With this past weekend’s actions of the North Carolina GOP Executive Committee, the state’s Republican leadership have been put on notice by grassroots party officials from across the state who expect them to declare their intentions on returning any federal monies requested and accepted by Gov. Perdue.

The Resolution and the overwhelming vote makes a clear statement that the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act’s healthcare exchanges are not welcome in North Carolina, and it is the position of the majority of the county and state leadership that the PPACA, otherwise known as Obamacare,is not needed in our state.

We at the Tenth Amendment Center wish to commend the NC GOP Executive Committee on their stand on Obamacare monies. We would urge them to join us in requesting the first order of business in the 2013 session of the State Legislature would be the introduction and passage of the Federal Health Care Nullification Act making Obamacare “null and void” in North Carolina.

We hope that the North Carolina General … “Assembly doth explicitly and peremptorily declare, that it views the powers of the federal government, as resulting from the compact, to which the states are parties, as limited by the plain sense and intention of the instrument constituting the compact; as no further valid than they are authorized by the grants enumerated in that compact; and that in case of deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states who are parties thereto,have the right, and are in duty bound, to interpose, for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights and liberties appertaining to them.” – James Madison (Virginia Resolution of 1798) (emphasis added)

As to the other battles, brewing in the NC GOP between the establishment and the grassroots activist there are hints in several articles that the struggle for party leadership will be very much up for grabs next year. How the Legislative leadership and Governor-elect handle Obamacare may go a long way in determining who will come out on top in June at the State GOP Convention.

William Kennedy

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