Tag Archives: Health care reform

The answer to Health Care Reform – Nullification!

The Tenth Amendment (Amendment X) of the United States Constitution, which is part of the Bill of Rights, was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Tenth Amendment restates the Constitution’s principle of Federalism.  

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 

What is nullification and why is it important? 

Nullification is a right guaranteed to the states through the constitution. Originally written by Thomas Jefferson in 1798, nullification is the process by which a state can void a federal law within its’ own borders. Simply put if the federal government passes laws that it does not have the authority to pass the states have a right to void them.

Jefferson worried that there was no protection for the states if the federal government overstepped its Constitutional Authority. Jefferson believed that because the states formed the federal government and ratified the Constitution, that they had the power to decide if laws passed by the federal government were Constitutional.

The only power given to the federal government is found in Article I Section 8 of the Constitution, all other powers belong to the states. Jefferson believed that the states had the right to tell Washington no, if the laws they were imposing were unfair to their citizens.  

How nullification works:

If the federal government passes a law that is unconstitutional a state legislature writes a resolution, passes it, then sends it to the be signed by the governor telling the federal government that the law does not exist in that state This is well within the states duties and rights.

Currently, as many as twenty five states are considering nullification tactics against a wide variety of proposed federal laws such as Real ID, gun control and health care reform. This is the answer for turning back the final health care bill that is ultimately coming. 

So here is how to DEMAND nullification: 

  • Call all of your state level representatives and tell them you want the health care reform bill nullified.
  • Send letters to all state representatives urging them to talk to your governor
  • Spread the word, tell everyone you know who is against this bill to do the same. 

Here is a sample letter, which I found on notintexas.org which I have modified: 

To  Representative: 

You are my representative in the (Your State Government) and I am asking you to represent me in the attack of the federal government against my personal liberties. I am asking you to stand up to for freedom and express to the United States Government that when they overstep Constitutional authority, (Your State) will not fall victim to their tyranny. The growth of the federal government and the slow method at which they have been taking our freedom is spinning out of control.  

As a citizen of (Your State), I want you to know that I am afraid of the steps the federal government is taking to compromise my freedom. I am also worried about the steps the federal government is taking to bypass the Constitution that was designed to protect me. I am signing this petition to ask you to protect me from the federal government. Sign a resolution of nullification for all legislation passed by the United States Government starting as soon as the resolution is signed. Write a resolution that states that any bill passed will not become law in (Your State) without the (Your State) Government passing the law. The resolution must also say that the (Your State) Government is not to change any meetings and must adhere to the State Constitution’s meeting schedule. Under the powers of the Tenth Amendment, (Your State) reserves the right to accept and reject all federal legislation.  

I am asking that if necessary a Special Session called by (Your Governor). I am asking you as my representative to request one be called. I am also asking you to have the resolution ready to be entered into both houses with the same language to smooth out this process as quickly as possible. This is necessary to ensure my freedoms and yours, so act with haste.  

Sincerely, 

Your Name 

I do not know if every state Constitution has provisions for nullification but many do. We need to use this Constitutional right to protect our freedom and liberty. Educate yourself on the protections that your state provides and take whatever action is needed to fight back against unconstitutional actions by the federal government. This is a call for a peaceful and legal response to unfair actions by the federal government.

Wake up America! The Constitution provides tools for us to control the federal government should it become out of control. Now is the time to use them. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for nullification. 

Restore the Republic, Wield your Constitutional Rights, Reject Intrusive Federal Government!

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — Patrick Henry

The 10th Amendment, a tool to control the federal government!

A quick primer on the 10th Amendment…… 

Amendment X – The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or the people.
The United States Constitution

Ever heard of the 10th Amendment? It was put in the U.S. Constitution by the founding fathers to protect us from a run away federal government. The Constitution clearly and deliberately delegates the authority that is allocated to the federal government. Everything else falls to either state or local government and allows the will of the citizens to be the deciding factor in many aspects of the law. The idea being that local and state governments would be better able to determine community needs than the federal government.

Why were the founding fathers so intent on delineating state and federal government? Probably because many of them or their families had left Europe to escape oppressive governments or monarchies that thought they knew what was best for everyone on all issues from religion to taxes. By limiting the scope of the federal government they were creating a union of sovereign states that allowed for unique differences based on the desires of each states’ population.

