Obama Slaps States That Don't Comply With Obamacare

Sandy Fitzgerald and Martin Gould
01 Dec 2012

Residents of states that refuse to set up health insurance exchanges under Obamacare are set to be hit with higher premiums under new rules announced by the Health and Human Services Department.

Insurance companies will be charged 3.5 percent of any premiums they sell through the federal exchanges, the department announced Friday.

And insurers are likely to pass that surcharge on to clients, leaading to higher premiums.

The only states to be affected are those that refuse to set up their own exchanges because of opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They are almost certain to be those under Republican control. In those states, HHS will set up the exchanges.

GOP governors are taking a hard line against implementing any part of the healthcare law, which will mean insurers in their states will need to pay the monthly fee, The Hill reports.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced this week that her state will not set up an exchange, calling the proposal “too expensive and too risky.” Her decision brings the total of states refusing to comply with the act’s provisions up to 17…

The article continues at Newsmax.com

Update: FreedomWorks Unveils “Block Exchanges” to Keep Fight Against Obamacare Alive

FreedomWorks recently unveiled a project to offer a concrete challenge to the implementation of state healthcare exchanges under Obamacare.

Dean Clancy, Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy at FreedomWorks, stars in this video. He explains how citizen activists can petition their governors and let their voices be heard.

Visit Block Exchanges and tell your governors to oppose the implementation of state healthcare exchanges.


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