This is Part 18 in my series about ObamaCare health care exchanges. For the facts on exchanges, be sure to read the entire series here.
Health care exchanges are simply this: State-level bureaucracies that ObamaCare must coerce into existence. Without exchanges, there is no ObamaCare implementation. With exchanges, the federal government has the hands it needs to meddle into and control the health care of every American citizen.
The Federal Government Now has Those Unconstitutional Hands in Colorado
Thanks to 13 “Republicans” in the Colorado legislature, the federal government was officially given those unconstitutional hands. On June 1, 2011, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper(D) signed into law the Colorado Health Care Exchange Bill, SB11-200.
Recap and Remember
Remember that SB 11-200 is the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange bill that was co-sponsored by Colorado State House Representative Majority Leader Amy Stephens(R) and Colorado State Senator Betty Boyd(D). The purpose of the bill was “creating a process for the implementation of a health benefit exchange in Colorado.”
Remember that the vast majority of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare.
Remember thatObamaCare has been declared unconstitutional, in whole, by Senior US District Justice Roger Vinson… and we wait for its final ruling in the Supreme Court.
Remember that Judge Vinson also said that the Executive branch is using delay tactics to allow more provisions to be implemented by States.
Remember that the lone voice publicly supporting the bill, that of its Republican co-sponsor House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, repeatedly stated this is a “free-market” bill. And remember that when supposed “free” markets are managed by government at any level, consumers pay more and choice is choked. Every time.
Remember that we have Congressional Republicans fighting the good fight against ObamaCare at every level on Capitol Hill. Congresswoman Bachmann and Congressman Ryan both have spoken out against state level health care exchanges.
Remember that multiple free-market health care policy analysts have explained in great detail why health care exchanges must be resisted. Listen to CATO’s Michael Cannon here and here. Read Pacific Research Institute’s John Graham here and here. These are top experts in the field.
And remember that SB11-200 was a Democrat bill which creates a board to implement ObamaCare.
And did I mention that 13 Republicans voted YES for this ObamaCare bill?
And They Still Say it’s all About Helping Business
“ ‘We are going to do this in such a way … that it helps the business community control costs and, at the same time, expand access,’ Hickenlooper said.”
“SB 200 was hammered out as a compromise between health-care advocates and business groups. Business interests wanted to ensure that insurers and brokers would be able to play a role in setting up a system in a way that would not disenfranchise the industry.”
The “business interests” benefiting from SB200 will, in the short term, be limited to some health-care related businesses. And in time, even those will realize losses as SB200′s true direction is attained.
Read the links I’ve provided within this post, or read my entire series. Unless ObamaCare is fully repealed, time will reveal that SB11-200 had nothing to do with “free markets” and “helping small business” and it had everything to do with implementing ObamaCare.