… just on this one issue alone — state exchanges under obamacare. (Two more are also mentioned in the article below.) So the real question is, why is Gov. Sandoval, nominally a Republican, bucking his colleagues across the nation and going ahead with this evil monstrosity here in Nevada?
The following excepts from the websites shown below explain the problem all too painfully well.
The Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) met in Las Vegas this week. One of the only Republican governors who did not attend was the host-state governor, our own Gov. Brian Sandoval. He was in Washington, DC accepting an award for, in part, breaking his word and raising taxes last year.
Sandoval is the only Republican governor who has moved forward with implementing an ObamaCare “exchange” in our state and the odds of him agreeing to put Nevada on a path over the proverbial fiscal cliff by expanding Medicaid have been set by Caesar’s Palace at approximately 100%.
Arguments against creating exchanges:
First, states are under no obligation to create one.
Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.
Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases.
Fourth, the November 16 deadline is no more real than the “deadlines” for implementing REAL ID, which have been pushed back repeatedly since 2008.
Fifth, states can always create an exchange later if they choose.
Sixth, a state-created exchange is not a state-controlled exchange. All exchanges will be controlled by Washington.
Seventh, Congress authorized no funds for federal “fallback” exchanges. So Washington may not be able to impose Exchanges on states at all.
Eighth, the Obama administration has yet to provide crucial information that states need before they can make an informed decision.
Ninth, creating an exchange sets state officials up to take the blame when Obamacare increases insurance premiums and denies care to the sick. State officials won’t want their names on this disastrous mess.
Tenth, creating an exchange would be assisting in the creation of a “public option” that would drive domestic health-insurance carriers out of business through unfair competition.
Eleventh, Obamacare remains unpopular. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only 38 percent of the public supports it.
Twelfth, defaulting to a federal exchange exempts a state’s employers from the employer mandate — a tax of $2,000 per worker per year (the tax applies to companies with more than 50 employees, but for such companies that tax applies after the 30th employee, not the 50th). If all states did so, that would also exempt 18 million Americans from the individual mandate’s tax of $2,085 per family of four. Avoiding those taxes improves a state’s prospects for job creation, and protects the conscience rights of employers and individuals whom the Obama administration is forcing to purchase contraceptives coverage.
Finally, rejecting an exchange reduces the federal deficit. Obamacare offers its deficit-financed subsidies to private health insurers only through state-created exchanges. If all states declined, federal deficits would fall by roughly $700 billion over ten years.
For similar reasons, states should decline to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court gave states that option. All states should exercise it.
The good Gov. should study up on this issue and read the book, Obamacare Survival Guide — 5 Ways Obamacare Intentionally Harms You And Creates 21 More Problems to Degrade the Quality of Your Healthcare.
The good Gov. should study up on this issue and read the book, Replacing Obamacare: The Cato Institute on Health Care Reform (Digital) | Cato Institute Store
This new eBook assembles the best of the Cato Institute’s work on obamacare, and on how free markets are the only way to make health care better, more affordable, and more secure.