Another bill making its way through the legislature this session is HB1560, which has the innoucous title, “The Interstate Health Care Compact”. This bill would have state law supersede federal law regarding health care within the state. This may sound like “just” another effort to do away with health care reform, but it goes deeper than that. This bill would require the federal government to block grant all federal dollars for health care to the states, excluding military, VA and Native American health care. Medicare and all other federal health care programs would be eliminated, turned over to the states.
In addition, it would establish a new bureaucracy run by the states: an “Interstate Advisory Health Care Commission”, with two members from each state, with the authority to “study” issues of health care regulation, and make recommendations to the states. So, each state will have to establish a new bureacracy to handle the health care programs, and then we also will have to pay for a new non-federal, but multi-state bureaucracy.
But wait – there’s more!
If adopted, each state will have the authority to suspend the operation of any federal laws or regulations conflicting with the laws of the state.
I don’t know about you, but after watching this legislature in action, I don’t want Bill O’Brien and his cabal making decisions about health care or for anyone. And ending Medicare? Are you kidding me? Replacing one federal bureacuracy with 50 state bureacuracies and a non-federal but still multi-state bureaucracy? You can’t make the case with a straight face that Medicare and other health care programs will be run more efficiently with 51 new bureacracies.
But this bill is not being sponsored by Dan Itse or Jerry Bergevin or some of the other way out there fringe. It is sponsored by House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt and Senator Chuck Morse, so it needs to be take seriously. This bill is part of a nationwide effort; the plan is to get this bill enacted in a number of states, and then have congress pass it. It is a serious effort to end Medicare and have the states take over all health care spending.
It is up for a hearing before the O’Brien created “House Constitutional Review and Statutory Recommendation Committee” tomorrw at 10:00 a.m.