BREAKING NEWS: Tennessee says, ‘No!’ to state-run insurance exchange

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For those of us against Obamacare, this is a great move for Tennessee:

Tennessee governor Bill Haslam announced Monday that Tennessee will not set up a state-run insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Haslam made the announcement during a speech to Nashville’s Downtown Rotary Club. According to the Tennessean, the governor said he decided not to go through with setting up a state-run exchange “because he’s received insufficient information about how it would operate from the federal government.”

The Volunteer State looked like it might be on track to set up an exchange, despite the legal prohibition for such a move under the Tennessee Health Freedom Act. Tennessee accepted more than $9 million in federal funding earmarked for creation of a state exchange over the last two years. Federal dollars began flowing into the Volunteer State under Gov. Phil Bredesen and continued unabated under Haslam.

The insurance lobby pushed hard for a state run exchange. Grassroots activist groups, including the Tennessee chapter of the Tenth Amendment Center, countered that pressure with a full court press of their own.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Tennesseans all across the state, Gov. Bill Haslam has seen the light and will not implement the state exchange in Tennessee,” Tennessee TAC state coordinator Lesley Swann said. “But we still have a fight ahead to prevent the expansion of the state’s Medicaid rolls. We must continue to stay vigilant to ensure that Tennessee stays true to the values our founders gave us in the Constitution. Tennesseans should make their own decisions on health care. That is simply not a constitutional role of the federal government.”

While Haslam’s decision appears more pragmatic than principled, and he still has failed to acknowledge that the Tennessee Health Freedom Act should make refusing implementation of the PPACA a slam dunk, TAC national communications director Mike Maharrey says Haslam made the right call, adding that the growing number of states refusing to set up exchanges creates a real problem for federal bureaucrats.

“This is a good first step. The feds depend on state cooperation to make these huge programs work. If a large number of states refuse to set these exchanges up, it puts and increasing burden on the federal bureaucracy, one I’m not convinced they are really prepared to deal with. It will definitely gum up to works, and it sets the stage for more aggressive state action to block implementation of this unconstitutional act.”

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Millions more than expected will pay penalties (taxes) under Obamacare

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From MSN:

So, just how many people are going to be hit with a tax penalty for not getting health insurance when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect? More than first expected. The Congressional Budget Office, which is not affiliated with any party, estimated that 6 million people will end up paying a penalty because they have chosen not to buy health insurance, up from its initial estimate of 4 million when the law first passed. And the majority of those who will end up paying the $1,200 penalty in 2016 would be right in the middle of the middle class, with estimated salaries of about $56,000. The penalties are expected to generate $7 billion in revenue. [Source]

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Take a Minute & Sign: The TN Legislature: Nullify Obamacare!

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Please sign this Petition:

Going to the federal government to fix problems created by the federal government isn’t just a bad idea – it doesn’t work!

As Thomas Jefferson and James Madison advised – when the federal government violates the constitution, it’s up to US – in our states – to stand up and say NO.

To the Affordable Care Act – we say Nullify It!

“Whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers…..a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.” That’s Thomas Jefferson’s message for unconstitutional acts like the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. James Madison told us that the states are “duty bound to interpose…to arrest the progress of evil….”

Today, we see undelegated powers – and the progression of evil. In response, our state needs to stand up and say NO. Please introduce, consider, and pass the “Federal Health Care Nullification Act” – as included in this petition. This bill will make clear that the state considers Obamacare to be unconstitutional – and will take all measures necessary to prevent its enforcement.

Only when enough people and enough states stand up to say NO! – can the Constitution reign supreme. The time for us to act is now.

*******MODEL LEGISLATION*******

An Act to render null and void certain unconstitutional laws enacted by the Congress of the United States, taking control over the health insurance industry and mandating that individuals purchase health insurance under threat of penalty.

SECTION 1. The legislature of the State of ____________ finds that:

1. The People of the several states comprising the United States of America created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes, and nothing more.

2. The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people of the several states to the federal government, and all power not delegated to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States is reserved to the states respectively, or to the people themselves.

3. The assumption of power that the federal government has made by enacting the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” interferes with the right of the People of the State of _____________ to regulate health care as they see fit, and makes a mockery of James Madison’s assurance in Federalist #45 that the “powers delegated” to the Federal Government are “few and defined”, while those of the States are “numerous and indefinite.”

