West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey: Say no to ACA scare tactics

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey pushed back against Democrats’ scare tactics on health care. Morrisey makes it clear he supports covering preexisting conditions and urges both parties in Congress to come together with a comprehensive health care plan that lowers premiums, takes the government out of going to the doctor, and provides Americans with the coverage they need.

Here’s what you missed from Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Obamacare loyalists, including Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are working in lockstep with the press to favor scare tactics over better health care choices and more affordable coverage for all West Virginians, including those with pre-existing conditions.

They embrace skyrocketing premiums for those who can least afford them, while also forcing those same taxpayers to foot the bill for a sweetheart deal for members of Congress and their staff so they can enjoy coverage far superior to that of typical West Virginians.

Americans should not be forced to purchase health insurance against their will. And any individual mandate imposed on consumers by the federal government — such as the requirement included within Obamacare — is unconstitutional. Defending that basic premise, as well as protecting the thousands of West Virginians suffering from the financial hardships of Obamacare, motivated me to join the recent Texas-led lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.

No one is trying to stop protecting people with pre-existing conditions. Period.

This is a false scare tactic put forth to hide the many broken promises of Obamacare; chief among them the promise of a vibrant, competitive health care marketplace with affordable premiums.

In West Virginia alone, premiums for hard-working families rose more than 160 percent over the past four years. This is not sustainable on any level. Yet those awestruck by Obamacare ignore the pain and hardship their policies cause these families.

Then there is the sweetheart subsidy deal offered to Congress. Did you know that under Obamacare, senators, House members and their staff may receive massive premium subsidies of up to $12,000 a year? These subsidies, unavailable to most taxpayers, ensure our elected leaders and their staff enjoy nothing but the finest in health care coverage.

Our state-based legal coalition seeks something different. We want more affordable health care choices that benefit more people, including those with pre-existing conditions, without scrapping the Constitution.

The judge in Texas recently reached the same conclusion as many West Virginians: The individual mandate of Obamacare is unconstitutional. While our recent victory was based upon a compelling constitutional argument, it will still have no immediate impact on anyone’s coverage, including those with pre-existing conditions.

The court’s ruling will provide an orderly transition away from the constitutionally defective parts of Obamacare. Anyone who says something different is misleading you.

Congress and the states now have a unique opportunity to achieve what they have failed to accomplish in the past. While the appeals process proceeds over the next 18 months, we can advance policies that move beyond Obamacare and toward a consumer-empowered health care system, one that values affordability, access, choice of one’s health care provider, quality and competition.

The United States and West Virginia can do much better than Obamacare — and at a minimum begin lowering premiums and assisting those who need help the most, including those with pre-existing conditions.

Don’t fall for the scare tactics over Obamacare — let’s take advantage of this very positive opportunity.