Alexandria, VA – Eric O’Keefe, Chairman of the Health Care Compact Alliance, released the following statement regarding the news that President Obama announced today that he supports amending the 2010 health care law to allow states the option to opt out of some of the laws' requirements three years earlier than currently permitted.
“We welcome the President’s admission that the states may well be able to do a better job with health care than the federal government. However his small step in the right direction is well short of what is needed to restore citizen control over health care, and fiscal sanity to Washington.
By easing the health care law mandates and giving states the earlier option to opt out, President Obama is pushing responsibility and authority down to the states, where it should be. However, even the President's new changes still keep too much authority and regulation with the federal government. Health care is simply too large and complex to manage at the federal level and that is why several states have introduced the Health Care Compact. The Health Care Compact is a comprehensive state-based solution, which takes health care regulation away from the federal government and leaves it to the states and their citizens.”
About the Health Care Compact
The Health Care Compact is an initiative of the Health Care Compact Alliance. The Health Care Compact is an agreement between participating states that restores authority and responsibility for health care regulation to member state. The compact allows member states to create laws that are better suited for the state’s needs, including amendments to the federal health care law passed last year. For the Health Care Compact to become law it must be passed by both houses of the General Assembly, signed by the governor, and approved through Congress.
About the Health Care Compact Alliance
The Health Care Compact Alliance is a nonpartisan [501 (c)4] organization providing tools that enable citizens to exert greater control over their government. The Health Care Compact was developed to offer Americans more influence over decisions that govern health care. For more information, please visit www.healthcarecompact.org