Put Florida in the NO Column. Rick Scott Rejects Exchange

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (Dec. 14, 2012) – The list continues to grow.

On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that his state will not create a state-run health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Scott, like many other republican governors rejecting exchanges, cited a lack of answers from the federal government to questions involving the costs, impacts and flexibility of the state-run exchanges.

“At this time we do not have sufficient information on the cost of implementing a state health care exchange to Florida taxpayers, Florida businesses or Florida health insurance purchasers,” said Jackie Schutz, the governor’s spokeswoman.

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Virginia Governor Rejects State Exchange

RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 14, 2012) – The list continues to grow.

On Friday, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that his state will not create a state-run health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

McDonnell, like many other republican governors rejecting exchanges, cited a lack of answers from the federal government to questions involving the costs, impacts and flexibility of the state-run exchanges.

“For months, Virginia has asked the Obama administration to provide clear guidance and comprehensive answers to important questions that would determine major components and financial impacts to the Commonwealth should we decide to run our own exchange,” Governor McDonnell said. “Originally, I asked that we begin the planning process to potentially operate a state-based exchange for Virginia, primarily so we would be in control of this process. However, despite repeated requests for information, we have not had any clear direction or answers from Washington until recent days, and we cannot conclude, as we review those materials, that we would have the control and flexibility needed to efficiently and effectively run our own state exchange

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7 States, Action Steps to Nullify NDAA

via People Against the NDAA (PANDA)

If you live in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin, or know someone who does, you need to call your State Representatives and Senators NOW.

We especially want to contact the Speaker and Minority Leader of each House and Senate. Contact information below. Let’s take back our freedom!

Instructions for Each State Below

In Michigan, there is a bill on the Senate Floor in the next few days that could stop the NDAA:

Call your Michigan Senators NOW: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/members/memberlist.htm

In Ohio, Representative Anthony DeVitis is reviewing our legislation, call to urge him to go forward and call all other Ohio Representatives and Senators:

Representative DeVitis:

(614) 466-1790

Representatives: http://www.house.state.oh.us/

Senators: http://www.ohiosenate.gov/senate2012/members/senate-directory

In Oklahoma, Senator Greg Treat is looking at our legislation, call to urge him to go forward and call all other Oklahoma Representatives and Senators:

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Federalism and the 10th: The State Reclamation Begins

The state governments are now beginning in earnest to do something about the encroaching federal government. Way back in 1994 when the “Republican Revolution” was taking place in Congress the Republican Governors Association (RGA) “adopted” a sort of “declaration of independence” for themselves.  From Congress we got the “Contract with America” and from the RGA…

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Promises to Restrict Future Spending Are Worthless

It appears likely that congressional Republicans are eventually going to accept a tax increase in exchange forreal spending cuts smaller spending increases in the future. If and when that happens, Speaker Boehner should surround himself with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy at the press conference on the deal.

I could spend days explaining my pessimism, but I’ll just point to two pertinent examples of Congress being unable to control itself. First, we have the so-called Medicare “doc fix,” which was adeptly explained by Reason’sPeter Suderman earlier this week. In 1997, Congress created a formula (“sustainable growth rate”) to constrain physician reimbursements. But shortly after the formula started to do what it was intended to, Congress got cold feet:

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Is it time states use a constitutional check to stop Obamacare?

Presently, at least 17 states have chosen not to setup insurance exchanges with respect to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Law, commonly cited as Obamacare, primarily because they fear that doing so would bankrupt their state and they remain convinced that it is a serious intrusion on their constitutional jurisdiction—even freedom. Some were among the 26 states that suede the Federal Government for exceeding its constitutional authority. They may not know that they have one constitutional check left to exercise if they but have the will.

Those who spend any time with the Constitution know that the federal government is limited to a list of specific areas wherein Congress can legislate (Art. I, Sec. 8) and if a wanted power is not on that list, or not added thereto by way of an amendment to the Constitution, they are prohibited from legislating therein. All other powers not provided in that document are left to the states and to the people as per Amendment 10 of the Bill of Rights. Checks and balances were created in an effort to keep the federal government from creating its own authority and taking over everything. The Founding Fathers saw going off the list and doing something not authorized as tyranny.

Senators were especially charged to protect state sovereignty, the list, and the 10th Amendment, but Progressives in the early 20th Century weakened that protection by ratifying the 17th Amendment, which favored a popular vote for this office rather than, as it was before, having Senators selected by state legislatures who were purposely far more state sovereignty centered. State power was thereafter left unprotected and measures clearly of state jurisdiction and unlisted, such as healthcare, got through the badly damaged shield and became law.

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Put Pennsylvania in the ‘No’ column; Keystone State will not set up exchange

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Dec. 12, 2012) – The list continues to grow.

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced the Keystone State will not create a state-run health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Corbett cited a lack of answers from the federal government to questions involving the costs, impacts and flexibility of the state-run exchanges.

“Healthcare reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning. Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars,” Corbett said in a statement. “Therefore, I have decided not to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange at this time. It would be irresponsible to put Pennsylvanians on the hook for an unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not been fully written.”

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