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State Health Plan Exchanges

April 24, 2011 J

Hopefully, the bill (H.3738), to enact the “South Carolina Health Benefit Exchange Act”, is permanently buried in the House Ways and Means Committee. This bill would establish an exchange “for the purpose of facilitating the purchase and sale of qualified health plans as provided for in the ‘Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’.” (Obamacare). While Congressional Republicans are working to defund, and in 2013, hopefully repeal Obamacare, 13 Republicans in the SC Legislature co-sponsored this bill that would have helped implement Obamacare. After an avalanche of phone calls and emails from their constituents, these 13 Republicans (Cooper, Brannon, Pitts, Allison, Lucas, Parker, Huggins, Loftis, Owens, Barfield, Hardwick, Horne, and Herbkersman) removed their names as co-sponsors. According to The Washington Post, the Health Insurance Exchange is the, “most important aspect of health care reform.” The federal government will use these Exchanges to enforce the requirement that everyone buy government-approved health insurance. Per Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, “Affordable plans will disappear because Obamacare requires all purchasers to buy whatever coverage Sebelius [Secretary of HHS] mandates as ‘essential’.”

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