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Open letter to President Obama (Part 460) Lots of reasons to still oppose Obamacare (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.

Is it true that we can still avoid Obamacare if we don’t set up exchanges? That is what Michael Cannon told us.

Michael Cannon on Medicare and Healthcare

Here is a great article I read on November 9, 2012 in the National Review:

November 9, 2012 4:00 A.M.

Obamacare Is Still Vulnerable
Now is not the time to go wobbly.

By Michael F. Cannon

President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.

State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision.

There are many arguments against creating exchanges.

First, states are under no obligation to create one.

Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.

Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases.

Fourth, the November 16 deadline is no more real than the “deadlines” for implementing REAL ID, which have been pushed back repeatedly since 2008.

Fifth, states can always create an exchange later if they choose.

Sixth, a state-created exchange is not a state-controlled exchange. All exchanges will be controlled by Washington.

Seventh, Congress authorized no funds for federal “fallback” exchanges. So Washington may not be able to impose exchanges on states at all.

Eighth, the Obama administration has yet to provide crucial information that states need before they can make an informed decision.

Ninth, creating an exchange sets state officials up to take the blame when Obamacare increases insurance premiums and denies care to the sick. State officials won’t want their names on this disastrous mess.

Tenth, creating an exchange would be assisting in the creation of a “public option” that would drive domestic health-insurance carriers out of business through unfair competition.

Eleventh, Obamacare remains unpopular. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only 38 percent of the public supports it.

Twelfth, defaulting to a federal exchange exempts a state’s employers from the employer mandate — a tax of $2,000 per worker per year (the tax applies to companies with more than 50 employees, but for such companies that tax applies after the 30th employee, not the 50th). If all states did so, that would also exempt 18 million Americans from the individual mandate’s tax of $2,085 per family of four. Avoiding those taxes improves a state’s prospects for job creation, and protects the conscience rights of employers and individuals whom the Obama administration is forcing to purchase contraceptives coverage.

Finally, rejecting an exchange reduces the federal deficit. Obamacare offers its deficit-financed subsidies to private health insurers only through state-created exchanges. If all states declined, federal deficits would fall by roughly $700 billion over ten years.

For similar reasons, states should decline to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court gave states that option. All states should exercise it.

Medicaid is rife with waste and fraud. It increases the cost of private health care and insurance, crowds out private health insurance and long-term-care insurance, and discourages enrollees from climbing the economic ladder. There is scant reliable evidence that Medicaid improves health outcomes, and no evidence that it is a cost-effective way of doing so.

My colleague Jagadeesh Gokhale estimates that expanding Medicaid will cost individual states up to $53 billion over the first ten years. That’s before an emboldened President Obama follows through on his threats to shift more Medicaid costs to states.

Neither the states nor the federal government have the money to expand Medicaid. If all states politely decline, federal deficits will shrink by another $900 billion.

Now is not the time to go wobbly. Obamacare is still harmful and still unpopular. The presidential election was hardly a referendum, as it pitted the first person to enact Obamacare against the second person to enact it. Since the election, many state officials are reaffirming their opposition to both implementing exchanges and expanding Medicaid.

If enough states do so, Congress will have no choice but to reopen Obamacare. With a GOP-controlled House, opponents will be in a much stronger position than they were when this harmful law was enacted.

— Michael F. Cannon is director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and co-editor of Replacing ObamaCare (Cato, 2012).

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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

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

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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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Open letter to President Obama (Part 448) Michael Cannon of Cato Institute speaks to Arkansas Senators (Part 2 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.

If a state does not set up an exchange can they avoid the penalties in Obamacare? That is what Michael Cannon told us.

Representative Doug House 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.

Representative Doug House talks about Arkansas Healthcare Exchange attempts in Arkansas. The Liberal Governor Mike Beebe, Jay Bradford, and former Soros Employee Cindi Crone are attempting to implement a portion of Obama’s Government takeover of Healthcare.

