Reasons to oppose an “Obamacare” exchange in Arizona

| November 19 2012
Christopher Cook
If Arizona creates an “Obamacare” exchange, nothing will get better . . . but several things will get worse.
Taxes
  • Many Arizona businesses will have to pay a $2,000 penalty tax for each worker.
  • Arizona families may be subjected to taxes of $2,000 per year or more.
(If Arizona does not create an exchange, businesses and individuals will be protected from many of Obamacare’s hidden taxes.)
Jobs
  • As many as 30 states have said they will not create these exchanges. If Arizona does, it will drive up costs for Arizona business, and many of them will leave the state, taking jobs with them.
Quality and choice
  • It will drive up the cost of health care . . . without making it more accessible.
  • It will incentivize insurance companies to avoid covering the people who need health care the most.
  • It will drive even more doctors out of practice in Arizona than the passage of Obamacare already has.
  • Personal choice in health care will be replaced by government control.
Control and cost
  • Arizona’s people and elected officials will not control the exchange, bureaucrats in Washington will. The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare,” clearly gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services control over state exchanges—levels of control over state activity that are unprecedented in the history of federal-state relations.
The Secretary will have . . .
    • Direct oversight over the exchange,
    • Control over the doctors and providers that are allowed to participate in the exchange,
    • Control over whose plans do and do not qualify for the exchange,
    • Sole discretion over who is and is not eligible for exemption from the individual mandate,
    • The power to require the state to turn over to the federal government the names of anyone who does not comply with the individual mandate,
    • And much more.
  • An Arizona exchange would impose huge costs on the state of Arizona, costs that will have to be borne by Arizona’s taxpayers . . . but the federal government would be in control.
Who wants an exchange, and why?
  • Insurance companies, because an Obamacare exchange will take your money and give it to them in the form of subsidies . . .
  • Hospitals, for the same reason
Who opposes an exchange?
  • Patient advocacy groups
  • Consumer rights organizations
  • Public policy organizations
  • Grassroots organizations
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