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Obama Backs Bill That Would Move Up Healthcare Opt-Out Date For States

March 3, 2011 by  

Obama backs bill that would move up healthcare opt-out date for StatesPresident Barack Obama has pledged his support for a bipartisan bill that would grant States more flexibility in implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

In his Feb. 28 address to governors at the White House, the President endorsed legislation crafted by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) that would allow States to create their own healthcare laws to meet the goals set forth in Obamacare. The bulk of the reform, including the individual mandate, is scheduled to go into effect in 2014, and States wouldn't be able to apply for waivers until 2017.

The Waiver for State Innovation Act, if approved, would move the opt-out option up to 2014, providing States with the flexibility to draft their own plans. The healthcare proposals must, however, demonstrate that they will cover as many people — and must be as comprehensive and affordable — as the Federal law.

According to media reports, some governors were not pleased with Obama's announcement and claimed that it was a publicity stunt. They said that the expansion of Medicaid in 2014, regardless of how the law is revamped or reworded, will inevitably handcuff State legislators.

"I was disappointed," said Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, quoted by the Los Angeles Times. "Pretty much all he did was reset the clock on what many of us consider to be a ticking time bomb that is absolutely going to crush our State budgets. The States need more than that."

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  • s c

    Alert! The King of ‘say this and do that’ is at it again. Senators Wyden and Brown are ravening wolves. Der Obummer is posing and hoping that he can catch Americans sleeping again.
    Citizens, “to meet the goals set forth in Obummercare” is a red flag. People, you have eyes, see. People, you have ears, hear. Use your heads, people.
    ABORT this damned monstrosity. This legislation is a gift from hell. It comes with a price, and that price is America’s FREEDOM. THINK!
    No self-respecting American can afford to wear chains and a nose ring and expect to be seen as a worthy citizen. We are battling in-house vermin. This is a battle for America’s soul.
    The worst enemies of a free people are home-grown. They’re in our midst. They are waiting for us to make more mistakes and assume that no prez and no Congress would enslave us and do it in the name of “transforming” America.
    Be free, or be slaves, America. Senators Wyden and Brown, if they claim to be innocent, should know better than to act like closet Nazis and “help” us cut our own throats. They are no better than Chamberlains.
    Be free, America. Keep your children free, or hang your heads in shame. Discern. Think. Sift and sort.
    Let no elected mortals enslave us. NO ONE who serves two masters is interested in your freedom. THINK!

    • TIME


      This HCRB is akin to chickens meeting with Colonel Sanders for all the FREE FOOD they can eat with no upfront payments.

      Only to find out when thier head is on the chopping block that the “ALL the FREE FOOD they could EAT with no up front payment” really meant they were the PAYMENT and it would be extracted when the Colonel needed the food back.

      As Chickens are not known for being bright, niether are Sheepel.

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        Time… Great analogy! Even the most blind should be able to understand that!

      • Teresa

        How will anyone be able to pay for it when the dollar collapses?

        • Lastmanstanding

          Teresa, how will anyone pay for anything??? (When the dollar collapses.) In a matter of days the word will get out that the dollar is worthless. (Unless you watch cnn, msnbc, nbc, cbs, abc, etc.) Once the welfare checks, grants, funding for prog organizations and the like are worthless, the real riot starts. It will become apparent in every town and city across the nation who the freeloaders are.

          Being prepared will have new meaning…

    • wandamurline

      This is the most unconstitutional law ever signed. So where do the feds stop…after Obamacare, they will tell you what kind of toilet paper to wipe your butt with…it opens the doors to total power over anything you purchase or they want to make you purchase. Of course, all the while, they are giving their unions and friends exemptions from having to participate along with themselves. We must remove the flaming liberals in 2012 along with Obama, and then have the new conservative majority in Congress and Senate completely toss this piece of crap into the dumper.

      • steve

        Cool. I was needing someone to tell me what to wipe with.

        Decisions,decisions… Charmin? or White Cloud? We never studied wipe technology when I was in public school. I know they must now, since none of the graduating students can read,write,spell or cypher.