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The Arkansas Times article on the visit from Michael Cannon is below:

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Michael Cannon calls “private option” crony capitalism

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As we previewed last week, Michael Cannon — health-care point man for libertarian think tank the Cato Institute — was invited to testify today before the Senate Insurance committee. Cannon is a diehard opponent of the Affordable Care Act, and there were hints on American For Prosperity (AFP)’s website that Cannon might raise objections to the “private option.” Instead, his testimony today was exclusively focused on the decision about whether the state should run its own exchange or opt out and let the feds run the exchange (currently, Arkansas has a state-federal partnership). However, Cannon told reporters afterward that the “private option” was even worse in his view than Medicaid expansion, labeling it “crony capitalism.”

Cannon has a number of arguments against state-run exchanges. The flashiest one is that he is hoping that a legal challenge to the operation of federally run exchanges has the potential to dismantle the entire law. We’ve covered his lawsuit before and won’t get in to the weeds here but you can read about the legal challenge here, and read Cannon’s legal argument in full here.

Sen. Joyce Elliot asked Cannon, “Is your position overall that you want to stop the healthcare law or are you just giving us advice on how to proceed with exchange?”

Cannon’s response: “Both.”

I asked Cannon afterwards why he hadn’t touched on the “private option” for expansion. “This was a hearing on exchanges, I was invited to speak about exchanges,” he said. “I’ll be speaking to some legislators later and I’m sure the Medicaid expansion will come up.”

The “private option” issue is in fact relevant to the exchange question in various ways, the largest being the $20-million-per-year revenue stream from a 2.5 percent state fee on insurances sold on the exchange. Cannon said that he knew of no legal restriction on states imposing the fee even if they opted out of running the exchange, though this seems politically implausible.

In any case, as policy, Cannon thinks the “private option” framework stinks. He already thinks that Medicaid expansion is too expensive and he argued that the “private option” would be even costlier. (I should say that Cannon prefers “Beebe proposal” to “private option.” Pretty surprised he didn’t call it BeebeCare!)

Cannon relied on the CBO numbers we’ve heard, which likely are not applicable to Arkansas. Cannon had not yet seen the DHS study released yesterday but expressed deep skepticism about their findings.

Okay, but who cares what someone from the Cato Institute thinks about what Arkansas should do? I would argue that Cannon’s position may represent one pole of a possible split within the Arkansas GOP on the “private option” between establishment Republicans and the anti-Obamacare base. As I heard one Tea Party member in attendance at the meeting say of the new framework, “if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”

Here’s Cannon:

It’s odd that this is considered a compromise proposal. We’ll compromise by making an unaffordable entitlement program even more unaffordable. It’s also interesting because Congress considered this…amendments were offered and voted down by Democrats who said no we can’t put the Medicaid expansion population in the exchanges because it would be too expensive. So you have to ask the question, if Congress rejected this idea, what on earth are Gov. Beebe and Sec. Sebelius doing talking about an idea that would increase federal and state spending that Congress expressly rejected? 

I gotta hand it to Gov. Beebe and Kathleen Sebelius, they know that there’s this crony capitalism streak among Republicans. If you say, we’re going to increase government spending, they say ‘no that’s bad.’ But if you say ‘we’re going to give the subsidies to private industry,’ they say, ‘hey, I like private industry, that’s good.’ So they’re really playing to that crony capitalist streak in order to get Republicans to implement Obamacare.

They’re drawn to the idea because Republicans hear private coverage and think that’s better than public coverage but really what matters is who’s paying the piper. If it’s government money that you’re spending, it’s going to be government insurance even if you hang the word ‘private’ on it.

Though I support expansion, I think Cannon’s arguments about the “private option” make sense: if you don’t like Obamacare, it follows that you wouldn’t like an alternative that’s likely to cost at least a little more, particularly if that additional spending seems to be in defiance of Congressional intent. Will we hear more arguments along these lines from Republican lawmakers? We’ll see.

