As promised yesterday, let’s talk about Obamacare in Idaho. This is a serious problem that needs our prompt attention. Decisions will be made over the next few weeks that will impact our state, our economy and our nation forever.
Governor Butch Otter recently announced that Idaho will participate in Obamacare by setting up state exchanges for that healthcare program. He was probably talked into it by leaders from the “Blues” (Blue Cross & Blue Shield), the Hospital Associations, the Association of Cities and other groups that will benefit financially.
The rest of us will not. Small business, medium business an even big business will be hurt by the financial burdens of this mandate. Jobs will be cut and many will be changed to part time only. People will suffer.
But I’m guessing the Governor has been told that, even though he doesn’t like Obamacare, setting up a state exchange rather than letting the Feds come in and set one up later would give Idaho some control over the program. That idea has been proven false. The Federal government will control every aspect of the exchanges, and they are rewriting the rules almost daily.
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent column that addresses these very problems. Please take the time to read the column, it is well worth the effort.
The WSJ details the many myths put out by the Feds to entice states to set up the exchanges. But states don’t need to hurry; there’s no penalty for waiting. There’s no downside to letting this whole game play out. So far 26 states have said NO to setting up the exchanges. Why is Idaho not one of those states resisting this program?
With Congressional Republicans controlling the government purse strings by having the majority in the House of Representatives, they can reject any funding for the Feds setting up exchanges in the states. That alone will delay the implementation of the program. Additionally, there are so many legal problems with the poorly written Obamacare bill, numerous key provisions will be tied up in courts for years. (Don’t get me started on the privacy issues—we will have no privacy at all under this plan.)
Idaho Freedom Foundation has been the front line of resistance to Obamacare in our state. They deserve a huge thank you for all their efforts! IFF Director Wayne Hoffman was on the Governor’s special working group to study Obamacare in Idaho. There were 12 people in that group, but it was full of self-serving professionals who support state exchanges. Only two people thought otherwise: Wayne Hoffman from IFF and State Representative Lynn Luker. Wayne and Lynn wrote a list of 16 detailed concerns about starting health care exchanges in Idaho. They presented it to the working group as an Addendum to the committee’s report, but the committee voted overwhelmingly to nix the Addendum, so it was not included in the information sent to the Governor.
Do you remember the Real ID law? Wayne Hoffman reminded me of this when he asked to see my “National ID”. His point was that the Real ID law was passed back in 2005. But Idaho stood strong, as did 24 other states, and refused to enact the law. Real ID just slipped quietly away. You didn’t even remember it, did you? So maybe, just maybe, with the big mess that is Obamacare, if the majority of states resist its implementation, maybe it will go away or be changed into something more reasonable, functional and fair.
Now here’s where YOU are needed. Butch Otter needs to hear from you, and so do all of your legislators. The Governor said he favors the state exchanges but he also said he might be open to changing his mind. The legislators will be voting on this issue very soon after they convene the new session in early January.
Can you please write a note or an email to each of your legislators and the Governor? Click here for the list. They have told me personally that emails and letters really make a difference. I know that all of the CdA, Post Falls and Hayden legislators are against the state exchanges EXCEPT these few: Ed Morse is unsure. Luke Malek is still studying it, and John Goedde is an insurance guy who’s all in favor of them. Please write to ALL of your legislators but be especially firm with these three.
Resistance is an option. Many local business owners, community leaders and legislators recognize the need to stop the state exchanges. We cannot let the Federal government take our individual and state’s rights. Please help us convince the Governor to join the 26 other states in this important effort.
All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. (Edmund Burke)
My best to you,