It is now the official position of the State of Louisiana that the bureaucratic vessels, demanded by ObamaCare, called health exchanges will not be run by LA. Governor Jindal and Health Secretary Greenstein will instead defer to Obama to run the exchanges1. Some “conservatives” will cheer Jindal’s decision while those with critical braincells left in their noggins will not buy the ruse. Jindal’s move basically insures that anyone to be covered by the plan will have to deal with federally unaccountable health agents as opposed to the garden-variety, state version. Either way, the patient winds up with “customer” service patented by our infamous DMV’s. What could possibly go wrong?
What must Louisiana do to protect her citizens from The Affordable Care Act? We can start by enforcing our own law, passed2 in 2010 called the Louisiana Health Care Freedom Act4. The act reads in part “No resident of this state, regardless of whether he has or is eligible for health insurance coverage under any policy or program provided by or through his employer, or a plan sponsored by the state or the federal government, shall be required to obtain or maintain a policy of individual health insurance coverage.”
Now nothing in that language will stop Kathleen Sebelius, the evil dark lord of the federal Health & inHuman DisServices Department from implementing the Obamacare exchanges, so our work is not yet finished.
What is needed now is an act declaring what already is: that Louisiana, as a sovereign state3, may alone determine if and where an intrusive agency of the federal government may set-up shop to interfere, at will, with exclusive commerce in health services claimed by the aforementioned LA Health Care Freedom Act.
This would of course mean that LA is deciding to finance and run her own Medicaid services too and since that amounts to seven billions of dollars per year in “subsidies” ending, expect our citizens to learn to love yet another socialist program all the while demonizing it’s creators.