Chances are you’ve already read the latest headline this morning about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Turns out it’s not all that affordable.
Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election.
Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.
Moreover, about 1 in 5 consumers will only have plans from a single insurer to pick from, after major national carriers such as UnitedHealth Group, Humana and Aetna scaled back their roles.
Here at MississippiPEP, well, we told you so . . . Many times, from 2012 well into mid-2013, starting with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of aspects of the law, MississippiPEP covered the ObamaCare battle in Mississippi in great detail.
We presented the conservative position on the unfolding issues of health care exchanges, Medicaid expansion, the need for Medicaid reform and the overall misrepresentation of exactly what government can do and has done by meddling in health care in this country, we had over a hundred posts that covered it, and used every medium from commentaries to podcasts to infographics to polls to news gathered from across the state.
I was put in the position (unknowingly at the time) to debate the Insurance Commissioner on live statewide radio about his misguided attempts to launch a state health insurance exchange. And the year ended just as dramatically as it began, with the Lt. Governor trying hard to keep a repealer in the final version of the Medicaid authorization legislation in hopes of possibly restarting expansion talks the very next session, just like the MS Hospital Association was pushing for. Fortunately, the effort to keep open the option of Medicaid expansion, and Obamacare expansion along with it, was finally defeated.
So, here it is: 83 of the hundred plus articles and posts of the detailed history of Mississippi’s fight against Obamacare in 2012 through 2013.
June 27, 2012:
Senator Chris McDaniel talks to Mississippi PEP about Obamacare and what he expects from the Supreme Court
June 28, 2012:
PLUNKETT: Obamacare: A few quick thoughts before the SCOTUS decision
Breaking: ACA upheld! SCOTUS rules Obamacare’s individual mandate survives as a tax.
Medicaid Expansion: SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare
SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare in plain English.
SCOTUS on Obamacare: The full opinion.
Mississippi PEP Reader: Doesn’t the SCOTUS definition of the individual mandate as a “tax” invalidate the whole of ObamaCare?
Reactions from Mississippians:
Forest Thigpen of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy
Senator Roger Wicker
Congressman Steven Palazzo
Congressman Gregg Harper
Mississippi Speaker Philip Gunn
Mississippi Senator Michael Watson
Governor Phil Bryant
TEA Party Chairman Roy Nicholson
June 29, 2012
LATINO: The Supreme Court Erred in Its Decision on the Affordable Care Act
July 2, 2012:
Following ObamaCare ruling what’s the status of McDaniel/Bryant challenge?
PLUNKETT: Academia, ObamaCare, MAEP funding, and authority: The Illusion of Knowledge
July 11, 2012:
Opponents want Mississippi leader to drop insurance exchange
July 12, 2012:
MCDANIEL: Despite SCOTUS Ruling on Healthcare Law, “Right-to-Privacy” Contradiction Offers Glimmer of Hope for Mississippi Challenge
July 13, 2012:
Under pressure, Chaney backs off of insurance exchange
July 16, 2012:
PLUNKETT: ObamaCare Regulations of State Health Insurance Exchanges: Commissioner Mike Chaney decides to deal with the devil.
July 17, 2012:
Lawmakers prepare for Medicaid battle in 2013
July 19, 2012:
Obama’s HHS continues to offer up health care money for states to get on board
July 23, 2012:
Governor Bryant on ObamaCare in Mississippi: “No money is free.”
July 25, 2012:
PLUNKETT: Haley Barbour’s previous position(s) on Mississippi’s health insurance exchange no longer a factor. This is Chaney’s baby now.
August 2, 2012:
Senator Giles Ward: Medicaid expansion costs would be too much.
September 12, 2012:
Insurance Exchange meeting to be held today could get testy
September 16, 2012:
Gov. Bryant removed from ObamaCare Challenge, McDaniel and remaining plaintiffs to keep fighting.
September 21, 2012:
Medicaid expansion from ObamaCare discussed at budget hearing
October 10, 2012:
Governor Bryant restates opposition to ObamaCare as Commissioner Chaney continues effort to comply
October 23, 2012:
Report to be released Thursday will show Medicaid expansion will cost state millions per year.
November 11, 2012:
Chaney now full tilt to implement ObamaCare compliant Mississippi Insurance Exchange
November 15, 2012:
Governor Bryant voices opposition to Mississippi Healthcare Exchange, calls it a “portal for ObamaCare”
December 10, 2012:
FreedomWorks call to action focuses on pushing legislature to join Governor to stop Chaney’s ObamaCare Exchange.
