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Wednesday
Mar242010

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

From NetRightNation.com:

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

http://www.oag.state.va.us/PRESS_RELEASES/Cuccinelli/32210_Health_Care_Bill.html

 

Troy King – Attorney General – Alabama

http://www.ago.state.al.us/news/12312009.pdf

 

Bill McCollum –Attorney General - Florida

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2215987420100322

http://www.examiner.com/x-37583-Hillsborough-County-Elections-2010-Examiner~y2010m3d22-Florida-Attorney-General-Bill-McCollum-says-health-care-bill-is-unconstitutional--will-sue-video

 

Jon Bruning – Attorney General – Nebraska

http://www.ago.state.ne.us/news/pressreleases/032210_Health_Care_statement_MR_2.pdf

 

Tom Corbutt – Attorney General – Pennsylvania

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/press.aspx?id=5151

 

Greg Abbot – Attorney General – Texas

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagNews/release.php?id=3269

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagNews/release.php?id=3271

 

Henry McMaster – Attorney General – South Carolina

 

Robert McKenna – Attorney General – Washington

http://www.atg.wa.gov/pressrelease.aspx?&id=25402

 

Mark L. Shurtleff – Attorney General – Utah

http://www.attorneygeneral.utah.gov/PR_032210.html

 

Wayne Stenehjem – Attorney General – North Dakota

http://www.ag.state.nd.us/NewsReleases/2010/03-22-10.pdf

 

Marty J. Jackley – Attorney General – South Dakota

 

Michael Cox – Attorney General -- Michigan

http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164--233880--,00.html

 

Lawrence Wasden – Attorney General – Idaho

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/17/idaho-state-sign-law-health-care-reform/

 

John W. Suthers – Attorney General – Colorado

http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/press/news/2010/03/22/attorney_general_joins_federal_lawsuit_challenging_health_care_mandate_0

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

http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2010/03/13_states_sue_federal_governme.html

Check out more stories at NetRightNation.com.


Tuesday
Mar232010

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.”

Tuesday
Mar232010

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."

 

Tuesday
Mar232010

Shea-Porter to Attend White House Signing Ceremony Tuesday 

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, March 23rd, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will attend a Bill Signing Ceremony at the White House for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  On Sunday the House of Representatives passed this historic health care legislation that will lower costs, expand coverage, and reduce our nation’s deficit.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the bill will reduce the deficit by $143 billion in the first ten years and by $1.2 trillion in the second ten years. 

On Sunday afternoon, Shea-Porter spoke on the floor of the House in support of the bill. Click here to watch her remarks.

The Bill Signing Ceremony will take place in the East Room with President Obama at 11:15 a.m.  

Thursday
Feb182010

ALG President Signs Mt. Vernon Statement "Reaffirming Constitutional, Limited Government" 

"This statement is for the American people, who have shown throughout our history they will defend their constitutional rights.  Today, we stand with them in affirming those rights."—ALG President Bill Wilson

February 17th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today, along with more than 80 free market and limited government leaders, signed the Mt. Vernon Statement that Wilson described as a "reaffirmation of constitutional, limited government as the only means of preserving liberty, promoting prosperity, and opposing tyranny in America, and throughout the world."

The Mt. Vernon statement—intended in its timing to influence the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference—comes almost fifty years after the 1960 Sharon Statement by William F. Buckley, Jr. that many consider to be one of the founding documents of the modern conservative movement. 

Wilson said that today's statement is relevant to the current political climate: "The rise of the tea party movement and increasing citizen opposition to government-run health care, runaway spending and debt creation, are all evidence that Americans still believe in constitutional principles of limited government and the rule of law."

Wilson said, "This statement is for the American people, who have shown throughout our history they will defend their constitutional rights.  Today, we stand with them in affirming those rights."

According to the Mount Vernon Statement, "The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant."

The statement continues, "The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles.  At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."

Wilson praised former Attorney General Edwin Meese for putting together the coalition of national, grassroots leaders to pen the document.  "We owe Attorney General Meese a debt of gratitude for bringing us together and crafting a broad, united message that joins the ongoing discussion of the proper, limited role of government."

Wilson said the "need for that discussion is urgent," pointing to what he termed "the perversion of the Constitution through the unbridled, unlimited, and dangerous expansion of the powers of the federal government throughout the 20th Century."  

Wilson concluded by saying, "The Mount Vernon Statement seeks to chart a new course for the 21st century by .  History has shown that out of control growth in the federal government has established entitlements that threaten to bankrupt the nation, increasingly taken on new powers to tax and regulate practically every human activity imaginable, and weakened the nation's economic standing in the world by debasing our currency, bailing out politically-favored institutions, revoking property rights, and placing primacy into the hands of government over the people."

Wilson urged citizens to sign the statement themselves at www.themountvernonstatement.com

The Mount Vernon Statement

Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century

We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.  Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law. They sought to secure national independence, provide for economic opportunity, establish true religious liberty and maintain a flourishing society of republican self-government.

These principles define us as a country and inspire us as a people. They are responsible for a prosperous, just nation unlike any other in the world. They are our highest achievements, serving not only as powerful beacons to all who strive for freedom and seek self-government, but as warnings to tyrants and despots everywhere.

Each one of these founding ideas is presently under sustained attack. In recent decades, America's principles have been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics. The selfevident truths of 1776 have been supplanted by the notion that no such truths exist. The federal government today ignores the limits of the Constitution, which is increasingly dismissed as obsolete and irrelevant.

Some insist that America must change, cast off the old and put on the new. But where would this lead — forward or backward, up or down? Isn't this idea of change an empty promise or even a dangerous deception?

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The conservatism of the Declaration asserts self-evident truths based on the laws of nature and nature's God. It defends life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It traces authority to the consent of the governed. It recognizes man's self-interest but also his capacity for virtue.

The conservatism of the Constitution limits government's powers but ensures that government performs its proper job effectively. It refines popular will through the filter of representation. It provides checks and balances through the several branches of government and a federal republic.

A Constitutional conservatism unites all conservatives through the natural fusion provided by American principles. It reminds economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to America's safety and leadership role in the world.

A Constitutional conservatism based on first principles provides the framework for a consistent and meaningful policy agenda.

  • It applies the principle of limited government based on the
    rule of law to every proposal.
  • It honors the central place of individual liberty in American
    politics and life.
  • It encourages free enterprise, the individual entrepreneur, and
    economic reforms grounded in market solutions.
  • It supports America's national interest in advancing freedom
    and opposing tyranny in the world and prudently considers what we can and should do to that
    end.
  • It informs conservatism's firm defense of family, neighborhood,
    community, and faith.

If we are to succeed in the critical political and policy battles ahead, we must be certain of our purpose.

We must begin by retaking and resolutely defending the high ground of America's founding principles.

February 17, 2010

Edwin Meese, former U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America

Edwin Feulner, Jr., president of the Heritage Foundation

Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Heritage Foundation, was present at the Sharon Statement signing.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council

Becky Norton Dunlop, president of the Council for National Policy

Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center

Alfred Regnery, publisher of the American Spectator

David Keene, president of the American Conservative Union

David McIntosh, co-founder of the Federalist Society

T. Kenneth Cribb, former domestic policy adviser to President Reagan

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

Elaine Donnelly, Center for Military Readiness

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

Kenneth Blackwell, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Kathryn J. Lopez, National Review