WE MIGHT ALL CONSIDER JOINING THE CREW IN “ATLAS SHRUGGED” AND LET THE “LEFT WING LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES MARXISTS COMMUNISTS DROWN IN THEIR OWN QUICKSAND OF CRAP.” IT WOULD BE FUN TO WATCH PALOSI SWINGING HER HANDS SCREAMING FOR HELP TO GET HER OUT!! WE COULD THROW HER A CAN OF CHARLIE THE TUNA. “Good Nite” till tomorrow!
    Glo PS’ Hope the spelling isn’t too bad, I’m pretty sleepy!

  • joseph g

    barry, reid, pelosi, boxer, and the rest of you scumbag democrats and the fools that voted for them you can all go to hell. You most certainly will for voting for them after they voted for barry care and using our tax money to fund abortions. Shame on you. You are all a bunch of reprobates.

  • SickoftheBS

    Last I heard Mexico does not want it back, they have enough garbage and are trying to clean up their country

  • Jo

    Wonder why Jan Brewer hasn’t decided for Arizona yet. Just hope Arizona keeps it’s conservative ways.

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