Governors must not obstruct health reform

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: November 21, 2012 - 12:43 PM

They have no excuse for not building health insurance exchanges.

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punky2012Nov. 21, 1212:55 PM

That's right. Governors should not obstruct Obamacare. This nation should barrel over the cliff of bankruptcy as fast as possible. THOUSANDS of jobs have already been lost as a result of this new Obamacare and its taxes. Stryker Medical cut 1,170 jobs (St. Jude cut jobs, Boston Scientific cut jobs, as did Medtronic because of these new taxes) and said Obamacare was the reason they had to cut jobs. This is what Stryker Medical said about their job cuts: "The targeted reductions and other restructuring activities are being initiated to provide efficiencies and realign resources ***in advance of the new Medical Device Excise Tax scheduled to begin in 2013***..." Democrats argued for years that taxes don't destroy jobs. Well, thousands of jobs have already been destroyed because of Obamacare taxes. You Democrats out there still want to make that argument? We have conclusive, irrefutable proof that you are wrong. And we have THOUSANDS of GOOD PAYING jobs GONE forever.

swmnguyNov. 21, 12 1:07 PM

I'm not a fan of the Obamacare bill. However, it seems most opponents completely disregard the mess our health care finance system is in right now.

I don't care whether I write the check to a private company or pay for it through taxes; it seems to me that paying $415 a month for myself and two early teen kids to get a $10,000 deductible policy is ridiculous. My wife's plan through the Mpls. Public Schools would cost us nearly double that for family coverage, which is just as ridiculous. We have, as a family, maybe 3 routine appointments a year. Our daughter's middle school sports physical, with a round of booster vaccines, cost $975 list price. By the time the horse-trading was done, I paid $175. The other $800 went...where? If I had walked in off the street they would have charged me nearly a grand for a sports physical and a couple of routine shots?

This system is broken. Right now this system is the leading cause of consumer bankruptcy in America. Yet it would be so much more terrible is all that money, several Trillion dollars per year (nearly 20% of GDP) were handled through Medicare? I strongly doubt it. Unfortunately, what we're getting is the bill written by the Heritage Institute and the Insurance Industry, to use the government to save the Insurance industry from itself. Not a serious attempt to rein in the skyrocketing costs of the insurance/finance model of health care.

Why does access to health care have to be contingent on a job anyway? How does it make sense to saddle employers with this responsibility? Our current system is already bankrupting the country, as up to 35% of every dollar spent is used to fund paper-shuffling and denial of claims--according to the insurance industry's own figures. They make cosmetic redefinitions of costs to fit under the 80% threshold, but why should it be any more than the 3%-5% spent by the VA?

All this is academic anyway. The finance industry can't restrain itself so it will bankrupt any private system no matter what we do. Within a generation all Americans will be on Medicare no matter what the finance industry wants.

notforwardNov. 21, 12 1:21 PM

On another topic, should Governors force private businesses to Unionize ala Dayton?

clintonliesNov. 21, 12 1:25 PM

There's a perfect excuse which the political left won't or doesn't comprehend. It's call federalism. The central command and control types want to tell us what we can and cannot do.

goldengoph3rNov. 21, 12 1:46 PM

Governors really can't obstruct the exchanges, but I think governors who refuse to participate in their creation do a disservice to their constituents. Healthcare costs aren't going away, and doing nothing to slow their rise isn't an option.

sawmanNov. 21, 12 2:05 PM

Mr. Walker knows a stand-up issue like this is too good to let pass. The rest of us can go jump in the lake. It is good to be the king.

roymercerNov. 21, 12 2:14 PM

"Governors have no excuse for not building health insurance exchanges"? They certainly do!! It's called the "Affordable Care Act" and it provides for the feds to establish and manage exchanges at the discretion of the states. Walker is right to step back and let the feds further bungle this legislative atrocity. You people made your bed, not it's time to sleep in it.

mylittleidNov. 21, 12 2:32 PM

These anti-federal-government governors refuse to set up state-run exchanges, so their exchanges will be run by the federal government. This isn't that attitude of a governor looking out for the people of his/her state. It's the attitude of a two-year-old who didn't get their way. Why do Republicans have to be dragged kicking and screaming every time the government tries to do something to improve the lot of American citizens? It is especially egregious when the Affordable Care Act is based on concepts created and promoted by conservatives in the first place!

plainedrunkNov. 21, 12 2:32 PM

How draconian! Where will the 12Million undocumented workers and their 20Million children get free health insurance if the taxpayers aren't forced to pony up?

hitch22Nov. 21, 12 2:34 PM

This response should come as no surprise if you read the Roberts decision. The health care law attempted to put the states in a place where compliance with the exchange system was their only option but they are no longer able to withhold Medicaid dollars from non-compliant states. It will be interesting to see how this progresses but to say that the hold outs are "obstructing" reform is to state the obvious. Clearly they are not interested in the types of reforms offered by the bill that passed the legislature and are acting in the best interests of their states as is surely dictated by their oath of office.


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