Leaders in Pennsylvania Must Seize Momentum & Reject Health Insurance Exchanges
NEWS RELEASE ________________________________________
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 15, 2012
CONTACT: Jennifer Stefano at infoPA@afphq.org
FP-PA calls on Corbett to Fully Reject Flawed Mandate and Return Federal Funds Being Used to “Buy” State Compliance
Washington Crossing, PA— Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania (AFP-PA), the nation’s largest and most effective advocate for economic freedom, released the following statement calling on state leaders to reject the state-based health insurance exchanges.
“Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania General Assembly should join the growing chorus and send a strong message to Washington: Pennsylvania will not take part in the President’s healthcare debacle by setting up the health insurance exchanges,” said Jennifer Stefano, Pennsylvania State Director. “The President’s exchanges will increase taxes and the cost of healthcare on Pennsylvania hardworking families.”
Multiple governors have announced this week that they will not create an exchange. This list now includes Governor-elect Mike Pence (IN), John Kasich (OH), Rick Scott (FL), Bobby Jindal (LA), Sam Brownback (KS), Rick Perry (TX), Nikki Haley (SC), Nathan Deal (GA), Robert McDonnell (VA) and Jay Nixon (MO). AFP applauds these steps.
“Governor Corbett must show strong leadership and protect the families in this Commonwealth. He still has no answer as to whether or not he will create a state-based health insurance exchange. AFP strongly opposes any and all attempts to create an exchange and expand Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program. ” Stefano continued. “Expanding Medicaid will take money and resources away from those already relying on, the poor and the sick. That is unacceptable.”
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 Friday, November 16, 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,” said Stefano of AFP. “Creating an exchange puts state taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars every year. States should reject these bloated bureaucracies.”
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Stefano at infoPA@afphq.org.
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org