Democratic governor of N.H. signs bill blocking state creation of ObamaCare exchanges

CONCORD, N.H. (June 20, 2012) – New Hampshire took a small stand against implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this week.

On Monday, Gov. John Lynch signed legislation into law that blocks the creation of a state run insurance exchange in New Hampshire. The exchanges serve as a foundational mechanism in the infrastructure of ObamaCare.

HB1297 declares, “No New Hampshire state agency, department, or political subdivision shall plan, create, participate in or enable a state-based exchange for health insurance under the Act, or contract with any private entity to do so.”

The new law does allow for state “interaction” with the feds if they come in and create an exchange on their own, a virtual certainty now that the state will not do it for them.

You can’t exactly put this in the same category as the last stand of the 300 Spartans, but it does represent a small step in the right direction. More states refusing to cooperate with implementation of the PPACA means more frustrations for the federal bureaucracies trying to put the plan into place. As we’ve seen with the Real ID Act, state non-cooperation can effectively nullify a federal act if enough states refuse to comply.


Congressional Republicans Fail Again. Tenther News: 06-18-12

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According to a report from Tad DeHaven of the CATO Institute, Congressional Republicans have teamed up – once again – with Democrats to save corporate welfare.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) proposed ending all nuclear energy research subsidies to private companies. But the House rejected that amendment in a 106-281 vote that divided Republicans 91-134.

McClintock also proposed language cutting fossil energy research subsidies. But the House killed that amendment 138-249, as Republicans split again 102-123.

DeHaven further points out that even Dennis Kucinich – the Democrat who many Tea Party members deride as being the leading leftist in the House – took a stronger stand against these handouts than a strong majority of Republicans. Kucinich introduced an amendment that would have shut down the Department of Energy’s Title 17 loan guarantee program. That’s the program that gave us Solyndra.

The amendment got crushed by a vote of 136-282 with 127 Republicans joining 155 Democrats to defeat the amendment.

DeHaven wrote – “That the Republican-led House couldn’t get rid of the program that begot Solyndra is about as low as it gets.”

Even with Congressional Republicans failing constitution supporters yet again, there’s a bit of good news in the Tenther movement.