Thus far outside conservative groups haven’t made too much noise about the “private option” but I suspect that will change. While Cannon spoke with reporters, an AFP official was standing next to him. I asked her — as I’ve asked Teresa Crossland-Oelke, AFP’s Arkansas state director — whether AFP has a position on the “private option.” They’ve been cagey so far. Republican lawmakers working on the “private option” have told me that their focus is on the policy but have acknowledged that it will be politically important if AFP decides to speak out one way or the other.

In addition to his testimony today, Cannon was also AFP’s guest speaker at the Conservative Caucus Luncheon at the Capitol. Based on tweets from the event, it sounds like Cannon offered the same strong message against the “private option.”

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While he was in Arkansas Michael Cannon mentioned that the Cato Institute has been way out front on this issue and they were against Obamacare back when it was Romneycare.

I’m delighted that Mitt Romney is floundering because of the government-run healthcare scheme he imposed on Massachusetts. Not only did it pave the way for Obamacare, but it’s also a good indicator of the awful, statist, big-government policies he would impose on all of us if he ever entered the White House.

This cartoon from the Detroit News is a pretty good summary of Mitt’s self-inflicted (and much-deserved) political problem.

 

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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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Open letter to President Obama (Part 442) Michael Cannon of Cato Institute speaks to Arkansas Senators (Part 1, 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.

According to Michael Cannon we can avoid Obamacare if we don’t set up an exchange. Is that true?

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CATO Institute Michael Cannon at the Arkansas Conservative Caucus

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.

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UALR Radio did a great job on the Michael Cannon visit below:
Health Insurance Exchanges
10:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Cato Health Expert Tells Arkansas To Abandon Insurance Exchange Plans

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute told lawmakers Tuesday that abandoning plans to partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange would both benefit the state and reduce the power of the Affordable Care Act.

Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute says Arkansas lawmakers should avoid as much state responsibility involved with the federal Affordable Care Act as possible.

The health policy expert from the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting free market principles, spoke with lawmakers Tuesday in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee to discuss the state’s options regarding what to do with its health insurance exchange.

Cannon says the state should leave the exchange up to the federal government.

“Rather than create a health insurance exchange or even try to help the Obama administration implement an exchange through the partnership model, I think that the state’s much better off trying to protect it’s employers and those 130,000 Arkansas residents from these illegal taxes,” Cannon said.

Cannon also says an Oklahoma lawsuit calling part of the Affordable Care Act an illegal tax could force lawmakers to take another look at the entire law.

Annabelle Imber Tuck, chair of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission provided another view to reporters following the meeting. She’s on an advisory committee for the health insurance exchange which the state is already working on and says the state will be more responsive than the federal government when dealing with individual consumer’s issues.

“Our insurance department will be there for the complaints, have you ever tried to call Washington to complain about something? You can complain here under this partnership and under a state exchange and get some action,” Imber Tuck said.

In response to a question from Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, Cannon said he was there to both advise legislators on the state’s health insurance exchange and to push stopping the Affordable Care Act altogether.

President Obama wants it all now it seems but he can’t pay for it.

 

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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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Michael Cannon of Cato Institute speaks to Arkansas Senators (Part 3 includes editorial cartoon)

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.”

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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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Michael Cannon of Cato Institute speaks to Arkansas Senators (Part 2 includes editorial cartoon)

Representative Doug House 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.

Representative Doug House talks about Arkansas Healthcare Exchange attempts in Arkansas. The Liberal Governor Mike Beebe, Jay Bradford, and former Soros Employee Cindi Crone are attempting to implement a portion of Obama’s Government takeover of Healthcare.

