February 14, 2013 - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee was chaired by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). On the hot seat was Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO, pronounced "see-CY-o"). This transcript is incomplete, but has a few complete dialogues under topics labeled by transcriber.
Health Exchanges - Imposing Obamacare
"The ACA cannot be implemented without an insurance exchange in each state. It's a go or it's a no-go. It's that simple." - As Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, Sept 2012, HealthDay.
"The exchange is the foundation of health care...Without these exchanges we're really not going to reform anything." - Terry Gardiner, national policy director for the Small Business Majority in 2010.
MN EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS - contracts, letters, rejection letter
FEDERAL EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS (limited list) - letters from Congress and Federal Departments
The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.com) launched a new billboard campaign (www.NOTaMarketplace.com) that helps shed light on the appointed, seven-member board of directors that will have authority, under proposed Minnesota legislation, to decide what insurance plans are available on the Minnesota exchange. As a result, Minnesotans will be at the board’s mercy when it comes to having a variety of insurance options available to choose from.
A lawsuit has unexpectedly revealed Obama's rationing plans. The Administration says states can cut Medicaid payments to doctors and other providers to hold down costs. This is a breathtaking statement. President Obama's signature law, Obamacare, adds 16 million people to Medicaid. It offers states the "opportunity" to expand Medicaid at no cost for the first two years, and then offers to pay 90% of the cost in perpetuity of all individuals eligible under the expansion. The law also increases payment to primary care doctors for two years to encourage them to accept more Medicaid patients.
The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.com) launched a new billboard campaign today aimed at exposing the federal government’s deception of the American public in rebranding Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health insurance exchanges as “marketplaces.”
Tonight is the final committee hearing on the MN Exchange bill before both the House and the Senate version head to the floor for votes. Please come tonight and be a strong presence in the room. Or if you can't come, send an email today asking all the committee members to vote NO on House File 5, the health insurance exchange bill.
The Minnesota healthcare exchange is not a marketplace. It is not, as some have called it, a “one-stop-shopping” place for health insurance or “Travelocity.” The MN Exchange, being built under DFL Governor Mark Dayton’s executive order, and now advancing through legislation, has been called the “Minnesota Insurance Marketplace.”
The public will have no say over federal control of health insurance and medical care if the Minnesota Healthcare Exchange legislation (SF1/HF5) passes in its present form. The Exchange Board will be exempt from all the requirements that protect the public from runaway rulemaking.
Ezekiel ("Zeke") Emanuel, a key architect of Obamacare, claims conservative opposition to exchanges is perplexing. In an article for THE HILL, he says the ACA is the law of the land and both Houses passed it. He says the Supreme Court upheld it. And he claims, the 2012 election confirmed it. That should simply settle the matter. Why aren't conservatives falling in line?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ deadline for states to partner with the federal government on health insurance exchanges is Friday, February 15. For the 26 states that remain free of Obamacare’s expensive and intrusive grip, the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org) is calling on them to remain firm in their denial of federal, state, or partnership exchanges, all of which lead to federal control of healthcare, intrusiveness into private data for citizens, and costly penalties for a wide range of employers.
Many health insurance agents fear the loss of their livelihood once government health insurance Exchanges are created and people begin to shop online. But Exchanges will not be simple. Thus, Obamacare established a new entity called “navigators” to assist individuals and businesses in buying coverage from federally-qualified health plans on the exchange. Health insurance agents will be only one of many groups allowed to become navigators.