Health Care Reform - Obamacare

Supreme Court Says Today It Will Hear Its First 'Obamacare' Case This Spring

Supreme Court Says Today It Will Hear Its First 'Obamacare' Case This Spring

St. Paul, Minn.The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear its first case against President Barack Obama’s controversial health care overhaul —also known as Obamacare. The case, expected to begin in March with a decision by June, could shake the political landscape just as voters start to decide if Obama deserves another term.

No Authority

No Authority
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman chairs first meeting of MN Health Insurance Exchange Task Force though there is no legislative authority to establish one.

 

Exchange Sold to Public as "Marketplace"

Exchange Sold to Public as 'Marketplace'

According to the Herndon Alliance study on "good words" to use to describe the government exchange, "NOTE - FOR THOSE WORKING IN STATES WITH SKEPTICAL AUDIENCES: Anti-government/anti-health law participants were very positive about the marketplace."

Dayton's Proposed Government Insurance Exchange

Dayton's Proposed Government Insurance Exchange

Although there is no state legislative authority to create a government health insurance exchange as prescribed by Obamacare, the administration of Governor Mark Dayton is pushing forward using federal dollars to design and develop it. During the public comment (open mike) period of the first meeting of the MN Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force, the Commissioner of Commerce refused to give CCHF's president a "yes" or "no" answer to her question about legislative authority.

Opposing Obamacare in MN

Opposing Obamacare in MN

CCHF President, Twila Brase, joins Michael Cannon from the Cato Institute to speak out in opposition to establishing an Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange in Minnesota. The forum, titled, "Perspectives on Health Insurance Exchanges," was hosted by the Republican Health Care Task Force of the MN GOP at the State Capitol on November 3, 2011.

Wisconsin Exchange Plan Shows Intrusive Diagram

Wisconsin Exchange Plan Shows Intrusive Diagram

The battle over the Exchange is raging right now in Wisconsin. This document shows the plans for the Wisconsin Health Insurance Exchange and has a particularly descriptive photo of the intrusive "Complex Data Environment" required if States decide to install a federal exchange in their state in compliance with Obamacare. Unprecedented data sharing with the federal government would take place in the Exchange before individuals would be allowed to purchase health insurance through the exchange. Many employers may decide to send their employees to the exchange. The exchange is also intended to "police" the Obamacare mandate to purchase health insurance, now being challenged in the courts.

Seven Reasons to Vote NO on Health Insurance Exchange

Seven Reasons to Vote NO on Health Insurance Exchange

The 2011 Minnesota House GOP proposes passing the Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange into law. This  CCHF document provides the legislature with seven reasons to say "no."

CCHF Opposes Dayton's Executive Order on Health Reform

CCHF Opposes Dayton's Executive Order on Health Reform
In response to today's "Establishing a Vision for Health Care Reform in Minnesota" Executive Order signed and issued by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Twila Brase, president of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, the organization which defeated the Governor's proposed Health Insurance Exchange last session, makes the following statement:
 
"Governor Dayton has overreached his executive authority and wronged the Minnesota public. The Governor does not have authority to implement the federal health care reform law. In moving Obamacare forward in Minnesota without legislative authority, Governor Dayton is following federal law, not state law. This is a violation of his powers and responsibilities under the Minnesota constitution. The Minnesota legislature did not grant the governor authority to implement or spend federal funds to implement Obamacare...
 
 
 

Essential Health Benefits Not Expected Until Spring

St. Paul, Minn.A key part of the controversial health care debate in the U.S. is that of “essential health benefits,” or the categories of services that every insurance plan will be required to cover under the health reform law.

Obama Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Constitutionality of Health Care Act

St. Paul, Minn.—The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the 2010 controversial health care act and uphold the plan, also known as Obamacare.