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Thursday
Feb232012

ALG's Daily Grind: Obama's "Rules for Radicals" health care buy

Feb. 22, 2012

Obama's "Rules for Radicals" Health Care Buy

Alinsky-affiliated group scores $56 million Obamacare co-op grant.

Video: Gas Prices Affect Us All, Did Obama Want Them Higher?

The rising cost of gas is bad news for literally everyone in the U.S. Yet, somewhere in his mangled response to a question back in 2008, Barack Obama implied he wanted them to be higher.

The cause of limiting government looks bleak

People concerned about the out of control spending in Washington should be concerned about the alternatives to Obama.

Reagan's Assault on Big Government at Home and the 'Evil Empire' Abroad Should be Studied by Republican Presidential Candidates

Grove City College professor: "I wish that Reaganism was alive and well in the Republican Party, but it is not. Conservatism is alive in the Tea Party."

Wednesday
Feb222012

ALG - Alinsky-affilated group gets $56 million Obamacare grant in Wisconsin 

Feb. 21, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson responded to the release of the first eight grants/loans under the Obamacare created Consumer Oriented and Operated Plan (CO-OP) program today. 

The CO-OP program was established under the Obamacare law to put into place one federal government selected group in every state that is supposed to provide an insurance alternative to those few companies that remain after the imposition of the law. 

"These grants/loans reek of political payola as one group, the Saul Alinsky-affiliated, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative of Wisconsin was formed in August, 2011 just three short months prior to applying for the taxpayer money.   In true, Rules for Radicals fashion, Obama's administration found this group worthy of receiving $56,416,000 in taxpayer largesse," Wilson said.

Common Ground is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a group the radical Saul Alinsky founded, as reported by the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee.

"Only the most naïve would believe that this $56 million injection of money into the political charged atmosphere in Wisconsin is anything more than an attempt to buy votes in favor of the public employee recall election of Governor Scott Walker and to tip the balance in this important swing state in November," Wilson continued.

"There are no lengths that Obama won't go in his attempt to use Chicago-style politics to drive his election bid, and this $56 million to a group with no track record and dubious connections is just one more outrage," Wilson added.

The rules governing the grants were issued on July 20, 2010 by Obama's Health and Human Services Department and in those rules the CO-OPs were projected to result in a 35-40 percent default rate.

Other groups receiving grants are the Freelancers CO-OP of New Jersey, Freelancers CO-OP of Oregon, Freelancers Health Service Corporation (based in New York), New Mexico Health Connections, Montana Health Cooperative and Midwest Members Health (Iowa and Nebraska.)

According to Politico Pro, a private subscription news service, the CO-OPs have been termed government funded "venture capital for health care" by the executive director of the Freelancers Union Insurance programs.  Ironically, the Freelancers programs have come under fire over the years for inefficient operations and a variety of difficulties regarding member coverage.

The CO-Ops will be able to offer health plans starting on January 1, 2014. 

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Tuesday
Feb212012

Cilley For Governor - Republican House leadership attacks women's health

Bringing the dysfunctional politics of Washington to Concord, the Tea Party/GOP leadership in the New Hampshire House is set to hear testimony about a resolution sponsored by Bill O'Brien, D.J. Bettencourt, Jordan Ulery, and Al Baldasaro to demand that the federal government strip women of the ability to have full health care if their employers disagree with providing it. This legislation, which echoes language inserted by right-wing southerners in Congress, would strip women who work for some of the nation's largest health care systems of their access to family planning and women's health care options.

The House Committee on State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs will hold an executive session a day after the public hearing of HR 29, a bill to rescind rules requiring health plans to provide sterilizations and contraceptives.  This is only the latest of a string of full out attacks on a woman's reproductive health care, her decision about when to start a family, and her control over her own body. 

Extremists led by the House Majority leader want you to believe that HR 29 is all about religious freedom.  That’s a smoke screen and they know it.

The bill actually exempts any employer from having to offer health plans that cover a wide range of reproductive health care services.  It does not specify that this relates only to religious groups.  So if your boss doesn’t believe in vasectomies, he can insist you are denied coverage for the procedure?  If he doesn’t believe in birth control pills because, as Rep. Notter on the Committee believes, they cause prostate cancer, he can prevent your plan from covering this?

HR 29 is really about using government to enforce the principles of religious and other organizations.  For example:

  • Should the state refuse to grant a divorce to members of churches that preach against the practice?
  • Should we deny drivers licenses to those whose faith prohibits the practice?
  • Should the state suspend labor laws if they conflict with an organization’s philosophy?

HR 29 is nothing more than a partisan circus staged to cover up the fact that Free State/Tea Partiers in our Statehouse have failed miserably to focus like lasers on jobs, and instead jump into social issues without even receiving an invitation.  I say shame on them and shame on us if we buy into this sad political rhetoric.

This is not about morality and it's not about contraception.  But it is most assuredly about women and it's about families.  It should not be government's job to enforce any organization’s principles.

Sunday
Feb192012

TheTeaParty.net - The Future of American Freedom 

Dear Patriot,

Repeal ObamacareHave you resigned to handing control over every decision you make to the federal government?  Are you resigned to worse medical care at higher prices?  Have you accepted the inevitability of Obamacare? 