“The powers delegated to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the state governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, [such] as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce. The powers reserved to the several states will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people.” James Madison, The Federalist

Continuous over reaching by the federal government for the last twenty years is causing a backlash at the state level. The current administration and their agenda have only accelerated this trend. The movement for state sovereignty has gained momentum because the balance of power has tilted too far and for too long in the direction of the federal government. These bills are not political statements of independence. They are a rejection of the increasing cost of unfunded mandates being placed upon the states by the federal government. Currently, there are at least 30 states with bills before their state legislatures. As out of control federal spending increases, the odds are that some of these sovereignty bills will pass next year increases as well.

Earlier this year, just in time for April 15th and the Tax Day Tea Parties that had been announced, the Department of Homeland Security released a report that detailed the department’s concerns about increased security threats from “right wing extremists”. One of the ideologies warned about in the report was … states’ rights. 

We also saw a backlash against our citizens during the Congressional summer break as members held town halls on the healthcare reform issues in their home states. Washington is not listening and the people are growing frustrated with the federal government. A recent Rasmussen poll shows 71% of Americans are angry with the federal government. 

This lack of respect is fueling activities at the state level for citizens and state legislators to review their options with regard to the 10th Amendment. States which still have healthier or more stable economies and reasonable state budgets are concerned by Washington’s directives. They do not want to be driven toward bankruptcy by the federal government which seems to have latched on to the California model of how to run a state. 

Contrary to rumors and media innuendo, most supporters of states’ rights are not interested in secession or avoiding their tax obligations but rather restoring the appropriate balance (as defined by the Constitution) between states and the federal government. Make no mistake those in power at the federal level are not in favor of reducing the size and scope of Washington’s authority. As this movement gains momentum expect increased friction and fighting over this important issue.

More things to consider as this story continues to unfold…..

“Right wing extremists” and tea parties are not the problem – radical legislators and activist judges are a bigger threat. This is a threat that the founding fathers anticipated, so they provided no Constitutional power for Congress to override state laws. Also if they really intended to give Congress the authority to act in the interest of the “general welfare,” why would Article I, Section 8, have been included ? Keep in mind, it also did not give the judicial branch unlimited jurisdiction over the states.

The Tenth Amendment was written after the Constitutional was ratified. It was added to reinforce that the states remained individual and unique sovereignties and as such, were empowered in areas that the Constitution did not delegate to the federal government. Therefore, any federal attempt to legislate beyond the Constitutional limits of Congress’ authority is a usurpation of state sovereignty making it illegal.

As the Administration and the Congress continue to assert their radical agenda of more   bailouts, health care reform and expanded social programs, state governments are wondering where the money will come from. If they don’t comply they can lose federal funding. If they do comply, they are faced with unfunded obligations as many of these programs come with long strings that keep the programs in place long after the money runs out. Reasserting a state’s sovereignty maybe the only way to take a stand against these unfunded, mandated programs. 

Wake up America! Use the Constitution and the protection it offers from an overbearing federal government.

 Restore the Republic, Reject Federal Mandates! Contact your legislators and tell them that you support the 10th Amendment and reject federal mandates.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” — Patrick Henry

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison

Gov. Perry calls for U.S. Governors to defend States’ Rights

On December 23rd, Governor Rick Perry of Texas communicated to other state governors the position of his state on the health care reform being slammed through Congress and announced his plans to address it; he wrote:

“Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is joining with several other state attorneys general to place this deal under proper scrutiny, to determine if such an exclusion is unconstitutional. His office, along with mine, will continue to explore all options available to us as we attempt to minimize the damages that can be caused to Texans by this ill-advised piece of legislation.” …

“As the chief executive officers of our individual sovereign states, we must stand up to this unprecedented intrusion in to our lives and the rights of our citizens. We must demonstrate resolve in the face of this infringement.” …

“This health care bill and its’ unfunded mandates are unhealthy to taxpayers, our economy and our democracy. I urge you to support the efforts of these attorneys general and ask your own to join it, and to work with me in ongoing efforts to assert the constitutional rights of states, s guaranteed under the 10th Amendment, to turn back the “one-size-fits-all” health care bill being forced through Congress. Together we can forge a powerful effort to ensure real health care reform without having the states left holding the budgetary bag for Congress yet again.”

