Guest opinion: Lindeen ignoring legislative decisions on exchanges

2011-09-06T00:00:00Z 2011-09-07T21:25:06Z Guest opinion: Lindeen ignoring legislative decisions on exchanges

By TOM MCGILLVRAY

The Billings Gazette
September 06, 2011 12:00 am  • 

State Auditor Monica Lindeen has forgotten that she was elected by the voters of Montana. She continues to willfully disregard a landslide election that resoundingly rejected the idea of a federal health care plan. Lindeen has said she will implement the unpopular Obamacare bill regardless of its dubious constitutionality which mandates Montanans to participate in the purchase of federally controlled health insurance products via a coerced insurance exchange. This, like all federal coercion will cost us money we cannot afford to spend.

The fact that the Montana Legislature rejected every bill she sent to it to legislate this tyranny over the people of Montana is being willfully ignored by Lindeen because she believes she knows what is best for us. This is not representative government; it is reprehensible.

Lindeen should respect the will of the people as expressed through their elected representatives in the Legislature. The Legislature rejected the state exchange idea because it is the implementation of federally designed heath care products. The mandated exchange is simply the avenue to force us into the insurance policies which are pushed with billion dollar deficit spending; spending we cannot afford as evidenced by the recent downgrade of the United States AAA credit rating. Our country is on the precipice of fiscal ruin and Lindeen is looking for federal handouts to put in place a plan that puts the nail in our fiscal coffin.

Obamacare is projected to add over 60,000 Montanans to Medicaid with the promise that the Feds will pay for it in the beginning. I’ve been around Helena long enough to realize this is a hollow promise. The federal government will promise cash but where will they get it? Will the Chinese government lend them more? If they do, it will only be to further enslave us as the proverb says:”the borrower is servant to the lender”.

Now that 39 states including Montana have balked at setting up health insurance exchanges, Obama’s administration wants to partner with leftist state insurance commissioners to implement them. We need to refuse this so called “second chance” just as we did the first.

The Legislature gave her no money or authority to set up these exchanges and she needs to honor that. The federal government cannot force Americans to purchase any product or service.

In addition, Obama’s federal health care plan is projected to cost $5.3 trillion in its first 15 years of full implementation, according to “The Obamacare Disaster” by Peter Ferrara. This is $5 trillion we don’t have which would go a long way to balance the budget and resolve the fiscal fiasco that is now gripping Washington.

Lindeen needs to get to work on what she was elected to do: regulate a free market Montana insurance and securities industry, uphold the constitution and help grow our economy through the development of state lands.

State Rep. Tom McGillvray of Billings is

Montana House majority leader.

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