If the federal government is allowed to takeover healthcare in our country, the Constitution is, for all intents and purposes, nullified. Every decision we make impacts our health and the potential cost of our healthcare. The car you drive, the food you eat, even how much time you spend outdoors all impact the potential burden of your healthcare under Obamacare and the government will have a financial interest and the perceived authority to regulate every aspect of your life. 

Obamacare is a scourge upon this nation and must be the primary focus of the Tea Party movement in 2012.  In March the Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the constitutionality of Obamacare, and if the court decides to uphold the constitution, the law will be struck down.  Unfortunately the court has four committed liberals who will rubber-stamp their messiah's power grab, four justices who are consistent strict-constructionists who are likely to strike down the law, and one who revels in being the deciding vote. 

We are currently in the preliminary stages of planning a massive rally outside of the Supreme Court when they will weigh Obamacare.  If we can put together a huge showing, it could swing Justice Kennedy towards the constitution and solidify support among Justices Thomas, Scalia, Roberts, and Alito. 

Putting together an event large enough to make an impact is going to be a challenge. It is going to take logistics to make sure everyone who can be there, is, and it is going to take financial resources to make sure that the scale of this event reflects the dire nature of this threat to American freedom. 

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Todd Cefaratti

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Friday
Feb172012

RLCNH URGES N.H. LEGISLATURE TO PASS BILL ADOPTED BY COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO STOP OBAMACARE

A State Insurance Exchange Would Voluntarily Accept Obamacare and Send State Taxpayers the Bill

CONCORD, N.H.—The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire applauds the 10-6 vote of the N.H. House Commerce Committee to pass HB 1297, which would prohibit the state from establishing a state health insurance exchange under the terms of Obamacare, and the RLCNH also urges the full House and Senate to pass this health care freedom bill for the good of all U.S. citizens.

“By passing this bill, the State of New Hampshire will be standing with the majority of states opposing Obamacare, which is an unconstitutional power grab that will ironically raise the cost of health care, decrease the quality and accessibility of care and destroy the liberties of people to control their own lives,” said Carolyn McKinney, chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire. “Due to a flaw in the federal law, the more states that opt not to create a state health insurance exchange, the more necessary it will be for Congress to reopen the law for amendment, and that gives liberty-minded Republicans the opportunity they’ll need to remove unconstitutional elements of the law and draft free market solutions for reducing the cost of health insurance.”

So far, 28 states are suing the federal government to prevent Obamacare’s implementation, and the courts have said these states would strengthen their case if they refused to implement a state exchange. The Supreme Court is due to rule on Obamacare’s constitutionality this Spring. So far, New Hampshire has not joined the lawsuit opposing Obamacare because Attorney General Michael Delaney brazenly said he would refuse such an order from the Legislature. However, by passing HB 1297, the New Hampshire Legislature would be doing more to repeal Obamacare than the lawsuit could ever do.

In fact, the fate of the Obamacare lawsuit may actually be irrelevant to the act’s repeal. If enough states refuse to create a state health insurance exchange, the Congress will be forced to reopen the law. Obamacare currently says states that do not create a state insurance exchange will default to a federal exchange. And here’s the rub: the law provides subsidies for insurance companies involved in a state exchange, but not in a federal exchange. Thus, to make the law work without putting the gigantic price tag for insurers on the law like everyone feared, it would have to be reopened and amended. That process would invite many more changes than a simple fix, and the law would likely be repealed and replaced, a resolution that Republicans and 63 percent of the population supports.

“Doing everything we can in New Hampshire to repeal Obamacare remains a top priority of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire, and passing HB 1297 will absolutely help us achieve this end,” McKinney said. “Obamacare is at the heart of an incredible assault on liberty by the current Administration. Our health care touches every part of who we are and the decisions we make. If we allow the government to control to this extent such an intimate, integral part of our lives, we have totally succumbed to tyranny.”

Ultimately, implementing a state health insurance exchange in New Hampshire would voluntarily bind the state under the control of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department while sending New Hampshire taxpayers the bill.

Contrary to arguments from some insurance regulators, insurance companies and industry groups, creating a state exchange will remove New Hampshire’s local control and ensure Obamacare is fully enacted in New Hampshire, whether the federal law is repealed or not. In addition, establishing a state insurance exchange under Obamacare requires the state to pay for the full cost of implementation starting in 2015, which could cost New Hampshire taxpayers anywhere from $10 million to $47 million a year, according to HTMS, a North Dakota health care consulting company.

“If Republicans act now to definitively reject a state exchange, the Republican Legislature stands a great chance of fulfilling the mandate of New Hampshire voters and leading the way toward true health insurance reform,” McKinney said.

For more information on why state exchanges are a bad idea, please read the following reports from the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy Studies, the Cato Institute, the Goldwater Institute and the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

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About The Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire
RLCNH, a state chapter of the national Republican Liberty Caucus, was launched in December 2004 to promote and advance traditional Republican Party values, such as low taxes and spending, limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, free enterprise and loyalty to the U.S. and N.H. constitutions.