H/T Ron Calzone, Paul Hamby, Peter Kinder:
1. The Obamacare exchange is NOT simply an online resource for shopping insurance. It sets up new restrictions and penalties that will reduce your options. Some smaller insurance companies have already gone out of business — Obamacare will leave only a few huge insurace companies with monopolistic protections.
2. An exchange set up by the state does not give us control. HB609, the 2011 bill to set up a Missouri exchange included at least 40 references to federal laws or bureaucracies that dictate virtually every meaningful aspect of the exchange. Click for a marked up copy of HB609.
And here’s the Missouri First analysis of that bill.
Here are a couple of very good articles by the Cato Institute’s Michael F. Cannon pointing out the need to fight the exchange:
Call or email each Republican senator. Time is very short as they will be discussin this Friday and Saturday. Tell them the people of Missouri don’t want them to set up an Obamacare exchange any more than they want the governor to. The sentiment behind the Prop E vote applies to them, too!
(Here are the senators for whom we have public contact information. Some of the new senators don’t have published information yet.)
Dan Brown Rolla Dan.Brown@senate.mo.gov 573-751-5713
R Mike Cunningham
R Tom Dempsey St Charles email@example.com 573-751-1141
R Bob Dixon Springfield bob.dixon@senate. mo.gov 573-751-2583 R
Edgar Emery Lamar R
Michael Kehoe Jefferson city 573-751-2076 R
Will Kraus Lees summit Will.Kraus@mail.senate.mo.gov 573-751-1464 R
Brad Lager Savannah firstname.lastname@example.org. gov 573-751-1415 R
John Lamping St Louis 573-751-2514 R
Douglas Libla Poplar Bluff
Brian Munzlinger Williamstown 573-751-7885 R
Brian Nieves Washington Brian.Nieves@ senate.mo.gov 573-751-3678 R
Michael Parson Bolivar email@example.com 573-751-8793 R
David Pearce Warrensburg david.pearce@ senate.mo.gov 573-751-2272 R
Ron Richard Joplin 573-751-2173 R Gary Romine Farmington R
Scott Rupp Wentzville 573-751-1282 R
David Sater David.Sater@house.mo.gov R
Robert Schaaf St Joseph firstname.lastname@example.org R
Kurt Schaefer Columbia kurt.schaefer@mail. senate.mo.gov 573-751-3931 R
Eric Schmitt St Louis email@example.com R
Ryan Silvey Kansas city Ryan.Silvey@house.mo.gov R
Wayne Wallingford Wayne.Wallingford@ house.mo.gov R
Jay Wasson Nixa firstname.lastname@example.org 573-751-1503 R