States have until December 12 of this year to decide if they will set up the insurance exchanges mandated by the Obamacare Law. These exchanges will be the marketplace where health insurance is to be sold under the so-called Affordable Care Act.
But each state has the right to decide for itself if it wants to establish an exchange. If a state refuses, the federal government will step in and do it for them and run the exchanges itself.
It will make a huge difference whether a state sets up its own exchanges. The exchanges are likely to be an administrative nightmare. Most likely consumers won’t know how to use them, won’t understand the pricing and the options, and will have nowhere to turn for help. All of our fears of federal incompetence will probably be realized when these new exchanges are established.
If the exchanges are federal, Obama will get the blame which he will richly deserve. The incompetence of federal regulation will be manifest and the frustration will cause many to turn against the Obamacare law.
Already governors in Ohio, Wisconsin, Alaska, Maine, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina have announced that they will not set up exchanges. New Jersey, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Virginia and a host of other states have not yet reached a decision. Experts say that about half of the states are expected to refuse to establish the exchanges.
This is a crucial juncture in the implementation of Obamacare. If states assume the responsibility for administering this nightmare, the blame will not land on the president’s doorstep.
And, if Obama’s inability to meet any of the deadlines in the law is any guide, he won’t meet the requirement to establish health insurance exchanges in time for 2014, forcing yet another postponement of the implementation of the law. This will give us a crack at the 2014 legislative elections where we might send an anti-Obamacare majority to the Senate and could possibly block implementation.
Resistance must be our policy!
Please sign this petition asking your governor not to set up a health insurance exchange as requested by the President under the Obamacare law. If he or she joins many other governors in refusing to do so, the administrative burden will fall on the federal government. Most likely they will fail to do it efficiently and a further postponement of the law will be necessary. Don’t do Obama’s dirty work for him! Tell you governor to stand up for you!