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congresslettertonga_062912

congresslettertonga_062912

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June29,2012NationalGovernorsAssociationHallofStates444N.CapitolSt.,Ste.267WashingtonD.C.20001-1512DearGovernors:TheSupremeCourthasruledsignificantpartsoftheMedicaidexpansionofthePresident'shealthcarelawunconstitutionalaswellasrulingthattheindividualmandateviolatedtheCommerceClauseandwillthereforebeimplementedasapunitive
tax
onthemiddleclass.Thispresentsuswithacriticalchoice:Doweallowthisreprehensiblelawtomoveforwardordowefullyrepealitandstrutoverwithcommonsensesolutions?TheAmericanpeoplehavemadeitclearthattheywantustothrowthislawoutinitsentirety.AsmembersoftheU.S.Congress,wearededicatedtothefullrepealofthisgovernmenttakeoverofhealthcareandweaskyoutojoinustoopposeitsimplementation.Mostimportantly,weencourageyoutoopposeanycreationofastatehealthcareexchangemandatedunderthePresident'sdiscreditedhealthcarelaw.Theseexpensive,complex,andintrusiveexchangesimposeathreattothefinancialstabilityofouralready-fragilestateeconomieswithnocertaintyofalimittototalenrollmentnumbers.Resistingtheimplementationofexchangesisgoodforhiringandinvestment.Thelaw'semployermandateassessespenalties-upto$3,000peremployee-onlytobusinesseswhodon'tsatisfyfederally-approvedhealthinsurancestandardsandwhoseemployeesreceive"premiumassistance"
throughtheexchanges.
Theclearlanguageofthestatuteonlypermitsfederalpremiumassistancetocitizensofstateswhocreateastate-based
exchange,
However,theIRSrecentlyfinalizedaregulationthatcontradictsthelawbyallowingthefederalgovernmenttoprovidepremiumassistancetocitizensinthosestatesthathavenotcreatedexchanges.TheIRShadnoauthoritytofinalizesucharegulation.
By
refusingtocreateanexchange,youwillassistusinCongresstorepealthisviolationwhichwillhelplowerthecostsofdoingbusiness
in
yourstate,
relativetootherstatesthatkeepthesefinanciallydrainingexchangesinplace.State-runexchangesaresubjecttoallofthesamecoveragemandatesandrulesasthefederally-runexchange.Clearingthehurdlesofcraftinganexchangethatcomplieswiththe
600
pluspagesoffederalexchangeregulationswillonlyresultinwastedstateresourcesandhigherpremiumsforyourconstituents.
Implementationofthislawis
not
inevitableandconsideringmorethanhalfoftheAmericanpeopleopposethelaw,itisimprobable.
Joinusinresistingacentralizedgovernmentapproachtohealthcarereformandinstead
fOCLlS
onsolutionsthatmakehealthcaremoreaffordableandaccessibleforeveryAmerican.Let'sworktocreateahealthcaresystemof,for,andbytheeople,notgovernmentorspecialinterests.
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