Skip to main content

View Diary: ALEC's assault on the 17th Amendment (74 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  In the end, this is a States Rights ploy (7+ / 0-)

    ...and a continuation of the slave-owners-rights basis upon which the US Constitution was created.

    The Senate is already over-representated by bizarre and paranoid -- easily propagandized, low population, low information, isolationist states that are easily exploited by corporations, particularly in matters of privately seized natural resources. This just takes it a step further.

    Take for instance this bit of US news, which is only discussed outside the nation -- which could destroy the possibility of granting to Americans such human rights as health care:

    Obamacare faces new threat at state level from corporate interest group Alec

    Republican legislators and rightwing lobbying group draft proposal for state assembles aimed at killing healthcare act
    Share 826

    Barack Obama is facing a fresh offensive against his troubled healthcare reforms as Republican legislators backed by corporate sponsors prepare an attempt to effectively destroy the Affordable Care Act at state level.

    The move is the latest in a sustained effort by conservative states, mainly in the south and midwest, to resist key elements of the changes that are designed to extend healthcare to millions of uninsured Americans.

    The idea for the new attack is the brainchild of the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), a group that acts as a dating agency for Republican state legislators and big corporations, bringing them together to frame rightwing legislative agendas in the form of “model bills”.

    A new Alec proposal, approved by its annual meeting in Chicago in August and published as a model bill for adoption by state assemblies across the nation, would scupper the federal health insurance exchanges set up under Obamacare. The Health Care Freedom Act, as Alec calls its model bill, threatens to strip health insurers of their licenses to do new business on the federal exchanges should they accept any subsidies under the system.

    Alec justifies the measure as a way to protect local employers from the “employer mandate” – the provision in Obama's act that penalises employers with more than 50 workers who do not offer any or sufficient healthcare cover for their employees. However, health insurance experts say that were the model bill to be taken up widely by Republican-held states, it would seriously disrupt the federal exchanges, and in turn put the whole health reforms in peril.

    Legislation with almost identical language is already being debated in the state assemblies of Missouri and Ohio.

    ::

    Ethan Rome, executive director of a coalition that supports Obama’s reforms called Health Care for America Now, said that the Alec proposal was such a frontal assault on the federal exchanges that it represented “a form of state-based repeal of the ACA. This would make it virtually impossible for federal exchanges to function because insurers would no longer participate – and that would have the effect of bringing down the federal exchanges one state at a time.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/...

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (133)
  • Community (55)
  • Baltimore (45)
  • Bernie Sanders (36)
  • Civil Rights (35)
  • Culture (26)
  • Freddie Gray (21)
  • Elections (20)
  • Racism (20)
  • Law (20)
  • Education (20)
  • Hillary Clinton (19)
  • Economy (18)
  • Labor (17)
  • Politics (16)
  • Rescued (16)
  • Media (15)
  • Texas (15)
  • 2016 (15)
  • Barack Obama (13)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site