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Quoted: Fleming Supports Louisiana Rejection of Obamacare Exchanges
I hope House Republicans will do all we can to support states that are willing to take a stand against Obamacare.

Washington, D.C., Nov 15 -

U.S. Representative John Fleming, M.D. (LA-4) released the following statement after the state of Louisiana officially declined to set up a state-run Obamacare insurance exchange:

“We are already seeing businesses, large and small, take serious steps to deal with the increased costs and regulations that will hit them with the full implementation of Obamacare. President Obama’s massive new entitlement will have a devastating impact on our economy, and its implementation will drive up our national debt. While the president’s re-election may make it harder to stop Obamacare, it should not silence those who see the disastrous effects it will have on businesses and on the doctor-patient relationship, along with the unnecessary expansion of the federal government that it will create. This is not a time to simply stop our opposition to this bad law.

“I am proud that Governor Bobby Jindal and Louisiana’s Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein have made it clear that the state of Louisiana will continue to oppose Obamacare and will not set up a government-run exchange. While Louisiana joins a growing list of states that will not participate with this monstrosity, it is clear that the Obama Administration will not make this an easy path. I hope House Republicans will do all we can to support states that are willing to take a stand against Obamacare.”

Dr. John Fleming is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana. He is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.


Obamacare's Unintentional Gift to the States

If ever there were an issue to which the adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” applies, Obamacare is certainly it.

States will be required to decide by the end of the week whether they are going to set up state exchanges or leave the task to the federal government. Several states have already declared their intention not to create exchanges, but always in the context of avoiding a hardship or expense.

There is another major advantage, however, to refusing to establish a state exchange, stemming from a particular flaw (one among many) in the Affordable Care Act’s language that establishes penalties for failure to comply with the Act’s provisions, but only if a state creates an exchange.

As one Wisconsin Republican Party official explains (emphases mine):

By refusing to take part in the state health exchange Wisconsin can attract companies from other states because it will be less expensive to do business here.

States have the option of joining a state or federal health exchange. If the state health exchange is refused, it defaults to the federal health exchange and the feds have to pay for it and cannot penalize or charge the state anything.

If over 30 states refuse this state health exchange, it will force Congress to reopen Obamacare.

Let us pray that 30 states reject the exchanges. Whether they do or not, however, those states that reject exchanges can help themselves by actively touting (through advertising and public relations) the advantages of moving businesses from a state exchange state to a federal exchange state. Depending on how many businesses accept such offers, some, if not all, of the state-exchange states will become very angry – to the point, one hopes, that they will deluge Washington with demands to repeal Obamacare.

Allow me also to hazard a guess that at least some of the states refusing to create exchanges are also right-to-work states, creating an even greater incentive for businesses to relocate there.

We can be sure that at least some of the states that do create exchanges will be blue states that voted for Obama – and by extension, for Obamacare. By this writer’s reckoning, they will be getting exactly what they deserve.


2013 should be a very interesting year.
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