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The Arkansas Times article on the visit from Michael Cannon is below:

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As we previewed last week, Michael Cannon — health-care point man for libertarian think tank the Cato Institute — was invited to testify today before the Senate Insurance committee. Cannon is a diehard opponent of the Affordable Care Act, and there were hints on American For Prosperity (AFP)’s website that Cannon might raise objections to the “private option.” Instead, his testimony today was exclusively focused on the decision about whether the state should run its own exchange or opt out and let the feds run the exchange (currently, Arkansas has a state-federal partnership). However, Cannon told reporters afterward that the “private option” was even worse in his view than Medicaid expansion, labeling it “crony capitalism.”

Cannon has a number of arguments against state-run exchanges. The flashiest one is that he is hoping that a legal challenge to the operation of federally run exchanges has the potential to dismantle the entire law. We’ve covered his lawsuit before and won’t get in to the weeds here but you can read about the legal challenge here, and read Cannon’s legal argument in full here.

Sen. Joyce Elliot asked Cannon, “Is your position overall that you want to stop the healthcare law or are you just giving us advice on how to proceed with exchange?”

Cannon’s response: “Both.”

I asked Cannon afterwards why he hadn’t touched on the “private option” for expansion. “This was a hearing on exchanges, I was invited to speak about exchanges,” he said. “I’ll be speaking to some legislators later and I’m sure the Medicaid expansion will come up.”

The “private option” issue is in fact relevant to the exchange question in various ways, the largest being the $20-million-per-year revenue stream from a 2.5 percent state fee on insurances sold on the exchange. Cannon said that he knew of no legal restriction on states imposing the fee even if they opted out of running the exchange, though this seems politically implausible.

In any case, as policy, Cannon thinks the “private option” framework stinks. He already thinks that Medicaid expansion is too expensive and he argued that the “private option” would be even costlier. (I should say that Cannon prefers “Beebe proposal” to “private option.” Pretty surprised he didn’t call it BeebeCare!)

Cannon relied on the CBO numbers we’ve heard, which likely are not applicable to Arkansas. Cannon had not yet seen the DHS study released yesterday but expressed deep skepticism about their findings.

Okay, but who cares what someone from the Cato Institute thinks about what Arkansas should do? I would argue that Cannon’s position may represent one pole of a possible split within the Arkansas GOP on the “private option” between establishment Republicans and the anti-Obamacare base. As I heard one Tea Party member in attendance at the meeting say of the new framework, “if you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.”

Here’s Cannon:

It’s odd that this is considered a compromise proposal. We’ll compromise by making an unaffordable entitlement program even more unaffordable. It’s also interesting because Congress considered this…amendments were offered and voted down by Democrats who said no we can’t put the Medicaid expansion population in the exchanges because it would be too expensive. So you have to ask the question, if Congress rejected this idea, what on earth are Gov. Beebe and Sec. Sebelius doing talking about an idea that would increase federal and state spending that Congress expressly rejected? 

I gotta hand it to Gov. Beebe and Kathleen Sebelius, they know that there’s this crony capitalism streak among Republicans. If you say, we’re going to increase government spending, they say ‘no that’s bad.’ But if you say ‘we’re going to give the subsidies to private industry,’ they say, ‘hey, I like private industry, that’s good.’ So they’re really playing to that crony capitalist streak in order to get Republicans to implement Obamacare.

They’re drawn to the idea because Republicans hear private coverage and think that’s better than public coverage but really what matters is who’s paying the piper. If it’s government money that you’re spending, it’s going to be government insurance even if you hang the word ‘private’ on it.

Though I support expansion, I think Cannon’s arguments about the “private option” make sense: if you don’t like Obamacare, it follows that you wouldn’t like an alternative that’s likely to cost at least a little more, particularly if that additional spending seems to be in defiance of Congressional intent. Will we hear more arguments along these lines from Republican lawmakers? We’ll see.

