Stop the Obama Healthcare Takeover Virginia!

January 27, 2012

The healthcare takeover is coming to Virginia and you need to know how this is going to affect your ability to take care of you and your family’s health.

The Obama Healthcare takeover law directs the states to create a health care exchange by January 1, 2014. The Federal government promises flexibility to design the Exchange as states see fit but a simple review of Health and Human Resources (HHS) requirements show that flexibility is available in name only. With each new federal regulation and restriction states’ “flexibility” is undermined and the usefulness of exchanges is diminished.

What’s an exchange? In theory, an Exchange is a market-based mechanism giving consumers a simple, transparent and innovative way to purchase health insurance. The Exchanges as created by the President and HHS, however, are far from simple, transparent or innovative.

HHS is trying to bait states into setting up Exchanges by claiming states will have flexibility, but the hundreds of pages of rules and restrictions eliminate any true measure of independence or flexibility. Exchanges first must be approved by HHS based on rules they alone establish and afterwards any changes must receive HHS’s stamp of approval giving the federal government tremendous power to control Virginian’s insurance.
Most troubling of all, the proposed regulations also seek to establish a centralized claims database. Insurers would be required to submit patients’ personal claims data to a huge federal database for the purposes of calculating “risk scores” and quality reporting – an enormous privacy concern. Do you want the federal government to have access to information about all of your health care decisions?

Creating an Exchange makes Virginia nothing more than the bureaucratic arm of the federal government. It’s time to stop the madness and stop the Obama Healthcare Takeover Exchanges from coming to our state! Please join Americans for Prosperity and urge the Virginia General Assembly to oppose the creation of the Health Care Exchange in Virginia and refuse to implement this bureaucratic “government-knows-best” approach to health care purchases.

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