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Will ANYONE defend the AZ ObamaCare insurance exchange?

September 04, 2012 J

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Can anyone defend the AZ ObamaCare insurance exchange?

Arizona Taxpayers and Health Care Consumers:

The Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity is looking forward to tomorrow’s debate on the Arizona ObamaCare insurance exchange (Wednesday, September 5, from 1:00 to 2:30 pm, at the Goldwater Institute).

Arguing against the exchange are two of the nation’s foremost health care policy experts: Glendale physician and health care freedom advocate Dr. Eric Novack and Cato Institute health care policy analyst Michael Cannon.

Arguing in favor of the exchange are…  Uh…  That’s odd…  We have yet to find anyone who is willing to publicly defend the exchange (or even provide testimony as an ostensibly neutral policy expert) — even after reaching out for three weeks to the Brewer Administration and the state’s health insurance lobbyists, and even after offering them equal time, an equal share of the audience, and the appointment of a pro-exchange co-moderator for the debate.  (Go to the last page of this document for a list of the health care lobbyists and experts we contacted in our effort to find someone to defend the Arizona exchange.)

So, if none of the state’s insurance lobbyists is willing to publicly defend the exchange, does that mean they’re going to give up and stop lobbying Gov. Brewer and the Legislature to adopt the exchange?  Unfortunately, no.

This past Friday (August 31), the Coalition for an Arizona State Exchange delivered a letter to Gov. Brewer, asking her to continue supporting the exchange.  Many of the signatories on the letter are local Chambers of Commerce.  (We wonder if member businesses know that their Chambers are selling them out to the insurance companies and effectively asking Gov. Brewer to impose a tax of $2,000 per worker on employers to benefit insurers…)  AFP-Arizona has sent an invitation to Glenn Hamer of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the other 31 signatories to the letter, to find out if any of them is willing and able to publicly defend the exchange.

We have also reached out to Democratic candidates Richard Carmona, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema, who have all expressed support for ObamaCare (which they call the “Affordable Care Act”).  No luck.

But no worries.  If none of the exchange supporters shows up tomorrow, AFP-Arizona has in reserve a very able Devil’s Advocate.  And yes, he will wear horns…

There will be limited seating for this event, so please register today by emailing Bill Fathauer at bfathauer@afphq.org or calling (480) 332-0477.  Legislators and candidates who wish to sign the Arizona Health Care Freedom Pledge to stop the ObamaCare exchange should contact me (Tom Jenney) at tjenney@afphq.org.

And be sure to read AFP-Arizona’s op-ed on the ObamaCare insurance exchange from the August 22 edition of the Arizona Republic.

For Liberty,

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity


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