SPRINGFIELD - Since Illinois Democrats voted last session to jump into the Obamacare plan by partnering first to salvage Cook County's Medicaid services, and considering expansion of Medicaid in 2013, the Land of Lincoln is not one of 26 states staying independent of the nationalized health care system.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' deadline for states to partner with the federal government on health insurance exchanges was Friday, February 15. For the 26 states that remain free of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA's) expensive and intrusive grip, the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (www.cchfreedom.org) applauds them for remaining firm in their denial of federal, state, or partnership exchanges, all of which lead to federal control of healthcare, intrusiveness into private data for citizens, and costly penalties for a wide range of employers.
"The 26 governors who have refused these Federal takeover centers must remain resolute in their stance to prevent government health exchanges from being implemented in their states," said Twila Brase, President of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. "Many individuals are already experiencing just a fraction of the coming sticker shock of increased health care prices, and if exchanges and PPACA are implemented fully, the costs will be far worse. Governors must protect the citizens, businesses, and state they were elected to serve by continuing to deny implementation of any government health exchange."
Citizens' Council for Health Freedom has outlined states that remain free of the grip of the intrusive PPACA exchanges in its latest diagram.