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Governors Reject Health Insurance Exchanges

December 14, 2012

AFP Applauds Chorus Of Governors

Arlington, VA— Today Americans for Prosperity (AFP) the nation’s largest and most effective advocate for economic freedom released the following statement on governors rejecting state-based health insurance exchanges.

“Twenty-five governors stood for their citizens and sound fiscal policy and should be applauded,” said Tim Phillips, President of AFP. “We congratulate these governors on behalf of the tens of thousand of AFP activists, who called, emailed and and urged them to take this action.”

The list of governors includes: Robert Bentley (AL), Sean Parnell (AK), Jan Brewer (AZ), Rick Scott (FL), Nathan Deal (GA), Mitch Daniels (IN), Sam Brownback (KS), Bobby Jindal (LA), Paul LePage (ME), Jay Nixon (MO), Brian Schweitzer (MT), Jack Dalrymple (ND), Dave Heineman (NE), John Lynch (NH), Chris Christie (NJ), John Kasich (OH), Mary Fallin (OK), Tom Corbett (PA), Nikki Haley (SC), Dennis Daugaard (SD), Robert Haslam (TN), Rick Perry (TX), Bob McDonnell (VA), Scott Walker (WI) and Matt Mead (WY).  AFP applauds these governors.

“Governors sent a strong message to Washington that their states will not implement these flawed health insurance exchanges” said Nicole Kaeding, AFP state policy manager. “Statement after statement acknowledged that exchanges will raise prices on consumers and increase taxes on hardworking families. It is encouraging to see governors taking this step to protect their residents and health care freedom in their states. AFP applauds the principled stance of these governors.”

The federal government is offering unlimited grants to states to create an exchange between now and the end of 2014. All exchanges must be self-funding starting in 2015. Each governor must notify the federal government by today, December 14, 2012, of his or her decision whether to create a state-based health insurance exchange, defer to the federal government or partner on a hybrid-exchange.

“Federal funds are flowing freely to buy state compliance, but state budgets will take the hit in two short years,” Kaeding concluded. “Creating an exchange puts state taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars every year. States saw through the federal promises and rejected these bloated bureaucracies.”

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