In my opinion this is the most outrageous thing ever spoken by a governor. It’s like a parent rejecting free milk because they have to walk across the street to get it. They would rather see their children go without milk or choose to pay the full cost themselves.
The main objections to the new law are based on politics instead of facts. First, the law is not a federal takeover of health care. People who have insurance now are completely free to keep that insurance. All the new coverage will be provided by private insurance companies will the exceptions of the state optional expansion of Medicaid for their poorest citizens. As soon as voters realize that if their governor opts out of expanded Medicaid, tens of billions of their federal taxes will go to some other state, their governors will have their minds changed for them. But the state will still lose the billions already sent to other states. Stupid!
Another objective is that the new laws will use tax dollars to pay for abortions. This is an absolute lie. As is the claim it will cover people in this country illegally. Those people are expressly denied coverage under this law.
I am a retired health insurance agent. I have read every article, and column I can find concerning the law. I have not found one negative provision in this law for the insured and uninsured.
Even the insurance companies will gain. While the law limits rates, expands coverage and stops rate up or rejection for health reasons, the insurance companies will get tens of millions of new policy holders, who will largely be healthy young working people.
People who are represented by state leaders too bigoted or stupid to recognize a great deal must speak out now. Only citizens receiving great medical care now, without paying, have anything to fear.
Dennis Tilly, Weatherford