The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ deadline for states to partner with the federal government on health insurance exchanges was Friday, February 15. For the 26 states that remain free of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA’s) expensive and intrusive grip, the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org) applauds them for remaining firm in their denial of federal, state, or partnership exchanges, all of which lead to federal control of healthcare, intrusiveness into private data for citizens, and costly penalties for a wide range of employers.
“The 26 governors who have refused these Federal takeover centers must remain resolute in their stance to prevent government health exchanges from being implemented in their states,” said Twila Brase, President of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom. “Many individuals are already experiencing just a fraction of the coming sticker shock of increased health care prices, and if exchanges and PPACA are implemented fully, the costs will be far worse. Governors must protect the citizens, businesses, and state they were elected to serve by continuing to deny implementation of any government health exchange.”