Obamacare can still be stopped!!
And no, it’s not going to be stopped by McConnell and Boehner – or Roberts and Scalia. It’s going to be stopped by people like you – pressing your state to resist. In fact, Obamacare’s ability to become reality in the long term is like a house of cards. The act is not viable economically and unstable politically. The only way it can gain a foothold at this point is through compliance in the states. Resistance will kill it.
States were “given an option” – run the exchange, partner with the feds on running it, or leave it to DC to figure out. It doesn’t matter what “cards we were dealt” – as some governors are saying. Running an unconstitutional program for the feds is just plain wrong. And the first – and easiest – thing for states to do is to just say no.
Shifting the burden for health insurance exchanges to the feds effectively sabotages the implementation of Obamacare.
The federal government needs states to be complicit to pull this off. Otherwise, these decisions on who was creating exchange wouldn’t even have been included in the first place. The fact of the matter is that DC doesn’t have the resources or the manpower to run these exchanges in every state. Some analysts are saying that they only have the capacity to do so in 30-40 states, and any more than that will lead towards a collapse of the system.
So far, 36 states have rejected the creation of an Obamacare exchange. But, most of these actions were done by an action of a Governor, and not legislatively. While this is a strong first step and will have significant effect in the long run, these Gubernatorial actions are highly susceptible to a quick change. An opinion, an election – can bring in a new attitude or a new governor willing to take the opposite.
Right now? Contact your state representative to introduce a bill banning it, even if your governor has already approved or denied the exchange. Make a state exchange illegal with a veto-proof majority and you’ve just made your DC-loving governor – or a future one- irrelevant. You can find model legislation here (.pdf)