Governors push back against Obamacare health insurance exchanges; Sebelius gives on deadline

Obamacare certainly is a resilient beast. The tax that isn’t a tax emerged victorious from multiple Congressional repeal efforts and a Supreme Court challenge in June, and the reelection of President Obama put an end to Mitt Romney’s campaign promise of repeal. The war isn’t over yet, though, as the battlefield has moved to individual states. Though a federal program, Obamacare relies on states to set up health insurance exchanges. The exchanges are scheduled to open on Oct. 1, 2013 to serve as insurance marketplaces for the uninsured.

Governors, though, are pushing back, and the Republican Governors Association succeeded in persuading Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to push back to mid-December a Friday deadline to declare whether they would set up exchanges.

Many governors are opposed to the idea of state-run health insurance companies; others just aren’t prepared and need more time — to finish reading the bill, perhaps. Gives you confidence, huh?

American Commitment President Phil Kerpen has been keeping track of just which states stand where, but note that things can change quickly as state legislatures wrangle internally.

One Tough Nerd? That’s Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told the New York Times that rather than cede control to the federal government, “I’d much prefer control at the state level, but the problem is, I don’t think they are really state-run. Why do I want to take on the potential risk to my taxpayers if I don’t really have any true authority about what’s going to happen?”

Does anyone really know how Obamacare is going to work, or even what’s in it? Or who will pay for it? Why does that pesky question of paying for it keep coming up?


As expected, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confirmed today that he will not create a state health insurance exchange.


Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich was never expected to set up an exchange, but he took to Twitter today to make his case.


  • LoriGirl

    Why WOULDN’T a governor oppose this encroaching Leviathan spawned by Fedzilla? On that note, thank you Governor Perry!

    • Lia Markham

      Unfortunately, California will most-likely be the one that will feed Fedzilla. Aren’t I the lucky one?!

      • TugboatPhil

        You have our sympathy. You may want to look into a one way ticket out of there before Moonbeam drags you into the Pacific.

      • EastValleyConservative

        Not if most of your working residents flee! And many of them are….

      • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

        Yeah, real lucky. Cities are going belly-up and the entire state teetering. One more arterial bleeder. The state of Cali needs a very large defibrillater.

        • Gallatin

          Yep and that defibrillator for CA, IL, MI, NJ, and NY will be the those of us who didn’t vote for obowmao because we saw the writing on the wall.

          • PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Oh, but they’re getting that really cool train!

          • Terry

            Tweets above indicate MI is saying NO to state exchanges

        • $36544368

          …or enema! Having Gov. Moonbeam once was bad enough…but twice? (sound familiar?)

      • Gallatin

        Unfortunately with the fiscal state California is in, obowmao will force the rest of us to bail CA out when they can’t pay for the “Affordable Health Care Act” along with the high speed choo choos.

        • $36544368

          Being a Californian, I will apologize for that right now.

          • Gallatin

            I think that you’re a Californian that doesn’t need to apologize. Kalifornians that do need to apologize though are; anyone that voted to raise their own taxes, all Hollyweirdians that supported obowmao and say taxes need to be raised but have no problem taking the Kalifornia tax credit to film movies in Kalifornia. Of course there are many more that need to apologize but the two mentioned come immediately to mind.

      • $36544368

        I’ll be right behind you…CA never does anything right (pun intended). I used to love living here…now…it feels more like a prison every day.

    • Zane Henry

      No kidding! It’s just another unfunded mandate hefted onto the already taxed to death States. Don’t cave, MO! WTG Gov Perry! Squeeze O-care out by forcing them to decide between bankrupting the fed coffers, or abandoning their silly little power grab.

    • Vennoye

      Whatever number they pulled out of thin air, as to what this will cost… minuscule compared to what the real cost would be. This is an atomic fiscal bomb!!
      Even communist USSR didn’t try this like they are.

  • allenbarr

    to be honest if obama is for it i’m against it.

  • nc

    How in the world can they implement this ginormous program that maybe three people, tops, truly understand?

    • sleeper48

      I understand it and I’m happy to explain. The politicians don’t want it, their friends don’t want it, the unions don’t want it, sooo I don’t want it. When waivers started being handed out it didn’t take me long to figure it out.

    • Connie LaChance

      You’re being generous – I don’t believe anyone understands this abomination

      • rbtpowell

        Your probably correct, however, when friends and supporters of the POTUS get a pass – that is a rather glaring indictment.

  • Everybodys All American

    First tell them there is no way your going along with the exchanges.

    If that doesn’t work as a fall back just use the bankrupt Post Office buildings. Btw we all know this whole program is going to be a complete fubar.

  • Tony0920

    My Pa. Gov is a Dem lib lapdog. Only calls to him with the same ratio as urban (yes i said that) Philly precinct vote (20k to 0) would even make him give it all a second look. I love Pa. and unfortunately this will be the new reality here. I am fortunate? enough to be slightly above poverty level, yes, and therefore supposedly Tax credits would greatly offset my cost of albeit likely crappy coverage. WTH can we do in this state, really?

