Health Insurance Exchange Update: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Posted Jun 20 2012 3:34pm
The news surrounding the health care and the President’s
universal health care law remains the same as the Justices wait to release
their decision. The month of June is coming to an end and whichever way the
justices go there will be a mixture of emotions ranging from outrage and
satisfaction to content and indifference.
Nonetheless, Governors, and advocates alike are still
voicing their opinion before the ruling is heard.
In Missouri, representatives are ready to put to vote a bill
that would prevent any health insurance exchanges by the state according to KBIA . The measure
states that no exchanges are to occur unless it is approved by legislature or
the voters’ approval. The bill also states that the governor cannot use an
executive order to have the exchanges into action. Also in an extreme attempt
of not having any exchange set up, the measure proposes to sue any state agency
or worker involved in exchange activity.
In Illinois, small businesses and health care advocates are
still demanding that Governor Pat Quinn use his executive order, like Rhode
Island and New York, to issue an executive order for the health insurance
exchanges. According to Fox Illinois , Gov. Quinn has expressed interest in using his executive order to
get the exchanges in place but nothing has been done so far. Advocates want action to
be taken whether or not the Justices rule in favor of Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act, but the governors of fifteen other states seem to have a
similar approach to this situation.
The justices know that this decision will impact the country
one way or another. Assuming it passes people are going to be covered and helped with the
financial burden of coverage, with federal subsidies and state-run exchanges. But people
argue that now government can do anything now since the justices have
precedent if passed. The effects of striking down the act will lead to millions of people losing the health care they already have because of it being passed in
This decision is political and emotional, and The New Republic writer
Alex MacGillis echoes this very sentiment with his piece detailing the people
living in Tennessee and the attempts of finding affordable health care.
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