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#ObamaCare In The States

- March 26, 2012

See How The Massive, Deeply Unpopular ObamaCare Law Is Harming Every State In America

ALABAMA

ObamaCare Could Cost Alabama “An Additional $60 Million To $100 Million A Year.” “Gov. Bob Riley said the federal health care plan passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama could cost the state an additional $60 million to $100 million a year -- money taken from an already cash-strapped General Fund.” (Sebastian Kitchen, “Riley: Cost Of National Health Care Plan Too High For Alabama,” The Montgomery Advertiser, 3/25/10)

ALASKA

ObamaCare To Cost The State Of Alaska $46 Million Before The End Of The Decade. (Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, “Summary Of Medicaid Requirements Included In PPACA,” 8/3/10, p. 9)

Already, “The [Medicaid] Cost Problem Is Huge For State Government.” “The cost problem is huge for state government. Of the $7.5 billion paid annually in Alaska for medical services $2 billion is paid by the state. Much of this is in the state’s roughly 50 percent share of Medicaid, the health program for lower-income Alaskans, but also medical benefits for public employees and retirees. Medicaid, at about $800 million a year, is the largest state budget item aside from state funding for school districts.” (Tim Bradner, “Health Care Costs Are Biting Alaskans, Businesses Harder,” Alaska Journal, 2/19/12)

ARIZONA

ObamaCare Rejected By A Majority At The Ballot Box

Arizona Voters Supported A Ballot Initiative That Rejected ObamaCare. “Proposition 106 in Arizona gained 55 percent of the vote…” (Sarah Kliff, “Arizona And Oklahoma Vote To Reject Insurance Mandate,” Politico, 11/3/10)

State Employees Face Rising Premiums

Arizona State Employees Told To Expect To See Their Health Insurance Costs Rise As Much As 37 Percent. “State and university employees with families can expect to see their monthly health-insurance costs rise as much as 37 percent next year, depending on the type of plan they choose.  Figures provided by the Arizona Department of Administration show that health plans for families and single adults with children will shoulder the most-expensive premium increases beginning Jan. 1, while individuals will pay modest increases.” (Kent Alltucker, “State Tells Employees Health Insurance Will Rocket,” The Arizona Republic, 7/21/11)

  • ObamaCare Is Responsible For Increases. “Alan Ecker, Department of Administration spokesman, said health reform ‘is responsible for all increases for employee premiums’ next year.” (Kent Alltucker, “State Tells Employees Health Insurance Will Rocket,” The Arizona Republic, 7/21/11)
  • Arizona Forced To “Shift Costs To Employees.” “He noted that federal health reform passed after the Legislature approved funding for next year’s state’s health plan, so with no money left in the state coffers to cover the mandated changes to health insurance plans, the state opted to shift costs to employees.” (Kent Alltucker, “State Tells Employees Health Insurance Will Rocket,” The Arizona Republic, 7/21/11)

ObamaCare Squeezing Arizona’s State Budget

The Heritage Foundation Estimates From 2014 To 2020 ObamaCare Will Cost Arizona An Additional $544.5 Million. (Edmund Haislmaier and Brian Blasé, “Obamacare: Impact On States,” www.heritage.org, 7/1/10)  

ARKANSAS

ObamaCare Squeezing Arkansas’ State Budget

The Heritage Foundation Estimates From 2014 To 2020 ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion Will Cost Arkansas An Additional $211 Million. (Edmund Haislmaier And Brian Blasé, “ObamaCare: Impact On States,” www.heritage.org, 7/1/10)

ObamaCare Tanning Tax Slamming Arkansas Businesses

Tanning Bed Manufacturer JK North American-Sun Ergoline Announced Seven Layoffs And 36 Employees’ Hours Cut In Half In Response To The Tax. “JK North American-Sun Ergoline, based in Jonesboro, laid off seven employees in March and put another 36 on half-time in anticipation of lower sales of tanning beds. The 150-employee company is the world's largest manufacturer of tanning beds and has weathered the run-up to the tax pretty well, said Jerry Deveney, executive director of sales.” (Charlie Frago, “Jonesboro Tanning-Bed Maker Says Coming 10% Tax A Job Killer,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/27/10)

