Governors planning ‘very, very active’ role in ObamaCare rewrite

by Sarah Ferris | TheHill.com  |  published on November 27, 2016

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State leaders are positioning themselves to have a key voice in a potential rewrite of ObamaCare next year.

With the election of Donald Trump, Republican leaders in Congress have promised a dramatic overhaul of President Obama’s signature policy.

The National Governors Association (NGA), a proudly bipartisan group representing every state, is now eyeing a more public — and more aggressive — role alongside GOP leaders as they attempt to gut the massive federal program.
“Governors will be very, very active and engaged,” the group’s health policy director Frederick Isasi said in an interview. “They really are one of the few groups who are, in this very tangible day-to-day way, are living the results of the policies.”

Governors from both parties will be on the front lines of healthcare reform next year. Many will be under intense pressure to avoid an abrupt repeal of law that would prompt 22 million people to lose their coverage and likely cause a marketplace crash.

  • justinwachin

    The governors should play an active role. Assuming the Supreme Court ever discovers the 10th amendment this is an issue that belongs to the states.

  • Pete

    Health insurance policies nation wide, (no state barriers) Health savings accounts. Federal handling of special preexisting conditions & Medicare. Terminate federal funding (except dire emergency care) of illegal alien health care. If a state wants to give healthcare to the illegals, let them have at it.

  • Tiger

    They need to play a very active role in allowing those in charge of Law and Order to do their jobs. There are a lot of roles they better play quickly because we still have a serious refugee problem and illegal problem. First things first, Security.

  • Leftshot

    The problem with all of this is that they all know little to nothing about the health insurance industry, much less health care industry. Everybody in those industries that had contact with government officials has stories to tell that show the wholesale ignorance of elected officials, their staffs, and bureaucrats. Meanwhile there are proven solutions that can reduce by half what we are paying for health care without taking one dime out of the pockets of the providers and most of what is required is for government to get out of the way. Most people don’t know this, but there were over 100,000 pages of laws and regulations constraining the health care industry BEFORE Obamacare! And that can have your adult child on your policy through age 26 that everybody likes? That was replacing the existing federal regulation that constrained that to kids in college. Ask yourself: Why should the federal government be stopping insurers and individuals from covering their children at age 26, 27, or any age if they come to agreement on a plan to do so?

  • robmanwiller

    Whatever they do it must NOT remain “Obamacare’ in name, or the illegal Kenyan will have his ‘legacy’ and claim HE ‘started it all’ with his prototype healthcare, even though it was the worst debacle of legislation ever forced upon America!

  • Webb

    Repeal ObamaCare…As Promised!
    The Mandate has to go…Government should Never be able to Tell Americans, You have to purchase a product or be Forced to Buy…
    Pre-existing conditions, sale Insurance across state lines and tort reform should be kept in place and reduction in drug Cost and Immediate healthcare cost Reduced!!

  • Wayne Thorson

    Obama Care started because the insurance premiums kept going up and the average Joe couldn’t afford them any more. The Unions couldn’t negotiate contracts because of the cost of health insurance. I remember complaining about paying $35 for a doctors visit. Now I get charged $150 a visit. It’s not Obama Care that is the problem. Stop the rising cost of health care itself. That’s where the problem is. Use some common sense.

    • Webb

      I agree on the Insurance premiums and the high cost and the cost of healthcare…
      Yet, my common sense tells me…we never should have been Mandated to Purchase a Product By Government!!

      • Wayne Thorson

        It makes sense that if we put our money into one pool it would be cheaper. We won’t have to pay for advertising or paying commissions to insurance salesmen. It would have to be cheaper. The American people have wanted Universal Health Insurance for years. Now we have it. Let’s try to improve it not destroy it. It will eventually be accepted the same way Social Security and Medicare is.

  • Mike N

    I’m glad to hear this since Trump supports the pre existing conditions of Obamacare. This is one thing that makes Obamacare so expensive. You cannot cover some that doesn’t have insurance and not expect insurance rates to go up.

  • Peter Smith

    Health insurance should be and should have always been a State issue and NOT a Federal Issue. Even under the train wreck known as Obamacare, it has been the states that have had to deal with the daily numerous glitches in the program. Same could be said for the sanctity of marriage and the entire LGBT issue. If a state doesn’t vote toward policies the way you want, MOVE. Nothing is stopping you from going elsewhere. Some states would just love seeing you go and others will welcome you with open arms.

    • James Maxwell

      I will not disagree that this is a State Issue, but I can also agree that
      we do need some Federal oversight to insure that if we travel from
      state to state we can achieve the same level of care across the board.
      I also think that we need to address the need to make health insuranc3
      affordable for those with “special” or other needs that have been
      ignored in the past by Insurance companies. But these are problems
      that can and should be resolved at the state level and rates should
      above all be affordable. They have not been so under Obama care
      at any point so far without robbing the TAX PAYERS to enrich the
      companies.

