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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Once Again They Refuse to Listen #NoStateXchng

ONCE AGAIN THEY REFUSE TO LISTEN

The Florida Legislature is preparing to implement a State Healthcare Exchange required by ObamaCare instead of standing on principle to reclaim their sovereign rights in this disgraceful power grab.

Just because the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the "plan" is a constitutionally permitted "tax," it does not mean that it must be accepted in its present form (or at all). The question of its violation of the Congress' Constitutional authority has not yet been ruled, because the issue was not "ripe," and that challenge must come from the states. State governments must act to protect their citizens in the same manner as was done against the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. At that time, the legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky declared these acts null and void against their citizens and asserted their states' obligation to protect their own citizens (even against the federal government).  In the face of today's federal overreach, twenty-one states have already expressed opposition to these exchanges. 

The Florida Senate Select Committee on PACA (Patient Affordable Care Act) is having their first meeting on Monday, December 3rd at 3:00 pm. The members must know from today on that we expect them to say NO to any implementation of state exchanges for Obamacare.

In that effort, Florida opposition groups are hosting the tools you can use to let these people know that they are being watched very carefully. We are asking that each of you link to the following websites to initiate a letter of opposition to the legislators who are involved in this question and to our Governor, who is remaining undecided.

  • It is IMPERATIVE that every member of this committee be called and emailed between now and Monday afternoon.
  • They must be told to just say "NO" to implementing State-run PACA exchanges.
  • 21 other States will NOT be creating exchanges. FLORIDA must join those States in non-compliance.

Florida Tenth Amendment Center

Further, the complete NULLIFICATION of the Patient Affordability Care Act must be enacted in Florida to rid us of this curse once and for all. See our model legislation at http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/legislation/federal-health-care-nullification-act/.

Activist KrisAnne Hall, in recent confernce calls, referenced her articles on Nullification which are on her website along with a sample letter to be used for sending to our legislators and Governor. 

The Liberty GroupThe Liberty Group, a national patriot site, also posted an opposition page.

The Tenth Amendment Center has a petition and a resolution on their website.

Americans for Prosperity has an Action Alert on their website.

KrisAnne Hall recommended that we all send letters from our own perspectives - focusing on the constitutional and economic issues.  She is scheduled to speak before the committee on Monday but may only be given 2 minutes. They are trying to find out if other people can sign up to speak and then reserve their time for KrisAnne.

She suggested that we do an “e-rally” beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd and run through 3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3rd.  During this time we should bombard our Florida legislators and the Governor with emails, phone calls, faxes, and tweets. 

Anyone who can, should go to Tallahassee on Monday.  Please plan on visiting the committee members' offices prior to their hearing.  We need to make it clear that if they do go ahead and set up the health exchanges, there will be consequences to their actions. We need to let them know that we will not support them if they implement the exchanges. We also need to resolve ourselves to the fact that we will not comply with the law if it goes into effect.  She asked that we pass this information on to our members or anyone else we know who can help with this endeavor.

The federal government has been given $1 billion to establish exchanges and that money is ALREADY gone.  If we refuse to establish the exchanges, the federal government is not prepared and cannot establish the exchanges on their own.

This could be a fatal blow to the healthcare act as the federal government will have to ask Congress for more money to establish the exchanges and we can pressure them not to grant it.

On their website (AFP) is an Action alert where you can email Governor Scott, Senator Gaetz, and Rep. Weatherford.

(editor's note: Sen. Gaetz has already replied to this writer that, in his opinion, the Act was ruled "constitutional" and they are "obligated" to comply. WE DISAGREE.) 

StopTheFloridaExchangesOn Facebook, you can participate at http://www.facebook.com/StopTheFloridaExchanges.

For those who use TWITTER, use the hashtag, #NoStateXchng.

Remember, the more contacts you make, the more likely they are to realize that they are selling out their fellow citizens with this state exchange.

Tell your state representatives and senators:

  • The Federal government cannot force states to implement the exchanges (they currently have no ability to operate or to fund exchanges if the states don’t implement).  States will not have flexibility if they set up their own exchanges. Everything will have to be approved by the Federal government.
  • If the state sets up an exchange it is going to result in taxes on businesses ($3,000 per employee),  this happens only if a state sets up an exchange.
  • It will result in higher costs per family, either in premium costs or penalties.

We have already had an Exchange in Florida. Back in the 90's, called "Community Health Purchasing Alliances" (CHPA). They NEVER operated in the black - we, the taxpayers had to make up the difference every year. Sen Bill Nelson called them his biggest nightmare. Why would we want to go back to that (remember definition of insanity)?

Taxes are built into the bill that are linked directly to the premium costs, and will rise with a snowballing effect.  When the taxes rise, the premiums will rise.  As the premiums rise the taxes will rise. Nightmare.

68% of Florida residents would be eligible for the tax credits to help pay the premiums. Medicaid rolls would greatly expand. The federal government will send money for the first three years, after that Florida will have to fund a portion of it. Do you think Florida's share will be assessed favorably?

We will not finish this battle on Monday.  This will be an ongoing fight for many months. We will need your SUSTAINED support.  We intend to keep up with the contact after Monday, as a slow stream of constant reminders that WE WILL NOT COMPLY! 

The Organizing Committee
Martin 9/12 TeaParty Committee in support of

Americans for Prosperity

The Tenth Amendment Center

KrisAnne Hall

Tea Party Patriots

The Agenders of Florida

represented by:

Henry Kelly, legislative@fwbteaparty.com

KrisAnne Hall, KrisAnne@KrisAnneHall.com

Slade Obrien, sobrien@afphq.org

Abigail Macgiver, amacgiver@afphq.org

Karen Schoen, kbschoen@bellsouth.net 

 

 

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