I yesterday had a long conversation with my TX state rep to let him know I have no interest whatsoever in paying one cent of increased state taxes that might be required for TX to set up and operate an exchange. He stated that his inclination right now would be to NOT set up an exchange, but that, on the other hand, he feels some obligation to take action to make sure the citizens of Texas have access to the best possible exchange, rather than just leaving them to the mercy of whatever exchange the federal government might set up.
I also let him know that if a state acquiesces to the federal government in this situation, it will serve as a tacit recognition that the federal government does indeed have the right to impose future federal mandates on the country.
I also spoke with a staffer at my TX state senator’s office, and she indicated that the TX state legislature, which only convenes every other year, does not convene until January, and that they only meet for a period of a few months, and that she did not really see that it was very feasible that they could even create an exchange in that time if they wanted to.
Move to Alabama. Our state motto is “we dare defend our rights” and we just passed a constitutional amendment that prohibits forced inclusion in federal healthe schemes, I.e., obamacare.
What a load Obamacare is. “Exchanges” indeed. All legislatures have to do is pass a law that says any company authorized to sell insurance in any other state can sell insurance in their state and allow people and businesses to form purchasing pools. Presto chango. Instant competition across all states. Bargaining power for the consumers. Federal government out of the picture. This is one of the ideas (the Republican) Congress was considering several years ago before Clintoncare reared its ugly head and politicized the whole thing.