Sunday, September 22, 2013

What Kind of Government Officials Would Work to Undermine the Ability of Citizens to Obtain Low Cost Health Insurance? - Republicans Of Course

Why Do You Even Ask

With the new health care reform law to go into effect on October 1 it appears that some of its success will be that people will be able to obtain low cost health insurance from the health insurance exchanges that the new law creates.  That apparently is a huge affront to many Republicans, particularly those in state government positions where they have very nice, very comprehensive government provided/subsidized health insurance.

So these people whose philosophy is apparently “I got my government health insurance, you don’t get any health insurance” are now moving to make it more difficult for the uninsured to get access to the new, lower cost plans.

MIAMI — As many states prepare to introduce a linchpin of the 2010health care law — the insurance exchanges designed to make health care more affordable — a handful of others are taking the opposite tack: They are complicating enrollment efforts and limiting information about the new program.

Chief among them is Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott and the Republican-dominated Legislature have made it more difficult for Floridians to obtain the cheapest insurance rates under the exchange and to get help from specially trained outreach counselors.

Missouri and Ohio, two other states troubled by the Affordable Care Act, have also moved to undercut the law and its insurance exchanges, set to open on Oct. 1. In Georgia, the state insurance commissioner, Ralph T. Hudgens, has said he will do “everything in our power to be an obstructionist.”

Yep, just when everyone thought that Conservatives could not get any worse, something like this comes along.  And yes, in this case it is or could be a matter of life and death. 

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