Barack Obama just suffered a major setback that is sure to have thrown him into full panic mode.
Last year, Obama was overjoyed when Republicans failed to repeal and replace his precious Obamacare. Now, however, Idaho has found a way around this by simply blowing off the law, and other states are reportedly about to follow suit.
Western Journalism reported that the move Idaho just made began in 2017, when Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order that created a path for “non-Obamacare-compliant” insurance plans to be sold throughout the state. Since then, Lt. Gov. Brad Little has put together the details of the initiative, which is likely to stir controversy as both officials attempt to put affordable health insurance plans back on the market.
“We’re trying to offer a choice that allows the middle class to get back into insurance coverage,” said Dave Jeppesen, the executive vice president of health care company Blue Cross.
In order to do this, Idaho officials had to give citizens a way of avoiding the increases in insurance premiums that have resulted from Obamacare, which has mainly hurt middle-income Americans who often have to pay out of pocket for their care without government subsidies. The initiative that was just unveiled in Idaho will allow individuals to select from plans that don’t fulfill all of “Obamacare’s expensive criteria.”
Though many are praising what Idaho is doing as bold, others are concerned about the potential side-stepping of federal law, and worry about the slippery slope it could leave in its wake.
“If Idaho is able to do this, it will mean other … states will do the same thing,” said Robert Laszewski, a consultant and former insurance industry executive, according to NPR. “If a state can ignore federal law on this, it can ignore federal law on everything.”
In any case, this shows that Obamacare’s days are most certainly numbered, meaning one of the last remaining pieces of Obama’s legacy is about to be destroyed. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.