Thus far outside conservative groups haven’t made too much noise about the “private option” but I suspect that will change. While Cannon spoke with reporters, an AFP official was standing next to him. I asked her — as I’ve asked Teresa Crossland-Oelke, AFP’s Arkansas state director — whether AFP has a position on the “private option.” They’ve been cagey so far. Republican lawmakers working on the “private option” have told me that their focus is on the policy but have acknowledged that it will be politically important if AFP decides to speak out one way or the other.

In addition to his testimony today, Cannon was also AFP’s guest speaker at the Conservative Caucus Luncheon at the Capitol. Based on tweets from the event, it sounds like Cannon offered the same strong message against the “private option.”

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While he was in Arkansas Michael Cannon mentioned that the Cato Institute has been way out front on this issue and they were against Obamacare back when it was Romneycare.

I’m delighted that Mitt Romney is floundering because of the government-run healthcare scheme he imposed on Massachusetts. Not only did it pave the way for Obamacare, but it’s also a good indicator of the awful, statist, big-government policies he would impose on all of us if he ever entered the White House.

This cartoon from the Detroit News is a pretty good summary of Mitt’s self-inflicted (and much-deserved) political problem.

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Michael Cannon on Obamacare (editorial cartoons on Judge Roberts and Obamacare)

Representative Bollinger 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.

Representative Bollinger asks CATO Institute Michael Cannon about Obamacare.

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We were excited to have Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute in Arkansas yesterday. I was away on a business trip and could not attend but it sounded like he did a great job. He is correct about medicare going bankrupt and expanding it would not be smart. Take a look at all these funny editorial cartoons from Dan Mitchell’s blog on Obamacare.

I posted five good Obamacare cartoons last week (and included two others in this post and this post), and was planning on stopping there.

But the cartoonists have come out with a lot of good material, so let’s enjoy this new material. After all, we deserve a few laughs before we deal with the pain of more spending and higher taxes.

Let’s start with my favorite, which is very appropriate for today.

Sticking with that theme, here’s one that uses the Constitution instead of the Declaration of Independence.

Here’s one that should be in this same group. It’s very good as is, but I would have replaced the Tea Party flag with either the Constitution or Declaration of Independence (yes, I’m becoming an armchair cartoonist, as you can see here and here)

Since the last two cartoons have mocked Chief Justice Roberts, let’s continue with that theme.

By the way, I can’t resist adding a bit of what Thomas Sowell just wrote.

…there are people in Washington — too often, Republicans — who start living in the Beltway atmosphere, and start forgetting those hundreds of millions of Americans beyond the Beltway who trusted them to do right by them, to use their wisdom instead of their cleverness. …ObamaCare was an unprecedented extension of federal power over the lives of 300 million Americans… These are the people that Chief Justice Roberts betrayed when he declared constitutional something that is nowhere authorized in the Constitution of the United States. …What he did was betray his oath to be faithful to the Constitution of the United States.

Powerful, but accurate.

Now let’s go with the theme of mocking Both Roberts and Nancy Pelosi.

She’s an easy target, having become infamous for utterly inane comments, so let’s pile on with another.

Now let’s look at another good cartoon, but this one should worry us because it shows the door that Roberts opened.

This seems over the top, but 15 years from now, we’ll look back at this cartoon with better (and bitter) understanding.

Last but not least, here’s a cartoon that should worry Republican readers.

I’ve already explained why Mitt Romney is not a proponent of liberty. This cartoon underscores that sentiment and also shows why he will have a problem going after Obama on this issue.

But that’s a depressing way to end this post, so put all the statists out of your mind. Go out and enjoy the 4th, ideally with some illegal fireworks to show that the spirit of rebellion still exists.

Story below from Arkansas News Bureau:

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5:11 pm – March 19, 2013 — Updated: 5:15 pm – March 19, 2013

Speaker expects health care legislation this week

House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, tells reporters Tuesday he is ready to see a bill drafted on expanding health insurance coverage in the state. (John Lyon photo)

House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, tells reporters Tuesday he is ready to see a bill drafted on expanding health insurance coverage in the state. (John Lyon photo)

By John Lyon

Arkansas News Bureau

jlyon@arkansasnews.com

LITTLE ROCK — Legislative leaders are close to moving forward with legislation to expand health care coverage in Arkansas, House Speaker Davy Carter said Tuesday.