        They all go to college,though. ;)

  • Rusty

    Unconstitutional and Illegal are two words Obama refuses to accept.

  • Teresa

    Impeach Obama, please read the following all the way thru:

    • steve

      C’mon,Teresa! “read the whole thing all the way through”? I’m a college graduate. How do you propose I accomplish that?

      • Teresa

        Take it to your college professor, maybe he can dictate it to you.

        • 45caliber

          In this day and age? The professor would have to censor it first since it would be against everything he believes and teaches. Oh, I’m sorry, that would be “edit it”.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Edited by a prog professor, it would say Hats” The end!

  • Polski

    Unconstitutional and illegal? That sounds like Dubya, Cheney, and the republicans.

    • Rusty

      What you don’t get it either?

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        Rusty… Polski is just one of the chickens Time was referring to… Polski is only here to stir the pot. Ignore the post.

  • Lori

    @Teresa: I read the article and the comments. WOW! I highly recommend that everyone do the same. Sobering.

  • jopa

    Teresa;Please get out your checkbook have I got a bridge for you.lmao

    • Teresa

      I already donate to the soldiers and to you welfare recipients.

  • Jack B

    The Supreme Court needs to get this whole ugly thing in the waste basket soon before some concoction is slipped through that can be rolled back later after this Obama care is fully in place. He knows this law will be thrown out when it hits the Supreme Court or he wouldn’t be throwing out all of these concessions. Trust, count your fingers after any handshake.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Jack B,
      Like Reagan said, “trust but VERIFY!”

  • Kris

    This is a ploy to see that his deathcare bill is not declared unconstitutional and get as much of it into the public so it can’t be removed! If any part of this is started in the states he can still save the funding in the deathcare bill for his private army and the taxes on taxpayers that are in this unconstitutional bill! It’s up to the folks to put pressure on the govs. to not implement any part of the deathcare bill!

    • jimster

      I thought a judge in Fl already declared it unconstitutional! What’s with the continued push for an unconstitutional bill?

  • Raggs

    Just came across the wire that the Florida judge has ordered the DOJ to fast track a repeal of his decision of obama’s law being unconsitutional if they are going to make a repeal… I hope that this is the kick in the nuts obama needed!

    • Teresa
      • Raggs

        Teresa… Thank you!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      That was a federal Judge and when he made his first decision, it was clear enough for a second year law student to understand, but Nobamas lawyers, in a stalling effort tried to get him to clarify his decision. They pissed him off so much that he told them that they had exactly seven days to appeal his decision before the supreme court! They wanted to stall and let part of it go into effect but the judge said none of it can go into effect except under order of the supremes!! I loved the judges way, but I have ost a little respect for the supremes after their loss of consideration in the case filed by the dead soldiers father against that stupid baptist church that keeps picketing the soldiers funerals. Lack of consideration in that they didn’t consider the families right to privacy in one of the most private times of a persons life! I hope and pray the bikers and the “angels” keep blocking their pickets EVERY TIME!!!

  • 45caliber

    I still have one really big question about “opting out” of the program.

    If a state opts out, does that mean they also do not pay the taxes he wants collected to pay for it?

    I seriously doubt that part of it.

    • Raggs

      I think it’s more in the likeness of a government ran program the op out surrenders the states to forcing people to be on a government plan like canada.

  • tracycolorado

    Ignorant people will die of Ignorant deaths .

    • http://?? Joe H.

      i got the final bill for my trip to the ER where they did a catheter, blood work, eeg, ekg, three day stay and everything else. after my insurance, I paid 75.00!!! I was having chest pains and for some reason a nitro under the tongue helped a little. i found out I have very clean arteries, and my heart is fine. I just have some nerve damage in my back from my surgery that causes pain in my chest at the side!

  • tim

    The law is unconstitutional. He’s just jackin with the governors because even if he gets a 2nd term he will be gone in 2017. Use your’e heads and tell him to f$*K off!!!

  • Charles

    Rusty,> If you thought you were God, woud you accept what anyone
    hat to say?


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