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Amendment would protect individuals from unconstitutional federal mandate

Manchester, NH - Today, Cornerstone-Action called on members of the New Hampshire Senate to support an amendment being offered by Senator Jeb Bradley this Wednesday to SB505.  The amendment would protect individuals in New Hampshire from being forced to purchase health care insurance under the new federal mandate as passed last night by Congress.  Many states have already deemed the provision unconstitutional and have indicated their willingness to sue the federal government over the mandate under the dictates of the tenth amendment to the US Constitution.

Commenting on the proposed amendment by Senator Bradley was Cornerstone-Actions', Kevin Smith, "The New Hampshire Senate has an opportunity to do right by the state's citizens by passing Senator Bradley's amendment.  Aside from the fact that Congress passed such an unpopular health care bill, many legal analysts believe that various provisions contained within the legislation are simply unconstitutional - including forcing individuals to purchase private health insurance.  As such, 37 states are currently in the process of considering taking legal action against the government.  Passage of Senator Bradley's amendment would send a signal to New Hampshire voters that at least their state representatives are looking out for them."   


NH DHHS Announces Change in Benefits

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing a change in the way clients access cash benefits with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) debit cards. EBT is a method DHHS’ Division of Family Assistance (DFA) uses to deliver benefits to clients receiving food stamps or cash assistance.

For cash benefits, currently clients can go to ATM’s to withdraw money four times a month before an EBT card transaction fee is charged. Beginning April 1, cash assistance clients will be allowed two free cash ATM withdrawals per month; an EBT transaction fee of fifty cents will be charged for each additional ATM cash withdrawal after the two free ones.

“We want to alert our clients who receive cash assistance, you can avoid any cash withdrawal-related fees simply by requesting cash back when using your EBT card to make purchases at stores—especially supermarkets—that accept EBT,” said DFA Director Terry Smith. “Another free alternative is for clients to avoid EBT altogether by allowing the Department to direct-deposit benefits into their personal bank account."

Food stamp recipients are never allowed cash or change back under any circumstance.

The first two ATM withdrawals each calendar month are only guaranteed to be free of EBT-related transaction fees. Certain ATM’s may charge their own fee when the recipient makes a withdrawal.

EBT cash recipient cardholders can find additional information and a list of participating retailers on their personal EBT Cardholder Web site at


AFP - A Tough Night 

Dear Friend,

Yesterday, we suffered a tough defeat on the health care takeover vote in Congress.  But take heart - we won with the American people.  And trust me, this battle is not over.

Every public opinion poll demonstrates that a solid majority of the American people oppose this health care takeover bill.  Every major election since health care took center stage was won by candidates opposing this legislation - Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts. 

Why are the American people with us and against the liberals in Congress? 

They're with us for two key interconnected reasons.

First, the energy and determination and sacrifice of literally hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists just like you helped win our fellow citizens to our side.  They saw the "Hands Off My Health Care" rallies, congressional town hall meetings (when members of Congress would actually hold them), tea parties, bus tours.  They heard you talking to them, read your emails and blogs, watched your passion and heard your reasoning. 

When Speaker Pelosi called us "un-American" and Majority Leader Reid said we were "evil-mongers" and the Obama administration said we were "astro-turf," they looked around and realized that in fact you and I and so many grassroots activists are friends, family, neighbors, little league coaches, teachers, veterans, students.  In short, our freedom movement is so big that political independents now personally know and hear from us and that's making a huge difference. 

Second, the facts of this issue are simply on our side.  Our fellow citizens know a Washington, D.C. - passed bill over 2,000 pages long, costing $1.2 trillion just in the first decade, adding at least 118 new federal agencies, and hiring 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce the $569.2 billion in new tax increases is another disastrous big-government scheme.

Our fellow citizens know that a government powerful enough to create new health care boards and to mandate what is or is not acceptable health insurance coverage will in the end get between us and our doctors.  They know government control of health care means bureaucrats deciding who gets what treatment and when.  After all, they only have to look north to Canada or across the Atlantic to Europe for frightening examples. 

This vote tells us a lot about Congress.  Every single Republican in the House voted NO.  34 Democrats voted NO as well, and we should thank both groups. CLICK HERE for the list of members and how they voted.

But, 219 Democrats put their party and their liberal ideology and their fear of the Left's machine above the clear desire of their constituents and voted YES. 

Now, some state attorneys general are talking about suing, and states are passing laws trying to exempt their citizens from being forced to purchase government-approved health insurance.

In the coming days we will detail plans to make sure this health care issue stays front and center.  Our website petition continues to grow with over 323,000 people signing the petition in just 4 days.  Let's make sure Congress sees this list of citizens grow each and every day. 