Carter said he hopes to see draft measures within days.

“I think we’re getting close to being able to put something together that’s good for Arkansas,” he said.

Carter, R-Cabot, spoke to reporters a day after the state Department of Human Services announced that the so-called “private option” for expansion, in which Arkansans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level would receive federal money to buy private insurance, is expected to cost 13 percent or 14 percent more, at most, than adding the same group to the state Medicaid rolls would cost.

“I think it helps the chances” of passage, Carter said of DHS’ announcement. “I think they were good numbers.”

Carter said he hopes to see “something in writing before the end of the week.” The deadline for filing bills has passed, but Carter said there are shell bills that could be amended to include legislative proposals on health care coverage expansion.

“Until it’s on paper, it’s really hard to sit down and have a debate about it and to further progress the discussion,” he said.

Asked if he believed legislators had enough information to make a decision at this point, Carter said, “I hope so.”

The federal Affordable Care Act proposes that states expand their Medicaid rolls to serve people who earn up to $15,856 a year for an individual and $32,499 for a family of four, but the Obama administration has said Arkansas can use federal Medicaid dollars to subsidize the purchase of private insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange as an alternative.

Under either option, the federal government would pay 100 percent of the cost for the first three years, after which Arkansas’ share of the cost would increase gradually to 10 percent.

Also Tuesday, the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee heard a presentation on health insurance exchanges by Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Cannon, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, said Arkansas is better off not running its own exchange. Arkansas has already rejected the idea of a state-run exchange, opting instead for a state-federal partnership, but it has the option of changing course in future years.

If Arkansas were to run its exchange, state officials would “take the blame for harm caused by rules that state officials did not write and cannot change,” he said.

In another development Tuesday, DHS spokeswoman Amy Webb said agency officials misspoke Monday when they told reporters that the average annual cost to insure a person under the private option would be $5,975, compared to $5,200 to provide that person with Medicaid coverage.

Actually, the average cost under the private option would be $438 per month, or $5,256 per year, and the average cost under Medicaid would be $366 per month, or $4,392 per year.

Although $5,256 is 20 percent more than $4,392, Webb said that because some members of the expansion group, such as the medically frail, will stay on Medicaid, the cost differential is still estimated to be 13 percent or 14 percent at most.

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Michael Cannon of Cato Institute speaks to Arkansas Senators (Part 1, includes editorial cartoon)

An ObamaCare Debate Challenge (Michael F. Cannon)

CATO Institute Michael Cannon at the Arkansas Conservative Caucus

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.

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UALR Radio did a great job on the Michael Cannon visit below:
Health Insurance Exchanges
10:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Cato Health Expert Tells Arkansas To Abandon Insurance Exchange Plans

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR
Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute told lawmakers Tuesday that abandoning plans to partner with the federal government on a health insurance exchange would both benefit the state and reduce the power of the Affordable Care Act.

Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute says Arkansas lawmakers should avoid as much state responsibility involved with the federal Affordable Care Act as possible.

The health policy expert from the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting free market principles, spoke with lawmakers Tuesday in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee to discuss the state’s options regarding what to do with its health insurance exchange.

Cannon says the state should leave the exchange up to the federal government.

“Rather than create a health insurance exchange or even try to help the Obama administration implement an exchange through the partnership model, I think that the state’s much better off trying to protect it’s employers and those 130,000 Arkansas residents from these illegal taxes,” Cannon said.

Cannon also says an Oklahoma lawsuit calling part of the Affordable Care Act an illegal tax could force lawmakers to take another look at the entire law.

Annabelle Imber Tuck, chair of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission provided another view to reporters following the meeting. She’s on an advisory committee for the health insurance exchange which the state is already working on and says the state will be more responsive than the federal government when dealing with individual consumer’s issues.

