Skip to comments.Apodaca, NC Senate push back against Obamacare
Posted on 01/31/2013 2:39:50 PM PST by Gritty
North Carolina's General Assembly is freezing any state work on a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance, and ordering unspent federal funds returned.
Sen. Tom Apodaca (R) and two co-sponsors introduced legislation in the state Senate Wednesday to opt out of participation in several costly provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare... Senate Bill 4 (will) exempt North Carolina from establishing a state-based health insurance exchange or a state-federal partnership exchange.
Under Obamacare, states must have in place a health exchange where individuals and small businesses, which are now mandated to have insurance, can purchase coverage. If North Carolina doesn't create one, the federal government will run it... marketplaces for private health insurance are scheduled to open in October.
Senate Bill 4... return(s) unspent taxpayer funds awarded by the U.S. (HHS) earlier this month to create a state-federal partnership exchange. Last November, then-Gov. Beverly Purdue (D) declared her intent to establish such an exchange and applied for $73.9 million in federal grants to set it up.
"Obamacare was forced on us against our will by the federal government and they should shoulder the burden of implementing it," Apodaca said. "Any claim that North Carolina would control' this program is nothing more than an illusion."
In its 2012 decision on Obamacare, the U.S. Supreme Court exempted states from the federal mandate to expand Medicaid eligibility.
Last year, the General Assembly had to fill a Medicaid shortfall of more than $500 million. Expanding the program would add hundred of millions in additional state costs...
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That is great news for the people of North Carolina and makes another state lining up against this outrage.
Well yes, except that the squish new governor, and some legislators, may or may not be on board with the Assembly conservatives. I see this picking up steam, but I’ve got my eye on Fairhope Alabama or Bay St. Louis Miss or Texas just in case......because the smart patients, and the good doctors, WILL move to non Obama Care states.
Even if a state doesn’t set up a healthcare exchange, won’t those who don’t buy insurance still have to pay a fine?