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Govs. Jindal and Walker: Obamacare 'Wreck Is Coming'

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 10:57 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Obamacare is "unworkable" — the "wreck is coming, and it is the American people who are going to pay the price," Republican Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin said on Thursday.

In reality, "the Obama administration doesn't have a healthcare plan," the governors said in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. "Yes, the White House has a law with thousands of pages, but the closer we get to Oct. 1, the day government-mandated health-insurance exchanges are supposed to open, the more we see that the administration doesn't have a legitimate plan to successfully implement the law.

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"Fifty-five working days before the launch of the Obamacare health-insurance exchanges on Oct. 1, the administration published a 600-page final rule that employers, individuals and states are expected to follow in determining eligibility for millions of Americans," the governors continued. "Rather than lending clarity to a troubled project, the guidelines only further complicated it."

They noted that the White House has treated state officials "with mistrust" on the Obamacare issue. "Perhaps that's because we can see that the federal government is repeating mistakes of the past and we know that outcomes rarely reflect what Washington has promised."

The governors also attacked President Barack Obama's poor leadership on the issue. "The guidance that President Obama has offered to date has been inconsistent, arbitrary and frustrating — contributing further to the grave uncertainty that surrounds this law," they said in the piece.

Walker and Jindal also cited the various problems that have arisen since the healthcare law was passed in 2010. These include estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that 7 million Americans will lose their employer-based health insurance under Obamacare, and especially, that the law would now define full-time employment as 30 hours per week, versus the current 40.

"That is the backbone of the American middle class," the governors said, referring to the 40-hour work week.

"As governors … we have seen the trouble the law poses for our own state economies. The most recent evidence: The government now says that it will not verify the eligibility of individuals who apply for subsidized insurance on the healthcare exchanges," they said.

"Governors have first-hand experience with implementing public-assistance programs. We know how important it is to care for our most vulnerable citizens and to ensure that people are healthy and able to work.

"We also know that a one-size-fits-all approach like Obamacare simply doesn't work," Jindal and Walker added. "It only creates new problems and inequalities. That's why if you look at all 50 states, you'll see 50 unique ways of handling Medicaid."

"This law was a bad idea from the start, and the American public never supported it," the governors concluded. "The Obama team, taking advantage of an unusual two-year window when Democrats controlled all branches of government, foisted upon the country a liberal hodgepodge of unworkable notions that will wreak havoc on American healthcare.

"Delaying implementation of Obamacare, not just the employer mandate, is a reasonable idea," they said. "But an even better one would be a complete repeal."

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