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Senator Ball says “No” to state implementation of “ObamaCare”

Albany, N.Y. – (06/23/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo and his fellow legislators to stand-up against a state-based health exchange, seen by many at the first-step towards “Obamacare.” Senator Ball believes the New York Health Benefit Exchange will create an additional burden for the state and lead to more unfunded mandates.  

“This does nothing to improve access to, or control costs for, healthcare in New York,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Obamacare has been ruled unconstitutional and needs to be repealed, not implemented. Creating an exchange will only create more costs and future unfunded mandates, that which the state cannot afford,” added Ball.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” authorized state-level health insurance exchanges to streamline eligibility and enrollment for all medical assistance programs. By 2014, each state’s exchange must be able to enroll individuals and small businesses into health insurance plans and certify that plans meet certain requirements, such as an adequate provider network and an essential benefits package.

The Governors of Florida and Alaska have already come out against state-based exchanges, citing enormous new costs and additional work for agencies. Senator Ball is encouraging lawmakers in New York to do the same and say “no” to a state-based health exchange.

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.