Et tu, Republicans?
The Missouri State House Bill 609 passed the House by 157-0 on Thursday April 14th to establish the Show-Me Health Insurance Exchange. HB 609's stated goal is to comply with the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare.
acquiesce, yield, conform, obey, consent, assent.
Antonyms 1. refuse, resist.
Ayes 157 Noes 0
Ayes 157 Noes 0
Ayes 157 Noes 0
Not a single no? Not one dissenter willing to forgo the Federal Government’s bribe? Not one soul willing to stand up to the threat “if you don’t do it we will?”
Obamacare provides grants to states for them to create health insurance exchanges that must conform to future federal regulations. The law also threatens that the Feds will impose exchanges unilaterally if any state chooses not to comply by Jan. 1, 2014.
A mere few brave states have affirmed, to some degree, that they will refuse and resist. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) has joined with Gov. Sean Parnell (R-Alaska) and Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) in battling to resist implementation. (Haley Barbour is missing his chance to lead. He should be calling every Republican Governor and imploring them not to take the money. Instead he has complied also.)
Micheal Canon, of the Cato Institute, writes on National Review that states can impose harsher regulations than Obamacare requires and can choose who sits on the exchange board. That’s it. Obama and Kathleen Sebelius have communicated that states can opt out of Obama Care by creating a single payer system. How magnanimous they are!
Patriots from other states have noted the similar sheepish tendencies of their own politicians. The best observation I found comes from Idaho . Here is Wayne Hoffman through the Idaho Freedom Foundation: “It’s difficult to imagine that the federal government would hand the states cash to develop health insurance exchanges but have nothing to say about how those exchanges operate. Having been down that path many times, it’s surprising that some of our lawmakers are willing to believe… (them) and once again play the part of Charlie Brown to the federal government’s Lucy.”
Sadly, State Rep. Chris Molendorp, the Republican author of HB609 has worked up the same intensity as Charlie Brown. He has even used the typical red-meat line about state’s rights. Molendorp says HB 609 "is about state's rights and the exercise of our sovereignty. It's important that Kathleen Sebelius doesn't write our exchange." This extraordinary twist in logic has solidified my doubts about the “state’s rights” throw-away line.
States do not have rights, only people have rights. The states have roles that they should perform instead of the federal government. The Constitution gives different roles and the “check and balance” system to protect the rights of individuals - not the states damnit. A state is meant to be a blockade against federal encroachment - that’s a blockade not a highway.
On Jamie Allman’s radio show I heard a local State Rep proclaim that he voted “with his district” by refusing to amend the puppy mill legislation. His district voted in favor of the regulation on the state-wide ballot. That is an astute decision for a politician. Has he, and every other State Rep. forgotten about Prop C, the Health Care Freedom Act? It passed by 71%. I can tell you that neither I, nor my wife, nor I doubt any of the other sun baked volunteers, were promoting Prop C solely because of the idiosyncrasies of the ballot language. We worked and we voted to refuse and resist Obamacare.
Please imagine Winston Churchill giving one of his famous speeches:
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. … We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.
“Oh and by the way, it will become mandatory for all school children to learn German. They will learn to speak German on our terms come hell or high-water.” It wouldn’t make any sense, and neither does building the Obamacare infrastructure in Missouri.
HB609 has been reported to the Missouri Senate and passed out of the Small Business, Insurance, and Industry Committee. It can come to a vote anytime, so call your Senator now!
Senator phone numbers: http://www.senate.mo.gov/11info/senalpha.htm