• Petitioned Mike Chaney

This petition was delivered to:

Insurance Commissioner
Mike Chaney
Mississippi Governor
Mississippi State Senate
Mississippi State House

Stop Mississippi's Obamacare insurance exchange

    1. Mississippi Center for Public Policy
    2. Petition by

      Mississippi Center for Public Policy

      Jackson, MS


There is no obligation to create an exchange. The federal law does not require the states to establish exchanges – now or ever. This is a costly federal mandate that the states have no obligation to fund. This is a federal law and the federal government should pay to fund it.

State exchanges will be state-funded, but not state-run. Under the health care law, the federal government will be in complete control of the exchange--from who can participate to what plans they can offer and prices they can charge. Estimates show it will cost upwards of $50 million annually to fund an exchange.

State exchanges will impose huge fines on small businesses. Under a state-funded exchange, businesses of 50 employees or more will be fined at least $2,000 per employee if they fail to offer comprehensive health insurance. If states say no to exchanges, there is no authority in the law for the federal government to impose these fines on businesses.

State exchanges will funnel millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies. States should not facilitate taxpayer subsidies to private companies. As with fines on businesses, there is no authority in the law for the federal government to offer subsidies if a state declines to establish an exchange.

State exchanges will force taxpayers to share private medical information with the government. States that create exchanges will report to the IRS sensitive information about citizens' health care choices, including when people seek, change or drop health insurance coverage. The government will also have access to medical history information of any person who buys insurance through the exchange.

There's no rush to create an exchange. The Department of Health and Human Services still has not released comprehensive guidelines instructing states about how to set up exchanges, and the federal health care law makes clear that states may wait and decide to set up state exchanges in future years. Federal start-up funds will be available to states until the end of 2014, no matter when they make a decision about setting up an exchange.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • justin castrianni MORRIS PLAINS, NJ
      • 5 months ago


    • John Smith PERKINSTON, MS
      • 9 months ago

      Obama care will fail - stay away from it

    • Norma Piazza VICKSBURG, MS
      • 9 months ago

      I like the option to pick my own company. I like tax deferred out of pay check. Exactly when did government begin to believe they have the power to force me to pay for other peoples insurance. I do not agree to force people to buy his insurance. Everyone in the country no matter where they live, should have the same insurance options. No one should be excluded or pardon from Obamacare. I don't want the government to control my health care.

    • Laura Millikan RENTON, WA
      • 9 months ago

      Obamacare is a bad idea for our country.

    • loretta martin HOLLY SPRINGS, MS
      • 9 months ago

      i think that the whole thing should be reviewed. congress cant impose a law on the citizens of the United States that doesnt apply to them as well. arent they still Citizen as well? i dont believe that obamacare is the best option for this country. it needs to be rejected and completely thrown out.


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