Arkansas Tanning Bed Operators Began Leaving The Business Or Reducing Orders For Beds In Anticipation Of The Tanning Tax. “In January, several small tanning-bed operators in central Arkansas said they would reduce the number of beds they offered or get out of the business altogether.” (Charlie Frago, “Jonesboro Tanning-Bed Maker Says Coming 10% Tax A Job Killer,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/27/10)

CALIFORNIA

Californians Facing Rising Premiums

“In The Last Two Years Alone, The Proportion Of State Employers Offering Coverage To Workers Fell To 63 Percent From 73 Percent, The Survey Said.” (Marc Lifsher, “Survey Shows California Health Care Costs Rising, Benefits Shrinking,” Los Angeles Times, 1/4/12)

  • 36 Percent Of California Employers Are “Very” Or “Somewhat” Likely To Raise Employee Contributions For Health Insurance. “Health insurance is expected to take even more money out of workers' pockets this year. The survey indicated that 36% of California firms said they were either ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to raise the amount that their staff paid in premiums in 2012.” (Marc Lifsher, “Survey Shows California Health Care Costs Rising, Benefits Shrinking,” Los Angeles Times, 1/4/12)

The Annual “California Employer Health Benefits Survey” Administered By The California Health Care Foundation Found That Cumulative Premiums Increased By Nearly 20 Percent In 2011 As Compared To Inflation. (“California Employer Health Benefits Survey,” California Health Care Foundation, 12/11; “California Employer Health Benefits Survey,” California Health Care Foundation, 12/10)

ObamaCare Squeezing California’s State Budget

The Heritage Foundation Estimates From 2014 To 2020 ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion Will Cost California An Additional $3.52 Billion. (Edmund Haislmaier And Brian Blasé, “ObamaCare: Impact On States,” www.heritage.org, 7/1/10)

High-Risk Insurance Pool Failing In California

Obama Administration Report Finds That Health Care Costs For Pre-Existing Insurance Plan (PCIP) Participants Will More Than Double Initial Estimates. “Medical costs for enrollees in the health-care law’s high-risk insurance pools are expected to more than double initial predictions, the Obama administration said Thursday in a report on the new program.” (Sarah Kliff, “Per Person Cost Of Federal High-Risk Medical Plan Doubles,” The Washington Post, 2/24/12)

  • In California, The Program Has Cost “Three Times As Much Per Enrollee Than Previously Estimated.” “But California's PCIP has turned out to cost three times as much per enrollee than previously estimated. The state's Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, which administers the plan, initially figured it would have to pay $1,000 a month in claims per enrollee. New data show claims cost $3,100 per member each month, meaning that the government will have to cap California's enrollment at 6,800 unless more funds are made available. As of October, 5,290 people are signed up in the state.” (Arthur Delaney, “Health Care Reform Program Much Costlier Than Expected In California,” Huffington Post, 11/29/11)
  • HHS Was Forced To Give California An Additional $118 Million To Boost Its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. “California will receive $118 million in federal funds to bolster its 2012 coverage of adults with pre-existing medical conditions. The state-run, federally funded Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, or PCIP, was created last year to insure the uninsurable – those who because of their medical conditions have been denied coverage by insurers or who have had to pay prohibitive insurance premiums to ensure they were covered.” (Darrell Smith, “California’s Pre-Existing Health Condition Plan Getting New Funds,” Sacramento Bee, 12/20/11)

While Nancy Pelosi’s District Gets Waivers

“Of The 204 New Obamacare Waivers President Barack Obama’s Administration Approved In April, 38 Are For Fancy Eateries, Hip Nightclubs And Decadent Hotels In House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Northern California District.” (Matthew Boyle, “Nearly 20 Percent Of New Obamacare Waivers Are Gourmet Restaurants, Nightclubs, Fancy Hotels In Nancy Pelosi’s District,” The Daily Caller, 5/17/11)

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