    • sleeper48

      Organize a peaceful protest outside his office. Lots of signs and thermoses full of hot coffee. Can get hand warmers from sporting goods stores. (We knew how to do this in the 60’s….)
      Social media could turn out thousands…facebook, twitter. They used it in Egypt.

      • Tony0920

        Doesn’t Egypt have a Muslim Brotherhood leader?

        • sleeper48

          Yes. But the social media did a great job of letting people know where to meet and times, etc. I don’t applaud the person in charge of them, I applaud the use of social media as an organizational tool.

        • Virginia

          Yes Obama has been giving them our tax dollars. I would say that makes Obama a TRAITOR!! Bring aid to a terrorist group!!

          • michael s

            Do you have an issue with billions going to the corrupt terrorist sympathetic 2 face govt of Pakistan?

    • TiLiNi

      Glad i don’t live there anymore. Good luck :-/

    • John

      We need to make it clear (telegraphed through our state senators if that’s what it takes) that if Corbett caves, his name is mud.

  • Gallatin

    Mitch Daniels announced that Indiana won’t set up exchanges and incoming Governor elect Mike Pence concurs. Maybe everyone that needs insurance will move to Colorado especially since obowmao legalized marijuana. Michelle you’re more than welcome to be a Hoosier if you want to escape the madness.

    • ML

      Makes me so glad we voted for Pence. :)

  • SheilaK

    Can’t the House just vote to not fund it? Or would that have to pass the do nothing Senate too? Glad I live in a state that is refusing to implement.

  • Booker

    Let the Federal government handle it and make sure that none of it shows up the State budget. Don’t share a damn thing with the Fed. States need their autonomy. Obama passed it, so he will take care of it. This thing is a behemoth.


    Jesus must’ve been so mad when he woke up to realize that 32 million uninsured Americans will soon have healthcare..

    Republican healthcare policy: Life begins at conception and ends in the emergency room

    • Stephen Mizer

      You are a sad, sorry little communist…

      I will have to say though that liberals never believe the Jesus of the Bible, who spoke of personal responsibility, judgment and Hell. Or the Bible itself, filled with such harsh words from a judging God. They replaced it with a cute coloring book where you can write in your own scripture verses to say whatever they want!

    • Angie (D)

      The government doesn’t care about you moron no matter what gifts & trinkets they throw at you to pacify you & get your vote. Seriously, no wonder you voted for Obama.

      • Belinda Henry

        Like I tell my liberal friends you really don’t want the government to care about you. You’ll do better on your own.

      • Belinda Henry

        Like I tell my liberal friends you really don’t want the government to care about you. You’ll do better on your own.

    • PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Look! It’s trying to talk, just a real little boy!

  • stuckinIL4now

    IL won’t be joining this crowd. Wimpy Gov Quinnocchio has been rubbin’ his grubby hands together for months and can’t wait to set up his exchange in lockstep with the rest of the libturd states.

    • Kate

      Ah yes, the lovely Gov. Quinn, who won a whopping FOUR counties in the 2010 election. I wish Cook County (where I live now) would wake up and smell the socialism; sadly, 200 years of political corruption isn’t going away.

  • stuckinIL4now

    It’s official in Wisconsin. Gov Scott Walker released a letter to da’ fed gubmint saying WI will take a pass, do it yourselves.

  • Maria Seeger

    States are smart. They know that a majority of their citizens did not want Obamacare. So why should *they* be forced to foot the bill via the insurance exchange? I don’t think Obama can force them to either…didn’t the Supreme Court say states had the right to refuse the exchanges?

  • Junie3

    I think NC will reject it, new republican governor takes over in Jan and pesky Perdue says she’ll leave up up to him.

    • David Raineri-Maldonado

      Unfortunately, she is going ahead anyway (she says she met with McCrory, but I don’t trust her.)

  • Kimberly Schutzenhofer

    I’m in IL – southern IL closer to St. Louis —- they should just rename our state Chicago.

    • Kate

      So true- the Chicago vote is over 35% of the state vote. It’s rough being a Conservative in that area.

      • $36544368

        It’s rough being a conservative anywhere!

    • Danny Meeker

      Truth! I left the People’s Democratic Republic of Illinois years ago….Chicago is all that matters, the rest of the state looks like Siberia. I feel bad for my family that refuses to leave that God-awful state, but what can you do.

  • Terry

    I am really diggin Scott Walker as my Gov! For those who paid attention to the WI recalls this past summer, Republican state Senate lost a member, giving control to the Dems in the senate. But, the state legislature hasn’t met since the recall, and with 11/6 election, the Republican state senate is now +3. The assembly is up substantially. The ONLY bright spot this election.

  • BeeKaaay

    This is Marxism.

    Hurt non-Marxists.