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Old 01-02-2010, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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"If the health care plan before Congress becomes law, 47% of voters nationwide believe states should have the right to opt out of it.

47% Believe States Should Have Right to Opt Out of Health Care Plan - Rasmussen Reports™

What-If Scenario just for the sake of discussion:

If some states were allowed to opt out of the eventual healthcare plan, how would that impact the states who opted out and the states opted in on issues unrelated to healthcare? Would people move based on those state decisions and if so, who (opt-in, opt out) would lose population and who would gain? What kinds of people (workforce, unemployed, welfare, retirees, families, singles, rich, poor, middle class, conservatives, liberals, etc.) would move to which type of state (opt-out, opt-in)? Would and/or what kinds of businesses (small businesses, big corps, depends on the population shift) would move to opt-in, opt-out states? Would it cause major shifts in state populations or small shifts in the state populations? How would it impact state taxes if there was a major shift in the types of people living in each type (opt-in, opt-out) of state? How would services be impacted if there was a big change in the kind of people living in opt-in and opt out states? Any other changes you can think of?
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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As I understand the "opt-out" only applied to enrollment of a gov. run plan. It did not allow the residents of those states to opt-out of paying in to the system. To be a true "opt-out" people should not be forced to pay in.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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As I understand the "opt-out" only applied to enrollment of a gov. run plan. It did not allow the residents of those states to opt-out of paying in to the system. To be a true "opt-out" people should not be forced to pay in.
I believe some states want to explore their options to sue the federal government if the House bill is passed so they can opt out. The reason is unfunded state mandates for Medicaid.
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