      • Peter Smith

        Federal oversight of any situation, irregardless of the issue, has done nothing but damage the product. The only two provisions that should remain, are “no pre-existing conditions” and the ability to insure one’s children until the age of 26 years. The health concerns of a citizenry is better understood by the individual states level than could ever be at the federal level. I feel the individual states would also have a better chance, because of their understanding, of getting insurance company competition for their citizens.

      • MidnightDStroyer

        As it is right now, privately-owned & operated insurance companies are already regulated by the State where they operate. The same company that has offices in various States must abide by the laws of the State where they reside, but when it comes to honoring claims from customers who are traveling, the States & companies must already cooperate in order to carry out policy terms.

        This means that even the State governments don’t need to issue insurance policies…The private companies still do quite well in fulfilling claims, even across State boundaries as it is. State-issued regulations are geared to make sure that everything runs smoothly & to arbitrate when there are people who see legal contest with a company.

        The main problem is that there are already too many people who *want* bigger government. Government already regulates trade across State borders, already regulates the shipping, the sales & the operations of all businesses, extensive background checks to buy guns…All of this is already in place & has been for a long time. When will we say “enough is enough” already?

  • James in Texas

    The “Established Elites” in DC hate the “common local people” and this shows how much they despise us! Wake-up folks, if your elected Rep has served more than 8 years throw them out! They are in DC for their own gains and you are just “A pain in their backsides”, stopping them from getting richer every single day they are Reps. If a President can only serve 8 years, why should our Congress members die in office????? In the work-a-day world leaders must do the right things to keep their jobs, why is it OK for our Congress to do what they want, and not what “We, the People” want them to do?

    • bobnstuff

      Funny, it’s the new guys that seem to be destroying the country. They are clueless as to how to do their jobs. It’s special interest groups that they seem to represent not everyone. These last fools we elected don’t understand that they must work with each other to get things done. In case you didn’t know we have term limits, it’s called an election. It is “We the people” that put them in office and it’s “We the people” that keep them there. If you don’t like what they are doing vote them out.

      • Webb

        Being Elected and Term limits…Are two different animals!!

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      • Retired

        You can not vote Democrats out that come from the Inner cities do to lack of opposition. Our neighboring city elected two Blacks that have no business in WDC, They are total racist that won only because of the Cops shooting Blacks even if the cops were Black themselves.

        • bobnstuff

          For every safe Democrats there are two safe Republicans. Gerrymandering. If you want to fix the problem get ride of Gerrymandering. I’m stuck in a district that’s 70 miles long but less then a mile wide in places. A democrat can’t win my Congressional seat and in fact the democrats don’t even put a candidate up. The main reason the house is controlled by Republicans is their safe districts.

          • Retired

            It’s funny when the Democrats set the districts for decades , there was no out cry . but now everyone is screaming. What you have is the same in reverse by me.

          • bobnstuff

            The districts are reset every ten years and it’s who ever is in power on the state level at that time that gets to rig the system. In 2011 the Republicans had more state houses so they got the house districts for this decade. The Democrats screamed, When the Democrats get to redistrict it’s the republicans turn to scream and they do but we will never get a fair congress till we end gerrymandering.

          • Retired

            So how can it be stopped , seeing both parties do it.

          • bobnstuff

            Good question, I wish I had an answer. Unfortunately it’s catch 22. To elect those that will fix the problem you must first fix the problem. Term limits won’t help because they will just keep sending different clowns to Washington, not better ones.

          • Retired

            You got that right. I like the proposal that elected can not work as lobbyist for 5 years after leaving office.

          • bobnstuff

            I don’t know if it would really make that much difference. As long as we make politicians raise millions to run the lobbyist will have power. Once in office they must spend their time fund raising instead of working for the voters. We only elect rich people or those with rich friends. Just another problem with Washington.

  • Pat Enery

    Eliminating insurance companies influence would be a good start. We want to utilize their service, not their input. Governors, like any politician, can be bought. A state can purchase insurance as a group, lessening premiums. Keep the federal government out. They don’t need more power & influence.

  • gerald Hughes

    Overhaul, my fanny, Trump campaigned on a special prosecutor for the Clinton outlaw, repealing Obama care and getting rid of the criminal aliens.
    Repeal, get it Trum?
    Rinos you are not safe you dodged us voting for Trump and then voting a straight liberal dem ticket, you are not safe if you start this crap.

  • bobnstuff

    Input from the states could be the best thing all a round for healthcare. Trumps people will need time to learn their jobs. Trump doesn’t seem to be going for experience and congress is one of the most useless bodies in history. Since it will be the states running the program anyway it only makes sense to get them involved in writing the law.

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