As I wrote yesterday, the RINOs in Washington are developing plans for an alternative to Obamacare, affectionately referred to as Obamacare Lite. No repeal. No replace. Actually, it’s more like renege, as in the GOP reneged on their promise to stop Obamacare.
Fortunately, there are a few Constitution-loving politicians on the state level who are doing the job our national politicians refuse to do.
A bill signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey creates significant roadblocks for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, leaving Obamacare with an enforcement mechanism in the state. HB2643 prohibits the state of Arizona from “using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with the ACA.
The legislation not only blocks the state from setting up a state-run exchange, but it also prohibits Arizona employees from helping residents enroll in the federal exchange. It also bans “funding or aiding in the prosecution of any entity for a violation of the (affordable care) act.” It will prohibit the AZ Department of Insurance (DOI) from investigating or enforcing any of the federally mandated health insurance requirements.
Additionally, the law expressly prohibits the state from “Limiting the availability of self-funded health insurance programs or the reinsurance or other products that are traditionally used with self-funded health insurance programs.”
Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said the new AZ law represents a step toward doing what Congress won’t–repealing the federal health care act:
“In Federalist 46, James Madison said states should refuse to cooperate with officers of the Union when the federal government passes ‘unwarrantable measures.’ Obamacare is the epitome of unwarrantable. This tangle of regulations and mandates that seems to mostly benefit big insurance companies is a disaster of epic proportions and needs to be dismantled before it causes irreparable damage to the U.S. economy,” he said. “Congress won’t ever repeal it, but if enough states follow Arizona’s lead, we can simply make the thing collapse under its own weight and open the door for a better approach to healthcare in America.”
Man! What a radical!