In September, in a separate letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Perry had written:

“Instead of government mandates and more deficit spending, successful health care reforms can be achieved only by providing states the flexibility to develop state-specific solutions. I urge you to support our right, as a state, to further explore these approaches, rather than forcing us to implement federal mandates that promise financial hardships for the states and little in the way of benefits for our economy and all of our constituents.”

Not surprisingly this request fell on deaf ears. So now the issue for Texas and other states is the constitutionality of a compromise in the pending federal health care legislation exempting the state of Nebraska, to gain Sen. Ben Nelson’s vote, from increased Medicaid costs resulting from the bill’s passage. There are also other “bribery for support deals” which resulted in exemptions or funding for other states. These “bribery for support” deals will ultimately result in Texas and most other states paying even more to effectively subsidize expanded Medicaid. Meanwhile, Nebraska and the other selected states, that received special considerations on issues like rural health care and Medicare Advantage, in exchange for their votes, get a free ride. Not only should this be unconstitutional, it should be criminal! It is unbelievable that in America legislators are bribing each other with our money.

In Texas alone, this health care bill will drive up costs by $21 billion over the next 10 years and add an estimated 2 million more people the state’s Medicaid rolls. The governor also emphasized that this bill will impose unprecedented intrusion in to the lives and the rights of citizens by mandating that every American purchase health care coverage or face penalties.

To view the governor’s letter in its’ entirety, please visit: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/files/press-office/GovernorsHealthCare200912230261.pdf

This letter should serve as a call to action for all opposed to this bill. Use this as a template to send a message to your state’s Governor and Attorney General. Ask them to stand up for the 10th Amendment and your rights as a citizen of your state.

There are areas of health care that need reform and if the administration were serious about real reform they would break the reform down into smaller more focused pieces of legislation. There are significant opportunities such as tort reform, a clean up of Medicare fraud and allowing insurance companies to sell across state lines to name a few.

Wake up America! We must stop the passage of health care reform in its’ current form. It is a Trojan horse. It creates the foundation required to socialize medicine. Socialized medicine creates greater government control and is an infringement on your rights. Make your voice heard before it’s too late.

“With respect to the two words ‘general welfare,’ I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.” — James Madison

Obama’s approval sinks to record low

Obama’s approval sinks to record low

According to today’s the Rasmussen Report daily Presidential Tracking Poll indicates 42% Strongly Disapprove of the way Barack Obama is performing as President. Only 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of his performance resulting in a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19, the lowest of his presidency. This is the second straight day that his approval rating has fallen to a new low.

The report also says, “The 23% who Strongly Approve matches the lowest level of enthusiasm yet recorded. Just 41% of Democrats Strongly Approve while 69% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 21% Strongly Approve and 49% Strongly Disapprove. ….Among those who consider the economy to be the most important issue, just 26% Strongly Approve of the President’s performance while 39% Strongly Disapprove. Among those who consider fiscal policy issues the most important, just 1% Strongly Approve and 81% Strongly Disapprove”.

Part of the problem clearly stems from what appears to be a total lack of concern for what voters want, in other words an unwillingness listen to the people. Here are some examples:

Healthcare Reform: A recent Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey indicates that 51% of those surveyed oppose the plan. 40% Strongly Oppose the plan, while just 23% Strongly favor it, a negative index of -17. This has resulted in the lowest level of support for the President’s plan to date at just 41%.

“This suggests that public opinion about the health care plan is hardening,” says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “Despite the fact that most American believe our health care system needs major changes, most are opposed to what Congress is currently doing about it.”

Yet, Congress and the President continue to attempt to ram health care legislation through despite clear and consistent public opposition. While 72% of Democrats favor the plan, while 83% of Republicans and 62% of independents oppose it.

Also 66% of Americans believe that an increase free market in competition for healthcare will provide a better outcome than government regulation. Additionally, 57% believe the cost of healthcare will increase under a government plan and 54% believe the quality will go down.

Other Issues: Americans are split 43% to 43% on the issue of global warming. However, only 22% of Americans consider the UN/IPCC to be a reliable source of information on global warming. 49% disagree, saying the UN is unreliable on the topic and even question their motivations. A large number 29%, remain unsure.

