MI Bill in Committee Says No to Expansion of Medicaid

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is one of several Republican Governors to push for the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.   “This makes sense for the physical and fiscal health of Michigan,” said Snyder who studied the issue thoroughly before arriving at his decision. “Expansion will create more access to primary care providers, reduce the burden on hospitals and small businesses, and save precious tax dollars. It also puts Michigan rather than Washington in the driver’s seat in terms of implementation, which allows us to better address Michigan’s specific needs.”  While he makes these arguments, he knows he will be up against his own party.  

Michigan Bill SB0041 regarding Michigan compliance with expanding medicaid coverage to certain poverty level; prohibit. Amends 1939 PA 280 (MCL 400.1 - 400.119b) by adding sec. 105c was introduced by Senators Caswell, Jansen and Colbeck on January 16, 2003, and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

AMENDMENT TO SEC. 105C. (1) THE STATE SHALL NOT EXPAND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY TO NONELDERLY INDIVIDUALS WITH INCOME AT OR  BELOW 133% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES AS DIRECTED UNDER THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, PUBLIC LAW 111-148.

(2) AS USED IN THIS SECTION, “FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES” MEANS THE POVERTY GUIDELINES PUBLISHED ANNUALLY IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES UNDER ITS AUTHORITY TO REVISE THE POVERTY LINE UNDER
SECTION 673(2) OF SUBTITLE B OF TITLE VI OF THE OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT OF 1981, 42 USC 9902.

On March 18, 2003, a powerful new report from the Florida-based Foundation for Government Accountability suggests that cost projections relied on by Gov. Rick Snyder in recommending that Michigan go along with an optional-for-states Obamacare Medicaid expansion may be far too low.  If correct, this could potentially lead to future state budget crises in Michigan for as far as the eye can see.

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Kansas 2nd Amendment Preservation Act Moves Another Step Closer to the Governor’s Desk

Today, the Kansas State Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs moved House Bill 2199 (HB2199) a step closer to Governor Brownback’s Desk. The committee passed the bill by a voice vote, and it will not get a debate and vote in the full State Senate.

The State House previously passed the bill by a vote of 94-29. If signed into law, HB2199 would nullify a wide range of federal attacks on the right to keep and bear arms in the State of Kansas.  It states, in part:

Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas

 In conjunction with Section 6a (quoted above), the bill defines what is meant by “the second amendment to the constitution of the United States,” and it isn’t based off a decision of the supreme court.

The second amendment to the constitution of the United States reserves to the people, individually, the right to keep and bear arms as that right was understood at the time that Kansas was admitted to statehood in 1861, and the guaranty of that right is a matter of contract between the state and people of Kansas and the United States as of the time that the compact with the United States was agreed upon and adopted by Kansas in 1859 and the United States in 1861.

State and local agents would be prevented from supporting any acts or actions that are “null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas.”  Based off this text, the state of Kansas would not be allowed to participate in any federal gun control measures that restrict the individual right to keep and bear arms as understood in 1861.   

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Obama Administration Responding to State Nullification: Intends to Press On with Obamacare

originally published at The New American Magazine

President Obama will not wait on states to enforce ObamaCare. The Obama administration has announced its intent to disregard state laws and state constitutional amendments prohibiting the enforcement of ObamaCare. Federal agents from the Department of Health and Human Services will assume absolute control over states’ health insurance industry and regulation in states that refuse to comply with the federal healthcare mandates.

In an exclusive telephone interview with The New American, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak reported that the his office has received a letter from Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) Deputy Administrator and Director Gary Cohen informing him that the federal government will impose ObamaCare regulations on insurance companies in Oklahoma. The CCIIO is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

According to a story in Politico, Doak’s colleagues in Missouri, Wyoming, and Texas have received these notifications, as well.

In a press release issue by his office after receiving Cohen’s letter, Doak writes that the “Oklahoma Insurance Department will not be participating in a collaborative effort with the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) to enforce the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”

Doak’s statement continues:

The Oklahoma Insurance Department regulates the health insurance policies sold in the state and responds to consumer questions and complaints. Our consumer assistance team receives over 30,000 phone calls and our website receives over 1,000,000 visits each year. We will continue to serve these consumers by adhering to our duties under the State Constitution and Statutes. The consumers are the ones who are going to bear the costs of these unnecessary federal regulatory burdens.

In addition to adding new fees to health insurance products that will increase prices both inside and outside the exchange, the ACA requires plans to add expensive and often unnecessary coverage benefits. These costs will impact young adults most severely due to the law’s requirement that older Americans pay no more than three times the premium of young adults. A survey of insurers by the American Action Forum found that average premiums for young, healthy adults may triple going into 2014.

“This is yet another example of continued overreach of the federal government on states’ rights,” Doak told The New American, when asked about the conflict. “This is the first shot over the bow of states” which have chosen not to enforce ObamaCare’s myriad mandates, he added.

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Arizona: The window for HB2573, NDAA Nullification, is almost CLOSED!

Arizona NDAA Nullification – Your Help is Needed Immediately!

It passed the rules committee yesterday, 3/25, because of the pressure we put on Representative Robson who decided to bring it up for a hearing – and even voted YES on it. The only person left that would hold this bill from moving forward is Representative Tobin.

If we can convince Representative Tobin to allow a final full House vote on HB2573, we have a chance with Senate President Andy Biggs possibly authorizing the same in the State Senate – by releasing it from the Senate committees, put it on appropriations and get it on the Senate agenda. 

ACTION ITEMS

1. Call Representative Tobin. Andy Tobin | 602-926-5172
Strongly, but respectfully let him know that you want nothing less than a vote in the full house immediately. Let him know that if anything, we would like to simply show support for the legislation for the next session.

 2. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters. 

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East Coverntry Township, Pa. Unanimously Passes Second Amendment Preservation Resolution

In the wake of Newtown Connecticut shootings, the Board of Supervisors of East Coventry Township enacted a Second Amendment Preservation Resolution by a vote of 4-0, with Chairman Ray Kolb abstaining.

Supervisor Michael Moyer introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Resolution, which expresses deep regret over those lost to gun violence, but reaffirms the rights of law-abiding citizens.

“WHEREAS the People and the Board of Supervisors of East Coventry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, while saddened and sympathetic to those people who have suffered tragedies related to the misuse of firearms are also deeply concerned that these tragic events will be used as excuses to infringe upon the constitutionally guaranteed individual right to keep and bear firearms, firearms accessories or ammunition; all of which infringements are in violation of the 2ND Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article 1, Section 21 “Right to Bear Arms” of the Pennsylvania Constitution.”

This Second Amendment Preservation Resolution lays out the constitutionality of protecting our rights from unconstitutional laws and regulations, and explains why they need to be resisted by employees of the municipality, along  with the county and the state.

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