Skip to comments.Pennsylvania joins the ranks of states declining on setting up Obamacare exchanges
Posted on 12/12/2012 2:42:54 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The Department of Health and Human Services extended the original deadline by which states need to decide whether they will be setting up their own versions of the virtual health insurance exchanges required via the auspices of ObamaCare, or allowing (making?) the federal government to do it for them, or forging some kind of partnership with the feds to get the things done --- meaning that states now have until this Friday, December 14th to report their decision to HHS. Many Republican governors have been leaning back on forth on which option to take, torn between trying to mitigate the ObamaCare-related damage as much as possible or just letting the federal government lie in the bed they made for themselves and having no part of it.
Last week, Gov. Chris Christie added New Jersey to the list of states declining to help the feds out with the massive undertaking, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett followed suit on Tuesday.
Pennsylvania will not set up its own health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, at least not for now, Gov. Tom Corbett said Wednesday, putting the state on a course to join others led by Republicans that will let President Barack Obama’s administration run its exchange. …
“Health care reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning,” Corbett said. “Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars.” …
Corbett said it “would be irresponsible to put Pennsylvanians on the hook for an unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not been fully written.” …
So far, 17 states and Washington, D.C., have said they will set up their own exchanges, while 20 other Republican-led states have opted to allow the federal government in. Another seven states have picked the partnership model, and the rest are trying to decide.
If I were the federal government… I’d probably be panicking right about now. The feds weren’t counting on having to accomplish the mammoth task of setting up states’ exchanges for them, and they are nowhere near ready to do so — this is going to require a hastily cobbled, big ol’ bureaucratic increase, which in and of itself will engender manifold costs and inefficiencies (ObamaCare just can’t seem to stop itself metastasizing, can it?). Corbett didn’t shut the door on the building an exchange later on, as states can decide to hop on the bandwagon every following year, but without more information and certainty from the federal government, it’s no-can-do from the Keystone State.
We should be hearing more about the final tally on the state exchanges as the week draws to a close.
But...but...but...PA went for Obama! O Golly, but they don’t like his legislation? They don’t want to PAY FOR IT???? How selfish.How unfaaaaair!
Exchange Resistance Continues
Approximately 25 states have said no to the state-based Obamacare exchange. They include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. On the other hand, Florida, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have not declared. Utah has asked President Obama to approve its current exchange — which is not compliant with Obamacare. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says, “Obamacare may fail because they don’t have the expertise nor the money [to run exchanges].” Perfect.
“But...but...but...PA went for Obama!”
Correction: Philly and Pittsburg put the slacker back in our White House. That, and a pinko ratbastard “judge” who shot down the Pennsylvania voter-id law, at the last minute. On any particular day, over half of Philly is either drunk or high on drugs, but they still had 110% voter turnout. And, guess who they voted for???!!!
if you are forced to buy insurance, do it directly and not through an “exchange”
OH...the delights of SCHADENFREUDE!!
WELL CLARIFIED. THANKS.
...so after voting for Obama and his big spending, high taxing friends PA is now fighting him at the state level?
Isn’t Obamaland great? Every day is just another trip into the land of drug induced equivocation. :)
Pennsylvania Republicans should have pushed for a more timely decision on voter ID. They gave up too easily. There was no reason to drag out the court case until right before the election. If they knew that there would be a last minute challenge, they should have brought their own challenge and pushed for a court to affirm the law.
“...But...but...but...PA went for Obama! O Golly, but they dont like his legislation? They dont want to PAY FOR IT????...”
No. You’re Right. We don’t.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and their dem vote fraud generating machine went for Obama. The majority of the state didn’t - that’s why we have a GOP controlled House, Senate, and Governorship.
Give it a break.
See my post #10.
“..pinko ratbastard judge...” A good Democrat Apparatchniki.
My beef is the Governor let him get away with it, and didn’t raise a stink immediately to bring public pressure to bear.
That law passed by over 70% of the state approval, and this POS judge nullified it “for this election only”.
Ok, I get it.
I still feel that Philly and Pttsburgh were not only that strong in their DEm machine, but sadly I feel that there was massive voter fraud that outweighed the rest of the State.
that is typical for conservatives..they don’t stand a chance against Dems who cheat, lie, twist things, use fraud and are never called on it till after an election..too late. Conservatives aren’t tough enough, and Dems play by street rules.
Real House leadership would have defunded that statist monster legislation two years ago. If they’d only read the Constitution...
Even Tennessee’s uber-squishy Gov. Haslam informed Sebilius that the Volunteer state would not be playing ball on a state run exchange. (Of course, he could read the handwriting on the wall that the legislature would have never passed enabling legislation for it anyway.)
“...typical for conservatives..they dont stand a chance against Dems who cheat, lie, twist things, use fraud...”
You’re not telling me anything I haven’t already shouted, friend.
Knife to a gunfight analogy is apropos.
Pathetic, isn’t it? Makes you want to throw up your hands!