But for now, let's get up off the ground, shake off the dust and prepare for what lies ahead.


Tim Phillips

PS:  One last thing.  I would love to hear your most enduring memory up till now from this health care battle that we're fighting.  Perhaps it's something you saw or heard at a rally, tea party or "Hands Off My Health Care" bus tour event.  Or, perhaps it's a response you received to an email or call. 

Email me at and we'll share these with your fellow activists.

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ALG Condemns House for Enacting $2.5 Trillion "ObamaCare"; Encourages States to Attack Individual Mandate 

"Without the individual mandate, ObamaCare will lose much of its teeth.  The American people owe Attorney General Cuccinelli a debt of gratitude for taking the initiative to overturn to most egregious assault on individual liberty in a generation."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

March 22nd, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the House of Representatives for enacting what he termed "the government takeover of health care that will ration treatment, increase the cost of premiums, and force Americans onto government-run insurance."

Last night, the House passed the Senate version of "ObamaCare" 219 to 212.  Wilson encouraged states, like Virginia, to pursue their plans to sue against the constitutionality of the federal mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.

Wilson said that the "Constitution does not permit Congress to enact any mandate for individuals to purchase anything, let alone health insurance."

According to the Roanoke Times, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will file his suit against the individual mandates tomorrow.  "With this law, the federal government will force citizens to buy health insurance, claiming it has the authority to do so because of its power to regulate interstate commerce," Cuccinelli said. "We contend that if a person decides not to buy health insurance, that person – by definition – is not engaging in commerce, and therefore, is not subject to a federal mandate."

"The individual mandate is the mechanism that will force the American people on to government-run health care," Wilson said.

"By design, ObamaCare makes insurance premiums more expensive and more unaffordable by mandating minimum levels of coverage.  Now, as individuals are forced to purchase plans that they cannot afford, they will have no choice but to opt into a government plan, like Medicaid," Wilson explained.

The relevant Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report stated, "CBO and JCT estimate that the average premium per person covered (including dependents) for new nongroup policies would be about 10 percent to 13 percent higher in 2016 than the average premium for nongroup coverage in that same year under current law… Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law."

The Senate version of the bill that the House adopted expands Medicaid eligibility to 133 percent of the poverty level.  Wilson predicted that would be expanded further "as Congress conspires to make privately-bought insurance completely unaffordable."

Wilson said that without the individual mandate, "ObamaCare will lose much of its teeth.  The American people owe Attorney General Cuccinelli a debt of gratitude for taking the initiative to overturn to most egregious assault on individual liberty in a generation."



Horn For Congress - Repeal the Health Care Bill! 

Last night, the United States House of Representatives passed one of the most irresponsible pieces of legislation in American history. Overriding the will of the people, the House voted to increase taxes, decrease access to private health insurance, decrease the quality of care available in our country, hurt small businesses, cut Medicare and cost our economy millions of jobs...setting us on the path to the soft socialism of Europe.

Speaker Pelosi and President Obama schemed and traded to get enough votes to pass a bill that will give government control of 1/6 of our economy. They don't understand what we all know to be true: the American dream is built on independence, not government dependence

We may have lost a battle, but we will not lose the war. It is time for a new day in Washington. Together, we can still stop this massive government takeover of Health Care by sending a new kind of Representative to Washington. When I go to Congress the first thing I will do is introduce legislation to REPEAL THIS BILL.

Make no mistake, this is going to be a tough fight. My primary opponent is a Washington insider who was a part of the big spending Congress that got us into trouble to begin with. Both of my Democrat opponents supported this bill and are well financed by the special interests.

But we can beat them if we stand together. Please visit my website,
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We need Representatives with the political courage to do what is right. We needpeople who will fight big government and stand up against the culture of corruption in Washington.

We cannot give up. They are hoping you will tire of the fight, but we will never tire of fighting for our freedom. Let's send a message to Washington that enough is enough. Let's send a message that we want less government and not more. Let's tell them we want responsible health insurance reform that does not increase ourtaxes and destroy American jobs.

What we have seen play out with this health care debate is the perfect example of just how dysfunctional and corrupt the process has become. We cannot trust the  career politicians and Washington insiders to fix what they have broken - it is time for new voices and a renewed dedication to our founding principles.

Remember, our founding fathers wrote the Constitution not to limit our freedom, but to limit our government.

Thank you
Jennifer Horn

p.s. Congress may have ignored our voices up until now, but they will hear us on election day! We need to remind them that actions have consequences. Please visit my website []
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