The Obama Administration is setting up the rules and regulations to establish a federal Health Insurance Exchange in every State. This will put all insurance and health care delivery under federal control. The Exchange could best be called a "lobster trap". Once installed, it'll be almost impossible to get out. The deadline for your comments is next Wednesday, September 28. Please take this opportunity to say NO. (sample comment below)
Deadline - Comment by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
Directions for Submission
Go to http://regulations.gov. Click "Submit a Comment." Enter CMS-9989-P as the Keyword or ID. Click "Search." The name of the proposed rule is, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans."
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Before or after you click "submit," please send us a copy of what you sent. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Comment (if you do not want to have your letter tagged as a "form letter," please alter the sample below, use some or all of your own words, or add at least one sentence of your own to the comment):
I oppose this proposed federal rule to implement a federal health insurance exchange in every State in the country. I oppose claims that the exchange will provide "choice," "competition" and "clout" when it will actually restrict health insurance options, violate patient privacy, monitor my compliance with the unconstitutional individual mandate to purchase health insurance, and expand government dependency into the middle class through federal subsidies. The rule uses the word "require" 628 times. This means federal control. I request the proposed rule be withdrawn until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling on the constitutionality of the federal health care reform law.
From the first page of CCHF's public comment:
...We oppose the overreach of federal authority, the false advertising, the false “flexibility” claims with no meaningful flexibility for States, the continued discussion of an HHS-run “federal” Exchange while the Administration has no plans or money to create or run one—every State-based Exchange will actually be a Federal Exchange—the controls implemented over patient care and the many uses of the word “require” and “must” while still claiming the Exchange offers choice, competition, clout, and “flexibility.”
In general, we are opposed to the proposed exchange regulation, which requires States to set up a federal structure by which the federal government can control virtually all facets of health care nationwide. We conclude by asking HHS to withdraw the entire rule.
...The specific concerns we have chosen to address regarding the exchange proposals, although there are many more, are titled:
- Endless Stream of Exchange Regulations
- Overreach of Federal Authority – proposed codification must be withdrawn
- False Advertising
- Exchange is Government Entity
- Privacy Protection Ruse
- Myth of a “Federal” Exchange
- Ruse of “Flexibility” for States – a long list of examples
- Discrimination against Average Citizens
- Elimination of an Entire Industry by a Government Entity