On December 16, 2103, Georgia State Representatives, Jason Spencer –180th, David Stover – 71st, Scot Turner – 21st, Michael Caldwell –20th held a press conference to introduce HB 707 , The Georgia Health Care Freedom and ACA Noncompliance Act. It is based on the Tenth Amendment Center’s four-step plan to nullify ObamaCare.

In his opening statement, Representative Spencer said, “Our taxpayer paid institutions have started implementing ObamaCare in the state of Georgia and that goes against the wishes of elected representatives and the people that we serve.” (YouTube link)

Spencer went on to outline the general provisions contained in HB 707.

In his statement, Representative Stover said that ObamaCare hit Georgia was very hard. As of Nov. 30, 400,000 individuals had lost their health insurance. Only California had more people suffering through dropped coverage, and it has four times the population as Georgia.  (YouTube link)

The opening statement of HB 707 says, “The General Assembly finds that: 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.” This makes a strong statement for federalism, one of the founding principles upon which our country founded.

The bill also states, “The assumption of power that the federal government has made by enacting the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 interferes with the right of the people of the State of Georgia to regulate health care as they see fit and makes a mockery of James Madison’s assurance in Federalist No. 45 that the ‘powers delegated’ to the federal government are ‘few and defined,’ while those of the states are ‘numerous and indefinite.’”

The provisions read as follows:

  • to prohibit powers, assets, employees, agents, or contractors of the state or any political subdivision, municipality, or other local government authority from engaging in an activity that aids any agency in the enforcement of provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010;
  • to endow the Attorney General with authority to bring suit to enjoin violations of such prohibition and issue advisory rulings;
  • to provide that neither the State of Georgia nor any of its political subdivisions shall establish a health care exchange for the purchase of health insurance nor participate in or purchase insurance from a health care exchange established by a nonprofit organization;
  • to provide that no agency, department, or other state entity shall authorize an employee, contractor, vendor, or any other person acting on behalf of such agency, department, or entity to undertake any action under the aegis of Section 2951 of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 or a process established pursuant to such act;

Representative Spencer said that these measures “will prohibit the state of Georgia from participating in the destruction of our economy.” On the first day of the next legislative session, they plan to introduce another bill that would have Georgia join a lawsuit to overturn the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld the federal law.

 Carolyn Cosby is the director of Georgians for Health Care Freedom.  Her organization has collected over 34,000 signatures in support of the bill. GFHCF web site lists, “such notables as Governor Deal and insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens have signed along with Congressman Bob Barr, Paul Broun, Tom Price and Phil Gingrey.”

She was present at the press conference and said, “Our State Representatives have heard the call of the people to protect us against this federal mandate that is hurting our families in Georgia. The sheer volume of signatures demand legislative action.” Media covered the meeting nationally and throughout the state:

Interestingly a Google search did not reveal an article from The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Perhaps they though it not newsworthy, or did not wanting to report on something that did not fit their political agenda.

Bert Loftman

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