December 17, 2012:
PEP Talk Podcast: 12-17-12: Keith Plunkett and Commissioner Mike Chaney debate the Mississippi Health Insurance Exchange
December 21, 2012:
PLUNKETT: Commissioner Chaney’s rose-colored glasses show only the beauty of his beloved state exchange.
January 3, 2013:
PENDER: HHS holds off on approval of MS exchange, Chaney comments.
January 5, 2013:
Chaney fires off a letter to Governor Bryant over ObamaCare dispute.
January 6, 2013:
Senator Dean Kirby: Medicaid expansion unlikely.
January 8, 2013:
Lt. Gov. on Medicaid Expansion: We don’t have all the facts on ObamaCare.
January 10, 2013:
Chaney says exchange decision coming in 10-15 days from Feds.
January 28, 2013:
Will Chaney/ObamaCare end up a “financial fiasco”?
February 1, 2013:
House Dems vote to kill Medicaid reauthorization without expansion language.
February 5, 2013:
PLUNKETT: State Exchange is a job-killer and Conservatives know it.
February 7, 2013:
Medicaid reauthorization passes Senate without expansion language.
Chaney’s Exchange rejected by the Feds.
February 8, 2013:
Chaney now wants a free-market exchange . . . run by government.
February 14, 2013:
Speaker Gunn to Dems on Medicaid: Vote for House bill or Gov. Bryant will run the program.
February 15, 2013:
PLUNKETT: Medicaid Expansion Arguments Bypass Reality.
February 16, 2013:
#MSPEP2013SoS Infographic-Medicaid Costs
February 19, 2013:
Democrats continue gamble with Medicaid benefits to push expansion agenda.
April 11, 2013:
Obama backs away from Medicaid cuts, MS Dems double down on expansion anyway.
April 12, 2013:
DSH payments will never be cut. Dems should vote to reauthorize Medicaid now.
April 14, 2013:
Democrat Rep. Chuck Young: Expand Medicaid or risk “civil unrest”.
April 18, 2013:
PLUNKETT: Medicaid expansion is subsidizing sickness.
May 5, 2013:
Coalition tours the state to push disproved theories of Medicaid expansion.
May 8, 2013:
Advocates on statewide tour to push for Medicaid expansion.
#MSPEP2013SoS Infographic-Medicaid Expansion
May 9, 2013:
PENDER: Gov. taking Medicaid message to the streets.
May 13, 2013:
PLUNKETT: Media attempting to ride to rescue of Mississippi Democrats with new Medicaid narrative.
May 14, 2013:
Crawford: Gov. Bryant power plays bad, Gov. Barbour power plays good.
MS House Dems meet with Federal HHS officials to gather info for “alternative” Medicaid legislation.
May 15, 2013:
SNOWDEN: Medicaid sponging up education dollars.
May 16, 2013:
PEP Talk Podcast: Sen. Melanie Sojourner discusses the Medicaid crisis in Mississippi.
May 17, 2013:
Rep. Frierson: Medicaid expansion will reduce education funding.
May 19, 2013:
Democrat lawmakers look to Arkansas Medicaid deal as potential model for Mississippi.
May 22, 2013:
Race-based study group attempts to sway states on Medicaid expansion with polling data.
May 23, 2013:
Rep. Bobby Moak on Medicaid expansion: “All Democrats want is a vote.”
May 25, 2013:
GOP Sen. Billy Hudson breaks ranks, supports Medicaid expansion.
May 27, 2013:
SNOWDEN: Medicaid expansion not economic development, will weaken provider capacity.
May 28, 2013:
Commissioner Chaney worries about bureaucratic confusion of ObamaCare.
Medicaid officials hope for best, plan for worst.
May 29, 2013:
Ethics Commission’s June 14 ruling could give House Republicans votes to reauthorize Medicaid.
May 30, 2013:
Gov. Bryant Comments on Mandated Furloughs
May 31, 2013:
PEP Talk Podcast: Dr. Randy Easterling discusses the pressure of Medicaid expansion on Mississippi’s doctors.
June 3, 2013:
PENDER: Medicaid strategy angers Dems.
June 6, 2013:
Democrats propose using “Arkansas model” to expand health insurance.
June 14, 2013:
PENDER: Ethics Commission may decide today if 6 lawmakers allowed to cast vote for Medicaid.
Ethics Commission vote clears way for Medicaid special session.
June 15, 2013:
GUNN: Government cannot create prosperity.
June 18, 2013:
Medicaid Poll: What would you like to see happen?
June 21, 2013:
Only 2 health plans offered to only 46 counties in Feds MS insurance exchange.
June 26, 2013:
HALL: Will Lt. Governor play inter-party politics with Medicaid special session?
July 2, 2013:
PLUNKETT: Medicaid Session truth is not pretty, but the deal got done.