Open letter to President Obama (Part 454) Michael Cannon of Cato Institute speaks to Arkansas Senators (Part 3 includes editorial cartoon)

 

(Emailed to White House on 3-20-13.)

President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

I wanted to know if it was possible to avoid Obamacare if we don’t put in an exchange? That is what Michael Cannon told us.

Jacque Martin asks CATO Institute Michael Cannon about Obamacare

Published on Mar 19, 2013

The CATO Institute’s Michael Cannon spoke at the Arkansas Conservative Caucus on Tuesday March 19th. Several conservatives were present. Cannon talked about how to defeat Obamacare in Arkansas & how the states can stop Obamacare on a national level.

Jacque Martin of the Cleburne County Tea Party based in Heber Springs, Arkansas asked Michael Cannon about Obamacare.

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The Arkansas Democrat Gazette story below:

Fight exchanges, lawmakers told

Cato Institute says state shouldn’t help run insurance markets

By Sarah D. Wire

This article was published today at 12:46 a.m.

Give up any control of online health-insurance markets required by federal law and refuse to help the federal government build them, the Health Policy Studies director of a Washington, D.C., think tank told Arkansas lawmakers Tuesday.

Michael Cannon with the Cato Institute told members of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee on Tuesday that states should challenge implementation of the 2010 Patient Protectionand Affordable Care Act, either through legislation or lawsuits.

“Refusing to create an exchange is going to force Congress to reopen this law,” Cannon said.

In January, Arkansas received the OK to partner with the federal government in running a health-insurance exchange.

Insurance exchanges are designed to be competitive marketplaces where mostly uninsured people can shop for coverage, either online or with the help of consumer guides.

States can choose to operate exchanges completely on their own, enter into a partnership or let the federal government operate the exchange on its own.

Gov. Mike Beebe initially pushed for a state-run exchange, but after resistance from Republican lawmakers, he ordered the state Insurance Department to apply for a partnership so Arkansas could have some say in how the exchange should be run.

Some members, including Committee Chairman Sen.

Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, have questioned whether the state should choose to create and control its own exchange after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision to uphold the federal health-care law.

Under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, companies with 50 employees or more face fines from the Internal Revenue Service ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 for most employees who gain coverage on the exchange either because their companies don’t offer insur-ance or it’s deemed too expensive by the law. Such employees would apply for a tax credit.

Cannon told lawmakers that his group’s understanding of the law is that if a state doesn’t create its own exchange, the federal government cannot assess the fines or award the tax credits.

“The law is actually very clear on this point,” Cannon said. “It wasn’t a glitch, Congress intended to do that. It was an incentive they created to encourage states to establish exchanges.”

He said Arkansas should wait to see whether a federal court finds that the Internal Revenue Service cannot fine businesses for not offering insurance or people for not having insurance in states where the federal government runs the insurance markets.

Oklahoma challenged the federal government over the fines in January 2011. U.S. District Judge Ronald White has not ruled whether Oklahoma even has standing to bring the case.

Annabelle Imber Tuck, co-chairman of the Plan Management Committee which is helping set up the state’s role inthe exchange, said it’s impossible to know how or when a court will rule. Tuck is a former state Supreme Court justice.

She said the law isn’t as clear about the tax subsidies and penalties as Cannon told lawmakers.

“This argument has been going on since last July between legal scholars. There is only one lawsuit on the table. How the court will rule is anyone’s guess,” she said. “So the question is, what do the people of the state of Arkansas do in the meanwhile?”

Rapert said he doesn’t know what Arkansas would gain from handing over all responsibility for the exchange to the federal government.

“At the end of the day, if no one stops the IRS from imposing the penalties, I don’t know what we gained from just opposing. At the end of the day, if the federal government is still going to impose penalties regardless of whether or not it was in the [Affordable Care Act] or not, you still have the same effect,” Rapert said. “His [Cannon’s] comments were crafted in order to help bring about opening up the legislation again by Congress, which literally we have no power to do. Only Congress can decide they are going to do that.”

Arkansas, Pages 9 on 03/20/2013

Print Headline: Fight exchanges, lawmakers told

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Michael Cannon said they opposed Romneycare at the Cato Institute and this article below proves it.

 

That’s a trick question, of course, as illustrated by this biting Henry Payne cartoon.

But let’s look at one of the commonalities of Romneycare and Obamacare – higher premiums, thanks to mandates and third-party payer.

Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening to premiums in Massachusetts.

Romneycare Premiums

The same thing is already happening with Obamacare, as explained in a Wall Street Journal column by Merrill Matthews and Mark Litow.

The congressional Democrats who crafted the legislation ignored virtually every actuarial principle governing rational insurance pricing. Premiums will soon reflect that disregard—indeed, premiums are already reflecting it. …Guaranteed issue incentivizes people to forgo buying a policy until they get sick and need coverage (and then drop the policy after they get well). While ObamaCare imposes a financial penalty—or is it a tax?—to discourage people from gaming the system, it is too low to be a real disincentive. The result will be insurance pools that are smaller and sicker, and therefore more expensive.

How bad will it be? Well…

Many actuaries, such as those in the international consulting firm Oliver Wyman, are now predicting an average increase of roughly 50% in premiums for some in the individual market for the same coverage. …Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming and Virginia will likely see the largest increases—somewhere between 65% and 100%. Another 18 states, including Texas and Michigan, could see their rates rise between 35% and 65%.

Which is why 2014 is the “Year of the Snake” in more places than just China.

Obamacare Snake Cartoon

If you like Ramirez cartoons, you can see some of my favorites here, here, here, here, and here.

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Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your commitment as a father and a husband.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733, lowcostsqueegees@yahoo.com

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