Governors and other state officials, across the states, are deciding whether their state will establish a Health Insurance Exchange. The Department of Health and Human Services has given States until Friday, December 14, 2012 to decide. A great source for what different states are doing can be found at this website.
There are some Governors who just recently made public their decision on this matter. Those who are opposed to doing what Obama wants are going to start to be demonized. For the next few months a prolonged siege by the liar media will be waged to try and force them to get with the Obama agenda if they know what’s good for them. The best thing to do is tune out the noise from the media and listen only to what the Governors say instead of what is said about them. Listed below are Governors speaking in their own words. These are answers from voices of reason from every region of this nation with respect to Obamacare™.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage:
I’m not lifting a finger. We’re not going to get involved. We’re going to let Mr. Obama do a federal exchange. It’s his bill. The federal health reform law is full of federal mandates; as such, even a state-based health insurance exchange is actually controlled by the federal government. 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.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich:
Despite the perception to the contrary, the law gives states little flexibility or control over how the exchange in their state operates, making it difficult for Ohio to set up an exchange that responds to the unique needs of Ohioans or the Ohio insurance market.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley:
I will not set up a state exchange in Alabama. If we stand together, I do believe Congress is going to have to look at this again. That will send a clear signal to all of our elected leaders in Washington that the health care bill should be changed. We believe the federally facilitated system they will try to set up, we believe that is unconstitutional. I will not expand Medicaid as it exists under the current structure because it is broken. We just can not afford it. The people of America can not afford it.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal:
We have no interest in spending our tax dollars on an exchange that is state-based in name only. I would support a free market-based approach that could serve as a useful tool for Georgia’s small businesses, but federal guidelines forbid that. Instead, restrictions on what the exchanges can and can’t offer render meaningless the suggestion that Georgia could tailor an exchange that best fits the unique needs of its population.
I have joined numerous other governors seeking guidance from the federal government on establishing exchanges. We’ve yet to receive serious answers to our questions. I will not commit Georgia taxpayers to a project with so many unknowns.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman:
The reality is that the federal health care law is being totally dictated and totally controlled by the federal government. On the key issues, there is no real operational difference between a federal exchange and a state exchange. A state exchange is nothing more than the state administering the Affordable Care Act with all of the important and critical decisions made by the federal government.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell:
I don’t want to buy a pig in a poke for the taxpayers of Virginia. I don’t believe the federal government can possibly deliver its commitment to fully fund the program . and I don’t want to be part of contributing trillions of dollars to the national debt.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard:
After extensive research and analysis, it has become very apparent that operating our own exchange will simply not work for South Dakota. The federal law requires exchanges to be self-sustaining by 2015, which means we would either have to charge a fee to South Dakota citizens using the exchange, or increase taxes, neither of which I am willing to do.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:
The exchanges called for under the federal health care law known as Obamacare are state-based in name only. Instead, they simply pass along to the state the burdens of a new and cumbersome bureaucracy. The amount of uncertainty in our economy is growing given the lack of information available from the federal government at a time when we can hardly afford it.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry:
As long as the federal government has the ability to force unknown mandates and costs upon our citizens, while retaining the sole power in approving what an exchange looks like, the notion of a state exchange is merely an illusion. It would not be fiscally responsible to put hard-working Texans on the financial hook for an unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not even been written.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback:
Kansans feel Obamacare is an overreach by Washington and have rejected the state’s participation in this federal program. My administration will not partner with the federal government to create a state-federal partnership insurance exchange because we will not benefit from it and implementing it could cost Kansas taxpayers millions of dollars.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced Friday morning that Wisconsin will not adopt is own state-run health care exchange. As a result of our decision, Wisconsin taxpayers and consumers will have access to the same products without the risk of having an extra burden placed on them at a time when they can least afford it.
No matter who sets up the exchange, the federal government will make all the decisions and the product will be the same. The law does not allow for a “uniquely Wisconsin option.”
Indiana governor-elect Mike Pence:
Indiana does not want a state-run health insurance exchange. Without knowing more details on the cost and nature of state-based exchanges, it is possible that our state could be placed in the untenable position of serving as the new administrator of a new federal healthcare bureaucracy over which we have little control.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
For the past few months, my staff and I have worked with other lawmakers, Oklahoma stakeholders and health care experts across the country to determine the best course of action for Oklahoma in regards to both the creation of a health insurance exchange and the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Our priority has been to ascertain what can be done to increase quality and access to health care, contain costs, and do so without placing an undue burden on taxpayers or the state. As I have stated many times before, it is my firm belief that PPACA fails to further these goals, and will in fact decrease the quality of health care across the United States while contributing to the nation’s growing deficit crisis.
After careful consideration, I have today informed U.S. Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius that Oklahoma will not pursue the creation of its own health insurance exchange. Any exchange that is PPACA compliant will necessarily be ‘state-run’ in name only and would require Oklahoma resources, staff and tax dollars to implement. It does not benefit Oklahoma taxpayers to actively support and fund a new government program that will ultimately be under the control of the federal government, that is opposed by a clear majority of Oklahomans, and that will further the implementation of a law that threatens to erode both the quality of American health care and the fiscal stability of the nation.