I know that many people think that Obamacare is here to stay, but that’s not necessarily true. I strongly urge you to read the following and TAKE ACTION ASAP as time is of the essence. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and is truly our best chance to stop this massive governmental takeover of our health care and the innumerable horrendous effects it will have on us all. Please forward this to as many like-minded Pennsylvanians as possible. Thank you. Joanne Yurchak
Are you worried about Obamacare? There is still a possibility of stopping its implementation and you can help! The key lies in the state insurance exchanges. It is a fact that the Feds don’t have the money to set up and maintain these exchanges which are necessary for Obamacare to survive; they are counting on the states to do it. If enough states JUST SAY NO, Obamacare could be stopped in its tracks. Refusing to set up state insurance exchanges is our best immediate defense of halting the massive taxes and deleterious effects on health care that this job-killing law will impose on all Americans.
Note that Washington has attempted to dupe States into believing that they will have more autonomy if they set up their own exchanges rather than have Washington do it for them, but it is generally realized that it is ultimately the Feds who will be in control. As Governor Walker stated: “No matter who sets up and administers the exchange, the federal government makes all the decisions and the final product is the same.”
What should you do?
1. Contact Governor Corbett: Each of us needs to send a strong message to the Governor, insisting that he follow the lead of the seventeen Republican governors who have (as of 11/28/2012) refused to set up insurance exchanges in their states. It is essential that he return the (unspent) $33.8 M startup subsidy that was provided to PA long ago by the Feds, and upon doing so, flatly refuse to set up any type of state insurance exchange for Pennsylvania – ever! (Note that this $33.8M seed money is a drop in the bucket compared to the massive taxpayer funding that will be required to maintain a state insurance exchange.)
2. Contact your State Representative and State Senator: Relay the above message to them as well and request that they strongly “encourage” Governor Corbett to opt out of any type of state insurance exchange for PA.
We must flood our legislators in Harrisburg with calls, E-Mails and faxes, as often as possible. This should be done ASAP since the deadline for a decision is Dec. 14. (See information below for additional talking points.)
Phone: (717) 787-2500 Fax: (717) 772-8284
E-Mail: Governor@pa.gov Twitter: @GovernorCorbett
State Representative and State Senator:
Contact information for your state legislators can be obtained by (1) accessing the web site: www.legis.state.pa.us/, (2) clicking on the “address” link of “Who’s My Legislator,” and (3) typing in your home address on the web site, and clicking on “Go.”
Background Information and Talking Points
- The deadline for States to decide whether they will be setting up their own exchanges has been extended to Dec 14. As of Nov. 28, 2012, 17 states have refused to set up State exchanges and have defaulted to Federal ones.
(http://statehealthfacts.kff.org/comparemaptable.jsp?ind=962&cat=17). As of this date, Governor Corbett is undecided as to the direction in which he will be taking Pennsylvania. His reasons for not yet making a decision are discussed in a Nov. 29, 2012 article in the PA Independent entitled: “Corbett: Fed Hasn’t Provided ‘Rules’ for Health Care Law.” This article can be accessed at: http://paindependent.com/2012/11/corbett-fed-hasnt-provided-rules-for-aca-measures/
- It should be mentioned that when the Supreme Court unfortunately upheld Obamacare in June of 2012, Governor Corbett stated: “Despite the President’s repeated assertions that this was not a tax, the Supreme Court today ruled that it is in fact a tax. Not only is it a tax, but it may turn out to be one of the largest tax increases in the history of our nation. It is a tax on our citizens that they cannot afford. It is a tax that hits our small businesses the hardest and will kill job growth. This law will raise healthcare costs for our families, our employers and our state. This is a burden to all of us who work every day to recover from the recession. My administration will do all we can to ensure the negative impact of this law affects the lives of Pennsylvanians as little as possible.” We should remind Governor Corbett of his promise to us in June of 2012, and make him realize that the best way for him to legally keep this promise is an unequivocal rejection of a state insurance exchange for Pennsylvania.
- An article written by Freedomworks, “State Exchanges – Is This Our Last Hope Against Obamacare?” provides an excellent explanation of the issues involved in these exchanges, This can be accessed at the web site: http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/grusbf5/are-state-exchanges-our-last-hope-against-obamacar
- A letter from Governor Walker, explaining why “Wisconsin will not build a state-based health insurance exchange and will defer to the federal government’s insurance exchange,” can be accessed at: http://static.maciverinstitute.com/WalkerLetter.pdf.
In it he notes: “When federal funding dries up, costs for Wisconsin taxpayers would skyrocket under a state-run exchange. Putting state taxpayers on the hook for a program we cannot control is simply not responsible governance.”
- A November 15, 2012 letter from Governor Perry to Secretary Sebelius, (http://governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/O-SebeliusKathleen201211150621.pdf ) presents convincing reasons why Texas will not set up a state exchange, He states:
“In its current form under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and through the yet undisclosed rules set forth by CMS, the exchange presents an unknown cost to Texas taxpayers. 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.”
He also notes: “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.”
- Update: The situation as to the number of states who are opting out of forming state exchanges is fluid and increasing. Americans for Prosperity report that as of December 3, 2012, 20 states have refused to form state exchanges.(http://americansforprosperity.org/pennsylvania/legislativealerts/which-states-are-standing-against-obamas-state-based-exchanges/) These states are: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebaska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.