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    Ohio Finds New Hope Against ObamaCare

     

    Rep. Ron Young (OH)State Representative Ron Young and Rep. Andy Thompson have introduced a bill in the Ohio House known as, “The Health Care Freedom Act,” that could offer new hope in the fight against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.  The bill focuses on the Obamacare provision that seeks to fine citizens for failing to purchase health care.  As the Health Care Freedom Act claims that it doesn’t conflict with the current federal law, it can be seen as a great step forward for Ohio’s health care freedom. According to the PPACA, employers and individuals must purchase health insurance or they will be subject to tax penalties.  In seven months time, despite the sequester, citizens may be fined anywhere from $695 per person to $4,700 per person; with those amounts set to increase at the rate of inflation.  To help Americans secure health insurance, Obamacare allows for many people to receive subsidies and/or tax credits to offset the cost of insurance.  On the insurance provider side, companies also receive subsidies to help with the added costs associated with covering a larger amount of people at lower rates to consumers.  However, the price for the insurance companies accepting the federal subsidies is the tax penalty for citizens who don’t purchase insurance.  As long as the insurance companies do not accept federal subsidies, consumers will not be subject to penalty taxes.  That is where Ohio’s Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA) has potentially located a weakness. Once passed, HCFA prohibits health insurance companies operating in Ohio from accepting any funding from the federal government that would result in potential penalties for employers or individuals.  If a company chooses to receive federal subsidies, their license would be suspended in the state.  While they would still be able to conduct business previously secured, the company would be barred from writing any new business until the funding is returned to the federal government.  Further, due to the rules set up within PPACA, the subsidized insurance company would be prohibited from participating in any exchange nationwide.  As explained by Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute:
    “... since they would no longer be licensed and in good standing with the state, they would no longer qualify under the PPACA as an issuer of “qualified health plans.” The PPACA itself would therefore preclude them from writing new business or receiving subsidies through any Exchanges for as long as the suspension remained in place. Without the (illegal) subsidies, consumers and carriers would have no reason to participate in a federal Exchange.”
     In 2011, voters in Ohio overwhelming supported the adding of language concerning their health care freedoms to the state Constitution.  It now reads:
    "No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system." 
    The HCFA may be just what the doctor ordered in helping protect the citizens of Ohio against the federal government’s attempted intrusion into their state health care and, as evidenced by the support of the additional language to their state constitution, should be passed without objection.
    2 comments
    Rebecca Roth
    03/10/2013

    By the way, thank you for posting this. Maybe we can get this
    on the ballot in Oregon. OR is implementing Obamacare
    and there are several bills before the legislature at this time
    to expand the federal money flow into the coffers of the state
    government.

    Rebecca Roth
    03/10/2013

    The title to this article should add something like
    "Obamacare Enslavement" because the average
    person reading the title believes Obamacare is
    good and thinks you are bigoted and racist to
    oppose Obamacare. In fact, they think that just
    calling it obamacare shows how prejudiced you
    are...We must win this battle of communication.
    We must jump into the mind of the reader if we
    are to gain their attention. It's difficult to do, but
    they have hired people to help them with just that
    kind of messaging...we have a population that
    isn't paying attention, has never read the law,
    doesn't understand it was made to destroy institutions
    that have taken entire lifetimes of hard-working
    people to build. They are living off the sound-bites
    the propaganda team is blowing into their ears
    every day. When we are trying to use the title
    of the article to attract, (that's all that's on the
    twitter-feed), the title is extremely important.

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