“Our insurance department will be there for the complaints, have you ever tried to call Washington to complain about something? You can complain here under this partnership and under a state exchange and get some action,” Imber Tuck said.

In response to a question from Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott of Little Rock, Cannon said he was there to both advise legislators on the state’s health insurance exchange and to push stopping the Affordable Care Act altogether.

President Obama wants it all now it seems but he can’t pay for it.

 

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Medicaid costs can be contained

We got to take the bull by the horns eventually.

Block-Granting Medicaid Is a Long-Overdue Way of Restoring Federalism and Promoting Good Fiscal Policy

Posted by Daniel J. Mitchell

This new video, based in large part on the good work of Michael Cannon, explains why Medicaid should be shifted to the states. As I note in the title of this post, it’s good federalism policy and good fiscal policy. But the video also explains that Medicaid reform is good health policy since it creates an opportunity to deal with the third-party payer problem.

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One of the key observations of the video is that Medicaid block grants would replicate the success of welfare reform. Getting rid of the federal welfare entitlement in the 1990s and shifting the program to the states was a very successful policy, saving billions of dollars for taxpayers and significantly reducing poverty. There is every reason to think ending the Medicaid entitlement will have similar positive results.

Medicaid block grants were included in Congressman Ryan’s budget, so this reform is definitely part of the current fiscal debate. Unfortunately, the Senate apparently is not going to produce any budget, and the White House also has expressed opposition. On the left, reducing dependency is sometimes seen as a bad thing, even though poor people are the biggest victims of big government.

It’s wroth noting that Medicaid reform and Medicare reform often are lumped together, but they are separate policies. Instead of block grants, Medicare reform is based on something akin to vouchers, sort of like the health system available for Members of Congress. This video from last month explains the details.

In closing, I suppose it would be worth mentioning that there are two alternatives to Medicaid and Medicare reform. The first alternative is to do nothing and allow America to become another Greece. The second alternative is to impose bureaucratic restrictions on access to health care—what is colloquially known as the death panel approach. Neither option seems terribly attractive compared to the pro-market reforms discussed above.

How to tackle Medicaid?

How to tackle Medicaid?

We got to take the bull by the horns eventually.

Block-Granting Medicaid Is a Long-Overdue Way of Restoring Federalism and Promoting Good Fiscal Policy

Posted by Daniel J. Mitchell

This new video, based in large part on the good work of Michael Cannon, explains why Medicaid should be shifted to the states. As I note in the title of this post, it’s good federalism policy and good fiscal policy. But the video also explains that Medicaid reform is good health policy since it creates an opportunity to deal with the third-party payer problem.

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One of the key observations of the video is that Medicaid block grants would replicate the success of welfare reform. Getting rid of the federal welfare entitlement in the 1990s and shifting the program to the states was a very successful policy, saving billions of dollars for taxpayers and significantly reducing poverty. There is every reason to think ending the Medicaid entitlement will have similar positive results.

Medicaid block grants were included in Congressman Ryan’s budget, so this reform is definitely part of the current fiscal debate. Unfortunately, the Senate apparently is not going to produce any budget, and the White House also has expressed opposition. On the left, reducing dependency is sometimes seen as a bad thing, even though poor people are the biggest victims of big government.

It’s wroth noting that Medicaid reform and Medicare reform often are lumped together, but they are separate policies. Instead of block grants, Medicare reform is based on something akin to vouchers, sort of like the health system available for Members of Congress. This video from last month explains the details.

In closing, I suppose it would be worth mentioning that there are two alternatives to Medicaid and Medicare reform. The first alternative is to do nothing and allow America to become another Greece. The second alternative is to impose bureaucratic restrictions on access to health care—what is colloquially known as the death panel approach. Neither option seems terribly attractive compared to the pro-market reforms discussed above.