SECTION 2. NEW LAW

A new section of law to be codified in the [STATE] Statutes as Section [NUMBER] of Title [NUMBER], unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:

A. The Legislature of the State of _______________ declares that the federal law known as the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and is hereby declared to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

B. It shall be the duty of the legislature of this State to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” within the limits of this State.

C. Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five (5) years, or both.

D. Any public officer or employee of the State of ____________ that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding two (2) years or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or both such fine and imprisonment.

E. Any aggrieved party shall also have a private action against any person violating the provisions of subsections (C) or (D).

SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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Cowardly House Republicans Refuse To Defund ObamaCare

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Just another example that the problem is on both sides.  Congress controls the purse strings to Obamacare. They don’t need the Senate on this one.

Determined as always to travel the safest, least contentious path to their own re-election, House Speaker John Boehner, Majority leader Eric Cantor and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy have decided that the Party will do NOTHING to defund ObamaCare when current, federal funding legislation expires on September 30th.

Thirty times over the past two years the House has voted to repeal the President’s “Affordable” Care Act. Of course, on each occasion Republican leaders were secure in the knowledge that the measure had NO chance of passing the Democrat controlled Senate or collecting the signature of Barack Obama. And this was of supreme importance to these stout-hearted, GOP Representatives as it meant none of the scheduled votes would raise the ire of the Party’s most feared and potent foe—the dreaded national media.

For were the landmark legislation of their Marxist icon to REALLY be threatened by some Republican scheme, the New York Times and its left-wing colleagues might spend the rest of these pre-election months trying to discredit Republican candidates with all manner of vile half-truths and dishonest reporting, something the media would NEVER do without good cause!

 Yet weak knees on the part of Republican leadership should come as no surprise to interested conservatives as we were warned by Iowa Congressman Peter King last year that “…the decision was made by leadership to avoid the prospect of a showdown with the president or Harry Reid that could result in a potential shutdown of government.” (1)

And it was in February that John Boehner nearly suffered whiplash, ducking a reporter’s question about the congressman’s ObamaCare funding intentions in an upcoming budget resolution. Boehner’s non-answer answer: “We are opposed to Obamacare. We have voted to repeal it. That also included $700 million in tax hikes, about $2.6 trillion in new spending. We’re going to continue to take all the actions that we can to make sure that we do not ruin the best health care delivery system in the world, bankrupt our nation and, most importantly, get in the way of job creation in America.”

But apparently the Speaker and his colleagues are NOT so opposed to ObamaCare or worried about job creation that they are willing to rescind the $80 billion or so earmarked for the “healthcare” law by the last congress, or the $115 billion already authorized for “additional appropriation.” (2)

One hundred and twenty seven House Republicans signed a letter addressed to Boehner and Cantor by Michelle Bachman and Jim Jordan. In it they wrote, “…we urge you not to bring to the House floor in the 112th Congress any legislation that provides or allows funds to implement ObamaCare…” “We also urge you to take legislative steps necessary to immediately rescind all ObamaCare implementation funds.” (3)

House leadership has the authority to legislatively package ObamaCare funding in any manner it wishes. Were they to place it with truly necessary “must pass” funding legislation, it would force Senate Democrats to make a very dodgy political decision before the election. As Congressman King puts it, Democrats would have… to “…defend Obamacare as more important than all of the rest of the functions of government combined.” (1)

But once again, John Boehner and the other shining pillars of Republican resolve are intent upon snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. For although the American public is solidly in favor of Republicans defunding ObamaCare, political caution MUST take precedence over the Constitution or a congressional oath of office!

Should Obama win in November, expect Speaker Boehner to be provided round-the-clock, Secret Service protection. Barack couldn’t afford anything happening to one of his most valued supporters.

Western Journalism

Analysis: Obamacare to cost $2.6 trillion over first full decade

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Oops! We’ve told you this over and over since it was passed……..

President Barack Obama promised his health-care law would cost approximately $900 billion over ten years when he first proposed it.

Since then, the price tag has continued to climb. Total spending under the Affordable Care Act will reach $2.6 trillion over its first full decade, according to a Senate Budget Committee analysis, which was based on Congressional Budget Office estimates and growth rates.