In the meantime, at the UN summit in Copenhagen, Denmark next week the administration plans to advance a proposed international treaty on global warming. Obama has publicly committed the United States to a 17 % decrease in emissions by 2020. If Congress approves of this, critics say such a cut would seriously damage the U.S. economy.

While 47% of those surveyed believe that global warming is mostly the result of cyclical weather cycles, not human activity. Meanwhile the administration, Vice President Al Gore and other climate change activists believe humans are responsible.

U.S. voters (44%) see a conflict between fixing the economy and environmental protection initiatives, 31% disagree. Americans strongly believe congress and the administration must focus on the economy and job creation. 71% say the majority of Congress’ time should be spent on stimulating the economy to create jobs. This is being driven by 29% of companies reporting that their employers are continuing to lay people off.

All of this has led to recent surveys indicating that 71% of Americans are angry at the way the federal government is performing as a whole.

Americans are clearly starting to wake up, now the question is what are they going to do about it.

Restore America, Reject the Agenda of the Socialist Left!

“Go to Jail Go, Directly to Jail” – Nancy Pelosi

Ever play board games when you were a kid? Do you remember that game? Oh come on, you know the one where you went around and around the board trying to buy up all the property and earn money? Sure you do – the one where the winner is the player with all the money and the property at the end. All my life I thought the game was based on capitalism – turns out I was wrong. Apparently it is a game about a government run by Democrats. Now what was the name of that game? Oh yeah – it was called MONOPOLY and in Monopoly you better not land in the wrong place because if you do – It’s jail for you.

It appears that in addition to SEIU the House Democrats have reached out to Parker Bros. for help in designing their version of the government takeover of healthcare. Seems if you find yourself landing in the wrong place (unable or unwilling to buy healthcare); the House Healthcare Reform bill contains language that could land you in jail time if you do not buy the required coverage as prescribed under the proposed law.

Specifically, the bill states that individuals who don’t buy health insurance and fail to pay the fine of roughly 2.5 percent of their income which can be imposed for failing to purchase the required coverage face a penalty of up to 5 years in prison.

IRS Code provides for collection and enforcement authority for the healthcare proposal under the following sections:

• Section 7203 — misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 — felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.”

However, it gets worse; according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the lowest-cost non-group, family plan will cost $15,000/year by 2016 under HR 3862 which is the House of Representatives bill. That is versus a current average cost today of $10,880. This is shaping up to be another fine example of government efficiency and cost containment.

HR 3862 claim is that the bill makes healthcare more affordable for everyone but it only provides subsidies to help pay for coverage  after families making about $45,000 have paid 8 percent of their income towards insurance or after those earning a household income of about $65,000 have paid in 12 percent of their income. In either case this represents a significant bite out of the net income these families would need to live on.

Ironically, the only medical services that seem to be decreasing in cost are the ones not typically covered by medical insurance such as cosmetic surgery – why? Easy, because when insurance companies have little or no involvement the free market takes over and competition drives down prices. A government run public option will first drive insurance companies out of business which you might think would be a good thing but remember “nature hates a vacuum”. The result will be a government “monopoly” of healthcare that will be an inefficient, overpriced system that will ultimately deliver a lower standard of care and eventually result in rationing.

This is both unconstitutional and immoral. What has this happened to America? How have we gotten to a point where the government is actively engaging in the redistribution of wealth and providing “nanny state” services? To fund this madness the Communists, oops I mean Democrats in charge, are boldly proclaiming their intentions of making “the rich” pay an additional 5.75% in income tax.

It is time for the government to get out of the private sector and do the things it was intended to do. Healthcare is not a “constitutional right” anymore that it should be a “government requirement”. Don’t be fooled this is not about better access or more affordable healthcare. It is about a power grab by the government to tighten its’ grip on its’ citizens and gain more control.

Wake up, America! Tell Congress to quit playing games with our lives, liberties and freedoms. We do not want or need a government solution to every problem. Mr. President – if you are listening I am more worried about you and your cronies “gaming us” then other gaming the system. As for responsibility if you had a clue about what that means you would quit trying to spend us into bankruptcy or at the very least quit encouraging “generational theft”.

 It is time to stand up and say, “Enough!” Let your senators know that we do not want the government involved in running our health system. No compromise version of this 2000 page train wreck is the solution. The only answer is to start over and write small manageable pieces of legislation that address specific issues. Issues such as tort reform, increasing competition by opening up interstate purchasing opportunities or allowing the private insurance market to design multiple types of packages for consumers to select from which allows them to tailor coverage to their needs rather than a community standard.

