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ALEC 8-4-11 Health Insurance Exchanges States in Charge

ALEC 8-4-11 Health Insurance Exchanges States in Charge

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Workshop
#8:
"Health Insurance Exchanges: States in Charge!"
ALEC
S
381h
Annual MeetingThursday, August
4,
201
1,
11:00 a.m.
-
12:15p.m.La Galerie 2
Speaker
Bios
Kevin Kuhlman
is a Manager at the National Federation of Independent Businessfocusing his advocacy efforts on healthcare issues with Members of Congress.NFIB is the nation's leading small business organization with over 350,000members. For years, the rise in healthcare costs has been a top concern of NFIBmembers.Prior to his tenure at NFIB, Kuhlman handled healthcare, labor, education andsmall business issues for Congressman Peter Roskam from the western suburbs ofChicago. He started his career on the Hill working as support and research stafffor the Committee on Ways and Means serving under Chairman Bill Thomas,Ranking Member Jim McCrery, and then-Ranking Memberlnow-Chairman DaveCamp.
Cheryl S. Smith
is a Director at Leavitt Partners and helps guide the firm's healthinsurance exchange practice. Smith played a central role in developing andimplementing Utah's Health Insurance Exchange, one of only two functioningstate health insurance exchanges in the country.Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Smith worked in the Utah Governor's Office ofEconomic Development as the Director of the Utah Health Exchange office. Herleadership and expertise drew national attention as Utah's health insuranceexchange was recognized in the Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The WallStreet Journal, Forbes.com, and BusinessWeek.com. Cheryl helped coordinateprojects and ensured adequate administrative and financial controls, quality, andprocedural efficiencies. She also managed the relationships between variousstakeholders, including the business community, industry representatives, hospitalsand non-hospital providers, advocates and other interest groups.
 
In other work capacities, Srni.thwas a Visiting Health Policy Fellow at TheHeritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. While at Heritage she focused herresearch, analysis, and writing on the State Children's Health Insurance Program(SCHIP), Medicare drug pricing, and state health system reform.Smith has a B.A. in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy (with anemphasis in health policy), both fiom Brigham Young University.
Rep.LindaUpmeyer
represents Iowa's 12" District and currently serves asIowa's House Majority Leader. She was first elected in 2002. Upmeyer is acardiology nurse practitioner.As a legislator, she serves on the Health and Human Services Task Force for theAmerican Legislative Exchange Council, and currently serves on their Board ofDirectors. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Midwest Conferenceof State Governments.Upmeyer currently serves on the Administration and Rules Committee and hasformerly served on the Human Resources, Natural Resources, and EconomicGrowth committees. Linda has also served on the Leadership Council andInternational Relations committees.She is a former trustee for North Iowa AreaC:ommunity College and a formerboard member of both .the National and Iowa Association of Community CollegeTrustees.Upmeyer attended the University of Iowa, where she received her B.S. in Nursing.She received her Master's in Nursing fiom Drake University.
 
Should Virginia Create a Health Insurance Exchange?Remarks byMichael F. CannonDirector of Health Policy StudiesCato
institutei
Before theJoint Commission on Health CareRichmond, VirginiaJune 14,2011
Good morning, members of the Virginia Joint Coilmission on Health Care.
I
am verypleased to be with you today. My name is Michael
F.
Cannon.
I
am the director of health policystudies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, D.C.. The mission of theCato Institute is to promote the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets,and peace.
I
am
also a 30-year resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia and a product ofVirginia public schools, from elementary through graduate school.
Background
The most important health policy issue facingthe Commonwealth is the fate of the healthcare law that President Barack Obama signed last year. That law is already increasing the cost ofhealth insurance by as much as 30 percent in some cases, and will cause even greater premiumincreases in the years to come.When that law takes full effect in 2014, it will set in motion several important changes.States are already struggling to pay for their current Medicaid programs. Starting in 2014, thislaw will add to those burdens with enormous unfunded mandates. The law's so-called"individual mandate" will compel nearly all Americans to purchase a nominally private butgovernment-designed health insurance policy. Those who fail to coinply will face penaltiesincluding fines andlor iinprisoml~ent.Finally, the law's health insurance "Exchanges" arescheduled to become operational in 2014. These new government bureaucracies would enforcethe law's regulations that will drive up health insurance premiums, and would distributehundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to private health insurance companies, thereby driving upthe national debt.
-
The Health Care Law's Future Is in Doubt
Supporters introduced the first draft of President Obama's health care law in Congress inJune 2009.
A
bipartisan majority or plurality of the American people have consistently opposedit ever since.
A
mere 38 percent of the public supports the law. Opposition is highest amonglikely voters. Officials representing 28 states and both political parties have filed suit to ovei-turnthe law. One of the two major political parties has committed itself to wholesale repeal.

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