Since Obamacare was enacted in March 2010, House Republicans have voted dozens of times to repeal it. And no, the Supreme Court decision upholding the sweeping healthcare act hasn’t stopped those efforts. While these kinds of moves are pretty much symbolic at this point, the law’s conservatives foes are making one more push that they are pretty sure will finally do the trick. Too bad it won’t work.
The socialism-killer, the Obamacare haters say, is the states’ power to refuse to set up health insurance exchanges, the online marketplaces where people who don’t get insurance through their employer will be able to shop for coverage and pick up federal subsidies to help pay their premiums. If states don’t set up their own exchanges—and most Republican governors have already refused to—the federal government will do it for them. Still, conservative news sites and advocacy groups are spreading the word that this spells the end of the Affordable Care Act. “States’ Refusal to Establish Exchanges Could Undo Obamacare,” says the Daily Caller. “Obamacare in Peril as GOP Governors Refuse to Run State Exchanges,” says PolicyMic. The tea party group FreedomWorks has launched a snazzy campaign with a website called BlockExchanges where you can consult an “action map” to find out “where your state stands on resisting the Obamacare exchanges” and join the “last stand in the fight against the Left’s health care takeover.”
[VIA MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones]