Meet Arizona's ObamaCare Czar
To all Arizona Taxpayers and Health Care Consumers:
Many Arizona taxpayers and health care consumers do not know that right now Governor Jan Brewer is spending $30 million in federal funds (i.e., your federal tax dollars) to set up an ObamaCare health insurance exchange in Arizona. The exchange is a new bureaucracy that will soon require tens of millions of dollars annually in new surcharges, fees and/or taxes on Arizona families and businesses.
Worse still, the imposition of an ObamaCare exchange here in Arizona may prevent ObamaCare from being repealed. As enacted, ObamaCare is dependent upon the existence of state exchanges (such as Gov. Brewer’s exchange) for the distribution of federal subsidies. Once Arizonans become addicted to federal subsidies, ObamaCare will be extremely difficult to repeal.
Further, as the Cato Institute‘s Michael Cannon points out, if none of an employer’s workers receive tax credits or subsidies through a (state-created) exchange, the federal government can’t penalize the employer. Hence, the imposition of an Arizona exchange will enable the federal government to enforce the expensive employer mandate!
If the U.S. Supreme Court does not strike the ENTIRE corpus of ObamaCare legislation–not just the individual mandate–the federal takeover of health care will march on, making health care more expensive and less accessible, and stifling medical innovation through huge new tax and regulatory burdens. ObamaCare will ultimately put all control over health insurance and health care (including the most personal health care decisions) in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. Gov. Jan Brewer’s exchange will help the bureaucratic beast to survive and eventually triumph.
AFP-Arizona is calling on Arizona’s Legislators to sign the Arizona Health Care Freedom Pledge and to STOP Governor Brewer from imposing an ObamaCare exchange.
Here is the key text of the Health Care Freedom Pledge:
“I hereby pledge to OPPOSE any bill, regulation, legislation, or executive action that implements President Obama’s health care legislation, including bills that create new bureaucracies that must be funded by new surcharges, fees, or taxes of any kind.”
Nationwide, our side is winning the battle to stop the imposition of ObamaCare exchanges in the States. But we must win in every State, including Arizona.
AFP-Arizona is asking all Arizona Legislators to sign the Pledge by the tenth day after the end of the 2012 legislative session (probably sometime in early to mid May). Legislators who fail to sign the Pledge are leaving the door open to the imposition of an ObamaCare exchange in Arizona–and harming the prospects for the repeal of ObamaCare.
(Please use this link to see which Arizona Legislators have already signed the Arizona Health Care Freedom Pledge.)
You and your friends, neighbors and co-workers can also take action at our Arizona Health Care Freedom home page:
To learn more about AFP-Arizona’s 2012 Legislative Agenda, and to see how the Health Care Freedom Pledge will be scored on AFP-Arizona’s 2012 Scorecard, click here.
For Liberty, Tom
Americans for Prosperity