Restore Free Choice, Restore the Republic, Reject Government Run Healthcare! If they refuse to listen, then it should be “Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail – Do not pass Go, Do not Collect your Government Pension!” You have been charged with Treason! Game Over! 

“If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom”. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Call to action against HR 3962

 The time for action is now!

 voight speaksTruth and Honor (Actor Jon Voight, today at Bachmann press conference on steps of the U.S. Capitol)

“…I am honored to be at the side of Michele Bachmann. A great Congresswoman, a great human being and a true American patriot (roar of applause) to hopefully be a voice for all Americans who do not want to pass Obama government-run health care. We do not want our freedom of choice taken away from us.

“President Obama has his own obsession with trying to ram this health bill through to create a socialist America. We would be no better off than the European countries, Canada, and New Zealand who suffer greatly from a poor health care system. They’re rationing system creates many deaths. Is that what we want?  (Crowd shouts “NO”) I agree with you. I say No as well.

“We as freedom-loving Americans must not be scared into Obama’s radical Chicago tactics. His agenda is not for the poor. It is solely for his own political gain…His only success in his one-year term as president is taking America apart piece by piece. Could it be he has had 20 years of subconscious programming by Rev. Wright to damn America?

“Let them hear our concerns and deep commitment to our love of liberty, freedom and protection of our great America? President Obama, how long is it going to take you to bring victory in Afghanistan and not sit idly by while we watch our soldiers being killed? (Roar of applause)

“God bless our great nation and may God give us strength to prevail.”

It is time to contact your elected representatives and tell them: No more spending and No more meddling! The time is now – Restore the Republic, Restore the American Dream and Reject Government Run Healthcare!

“That’s why people need to continue to go to the town halls, continue to melt the phone lines of their liberal members of Congress, and let them know, under no certain circumstances will I give the government control over my body and my health care decisions.” —Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN)

“This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.”   Thomas Jefferson

“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.”  Abraham Lincoln

Kill the Bill, Kill the Bill, Kill the Bill, Kill the Bill, Kill the Bill, Kill the Bill!!!!

A Pig with lipstick is still a pig!

Today, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a new label for the “public option” referring to it instead as the “consumer option.” The public option, under which the government would offer health insurance is the most debated element of healthcare reform.

Pelosi explained the public option/consumer option this way; “We are not throwing them (consumers) to the wolves of the insurance industry without an option for them to choose which is what I would call not the public option, but the consumer option. And option for consumers to either choose to go to the private sector if they wish or have some leverage by saying I have another choice here. “It lowers costs. It lowers cost. Remember it lowers cost. That’s very important, by tens of billions of dollars, the consumer option lowers cost to the budget and to the taxpayer. It keeps the insurance companies honest by increasing competition ….”

Pelosi claims the “consumer option” conveys a more accurate impression than “public option.”

I can only conclude that Pelosi thinks we are all idiots and that her feeble attempt at rebranding will trick us into believing that Congress is listenining to us.

Couple this with the shenanigans going on in the Senate under Harry Reid’s direction and you really do have to wonder if they respect or care about the voters and their opinions at all. See below:

From The Huffington Post:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Monday that the bill he will bring to the Senate floor will include a public health insurance option that individual states could decline to participate in.

“I’ve concluded –with the support of the White House, Senators Dodd and Baucus — that the best way to move forward is to include a public option with the opt-out provision for states,” said Reid, referring to the Senate health and finance committee representatives, respectively, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). “The public option, with an opt-out, is the one that’s fair.”

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/26/reid-the-public-option-wi_n_334284.html

The only victory in this fight is to send them back to the drawing board. Every version of the proposed bill is simply a “trojan horse” for what they really want. These bills are all designed to evolve through modifications and tinkering to become the bill that Obama and the Democrats want. Remember what Obama has said it may take 10 or 15 years but single payer is what we really want. Also remember Romney care in Massachusetts, it is a disaster. Romney claims that the bill he signed is no longer reflected in the current system and the democrats in the state house are to blame. Either way it proves if they can get their foot in the door all bets are off.

So in the end a pig with lipstick is still a pig!

Restore the Republic, Reject the Agenda of the Progressive Left!