The analysis was released by the committee’s ranking member Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, of Alabama.

The president announced his proposal to a joint session of Congress in 2009, saying: “[The] plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years — less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration.”

The CBO found that the president’s claim fell short by $5 billion, however, when leveled against their estimates of spending provisions necessary for the new law. Adding up costs like implementation and closing Medicare coverage gaps, the CBO estimated that the law would cost $1.4 trillion from fiscal year 2010 to 2019.

But the majority of the spending provisions do not take effect until 2014, four years into the decade Obama based his estimates on.

In 2014, The Obama Dictatorship Will Be Complete

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Of course this won’t happen without a civil war and I’m sure he knows it. Letting a board legislate bills bypassing Congress is Unconstituional as well and won’t be tolerated by American Citizens. I guess if Obama wants to create a Constitutional crisis, he’s doing a good job of it. Just one more reason among many to elect Mitt Romney and hold him accountable for his actions.

Though few Americans are aware of it, the unconscionable ObamaCare ruling of Chief Justice John Roberts stands to provide Barack Hussein Obama unlimited and fundamentally irrevocable power less than 2 years after the November election. For should he win, Obama will acquire the “legal” authority to select 15 individuals whose word will automatically become the law of the land.

Within the 2500 pages of the comically-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is cached the 2014 establishment of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Nominated exclusively by the president, the 15 members of the Board will ostensibly be tasked with “…prevent[ing] per-enrollee Medicare spending from growing faster than a specified target rate.” To accomplish this congressional mandate, ObamaCare has provided the Board with the authority to submit legislative “proposals” to Congress; proposals which will automatically become law unless both Houses AND the President agree upon and pass into law a substitute measure.

In short, “the Board’s edicts …become law without congressional action, congressional approval, meaningful congressional oversight, or being subject to a presidential veto.” Moreover, citizens will have NO authority to challenge the Board’s pronouncements in court, for ObamaCare “…specifically states that the Secretary [of Health and Human Service’s] implementation of IPAB’s proposals is not judicially reviewable.” Therefore a group of presidential, POLITICAL appointees will have the practical power of shaping and imposing upon the American public, the laws of the land! For in addition to creating edicts loosely attached to Medicare and its myriad applications, in 2015 the IPAB will be permitted to impose price controls, taxes and “…ration care for all Americans whether the government pays their medical bills or not!” Thus even the Medicare stipulation will no longer be a practical deterrent to the Board’s authority.

 How is all of this possible? According to the Cato Institute, “…by carving out a discrete list of limitations on the Board’s delegated powers, the [Affordable Care] Act implicitly gives IPAB otherwise unlimited power to exercise any enumerated congressional power with respect to any governmental body, industry, property, product, person, service or activity.” And just like Congress, the IPAB has been given the authority to appropriate federal funds and impose conditions for their receipt. This means “the Board could propose…to require states to implement federal laws or to enact new state laws in order to receive federal funding.”

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Oklahoma State Rep to File Bill to Nullify Individual Mandate

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mike Ritze plans to reintroduce a bill to “nullify” the individual mandate in the 2010 federal health care legislation in Oklahoma.

“I disagree with the Supreme Court’s ruling and believe that state governments were intended to serve as a check on the federal government,” said Ritze, R-Broken Arrow. “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is better known as ObamaCare, is an example of federal overreach and my legislation will authorize the state to resist it and ban the enforcement of it.”

Ritze said his legislation would authorize the Oklahoma attorney general to defend citizens who fail to purchase health insurance against the federal government and criminalizes the enforcement of the individual mandate.

“My hope is that ObamaCare will be repealed, but I do not think that means we have to wait for the repeal to happen. Oklahoma lawmakers should do what they can to support our choice to make our own health care decisions,” Ritze said.

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TAKE ACTION

Nullify in YOUR state. Contact your state reps and urge them to introduce the Nullification Act NOW. Or push them to pre-file for the 2013 legislative session. They Need to hear from you early AND often!

Get the model legislation here
http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/federal-health-care-nullification-act/

EVENT: Oklahoma Rally for Healthcare Independence is July 7th. Get details here:
http://www.facebook.com/events/389073851141845/

 

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