the federal Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare coming into effect
as we speak, that will limit Ohioans’ freedom to choose the healthcare they
want and frankly it will compel them to have healthcare they probably don’t
want,” Thompson states, “so what our bill does is, it takes the subsidies under
the plan, and the subsidies as well, and those will have to be carried through
our legislation, with the triggering of the subsidies or the triggering of the
penalties, those carriers would no longer be in good standing in the state of
Ohio. This is something that was written into the president’s healthcare plan
at the last minutes – a reinforcement of the notion that the states are in charge
of insurance regulation, and (decide) who is an approved carrier,” he says.
Affordable Care Act requires employers and individuals to purchase government-defined health insurance plans, and those that do not comply
are subject to tax penalties.
says House Bill 91 is designed to stop that.
that have 50 employees will be forced to participate in the program or be
penalized for that – and even those who have fewer than 50 (fulltime) employees
but who have fulltime equivalence to that. So our goal is to utilize a
component of the (federal) healthcare plan to defeat the imposition of
Obamacare in Ohio.”
In addition, Thompson says House Bill 91 enforces a provision of a
healthcare-related constitutional amendment, approved by Ohio voters in 2011.
passed in all 88 counties. It passed with well over 60 percent support. So it
was a pretty strong mandate saying that Ohioans rejected the individual
mandate. Our legislation assists Ohioans and Ohio businesses in avoiding the
worst aspects of the healthcare law.”
91, which is called the "Healthcare Freedom Act," has been referred to the House Health and Aging Committee.