to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
Letter to Editor
State Exchange: Bad Federal Policy that WILL COST YOU, YOUR FAMILY,
The Governor continues to tell us that with a state exchange we will
have more control. What that means is the insurance industry and medical
groups will have more control. House bill 248 says that they will keep
our private information they collect “secure” but they do not say how they
will do that.
“State exchanges ARE under the control of & must comply with the
federal government with NO NEGOTIATION OF POLICIES.”
Proof: U.S. code Sub Section 18041 A,1,D,C,K The Federal Government
will full control even over State Funded Exchanges, HHS has the final say
about which Doctors, Insurance Plans and benefits can participate.
Therefore States that create an exchange are voluntary surrendering
their sovereignty to the Federal Government.
Why anyone would think they could negotiate with the federal government
is beyond me. A lot of the legislators are bellowing, that this is the
law of the land. If this is the law of the land how do you negotiate. Therefore
why even set up a State Exchange.
Not one of our legislators has recommended an alternative solution
except Senator Steven Thayn who presented an alternative using Health Savings
Accounts and Funded Health Savings Accounts. Even he says “Is there really
any difference between a state or federal exchange”?
So far 25 States have said “NO” to a state health insurance exchange
and the eyes of America are now on Idaho. We were among the first to say
no to any exchange. Are we going to be the one State that tips the scales
in favor of in favor of a state exchange? Once we open the door to a state
exchange and take federal money there is no backing out. I say let the
federal government use their money and spend their time setting up an exchange
because the likely hood of them setting one up by January of 2014 are becoming
less and less each day. We still have time to find a solution to this problem
but our legislators have be willing to except ideas other than a state
or federal exchange. They need to work towards a solution to our healthcare
problem and not give in to the requests of Governor or the demands of our
Weather we were to have a state or federal exchange the costs of insurance
premiums will continue to rise at a rapid pace with estimates by the IRS
that by 2016 a family of four will be paying $21,000 per year for the lowest
level of insurance. When 30 million people are added to the healthcare
rolls access to doctors and particularly specialists will be reduced substantially.
Waits to see a physician will be much longer the only ones that will
benefit from a state exchange will be the insurance industry and the medical
industry. Keep in mind we have very little competition for health insurance
in our state. Approximately 80% of policies written are by 3 companies,
Blue Cross of Idaho, Regence Blue Shield and Pacific Source. They will
be the recipients of this deluge of new customers along with the premiums
they pay. The only losers will be the citizens of Idaho and their families.
House Bill 248 smells like a barrel of dead fish and to allow its implementation
would be a travesty to the people of Idaho. We need to kill this Bill.
It is time for the people of Idaho to stand up and be counted. Call your
Representatives and tell them you do not want a state insurance exchange........
Chair Idaho County Republican Central Committee
Socialized medicine is not the way for America.....nor for Idaho.
Quite elaborately, Governor Butch Otter has explained to us that, under
Obamacare, he was given three options, and chose a State-managed program
as the least troubling. Fine....maybe, but!
Clearly Mr. Otter has forgotten something, for there is a 4th option
(actually his first and foremost option): that of honoring the solemn
oath he has sworn repeatedly to uphold and follow the Constitution for
the united States, and that of Idaho.
Neither of these supreme documents mandates universal health coverage,
nor authorizes a governor to impose any such plan on his constituency.
So where does the Governor get off doing what he has done? Maybe
he has forgotten where he lives, and should take his misunderstandings
and try out for governor of a place like Cuba, Haiti, China or some other
socialist state where an ideology like "of the government, for the government
and by the government" rules.
Our governor is wrong in stating that Obamacare is "the law" and must
be followed, for, as he should know, any "law" action not specifically
sanctioned by the Supreme Law, the Constitution, is no law at all, but
is null and void from its inception. Why did he not simply tell this
to Mr. Obama?
If I remember rightly, as an aspiring politician, Mr. Otter knew the
Constitution well, and presented himself as a patriot, a populist and true
American public servant. Has something happened to him since then?
Carol J. Asher
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