Charles S. Owens, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, told the Michigan House Health Policy Committee Thursday, “I wouldn’t be in any rush to create a state exchange.”
Owens cited similar evidence for taking an unhurried approach as the arguments presented by the Mackinac Center here. His testimony outlined the following concerns:
"We would contend that there is no need to act quickly as has been urged by some who have testified here and in front of the Senate Health Policy Committee as well. Indeed, had you acted quickly and implemented an exchange before July of this year, you would have been blindsided by the Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed exchange regulations issued in July that diminished some of the opportunities for a simpler, less complicated model. In fact, some have argued that under those proposed regulations, and more that could follow, a state would have no more real control over an exchange it set up than over one established by the federal government (HHS).
"As you deliberate here today and during the rest of this year and into next year there are many unanswered questions, not the least of which is whether or not there will even be a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in existence:
Owens also urged legislators to include a “sunset” clause that automatically repeals any state exchange law if Obamacare is invalidated or repealed.
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