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NHDP - Concord Monitor Calls Jeb Bradley's Plan a Doomed Effort

Concord Monitor Editorial: A Doomed Effort
March 24, 2010

Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley plans to file legislation that calls for exempting New Hampshire residents from an eventual federal mandate to purchase health insurance. If Bradley cannot be induced to give up his quixotic fight, Senate Democrats should minimize the embarrassment to the state by swiftly rejecting it. Federal law trumps state law, as Bradley, a former congressman, well knows.

Bradley's campaign, one being waged by Republicans in many states, is just political theater to allow conservatives to say, come election time, "Remember me: I'm the guy who stamped his feet really hard when health care reform passed."

The health care debate has united Republicans but also diminished them. The bill that passed, after all, was not much different than the one they proposed to counter Clinton-era health care reform efforts.

But that didn't stop many in positions of authority in their party from succumbing to talk that stopped just short of raving - cries not just of socialism but of "tyranny," "government takeover" and the "death of freedom."

The Republican members of Congress who stood on a House balcony to display a "Kill the bill" message at least showed the restraint expected of top elected officials; instead of writing the letters on their bare chests, they kept their clothes on. But their actions helped whip a crowd of protesters into such a frenzy that several yelled racial epithets at black members of Congress and spat on them.

Bradley has certainly not encouraged such behavior. But he does himself no credit by joining his party's vainglorious attempt to kill health care reform by challenging the federal mandate to purchase coverage.

The effort, as theater, is a farce. It's not the passage of health care reform that spells disaster; it's preserving the status quo.


NetRight Daily: ObamaCare Heads to Court... 

Fighting the Good Fight:  It was a battle which began last spring and it took the side of right nearly a year to fall despite the odds against it. As I write this, the nationalization of one-sixth of the nation's economy and the ability for government to pry further into all aspects of your personal life – indeed, control the fate of your very being – is essentially one Presidential signature away from happening.

14 Attorneys General File Suit Against ObamaCare:  Fourteen Attorneys General have filed suits against ObamaCare. Is your AG on this list? If not, contact them and get them to stand up! The fight to stop ObamaCare isn't over yet, and we can still win!

Cuccinelli Attacks ObamaCare's Individual Mandate:  Today, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will file suit against the federal mandate imposed by ObamaCare that individuals must purchase health insurance. He and other courageous state attorneys general deserve our thanks.

Uncommon Knowledge:  In this week's episode, the focus is on War and History with Victor Davis Hanson.

In Defense of Earmarks:  Earmarks have become the new bogeyman of US politics, and Democrats and Republicans have prided themselves on one-upping each other in earmark reform for the past few weeks. First Democrats proposed a ban on any earmarks to for-profit companies. Then Republicans proposed a ban on all earmarks. Most people equate "earmarks" with "pork barrel spending." But what, really, are earmarks?

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Russell Prescott For NH Senate D23 - Bradley Proposal Good First Step in Protecting NH Citizens

Urges Gov. Lynch, Hassan to support proposal


KINGSTON (March 23, 2010) – Russell Prescott, candidate for New Hampshire Senate in District 23, praised the efforts of State Sen. Jeb Bradley for a proposed amendment to a pending bill currently in the legislature. Bradley’s amendment, which is modeled after landmark legislation in Virginia, would protect New Hampshire residents from punitive provisions in the health care bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress.

“The health care bill passed by the Congress earlier this week has many objectionable parts to it, but what may be most onerous to citizens of New Hampshire is the mandate that compels residents to purchase health insurance,” Prescott said. “There are numerous reasons that we should oppose such a proposal – from the lack of proof that it reduces costs to the intrusion of government in such a personal issue. However, the most important is that the U.S. Constitution does not provide for the federal government to do such an action.”

Prescott said that the arguments made by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli certainly apply to New Hampshire. “I believe that Congress does not have authority to impose the mandate under its powers to regulate interstate commerce. I also believe that the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states, ‘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,’ certainly apply in this case,” Prescott said.

Prescott, the co-owner and vice-president of R.E. Prescott in Exeter, said that criminalizing people for not having health insurance is contrary to New Hampshire values and urges State Sen. Maggie Hassan and Gov. John Lynch to support the Bradley Amendment. “As a small business owner that provides 100 percent of health insurance to more than 20 hard-working employees, I am deeply concerned that the result of this federal overreach will make it more difficult for me, and other small businesses, to continue to do so,” Prescott said. “I hope Sen. Hassan and Gov. Lynch listen to the words of small business owners and their employees by supporting the Bradley Amendment.”


NRN - 14 Attorneys General Are Filing Suit on ObamaCare, Is Yours On the List?


Fourteen Attorneys General have filed suits against ObamaCare. Is your AG on this list? If not, contact them and get them to stand up! The fight to stop ObamaCare isn't over yet, and we can still win!

Ken Cuccinelli – Attorney General – Virginia


Troy King – Attorney General – Alabama


Bill McCollum –Attorney General - Florida


Jon Bruning – Attorney General – Nebraska


Tom Corbutt – Attorney General – Pennsylvania


Greg Abbot – Attorney General – Texas


Henry McMaster – Attorney General – South Carolina


Robert McKenna – Attorney General – Washington


Mark L. Shurtleff – Attorney General – Utah


Wayne Stenehjem – Attorney General – North Dakota


Marty J. Jackley – Attorney General – South Dakota


Michael Cox – Attorney General -- Michigan,1607,7-164--233880--,00.html


Lawrence Wasden – Attorney General – Idaho


John W. Suthers – Attorney General – Colorado

James D. "Buddy" Caldwell – Attorney General – Louisiana

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Ashooh Supports Jeb Bradley's Amendment to Block Obama's Health Insurance Mandate

MANCHESTER – Today, Rich Ashooh, Republican candidate in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, made the following statement regarding State Senator Jeb Bradley’s amendment to block the Federal health insurance mandate.
“I support Senator Bradley’s effort to protect New Hampshire citizens from being required to purchase health insurance under the recently passed Obama-Pelosi health insurance bill.  The Bradley Amendment would block the new Federal mandate and preserve an individual’s right to choose the best course of action for them and their families.
“Not only will the new health insurance bill increase premiums for working families and mandate that individuals purchase insurance, but it will also penalize employers who can’t afford health insurance for their employees – creating yet another tax on small businesses in our state.  During these tough economic times, with unemployment at historic highs, New Hampshire doesn’t need new unfunded mandates that tax families and entrepreneurs.  If elected, my top priority will be to repeal the Obama-Pelosi bill and to start over on creating a real solution.
“I commend Jeb Bradley for his leadership in the State Senate and wholeheartedly support his efforts.”