On another policy front, conservatives have also seen victories in blocking Obamacare in the states. For full implementation of Obamacare the federal government must rely on states to implement their own health care exchanges, but only under air-tight federal control. Such exchanges are dangerous for states. The costs of funding the exchange will skyrocket for states in coming years which are added to massive initial startup costs that result from attempting to meet mandates from Washington, D.C.
Ohio alone estimates a cost of at least $43 million just to get an exchange up and running. In effect, President Obama and his friends in D.C. are setting states up to be the fall guys. If anything goes wrong (and gee what could go wrong with a 2,000 page top-down Washington health care takeover) then President Obama will blame the state set-up exchanges for failing residents. That's just one reason why governors such as Chris Christie (NJ) and Rick Scott (FL) should get off the fence and refuse to set up these state exchanges.
The good news is, governors in twenty-two states have recognized the massive expense of setting up an Obamacare health care exchange and have rejected doing so. In Missouri, the recent passage of Proposition E blocks the governor from creating a healthcare exchange. Many other governors including Jan Brewer (AZ), Bobby Jindal (LA), Sam Brownback (KS), Rick Perry (TX), Nikki Haley (SC) and Nathan Deal (GA) have already stated they will not implement the exchanges.
Right-to-work policy also saw success in the Midwest. On the Michigan ballot, voters defeated two propositions that would have restricted freedom in the workplace. Proposition 2 would have guaranteed the right to collective bargaining, effectively limiting right-to-work throughout the state, and Proposition 4 would have unionized home health workers.
Earlier this year, Indiana became the most recent state to guarantee the right-to-work. The law ended a drought of ten years since a state had successfully enacted such legislation. Over twenty states now recognize the importance of allowing a worker the freedom of association in not being forced to join or contribute to a union. Furthermore, right-to-work states foster job creation, whereas forced unionism contributes to worsening job outlooks.
These victories, while encouraging, should in no way distract our conservative movement from executing a clear-eyed, detailed analysis of what worked and did not work over the past year. We must get bigger, stronger, smarter and more nimble while maintaining our principles. At the same time though, it is important to realize that we are making progress on many fronts and we can maintain faith in the sound judgment of the American people if we present our message with precision and boldness.