FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Will GOP Governors Save us From Obamacare?
We all understand that elections have consequences and that there are certain issues which are ceded with an electoral loss. Obamacare is not one of them.
If Obamacare is allowed to survive, then our Constitution has no meaning and our Republic is finished. It will engender a takeover of 1/6 of our economy, create permanent dependency, induce unsustainable inflationary pressure on the cost of healthcare and health insurance, and saddle the next generation with crippling debt. Every intervention, program, and mandate prescribed under the 2010 healthcare law, if left intact, will limit freedom, increase insurance premiums, create more dependency, and lead to rationed care.
Perforce, we must never stop fighting to repeal, defund, and disrupt implementation of this abhorrent law.
The one practical silver lining of the Supreme Court’s egregious ruling is that states can reject the expansion of Medicaid rolls without facing reprisal from the federal government. Medicaid is already the largest expenditure for most state budgets and this expansion will bankrupt the states while creating irrevocable dependency across the country. Every Republican governor must flatly refuse to implement the expansion.
The other lynch pin of Obamacare implementation is the creation of state-run health exchanges. These exchanges will be used to help individuals comply with the mandate to buy health insurance – insurance that will become more expensive as a result of the law. Once again, by refusing to set up these exchanges, governors can seriously disrupt the bulk of the law before it goes into effect in 2014, buying us more time until we can repeal the law next year.
So which of the 29 GOP governors have sided with liberty? (The list has been updated to reflect the latest news.)
Sam Brownback- KS
Phil Bryant – MS (won’t expand Medicaid, but the state Insurance Commissioner want to set up exchange)
Rick Scott –FL (will miss deadline, at least for now)
Matt Mead-WY (No, at least as of now)
Scott Walker – WI
Jay Nixon, the Democrat governor of Missouri is also leaning against implementation
Sean Parnell –AK
Robert Bentley- AL
Paul LePage -ME
Nathan Deal -GA
Here are the governors who have committed to opening the exchanges. They need to hear from you:
Susana Martinez-NM (will implement exchanges; unsure about Medicaid expansion)
Brian Sandoval-NV (will implement exchanges; unsure about Medicaid expansion)
Governors who are on the fence:
Bob McDonnell (VA) (won’t implement Medicaid expansion; deferring action on exchanges.)
Gary Herbert – UT
Jan Brewer –AZ (Postponing decision)
Butch Otter – ID
Chris Christie -NJ
Mary Fallin –OK
Pat McCroy –NC (He’s taking over from a Democrat who already agreed to set up a federal-state partnership. He could still overturn it along with the GOP state legislature.)
Folks, without control of the White House and Senate, this is the only way to deal a fatal blow to Obamacare. Sensing that there is a lot of momentum against implementation, Obama has announced an extension of the deadline until December 14. During that time, he plans to coerce the wavering governors. They must hear from We the People.