Monday, May 20th, 2019

Here’s a novel idea. Let’s ask the legislature to write the laws.


Over at the MacIver Institute this week, I commented on President Barack Obama’s decree that henceforth no insurance policies shall be canceled because of Obamacare. “So it shall be written. So it shall be done.”

Well, not quite.

Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited on Wisconsin on Friday. Maybe when she get’s back to Washington DC she can explain to Obama what democracy really looks like.

There is a provision in state law that allows the governor to delay the changes in Medicaid if the federal government says the federal health care exchanges are not ready yet. Despite all the problems with Obamacare and Thursday’s announcement by the president, the Obama Administration has not made a formal announcement the exchanges aren’t working. So unlike Obama, Walker is asking the legislature to delay the Medicaid changes.

Ironic, then, that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Seblius, the target of heavy criticism for the failures of Obamacare implementation so far, was in Wisconsin on Friday to try to promote the federal health care exchanges and to ask states like Wisconsin to create their own exchanges to implement the federal program.

Unfortunately, a state health care exchange website would still have to work with the problems of the federal website. And a state exchange would not fix the underlying problems of Obamacare, it would only cause to Democrats to try to shift the blame for Obamacare’s failures to the states.

Sebelius should have been taking notes on how Wisconsin actually does things to fix the problems created by her cabinet-level agency. Most of us learned the relationship between the legislative branch and the executive branch in grade school, or at least from School House Rock. That lesson was somehow lost on Obama Administration officials.

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