It was sad to see in Sunday’s paper that former Mississippi Democratic Party executive director turned to Clarion Ledger editor Sam Hall attempt to use blatant inaccuracies and misrepresentations to attack Gov. Phil Bryant for his strong stand against Obamacare expansion.
In light of the looming and troubled start date for Obamacare’s insurance “marketplaces”, Sam seemed to be taking one more swing for the Democrats in a last ditch effort to revisit an issue that has long been settled–Mississippi’s refusal to implement the federal government’s bad policy and its bureaucratic insurance exchanges.
So let’s set the record straight. Phil Bryant made the right decision for Mississippi.
First and foremost, the entire notion of state control of an ObamaCare exchange is laughable. This is a top-down government program that limits consumer choice and controls even minor details about what types of plans and products can be offered. Mississippi’s opportunity to exert “meaningful” control over its exchange was simply window dressing sold by the federal government on the front end. At best, the state would have wound up a puppet of the federal government, and the governor decided not to waste state resources on such an endeavor.