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Rick Moran


March 17, 2013 - 8:59 am

This is a novel way to resist Obamacare implementation at the state level, although I don’t know whether Oklahoma has a choice in the matter.


The Oklahoma Insurance Department, which regulates health insurance policies in the state, will not participate in a federal effort to enforce the Affordable Care Act, the agency said Friday.

“It is unfortunate that health insurers are being forced into a system of dual regulation by the overreaching Obama administration,” Insurance Commissioner John Doak said in a statement. “My position on this has never wavered, and I welcome every opportunity to try to overturn Obamacare.”

Doak made his position known Friday in a letter to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tasked with overseeing the implementation of state-run health care exchanges that are part of the new health care law.

Oklahoma is one of 11 states that has indicated it will not operate its own health care exchange nor partner with the federal government to set up an exchange.

The letter, sent to Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, states that the Oklahoma Insurance Department does not have the authority to enforce federal law.

“The Oklahoma Insurance Department regulates the health insurance policies sold in the state and responds to consumer questions and complaints. Our consumer assistance team receives over 30,000 phone calls and our website receives over 1,000,000 visits each year,” the letter said.

“We will continue to serve these consumers by adhering to our duties under the State Constitution and Statutes. The consumers are the ones who are going to bear the costs of these unnecessary federal regulatory burdens.”

Doak’s office issued a release further explaining his action:

In addition to adding new fees to health insurance products increasing prices both inside and outside the exchange, the ACA requires plans to add expensive and often unnecessary coverage benefits. These costs will impact young adults most severely due to the law’s requirement that older Americans pay no more than three times the premium of young adults. A survey of insurers by the American Action Forum found that average premiums for young, healthy adults may triple going into 2014.

This will be more of an inconvenience for the feds than a sabot in the machinery. But there are 10 other states that have refused to set up insurance exchanges and placing the burden of enforcement entirely on the feds may only force the CCIIO to hire additional workers to handle the extra work.


Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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According to sinz, once the Left gets policy through, Conservatives should just accept it and embrace it as the future, instead of looking to roll back bad Leftist policy.

That should attract a lot of people to the GOP, no doubt.
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"...once the Left gets policy through

Its NOT policy! Its legislated 'law' of the land! You ever read the language of passed legislation where congress grants to a department or agency the authority to enact policies of implementation? Those 'policies' shall attach to the full force of the legislation?
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Oklahoma's 2012 estimated population is 3.8 million people or, 2/3rds more than the commissioner pupports to be representing with 30K phone calls and 1M hits on a website. Also, other than an agri and energy economy, OK is well blessed with DOD and a host of other government generated economic subsidy. It is one of those states in which it could NOT sustain YTY prosparity at the level they do today with out such government generated economic subsidy.

Anything short of an outright congressional repeal of the ACA, it will continue on and be tweaked wherever and whenever necessary. So will the political posturing by some, I supose.
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Agree completely.

The list of Republican governors who support Obamacare includes:
Jan Brewer (Arizona)
Chris Christie (New Jersey)
Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota)
John Kasich (Ohio)
Susana Martinez (New Mexico)
Brian Sandoval (Nevada)
Rick Scott (Florida)
Rick Snyder (Michigan)

We need to unelect each and every one of these non-conservative liars. They have had the opportunity to oppose socialism and they chose to advocate for it instead.
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As noted in other contexts, USSC Printz v US says that the federal government can not commandeer the states' governments, their personnel and property, for the purpose of enforcing federal law. While states can not nullify under the constitution, they can refuse to assist and cooperate in the enforcement of federal law. For example, if the federal government wants medical marijuana clinics closed, they can send the federales to break down the doors: The image of militarized federal police forces busting down the doors of clinics in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California would be...educational.

If enough states refuse to cooperate, the federal government alone won't be able to enforce.
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How many states still today, politically posture likewise, over social security, food stamps, unemployment benefits, veteran education benefits, medicare and medicaid? We experienced the very same political differences among the states and the people over everyone of those issues. The constitutions gives the congress broad authority to tax and in NO ways contains any restrictive language for what it can tax for under especially, under the welfare clause.

What the commissioners' perceived ACA implementation and or poltical gain to the state and its people is to be, will escape most knowledgeable in law, the constitution and government precedence.
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