Obamacare Sales Blitz Wars Against Federalism

NPR reported on the recruitment campaign going on in Houston for Obamacare.

“Gov. Rick Perry has loudly dismissed the law, and fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor this week at length — 21 hours and 19 minutes to be exact. On the other side of the issue, you have Rosy Mota and her clipboard, standing at the door of a CVS pharmacy in one of Houston’s Latino neighborhoods, stopping shoppers. ‘Hello, would you like a brochure about the new health care coverage that’s coming into effect? We’ll be here if you have any questions,’ she tells a customer. Mota works for , a national organization that has from the Obama re-election campaign. The group has combined sophisticated data-mining techniques and digital maps to figure out where the uninsured in Houston live, down to the block and house level.”

As you can see, the story is framed as an attempt by a heroic group to overcome the dominant state Republicans who oppose the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” beginning with Rick Perry.

What the story reveals, however, is how hard people are working to destroy what little remains of Federalism in the United States.

“The state of Texas is not providing any money or staff to help people sign up. So the city is using federal money funneled through the United Way and also tapping its own resources. In fact, it considers the project so important that it’s using the same command-and-control structure that it uses during hurricanes. Instead of shelters and relief centers, the city is compiling a list of block parties, church events and festivals where people can learn about how to sign up for Obamacare. In addition to uninsured whites, black and Latinos, Houston has large populations of immigrants from Vietnam, China and South Asia.”

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This is how the central government destroys Federalism. The state of Texas has, on paper, the right to decide whether or not to cooperate with Obamacare, but the Federal Government has lots of money (by putting us all in deeper debt) which it can use to reach into each state and each important city. By having control of money, the Federal government overwhelms the states.

Enroll America is virtually another arm of the Federal Government through its cronies. Of course, they are reported as a “private” organization. But that is a misleading way of describing them. A better description can be found here: The organization is “a national non-profit funded by the health-care industry, insurance companies and private and non-profit donors, and run by staffers of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.”

So who in the health-care industry and which insurance companies are funding this recruiting group? Obviously, the money is coming from the ones big enough to hope the sweep out the competition and make money on new, federally-subsidized clients. In other words, Enroll America is simply a sales force and, again, Federal money is responsible for its existence. I’m sure if you looked at the non-profit foundations that are also throwing money at Enroll America you would find they too are supported by these same companies and businesses.

Obamacare is one more way to make the states, at best, nothing more than regional administrations of the Federal Government, or else to bypass them altogether.

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