Illinois Tea Party review of Amendment to Illinois Senate Bill 2840 provides confirmation of immediate Obamacare exchange implementation.

The Illinois Tea Party has completed an initial review of the Amendment to Illinois Senate Bill 2840 issued on 5/21/2012. The following sections outline the immediate development of a state and federally subsidized “Obamacare health insurance exchange”.

Section 65 on page 68, line 18 states the following:

“Section 65. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Act is amended by changing Sections 25 and 40 as follows:

(215 ILCS 106/25)

Sec. 25. Health benefits for children.

(a) The Department shall, subject to appropriation, provide health benefits coverage to eligible children by:

(1) Subsidizing the cost of privately sponsored health insurance, including employer based health insurance, to assist families to take advantage of available privately sponsored health insurance for their eligible children; and(2) Purchasing or providing health care benefits for eligible children.”

Section 65 on page 69, line 19extends these tax subsidized health insurance exchange benefits to:

“(b) The subsidization provided pursuant to subdivision

(a)(1) shall be credited to the family of the eligible child.”

Page 73, line 4 established grants for “community based organizations to educate the public” about this new program.

Page 73, line 13 establishes a state run, web site based health insurance exchange:

“The Department shall annually publish electronically on a State website and in no less than 2 newspapers in the State the premiums or other cost sharing requirements of the Program.

Income requirements to qualify (well above the existing Federal poverty level) as well as the specific expansion of Medicaid are discussed throughout this Amendment beginning on pages 81 & 82. These income requirements and expansion clauses are very similar to the requirement outlined in the Obamacare legislation.

It is crucial to understand that what is being done here is the expansion of eligibility through increasing financial eligibility standards, or through increasing income disregards, or through the creation of new programs.

Such specific changes to our Medicaid system were prohibited by a ‘2 year moratorium” passed by the 96th General Assembly on January 25, 2011 which reads:

(215 ILCS 106/26) –

    Sec. 26. Moratorium on eligibility expansions. Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, there shall be a 2-year moratorium on the expansion of eligibility through increasing financial eligibility standards, or through increasing income disregards, or through the creation of new programs that would add new categories of eligible individuals under the medical assistance program under the Illinois Public Aid Code in addition to those categories covered on January 1, 2011. This moratorium shall not apply to expansions required as a federal condition of State participation in the medical assistance program.
(Source: P.A. 96-1501, eff. 1-25-11.)

Illinois Senate Amendment #2 to HB5007 also includes language to implement Obamacare in Illinois 2 years early.

Amendment to Illinois Senate Bill 2840 and Amendment #2 to HB5007 provides for a federally subsidized and state subsidized health insurance exchange, as mandated in the federal Obamacare legislation (PPACA) passed on March 23, 2010. Establishing an Obamacare health insurance exchange under the guise of “Medicaid Reform” with a $700 million new price tag to the tax payers of Illinois and a projected cost of $10 billion by the year 2020 is grossly irresponsible.

Why our legislators would attempt to pass legislation now that will incur these extra costs to the Illinois tax payer when the Supreme Court of the United States will be ruling on the Constitutionality of the Obamacare legislation in 3 short weeks from today is incomprehensible and reprehensible.

Not one Republican voted for the Obamacare legislation and we expect the exact same no vote this time around from every Illinois Republican. Most especially our House Minority Leader Tom Cross.

What can you do to stop Governor Quinn, Illinois Democrats and those Republicans who support the implementation of Obamacare in our state nearly 2 years early? You can call your Illinois state representative and let them know that Illinois needs real Medicaid reform, not higher taxes and that you oppose Governor Quinn’s “Medicaid Reforms” and that you are against him establishing a state based Obamacare health insurance exchange via Executive order. Call the statehouse switchboard at (217) 782-2000 to be connected. Look up your legislator here. Again, they could vote as early as tomorrow or Tuesday.

Also call House Minority Leader Tom Cross. He seems to be ‘flip flopping’ and is ready to ‘cut a deal’. He needs to know that you value and expect principled leadership and rigorous policy reform. His statehouse number is (217) 782-1331. If the line is busy, call his district office at (815) 254-0000.


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