Health Care Reform - Obamacare

The Exchange is NOT a Marketplace

The Exchange is NOT a Marketplace

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.” 

Reality #8 – Public Locked Out of Exchange Decisions

Reality #8 – Public Locked Out of Exchange Decisions

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. 

Reality #8 – Public Locked Out of Exchange Decisions

Reality #8 – Public Locked Out of Exchange Decisions

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. 

The "5C" Health Care Solution

The '5C' Health Care Solution

Do conservative organizations all sing the same health care tune? No, writes John Goodman at the National Center for Policy Analysis. In fact, I'd argue that sometime they are singing in complete dissonance.

 

The Big Blue Book

The Big Blue Book

The Enroll UX 2014 Design Specifications Manual reviewed by and designed with three federal agencies (CMS, ONCHIT, CCIIO) for health insurance exchanges as discussed at the MN Health Insurance Exchange marketing workgroup, July 10, 2012.

Conservatives Confuse Obamacare Architect

Conservatives Confuse Obamacare Architect

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?

Will Your State Remain Free?

Will Your State Remain Free?

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.

Free States

Free States

Diagram showing those states who have agreed to set up State Exchanges under Obamacare as compared to the "Free States" which have not and require the Federal Government to do so - which there is no appropriation to implement an exchange nor the ability to 'force cooperation'. 

Reality #7 – Health Insurance Agents in Limbo

Reality #7 – Health Insurance Agents in Limbo

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.

Reality #6 – Exchange Board will Limit Insurance Choices

Reality #6 – Exchange Board will Limit Insurance Choices

Among the far-reaching powers granted to the seven-member MN Health Insurance Exchange board in the proposed legislation is the power to choose what health insurance plans you, the consumer who may be forced to buy insurance on the Exchange, are allowed to purchase.