Georgia Blocks Health Care Exchanges

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Friday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal informed secretary Kathleen Sebelis Georgia’s intent regarding the Affordable Care Act. “As you know, I remain concerned with the one-size-fits-all approach and high financial burden imposed on states by this federal mandate” The state of Georgia will not…


Maine’s Governor LePage Refuses To Implement Obamacare Exchanges

Maine Governor Paul LePage issued a letter yesterday to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, declaring that Maine will not implement the healthcare exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In the letter, Governor LePage stated:

Because the guidance issued in the August 13, 2012 request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not legally binding, the State of Maine will not be submitting a Declaration Letter. Instead, this letter serves as the state’s position regarding this issue.

Since the ACA was signed into law, the State of Maine, along with several other states, has repeated on a number of occasions and we continue to believe that the law has severe legal problems, is bad policy, and overreaches into the lives and pocketbooks of fellow Americans.

This is not the first time that the Maine Governor has taken a stand against the federal legislation, better known as “Obamacare.” Back in July, he ignited a storm of controversy when he referred to the IRS as the “new Gestapo.” In addition to the remark, he also noted that the measure would “raises taxes, cuts Medicare for the elderly, gets between patients and their doctors, costs trillions of taxpayer dollars and kills jobs.”


Ohio says no to health care exchanges

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 16, 2012) – Ohio has joined the growing list of states refusing to implement insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

On Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich sent a letter to the director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Center for Consumer Information and Insurance indicating the Buckeye State will not take steps to set up the exchange.

“At this point, based on the information we have, states do not have any flexibility to build and manage exchanges in ways that respond to unique needs of their citizens or markets. Regardless of who runs the exchange, the end product is the same,” he wrote.

Kasich sent D.C. a bullet pointed list of items Ohio will not proceed with.